The role of HR has developed dramatically over the years and now business leaders are recognising that people are the biggest drivers within their organisation providing them with the biggest risk and value, therefore need to be treated differently.
In response to these changes the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) have developed numerous courses which help develop HR professionals to help enhance your skills which will benefit your organisation.
The Certificate in People Practice (CIPD) is a foundation level course and will provide you with a wide range of relevant practical skills in HR and development, enabling you to enhance your contribution to your organisation and assist in your own development.
This course is ideal for:
- Those looking to start a career in HR
- Those who are new to HR and want to build the essential knowledge and skills required
- Line managers with responsibility for people management and development.
Nottingham Business School has an established reputation for providing high quality CIPD approved courses and has offered the equivalent of a CIPD Foundation Level course for over 40 years.
On successful completion of the course offers the opportunity to gain a professional qualification and is a route to higher education. You'll also receive the Certificate in People Practice (CPP) from the CIPD and will be automatically upgraded from Student Membership to Foundation Membership of the CIPD.
We have an established reputation for providing high quality CIPD approved courses and has offered the equivalent of a CIPD Foundation Level course for over 40 years.
Upon successful completion of the course, you’ll receive the Certificate in People Practice (CPP) from the CIPD and will be automatically upgraded from Student Membership to Foundation Membership of the CIPD.
Business Culture and Change
This module considers the impact of external influences and how the digital and commercial environment shapes businesses and the culture within which they operate. It considers the importance of people’s behaviour on organisational culture and its ability to manage change effectively.
Students will develop an understanding of the key external influences that impact on businesses and the context within which they operate, including discussing how and why organisations set goals and will define workplace culture and how people’s behaviour shapes it. Alongside this students will explain how organisations are whole systems and how your actions affect others and will also discuss how people learn, adapt and develop in different ways. The concept of change is a key focus of this unit and you will explain how people professionals impact people in different ways and the importance of how focused project planning directs change in manageable ways.
Core Behaviours for People Professionals
This module introduces the core behaviours for people professionals, focusing on ethical practice to create value. It considers how certain ways of thinking and acting should be universally consistent, even in new and challenging situations, to promote a sense of well-being and inclusivity in the organisation.
Principles of Analytics
This module looks at how people professionals make both straightforward and complex choices as they carry out their roles. It focuses on how utilising a diverse range of analytics and evidence is essential to the rationalisation and enhancement of working practices and situational decision making to create value.
Students will cover how evidence-based practice informs measures and outcomes and how it is applied within your organisation. Gain an understanding of and learn about the importance of using data, the different types of data measurement and how these are used to inform decision making, including interpreting basic financial information using critical thinking skills and common calculations. Students will review the concept of creating value, explaining how your organisation approaches this for its customers and stakeholders. Finally, you will cover the role of analytics and other technology in enhancing working practices, including the associated risks.
Essentials of People Practice
This module introduces the fundamentals of people practice, ranging from the employee lifecycle to policies, regulation and law. It further explores a diverse array of specialist subjects such as recruitment, talent management, reward and learning and development, essential to a career in people practice. Importantly, this module enables practitioners to apply their knowledge and skills, building their confidence and ability to practise progressively.
Gain skills around effective recruitment, selection, and appointment of individuals through the assessment of employee lifecycles, including where the student is placed within this. Contrasting different recruitment and selection methods will also support your application of skills that relate to contributing to effective recruitment. Learn different recruitment and selection methods and ways of preparing material for job roles and to attract candidates, shortlist candidates and participate in a selection interview and the associated follow-up actions. Understanding legislation and organisational practices is a vital part of this unit, as is the meaning of diversity and inclusion in respect of recruitment and employee relationships. Finally, students will explain factors associated with performance management and the role of appraisal.
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How you’re taught
The course is presented as four study blocks, delivered in a series of one or two-day sessions and will be supported by additional resources available on the Nottingham Trent University Online Workspace (NOW). Teaching methods include lecturers, guest lectures, group work, presentations and role-play exercises.
Assessment methods include written assignments, skills assessments (involving assessed role-play exercises), and the compilation of a Continuing Professional Development portfolio.
The course runs for 18 days in total.
Careers and employability
This course does not currently offer placements, but the course assignments are based on real-world issues.
Applicants must therefore be in employment, or be able to gain access to an organisation upon which to base assignments. You will need permission from the organisation to use their data during your course.
The Certificate in People Practice forms the building blocks for a career in HR and Personnel development. For those already working in the HR profession, you'll gain the necessary knowledge, theory, skills and experience to develop your career further.
On successful completion of the course, you’ll receive the Certificate in People Practice (CPP) from the CIPD and will be automatically upgraded from Student Membership to Foundation Membership of the CIPD.
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Campus and facilities
At Nottingham Trent University, we provide first-class learning facilities for our students. The transformed Newton building is the home of Nottingham Business School and marks the next phase in the School’s development. In Newton, students have an abundance of teaching space, a range of lecture theatres of different sizes, and masses of space for social learning.
- The course is open to personnel and training practitioners and/or people with significant human resources content in their jobs, or those wishing to learn about people practice.
- Due to the practical nature of the course, you must either be in employment, or gain access to an organisation upon which to base your assignments.
As part of the application process for this course, applicants will be required to attend an initial diagnostic interview with the programme leader (or their nominated deputy) as required by the awarding body CIPD.
The main purposes of this initial interview will be to:
- Meet the applicant
- Explain the qualification and its requirements
- Check the applicant’s current ability to meet the requirements for achievement of the qualification
After this the applicant and the programme leader will agree:
- If the qualification is, in fact, suitable for the applicant and, if not, what else might be appropriate
- Terms and conditions
- Details of the qualification to enrol upon
- Next actions, time frames.
Interviews will be arranged for a mutually convenient date and time wherever possible. If attendance for interview by the applicant proves to be impracticable for whatever reason, a telephone interview may be arranged in exceptional circumstances.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept International students onto this course. As a part-time course we are unable to accept applications from students that require a Student Route visa.
How to apply
Ready to join us? Apply through our NTU Applicant Portal.
Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.
What happens next?
- Once we receive your application it will be passed onto the course leader who will review it
- She will contact you directly to let you know that you have been selected for an interview