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Level 5 Apprenticeship in Human Resources


Course Overview

This apprenticeship includes learning about human resources to provide and lead the delivery of HR solutions to business challenges, along with giving tailored advice to the business in a number of HR areas, typically to mid-level and senior managers.

You will learn to take ownership of making decisions and recommendations on what the business can or should do in a specific situation, and influence managers to change their thinking as well as bringing best practice into the organisation.

Job roles for an apprenticeship in this sector include: HR manager, HR consultant, HR partner, HR operations. These roles can vary within the HR department of small, medium and large businesses.

Course Content

The primary role of Human Resources Consultant can vary between core HR factors or focusing on in-depth expertise in specific HR areas, however the variations of roles still cover good knowledge across the whole range of HR disciplines. You will learn how to take action for all personnel requirements related to elements of a business for HR projects and prioritise work in accordance to business needs, and support the HR team as an individual or have the responsibility of managing a team.

Throughout the apprenticeship you will learn:
  • HR Technical Expertise - understand all HR disciplines, understand HR legislation and have excellent working knowledge of an organisations HR policies and procedures, understanding of HR within chosen work sector and any unique features within the sector, stay up to date with best practice.
  • Business Understanding - understand what the business does and how it operates including the external market and the sector they operate in including the challenges and issues faced, understand the businesses HR KPI's and metrics, use this knowledge to analyse how the business is performing and how this impacts the role.
  • HR Function - understand the structure and responsibilities of the HR function, policies and processes, and where to source HR specialist expertise.
  • MI and Technology - understand the HR systems and where to find HR/management data both internally and externally including benchmarking, know how technology impacts the business and HR, including social media.

Successful completion of this standard enables the apprentice to apply to become an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Chartered membership can be achieved through further qualifications or experience based assessment.

Entry Requirement

4 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent (Functional Skills). 

Learners must be employed within the sector to enrol on the apprenticeship. 
It is a requirement that each candidate becomes a member of CIPD within four weeks after the start of the course.


As part of the apprenticeship programme you will be assessed through written assignments, observed practice, consultive projects and professional discussions. The apprentice will learn and work on the employer premises, as well as attend classroom sessions once a week at BCoT. All apprentices will be required to complete a formal end point assessment (EPA) which will consist of a consultative project and a professional discussion.

Where does this course lead to

Upon completion of the apprenticeship you can progress further within the profession into a wide range of HR roles across many sectors, or pursue further study towards an additional qualification up to postgraduate level.


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Course Outline

Course Code: MP63
Study Mode: Apprenticeship
Location: Basingstoke
Duration: 2 Years
Start Date: Flexible
2023 Basingstoke College of Technology, Worting Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 8TN.
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