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Certificate in Human Resources Practice

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  • Level(s) of study: Professional
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: Nine months part-time

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 Human Resource Practice (CIPD) is a foundation level course which provides 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; and
  • 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 30 years.

On successful completion of the course, you’ll receive the Certificate in Human Resources Practice (CHRP) from the CIPD and will be automatically upgraded from Student Membership to Associate Membership of the CIPD.

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What you'll study

This course begins in September. Take a look at the academic calendar for term dates.

  • Core Modules

    Understanding Organisations and the Role of HR

    This module provides an introduction to the role of human resources (HR) within an organisation and the environmental context. By the end of this module the learner will have developed their understanding of how HR activities support an organisation’s strategy and assist the achievement of business objectives and how these are shaped by internal and external factors.

    Developing Yourself as an Effective Human Resources Practitioner

    The CIPD has developed a map of the HR profession (HRPM) that describes the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by HR professionals. This module is designed to enable the student to develop a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviour required of a professional practitioner, whether their role is generalist in nature or specialist. It will enable students to develop a personal development plan, following a self assessment of learning and development needs that meet their personal and professional requirements.

    Recording, Analysing and Using HR Information

    This module develops the student’s understanding of the important contribution that accurate data, whether stored manually or electronically, can make to the HR function. The module is intended to span the remit of data management for all areas including but not limited to HR planning, recruitment and selection, performance and reward management, absence management, disciplinary and grievance procedures and electronic record management for learning and development.

    It covers the legal implications of collecting, storing and using personnel data and will enable the learner to record data and information and to interpret, analyse and present information clearly and accurately in an appropriate format in support of decision-making to meet organisation-wide objectives.

    Resourcing Talent

    Organisational success depends on having the right skill mix. This module provides an introduction to the resourcing and talent planning process. Studying this module will enable students to understand the factors that impact on an organisation’s resourcing and talent planning activities. They will learn about the relationship between recruitment and selection by identifying the key stages in each separate but related process. The benefits to the organisation of attracting and retaining a diverse workforce will be emphasised.

    They will be able to make a positive contribution to the recruitment and selection process by developing their knowledge and skills in defining and writing job descriptions, contributing to the job advertisement process, shortlisting, conducting face-toface or telephone interviews and contributing to job offer and rejection letters. Key legislation pertaining to recruitment and selection will be covered. Finally, students will also learn more about good practice in employee induction and retention and the importance of collaborative working with other stakeholders.

    Supporting Good Practice in Managing Employee Relations

    Managing the employment relationship effectively is a key part of the role of the HR practitioner. This module aims to introduce a number of aspects of this task and to provide an introduction to employment law within the context of employee relations. The module starts with an explanation of the employment relationship and the key parties that are involved within it. It then focuses on different aspects of HR activity, looking at good practice and legal requirements within each activity.

    It is recognised that students need to have a basic understanding of employment law to enable them to operate effectively, but given this is a broad and complex area, it is acknowledged that this module only aims to provide students with the basic knowledge and assumes no prior understanding of employment law.

    Supporting Good Practice in Performance and Reward Management

    This module provides an introduction to the purpose and processes of performance and reward management and the role of HR in promoting and supporting good practice. Studying this module will enable students to develop their understanding of how motivational theories and associated tools can be used within the context of performance and reward management and how these can have a positive impact on an organisation’s business objectives.

    It also provides an overview of appropriate skills and good practice associated with performance management reviews and follow-up and the data management aspects. Additionally students will understand the role of financial and non-financial benefits and important determinants of reward decisions. On completion, students should feel more confident in providing first-line support to managers and employees on the subject of performance and reward management.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

The course is presented as four study blocks, delivered in a series of one or two-day sessions. 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 19 days in total, which equates to 142.5 contact hours.

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 30 years.

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.

Career Development

The Certificate in Human Resource 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.

Accreditation

On successful completion of the course, you’ll receive the Certificate in Human Resources Practice (CHRP) from the CIPD and will be automatically upgraded from Student Membership to Associate Membership of the CIPD.

Entry requirements

  • The course is open to personnel and training practitioners and/or people with significant human resources content in their jobs, or those wishing to move into the field of human resources.
  • 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.

Other requirements:

As part of the application process for this course, applicants will be required to attend an initial diagnostic interview with the programme leader (or his/her 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
  • Expectations
  • 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.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English Language tests.

You will need to following to apply for this course:

  • IETLS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill)

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. 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.
  • All interviews will be conducted in April for September start date.
  • For any late applications all applicants will be interviewed until last week of August.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. 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.
  • All interviews will be conducted in April for September start date.
  • For any late applications all applicants will be interviewed until last week of August.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

For details on course fees and any funding available please visit our fees and funding page for further information and any additional support.

For details on course fees and any funding available please visit our fees and funding page for further information and any additional support.

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