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CIPD Intermediate Award in Learning & Development

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CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Qualification in L&D

“Boost your HR knowledge and skills to evaluate the effectiveness of different HR models and practices”

CIPD Intermediate Award in L&D

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 Intermediate qualification in HR Management is aimed at existing and aspiring HR or Learning and Development Managers and will help you develop an understanding of how HR contributes to business success.

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 5 qualification, which is set at the level of a University degree is ideal for all those currently employed in advisory level roles who would like to develop HR Management skills.”

This qualification is ideal if you:

  • Aspire to become a professional member of the CIPD, as an Associate member
  • Seek to enhance and develop your professional L&D knowledge after studying a CIPD Level 3 programme
  • Are contributing to L&D decision making at an operational or strategic level and seek to understand the role of L&D in the wider context.
  • Are an L&D professional in a team who has a responsibility for HRM. Are responsible for the L&D function and activities within an organisation without a specialist function.
  • Are working as an independent or employed HRM consultant

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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 5 Award Modules

You are able to undertake an Intermediate Award in HR by taking one or more units, totalling 3-12 credits.

Award Modules


1. Developing professional practice in L&D (5LDP) – helps you understand the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of an L&D professional.


2. Understanding the context of L&D (5CLD) – enables you to appreciate the key factors that influence the achievement of L&D objectives in varying organisations.


3. Using information, metrics and developing business cases for L&D (5DBC)– equips you with the skills to conduct research in an area of L&D


4. Designing and developing digital and blended learning solutions (5DBS) – how digital technologies are shaping blended learning solutions


5. Enhancing participant engagement in the learning process (5PEL) – how you can use motivation and psychology to enhance engagement


6. Using facilitating skills (5UFS) – The nature of facilitation models and the principles of using these techniques in a business context


7. Implementing coaching and mentoring (5ICM) – how coaching and mentoring can support a range of organisational initiatives


8. Developing and using consultancy skills (5CNS) – the common stages in the consultation process in an L&D context


9. Managing the L&D business function (5LBF) – the evolving nature, purpose and business improvement activities of the L&D function


10. Managing L&D suppliers (5LDS) – the skills to handle a procurement process within the context of L&D


11. Facilitating collective and social learning (5CSL) – how technology has transformed the nature and shape of learning


12. Understanding organisational development (5UOD) – a range of models of organisational development and their practical application in an L&D context


13. Understanding the role of L&D in talent development (5LTD) – the role of the L&D function in attracting, developing and retaining talent


14. Developing leadership & management skills (5LMS) – different approaches to creating successful leadership and management programmes


15. Developing and delivering L&D solutions for international markets (5LDI) – the concept of L&D in cross-cultural settings


16. Evaluating L&D in a knowledge economy (5ELD) – the meaning, purpose, tools and techniques of evaluation within an L&D context


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Proven and Personalised Study Routes


Programme duration: 3 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: £500 + £45* + VAT

Note: The price shown 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


There are no exams at Intermediate level


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

Typical Candidate Journey

WM Induction

Online induction with an expert tutor

VLE Access

Guided reading, access to the VLE throughout your programme duration


Feedback from your personal adviser


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 Certificate

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