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Pre-Paid CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management Subscription

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

The CIPD is globally recognised for its ongoing research, experience and expertise in organisational development. A CIPD qualification will open the doors to new opportunities in HR and L&D.
  • 18-months access

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Minimum requirements

Management experience or a relevant degree/work experience

Average time to complete

9-18 months

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Over 160,000

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The CIPD is globally recognised for its research and expertise in people development, and its qualifications are often requested by many employers. The Level 5 qualification will deepen your understanding of talent management, employee relationships, and organisational performance.


As well as honing your knowledge in people management, you’ll study real-life scenarios around culture and behaviour, learn how to better manage relationships, and nurture top talent. Plus, you’ll be able to tailor your diploma to your own career path, with a choice of optional units including well-being at work, diversity and inclusion, and specialist employment law.

Who is it for?

  • Anyone currently working in HR/L&D management or anyone looking to further their career in people management.
  • Ambitious, open-minded learners that want the freedom and flexibility that comes with studying part-time.

What are the requirements?

  • While it is possible to do CIPD Level 5 without previous study, it’s recommended that you’ve already studied a CIPD qualification at Level 3, or have a relevant degree or work experience in HR or L&D.


You’ll complete a written assignment after each module, where you’ll demonstrate the knowledge you have gained throughout your studies. Each assignment will be submitted online, marked by our assessors and then moderated by CIPD.


 Once you have successfully completed the assignments for all modules, and they have been moderated by CIPD, you will be awarded your CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management.

What does the People Management syllabus cover?

This qualification consists of three core units, three specialist units and a choice of one optional unit.

  • Organisational performance and culture in practice
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Professional behaviours and valuing people

  • Employment relationship management
  • Talent management and workforce planning
  • Reward for performance and contribution

  • Specialist employment law
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Well-being at work

What does the CIPD subscription include?

100% online learning

Access all the online learning content you need to pass your Level 5 CIPD assignments.

Live online sessions

Provide a great opportunity for you to learn and ask questions in real time. You can also network with other HR professionals.

Practical resources for HR professionals

Data and coaching materials, and videos of real-life situations and advice on handling them.

Expert support from a CIPD tutor

A designated point of contact for each learning module.

No financial tie-ins

Ultimate flexibility around your timescales. You'll only pay for the time it takes you to complete with our monthly subscription.

Pricing plans

Choose a plan that allows you to study at a pace that suits you.

  • Prepaid plan


    one-off payment

    18-months access

    Pay up front and access all your learning materials for 18 months.

    A one-off payment of £1,900 will be taken from your confirmed payment details and you will have access to your learning materials for 18 months.

    Please note that you will need to select the monthly subscription if you want to access the free 14-day trial.

  • Monthly payment


    billed every month

    Free 14-day trial

    Subscribe now to access your 14-day free trial. You can cancel at any point before the end of the 14 days without being charged.

    Once the trial period is over, a recurring monthly payment of £110 will be taken from your confirmed payment details every 30 days until you cancel your subscription.

Frequently asked questions

  • Yes, we are. You can find us on the CIPD study centre finder here

  • You can choose between our monthly subscription, or the one-off payment option which gives you access to the same content for a period of 18 months.

    If your employer is funding your course, you can download an invoice from your account.

  • This will vary depending on the amount of time you have available, your previous experience and qualifications to-date. You should be committing to around 5-6 hours per week to complete the qualification in 12 months.

  • CIPD Level 3 Certificate in People Practice is ideal HR professionals that are just starting their careers e.g. HR Assistant, HR Administrator, Organisational Development Officer or Learning Administrator. It is recommended that anyone starting CIPD Level 3 is 16+ and educated to GCSE level or equivalent.

    CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management is for those currently working in a HR/Learning & Development management role, or anyone looking to further their career in people management. It is recommended that you have already studied a CIPD qualification at Level 3, or have relevant degree or work experience in L&D or HR

  • Our courses are designed to fit around your life - not the other way round. There are no set intakes, so you can start at any point in the year. You will receive instant access to your learning materials as soon as you sign up!

  • The Level 5 qualification opens the door to new job opportunities. It shows employers you have the skills and experience for more senior HR positions. Plus, because the qualification is recognised worldwide, you’ll have the opportunity to work in any sector or industry across the globe.

  • Yes, you can. However, the Level 3 courses will give you a good grounding in all aspects of L&D, so most students find it easier to complete the Level 3 qualification first - or at least have several years’ experience working in an HR role. 

  • Most people consider the Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management to be equivalent to a foundation degree.

  • The great thing about StaySharp is that you can study at your own pace. However, most people complete the CIPD Level 5 course in around 12-14 months.

  • There are many ways in which StaySharp supports it’s learners to successfully complete the CIPD course.  These include:


    Online chat – Available via our website, questions will be responded to promplty during business hours. Academic queries will be passed on to a tutor who will provide written responses within 24 hours.


    Scheduled online live sessions – A number of online live sessions lead by tutors cover module content throughout the year.  This a great opportunity speak to your fellow learners or the tutor.  Recordings are made available to access on demand.


    Drop-in online workshops – The first Thursday of every month sees a drop in session held where learners can join and ask questions on any module they are currently working on.


    Forums – You will have access to a forum dedicated to your course where you can post questions and review other students questions. A tutor will respond within 2 working days

  • Once you register for your CIPD qualification, you’ll be enrolled as a Student Member. And when you complete your qualification, you’ll be awarded CIPD Associate Membership, and the designation “Assoc CIPD” after your name.

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