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PgDip Human Resource Management

Course Description

Course Summary

HR is changing – it is more business focused, internationally oriented and adds more value than ever.

This course provides new or unqualified practitioners and line managers with the knowledge, understanding and skills to be highly effective HR specialists.

Using critical analysis and investigation, you will develop an understanding of the business context of HR, and its role in driving performance.

Intermediate qualifications available:

- Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level

Choose Human Resource Management PgDip at Bedfordshire and:

- Study employee resourcing, learning, development, reward and relations on a part-time, modular course that is designed to fit in with your existing work commitments
- Explore your practical skills and widen your understanding of the HR issues that affect a range of local and national, public, private and not-for-profit organisations
- Develop alongside other engaged and ambitious students currently working in personnel and development roles
- Gain Associate Membership with the eligibility to be upgraded to a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development following completion of the course
- Benefit from the development of strategic specialist HR and generic management skills that will enable you to make a creative and motivating contribution to organisational effectiveness.

Why choose this course?

In the fast moving world of HRM, professional qualifications are an important way to build your knowledge and demonstrate expertise in the workplace. This course will develop your critical thinking and understanding of organisations as well as your learning how to develop creative and strategic HR solutions for sustained organisational performance. The professional level of Associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is achieved upon completion.

Career Management Skills

The course supports the enhancement of your employability through its emphasis on the skills and knowledge related to improving HR managerial practice at work. The central principle underlying the learning and assessment of this course is reflective practice, and you will be encouraged to apply this developmental approach to the consolidation and development of your career. The course aims to make the most of a wide variety of learning opportunities, both in the workplace as well as the classroom, and seeks to develop or improve a range of transferable behavioural skills and competences necessary in business leadership and HRM, such as: curiosity, collaboration, decision-making, negotiation and having the courage to challenge.

The local CIPD Branch also offers a programme of events (http://www.cipd.co.uk/branches/events) aimed at promoting members' education, development and networking. These include updates on employment law, skills development in key areas, and workshops in areas such as managing diversity and coaching. You will also have an opportunity to become a committee member for the local CIPD Branch as part of your development into professionalism.

Career/Further study opportunities

This course is designed for you to pursue a professional career in the field of human resource management. The portfolio that you will create as part of the Reflective Practice in Business Leadership unit can be used as evidence towards moving from Associate membership upon completion of the course to Chartered membership of the CIPD. You will be expected to provide detailed reflections on your knowledge, skills and understanding as part of continuing professional development standards (for the CIPD) and membership upgrade. On completion of the course you are provided with an extra opportunity to meet with the course co-ordinator (past member of CIPD upgrade panel) and the CIPD local branch representative to discuss how to upgrade their membership and demonstrate that they have met the CIPDs eight core behaviours in their ten professional areas.

On completing this course you are likely to progress into one or more of the following areas:

- Professional HR role with responsibility for HR decision-making within an organisation at either operational, tactical or more strategic level;
- Specialist HRM roles in the field of: resourcing and talent management, employee reward, employment relations, learning and talent development;
- Independent or employed consultants who support organisations in meeting their goals and specifically concerned with the management and development of employees;
- Professional HR role within organisations concerned with public policy matters relating to employment affairs and communication.

Further study: On completing this course you are likely to transfer your credits to complete the MSc in Human Resource Management at the University (60 further credits).

Visit the PgDip Human Resource Management page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Standard: The course welcomes applications from potential students with no formal qualifications furthering the widening participation strategy of the University and increasing the diversity of the course in line with the Universitys Education Strategy. The course also welcomes applicants from all sectors and job roles ranging from HR assistants through to senior HR managers and a variety of junior, middle and senior management roles. You will be interviewed by the course co-ordinator (where applicable) to determine suitability for the course.

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