Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

The CIPD Level 3 Foundation Diploma is designed to introduce you to a wide range of practical skills required by today’s roles in Human Resources including: human resources assistants, learning and development assistants, personnel assistants or officers, line managers, secretarial assistants, clerical staff and trainers. The Diploma incorporates the Level 3 Certificate so you do not need to have this to apply for the Diploma.


You must become a student member at the beginning of your course. As a student member of the CIPD benefits will include online access to the CIPD student resources, copies of the CIPD’s People Management magazine plus access to networking and other opportunities via the CIPD branch network.

Students will be responsible for their own membership joining fees payable directly to the CIPD.  There is a well-stocked library within the College and individual lecturers will advise on recommended texts.



The CIPD is Europe’s largest HR development professional body. They are a globally recognised brand with over 140,000 members and pride themselves on supporting and developing those responsible for the management and development of people within organisations. CIPD membership and qualifications are widely acknowledged as a benchmark for professionalism and are a requirement for many roles in human resources and learning and development.  The college is proud to be an accredited CIPD centre


Tuition £1987

Please note that while we make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to education, additional fees may be payable where this is not possible. For example, to provide additional support due to a disability. Please contact us if you believe you have any additional needs so that we can discuss your options before enrolling on a course.

Financial Support and Funding

To help with the costs of studying, this course is eligible for:

To check your individual eligibility, please contact us online or telephone 01252 405555.

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If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

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Studies include

How will I be taught?

Students must achieve an 80% minimum attendance requirement and commit to self-directed study when preparing for class/group work and assignments.  You will also be required to attend pre-arranged individual tutorials.

Although the course content is delivered in the classroom, the emphasis is on the application of the theory, knowledge and skills into the workplace.  Your employer will benefit from your development as you progress throughout the course and apply your learning in the workplace on a day by day basis. 

What modules are covered?

Units Studied:

  • Developing Yourself as an Effective HR Practitioner
  • Understanding Organisations and the Role of HR
  • Recording, Analysing and Using HR Information
  • Resourcing Talent
  • Supporting Good Practice in Employee Relations
  • Supporting Individual Learning through Coaching and Mentoring
  • Supporting Change Within Organisations
  • Supporting Good Practice in Performance and Reward Management

How will I be assessed?

Each unit is assessed by an assignment or set of assignments, as well as skills activities such as role plays and presentations. There are no examinations. 

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What Next?

Once you have successfully completed the Level 3 Foundation Diploma you can progress onto the CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in HRM.

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Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

The CIPD Level 3 Foundation Diploma is an open access course aimed at students just beginning their careers in HR or those who do not have a qualification higher than Level 3 (A level).  You must have a pass in both GCSE maths and GCSE English. Discussion with a member of the HR teaching team is required prior to, or at enrolment.

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Start Dates

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Mode Part Time
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Duration 33 Weeks
Days MON
Time 09:30 - 14:30
Start 07/09/2020
Stage 9283/201EFA
Mode Part Time
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Duration 33 Weeks
Days TUE
Time 16:00 - 21:00
Start 08/09/2020
Stage 9283/201EFB
Mode Part Time
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Duration 33 Weeks
Days TUE
Time 16:00 - 21:00
Start 19/01/2021
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