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CIPD Foundation Certificate in People Practice - Level 3

CIPD Foundation Certificate in People Practice - Level 3


As one of the CIPD Approved Centres, West Notts College will be offering the new qualifications commencing in September 2021. 

Why choose West Notts College? 

Some of the benefits offered here include:

  • An excellent range of facilities on site including a Learning Resource Centre, well equipped classrooms, Café, restaurant and parking
  • Online platforms and resources for students i.e. Moodle and Microsoft Teams, Learning Resource Centre
  • Large support network for students
  • Very accessible; main bus routes drop off outside the college
  • Links with University Centre for further progression
  • CIPD taught by experienced HR professionals with a good level of skills and knowledge who bring real life experience to the classroom
  • Opportunities to network on the course with other CIPD students

Qualifications we offer at West Notts:

All the new CIPD qualifications are based on the CIPD profession map, which sets an international benchmark for the people profession at all the different levels. 

This is a foundation level professional qualification and provides a strong basis to give people professional’s confidence in their capabilities and behaviours.  It will teach the fundamental skills and knowledge required to follow a HR or Learning and Development career. 

Who is the qualification suitable for?

The qualification is designed for learners aged 16+ who want to learn about people practice.  It is suitable for individuals who are considering a career in HR or working in a support role in People Practice and wanting to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence to be more effective in their role. 

Entry requirements

English and maths level 2

Completion of an initial face to face or telephone interview to ascertain whether the course is suitable and right for you.

Start dates and fees

The course fee is £1395.

On top of the course fees, you will be required to join The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). A joining fee and membership fee will be payable.

Start DateDay/TimeWksDurationCodeAnnual FeeActions
18:00 - 21:00
361 yr(s)1155E101£1395.00Apply

How long is the course?

36 weeks


How will I be assessed?

The course is mainly face to face, with a variety of teaching and assessment methods.  There are no exams. 

There is a requirement for some independent study and this is supported by a range of resources from our Learning Resource Centre and other platforms such as Moodle and Microsoft Teams.

What does the course lead to?

Level 5 Certificate in Human Resource Management.

What will I study?

Course modules:

  • Business, culture and change in context
  • Principles of analytics
  • Core behaviours for people professionals
  • Essentials of people practice

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

Once you have completed the foundation qualification you can progress further to the Associate level qualifications.  We currently offer the Diploma in People Management at the Associate level. 


How do I apply?

Apply on line by clicking on the button ‘apply here’.  Once we have received your application we will keep it on our database and be in touch to invite you to our open event and an interview later in the year.  These will take place sometime between May and July 2021.

For more information please contact Vicky Lee or ring 01623 627191 ext 8211 to contact the course tutor.

Apply online


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Why choose West Notts?

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100% A Level pass rate in 2020

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Best A Level provider in Mansfield and Ashfield for student progress*

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction**

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area

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£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
**Learner Exit Survey 2017/18
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