CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in Learning & Development

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The CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Learning & Development is ideal if you're looking to progress to an L&D management position or build on your existing L&D management skills. It's also the best way to continue your professional development if you've studied L&D at Foundation level.

By studying L&D with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the largest professional HR and Development body in Europe, you'll be developing your own skills and career while you learn to do the same for others.

The course is real-world focused, giving you skills you'll be able to use at work from day one. You'll learn to understand Learning and Development within the context of the entire organisation, and how to use metrics to build business cases for L&D.

You'll be able to manage the L&D function within your company, implement coaching and mentoring for both individuals and groups, and improve the leadership skills of those in senior roles.

Once you've completed your course, you'll automatically become an Associate Member of the CIPD.

  • 92% of ICS Learn graduates end up working in HR.

Who is it for

CIPD Intermediate qualifications are ideal if you want to:

Develop your existing L&D skills

Maintain your CIPD membership

Achieve a more senior L&D role within your business or organisation

Be seen to be a professional L&D expert with a broad range of skills and knowledge


Completing the CIPD Intermediate Diploma in Learning & Development requires studying 7 units worth 6 credits each - totaling 42 credits. These include:

Developing Professional Practice

Understanding the Context of L&D

Using Information Metrics and Developing Business Cases for L&D

Implementing Coaching and Mentoring

Facilitating Collective and Social Learning

Developing Leadership and Management Skills

Managing the L&D Business Function


You don't need any prior experience or qualifications to take this Intermediate L&D level course. If you have experience in HR or L&D, this will be beneficial, but it's not essential.

If English is your second language, you'll need an IELTS 6.5 or ESOL Level 2 (or equivalent). If you don't have this, we'll review your case on an individual basis.

Career Path

A Level 5 qualification in Learning & Development from the leading professional body in the field ensures you'll be able to excel in any L&D or training management role.

Jobs you could enter or progress in with this level of study include:

L&D Analyst

L&D Manager

L&D Advisor

L&D Business Partner

Recruitment Manager

Any CIPD qualification is highly attractive to employers, as it demonstrates both your professional expertise and your commitment to furthering your career.

Plus, once you graduate, you'll automatically become an Associate Member of CIPD, showing that you hold yourself to the highest professional standards.

If you decide to continue your professional development with CIPD, your study and further experience could lead to Chartered status with the Institute, and the potential for lucrative and rewarding senior level roles.