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PEOPLE PRACTICE Level 3 Foundation Certificate

CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice

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Level 3
Mode of Study
Course Type
Further Education
Newry Campus


The Institute of Personnel Development is now the world’s largest professional institute for the management and development of people with over 75,000 members across the UK and Ireland. Their programmes of learning and competence accreditation are the most respected in the world and lead to highly valued professional qualifications.

This course highlights the importance of understanding the business and international context within which HR operates, and the role of HR in driving sustained organisational performance. These qualifications are designed to introduce you to a wide range of practical skills required by today’s HR Officers, Secretarial/Personal Assistants, Line Managers/Trainers and Clerical staff.

This entry-level qualification is perfect for those working in, or looking to find, their first role in the people profession, and will provide you with:

  • A solid grounding in People Practice
  • The knowledge, skills and behaviours and to deliver tasks that benefit your organisation at an operational level
  • The confidence to support positive change for your colleagues and organisation.

There is a £40 CIPD joining fee and a £147 subscription fee. Total £187. Paid directly to CIPD.

New CIPD qualifications are being introduced in 2021. Based on the new Profession Map, the qualifications focus on the knowledge and behaviours required to create value and make an impact in the changing world of work. The new qualifications set the standard for people professionals. We are planning to offer these from September 2021 (pending CIPD approval). At this stage we are taking expressions of interest. More information will be available once approval is confirmed.’ 


You should have relevant experience in a HR environment or, if aspiring to a career in HR, you may also be considered.

You will be called for a pre-enrolment advice session (PEAS). These sessions will be informal and you will be able to discuss your course choices. You will have the opportunity to ask questions to make sure that you are making the right decision.

This qualification is designed for learners aged 18+ who want to learn about people practice. Although there are no formal entry requirements, it is expected that learners can access the appropriate literacy and numeracy needed to complete the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice. 

The CIPD has a policy for students where English is not their first language that gives guidance on appropriate English language entry requirements. The policy can be found on the CIPD website 

If studying a certificate qualification, you will need to join as a student member throughout the duration of your studies. On successful completion of CIPD Foundation Certificate qualification, you will gain Associate Professional Membership.


The CIPD Foundation Certificate in People Practice incorporates the following four modules:

  • 3CO01 Business, culture and change in context
  • 3CO02 Principles of Analytics
  • 3CO03 Core behaviours for people professionals
  • 3CO04 Essentials of people practice 


1 evening per week for 1 year


You can progress to the Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management, which provides the knowledge towards Associate Professional membership of CIPD. Learners may also progress to other higher education study within the College. 


All full-time courses starting in September 2021 are open for applications. Please click on the Apply Now button (top right in the blue box) to begin your application. 

If you require any assistance with your application you can call us on 0300 123 1223.


Sheenagh Walsh

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Concession Fees may be available to students enrolling on Further Education courses who are in receipt of any of the following benefits: Universal Credit (net income below £14,000) Guaranteed Pension Credit / Housing Benefit (Rates Rebate) or Rate Relief/ Working Tax Credit (where household income is £16,190 or below/ In-come based Employment and Support Allowance Income Support/ In-come based Jobseekers Allowance/ Republic of Ireland means tested benefit. All exam/material fees must be paid in addition to the concession fee.

Registration, materials and certificate fees (subject to charge by the awarding body) are payable where shown at enrolment. All courses are subject to satisfactory enrolment numbers being achieved and sustained throughout the year. A student will be offered a refund of fees where a course is cancelled by the College or where a student does not attend their course of study. However, a £20 administrative fee will be imposed on a student who is unable to attend a course and does not give the College a minimum of 5 working days' notice before the course commences. A refund is not available to anyone who leaves a course after making one or more attendances.


Information about our fees policy including details on registration and reduced fees as well as refunds can be found HERE

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    £252.00 (Course)
    £126.00 (Concession)
    £96.00 (Exam)
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