Human Resource Management (Intermediate) Diploma GradDip

Human Resource Management (Intermediate) Diploma GradDip

This course in Human Resource Management provides students with a high quality graduate management education and development experience. Through an intellectually stimulating course of professional graduate education, Human Resource Management develops the operational skills and behaviours of human resource management and development practitioners.

The course can be taken as a standalone course or you can elect to take the subsequent Postgraduate Diploma HRM/D and MA. You can decide to do this at a much later date. 

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:


Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

1 Year


Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Start Date:


Entry Requirements:

Academic criteria:

Students must meet one of the following minimum academic qualifications:-

A relevant qualification to NVQ Level 3;
Five GCE/GCSE passes with at least two at A level (typically such candidates will have some personnel, development or management experience);
A “Foundation” level qualification from the CIPD;
A Certificate in Personnel or Training Practice (CPP or CTP) from the CIPD;
An equivalent or higher level award from nationally recognised educational or professional bodies;
In exceptional cases, applicants having a minimum of two years of band 3 personnel experience or management experience may be considered.

Professional criteria:

Applicants will be operating at Band 1 but can clearly see the career transition to Band 2 or in the early stages of Band 2.

For people operating at Band 2 it is likely that one of the following statements will describe your work:

Have responsibility for implementing HR policies and strategies
Work in the field of HR management/development and need to extend their knowledge and skills
Building an awareness of the human resources levers that drive business value
Building and testing a range of interpersonal skills including communication, listening, relationship management
Broadening knowledge of the organisation and how decisions are made
Deepening technical skills and knowledge

The professional criteria are explained fully in the CIPD’s mapping document (.pdf)


Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is not allowed to be used for exemptions against modules on this programme unless it has been agreed with CIPD previously and can be verified.
Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) is in line with Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ). This course applies the University APCL regulations that a maximum of 2/3rds (80 credits out of 120) can be exempted [Please note the CIPD APCL exemption rules of 3/4s (six out of eight modules) do not apply

For students who wish to transfer to the University from other CIPD accredited programmes the same University APCL regulations apply. Where such students require less than 40 credits to achieve the CIPD qualification it may be possible to transfer into UCLAN as an Associate Student and study the outstanding modules to allow them to achieve the CIPD qualification. This is subject to the student providing the necessary evidence. Please note that this will not result in a University award.

For students where English is not their first language in addition to a score of at least 6.5 on IELTS or a score of 600-650 in TOEFL, supported by a pass in the associated Test of Written English, or a score of greater than 250 on TOEFL computer test.

Candidates requiring further clarification on exemption issues should telephone 01772 894641.

Course Content

Course Outline:
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the professional body for HR and Personnel practitioners and UCLan is recognised as an accredited centre which means it is empowered by the CIPD to award its own internally assessed courses. When you successfully complete the course you will receive the Diploma and will have completed the skills and knowledge elements on the route to CIPD associateship. The CIPD will then require you to complete a behavioural assessment and demonstrate the required experience before upgrading to Associate membership status.

This course leads to CIPD Associateship subject to 'behavioural' assessment.

The course is a mix of lectures, group activities and student presentations. Frequent use is made of case study and other student-centred materials. Students are expected to be active participants in the sessions. Groups or individuals may also seek guidance in tutorials with the course leader.

Semester 1

(September to January)

There are four modules:

Resource, Talent and Planning
Improving Organisational Performance
Managing and Coordinating the HR function
Developing Professional Practice

Semester 2

(January to May)

There are four modules full modules:

Contemporary Human Resource Development
Contemporary Employee Relations
Business Issues and the Context of HR
Using Information in HR

Learning Environment & Assessment:

CIPD accredited courses have been running in various guises at the University for more than 20 years. The course operates as a community of HR practitioners and we draw on each other experiences throughout the programme. Many of the staff teaching on the programme have practical HR experience, conduct consultancy or knowledge transfer activity and are active researchers. We use a range of teaching methods and offer a very supportive learning environment and our track record is testimony to this. We build in time for reflection and urge you to do the same through continuous professional development and your everyday practice.

We provide support and guidance for each form of assessment as we move through the programme. So for example you will have a session on exam techniques before you are expected to do an examination and a session on presentation skills before you are expected to carry out an assessed presentation. The University procedure for resits will be explained at induction and in the student handbook. We use a variety of assessment methods ranging from organisational reports, essays, short examinations, continuing professional development portfolios, case studies, skills assignments and group presentations. 

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

Industry links & professional accreditation

Accredited by Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD).

Work experience and international opportunities

The course draws upon your work experience to date and there are a number of assessments that get you to reflect on your practice and link it to theory literature. As this is a CIPD course it will also develop you in your chosen HR career.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.

Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE


How to Apply


About UCLan

Course Enquiries

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United Kingdom

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