HR Consultant/Partner Apprenticeship Level 5 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

You will use your HR expertise to provide and lead the delivery of HR solutions to business challenges, together with tailored advice to the business in a number of HR areas, typically to mid-level and senior managers.

You could be in a generalist role, where you provide support across a range of HR areas – likely to be the Core HR option; or a specialist role, where you focus on and have in depth expertise in a specific area of HR – likely to be Resourcing, Total Reward, Organisation Development, or HR Operations. Whichever of these is chosen, you will have a good grounding across the whole range of HR disciplines as this is contained in both of the qualification options included in this standard.

You will often be required to make decisions and recommendations on what the business can/should do in a specific situation. You will be influencing managers to change their thinking as well as bringing best practice into the organisation. You are also likely to lead the people related elements of business or HR projects. Whatever your role, you will need to link the work you do to the context and priorities of the business. In a larger organisation you may be one of a team supporting the business and you may also have responsibility for managing people. You will develop a wide range of knowledge, skills and behaviours in areas such as:

  • HR Technical expertise
  • MI and Technology
  • HR function
  • HR Consultancy
  • Providing support and advice
  • Contributing to business change
  • Building HR capability
  • HR information analysis
  • Personal development
  • Relationship management

You can work towards the HR Consultant/Partner apprenticeship within any organisation as long as the job role gives you the opportunity to work towards the knowledge, skills and behaviours elements of the apprenticeship standard. Your Apprenticeship Recruitment Advisor will be able to support this.

If you have not already achieved GCSE grade A-C or 9-4 in English and maths (level 2), you will need to achieve Functional skills at level 2 prior to completion of your Apprenticeship.

Units of study/what is involved

  • You will complete a CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in Human Resource Management
  • During your apprenticeship, you will complete the ‘on-programme’ element of the apprenticeship, which includes the above qualification and the building of an online portfolio evidencing the knowledge, skills and behaviours you’ve gained throughout your apprenticeship. Following this, your assessor, employer and you will decide when you are ready to undertake the ‘End Point Assessment’ which includes a consultative project and a professional discussion.

For more information regarding this apprenticeship, please read the apprenticeship standard here.

You need to be employed to start an Apprenticeship. Please visit our vacancy page or if you have an employer, please ensure you add full contact details of your employer within your application. If you are unable to secure employment, you could enrol on a full-time study programme and transfer to an Apprenticeship at a later date. Please apply for a full-time course as your second option.

Assessment Methods


  • Work-place assessment
  • Knowledge support

End Point Assessment:

  • Consultative project
  • Professional discussion

Progression Options

Successful completion of this standard enables you 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. This apprenticeship could be an entry level role to the business, however, it is more is likely to be a progression from a lower level role or apprenticeship, building on the knowledge and skills gained in that role or apprenticeship. On completion of this apprenticeship, you will be fully competent in the role and this will give you an in depth knowledge of HR in your chosen field. You can then continue to develop in that field (perhaps through a further apprenticeship), or broaden your HR expertise in another area to develop your career. Separately, there are a range of qualifications available for further study up to post graduate level.

Course Summary

Course Title HR Consultant/Partner Apprenticeship Level 5
Entry Requirements

You must gain a position that enables you to evidence the knowledge, skills and behaviours element of the apprenticeship with an employer committed to the values of apprenticeships and sit a successful interview with an Apprenticeship Recruitment Advisor at the University Centre.

Attendance Requirements Full time
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I decided to do Level 2 Business which I thoroughly enjoyed which made me chose to develop my understanding of Business and so then I went on to do Level 3 in Business. I have gained confidence, knowledge and multiple skills throughout the course and It has helped me to understand what I want to do in the future.

Ellie Wills

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