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Level 5 Certificate in Human Resources for School Business Professionals (C5)

CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource for School Business Professionals


The CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management is an ideal way to help broaden the knowledge and extend the HR skills of school business professionals.

As well as providing a recognised professional qualification, the programme helps to acquire a wide range of relevant, practical skills that can be applied in your school. The programme enables learners to:

  • maintain and develop the effectiveness and efficiency of the operations for which they are responsible
  • underpin and develop their knowledge of aspects of their roles to add value for their organisation
  • substantiate their experience with an accredited qualification.


What will you study?

The Certificate is made up of six units, detailed below:

  • Business Issues and the Contexts of Human Resources
  • Using Information in Human Resources
  • Employee Engagement
  • Improving Organisational Performance
  • Employment Law
  • Developing Professional Practice

All of these units map to the ISBL Professional Standards HR discipline, which focuses on school business professionals undertaking this activity for their school to ensure regulatory and legal compliance of the management and development of school staff to deliver the school’s/trust’s strategic priorities in line with its vision. ISBL recognises the importance of the people strategy implemented to the success of a school and its attraction and retention of staff.


How long is the programme?

This certificate programme is approximately nine months in length.

You can view a draft timetable for the programme here.


How is the programme delivered?

The programme delivery is predominantly Live Online, which includes live, interactive webinar sessions delivered by an industry expert tutor. All sessions are also recorded to enable learners to access them on demand.

Two of the units (Employment Law and Developing Professional Practice) will be delivered via Classroom Choice in Manchester and incorporate a full-day, classroom workshop session as well as a live pre-assessment webinar.

Location of the two face-to-face sessions in Manchester will be: Kaplan Manchester, 6th Floor, St James' Building 79 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6FQ



How is the programme assessed?

All units are assessed via essay-based assignment. These assignments are usually 2,000–4,000 words in length, depending on the module.






Delivered by an industry expert tutor.


ISBL member rate: £2,450 + VAT

Non-member rate: £2,750 + VAT

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