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CIPD Level 3 Awards Qualification in HR

“Get ahead in your Human Resources career – boost your knowledge and skills”

CIPD Foundation Award in HR

Watson Martin (WM) is a leading provider of HR & L&D qualifications. We offer a range of CIPD programmes delivered by highly qualified practitioners with an unrivalled level of strategic experience and professionalism in HR.

A CIPD Foundation qualification in HR Practice is aimed at existing and those just starting a career
in HR and will help you understand how to become an effective HR practitioner.

We have supported candidates through to successful completion at all levels of CIPD qualification since 2004. In addition, we have extensive experience in guiding candidates through various study options as well as advising on CIPD membership upgrade and providing HR consultancy services.

We consistently achieve the highest CIPD Quality Assurance rating and are one of only very few CIPD centres approved to offer competency based assessment (mixed mode) qualifications.

“The level 3 qualification, is the academic equivalent of an A level and makes an ideal first professional qualification.”

This qualification is ideal if you:

  • are starting out in an HR or working in an HR support role
  • want to improve your understanding of how HR contributes to business success
  • are interested in CIPD to enhance and maintain your professional practice
  • aspire to become a professional member of the CIPD as an Associate Member.

Flexibility and Control of Your Learning

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“High quality learning at your pace, anywhere, anytime with ongoing support from a personal adviser”

Choosing the right qualification can be a bit daunting but we are here to help you select the correct path. Our expert advisers know everything there is to know about CIPD qualifications and can help every step of the way.

We work hard to ensure candidates are matched to the correct qualification and then work with you to help achieve your ultimate goal.

To support your learning, you will have 24/7 access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), a comprehensive online library of quality reference materials. Created, curated and managed by experienced HR practitioners, it provides a single robust, secure and integrated platform to access a personalised learning experience.

My experience of Watson Martin Partnership is extremely positive. It is a very professional organisation and I received a high level of service. Communication is excellent and whenever I had a query or needed more information I had someone who could help me.”

Michael Dawkins

“As soon as I started speaking to my personal adviser I realised that she knew her stuff like the back of her hand and this gave me confidence. We arranged our Skype calls every three to four weeks before an assignment when I would be squirrelling down notes but there was also communication through email when she would always respond quickly. She was totally supportive.”

Matt Griffiths

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Choose Your Level 3 Award Modules


You are able to undertake a Foundation Award in HR Essentials by taking one or more units, totalling 2-12 credits.

Award Modules


1. Developing yourself as an effective HR Practitioner (4DEP) – the knowledge, skills and behaviours to be effective in an HR role and the importance of CPD


2. Understanding Organisations and the Role of HR (3HRC) – how HR activities support an organisation’s strategy and assist in the achievement of business objectives


3. Recording, Analysing and Using HR Information (3RAI) – understanding the important contribution that accurate data can make to the HR function


4. Resourcing Talent (3RTO) – factors that impact on an organisation’s resourcing and talent planning, and key knowledge and skills for recruitment and selection


5. Supporting Good Practice in Managing the Employment Relationship (3MER) – the employment relationship, HR activity, good practice and legal requirements


6. Supporting Good Practice in Performance and Reward Management (3PRM) – motivational theory’s link to performance, reward, and business objectives


7. Contributing to the process of Job Analysis (3CJA) – principles of job design and the various uses of job analysis


8. Supporting Change in Organisations (3SCO) – understanding the change process to support the organisation and its employees


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to speak to one of our friendly advisers, or to make a quick enquiry. Alternatively, leave us your contact details here.

Proven and Personalised Study Routes


Programme duration: 2 months

We offer an online delivery method for all our Awards, which is perfect for those who prefer to learn at their own pace from home, an office or even on the move while commuting. Our Virtual learning Environment (VLE) can be accessed at any time, and gives you a wide range of learning materials You will also have one to one sessions with your personal adviser over Skype or phone during the working week to provide extra support and help you with your unit and assignment.

Price: £350 + £45* + VAT

Note: The price above is for each unit.

* WM CIPD Registration. You will also be required to pay for CIPD student membership (contact CIPD for current pricing information).

A Typical Candidate Journey: Online Programme

Online Programme



An induction webinar via Skype or Zoom


Live sessions with your adviser via Skype or Zoom


You will submit written work that are assessed by our experts and verified by CIPD external verifiers


To support your learning, you will have access to our comprehensive online library of quality reference materials

Typical Candidate Journey


CIPD resources webinar

VLE Access

Guided reading, access to the VLE throughout your programme duration


Feedback from your personal adviser


Live meeting with your personal adviser

Written Work

Draft submission and assessment

Written Work

Final submission and assessment


You’ve passed!
CIPD will now send your Award

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