Course Details

Course Objective

Foundation qualifications reflect a wide range of relevant practical skills in learning and development practice. This CIPD Foundation qualification in L & D programme is ideal for anyone who wants to become a CIPD qualified L&D professional and wants to keep their knowledge and skills up to date or to enhance and maintain their professional practice.

Targeted Audience

Individuals who:

  • Are aspiring to, or embarking on, a career in L&D
  • Are working in the field of L&D in a support role and wish to develop their knowledge and skills
  • Have responsibility for L&D activities and decisions within an organization without a specialist function.


Prospective candidates must demonstrate a high standard of both spoken and written English to register for a CIPD qualification and must have undertaken an approved assessment in the last two years.

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • Foundation level programmes – a score of 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each category.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet-based test
    • Foundation level programmes – a score of 71 overall with a minimum of 17 in each category.
  • Pearsons Test of English
    • Foundation level programmes – a score of 50 overall with a minimum of 50 in each category.
  • Cambridge proficiency or advanced tests Grade C or above or equivalent.

Delivery Method

This Foundation Diploma typically takes between 6-12 months to complete.

  • Recorded Induction Session: Includes a programme overview and an induction to the VLE
  • Role of Adviser: Eight 1:1 sessions with a personal adviser, dates confirmed between candidate and adviser
  • Two progress Q+A webinars (live): An opportunity to ask questions about any aspect of your study alongside peers
  • Recorded content to view on VLE for core units, covering key aspects
  • Assessments are submitted after delivery of all webinars and by the end of 6 months from programme commencement date

Exam & Certification


There is no exam for this qualification. You need to submit assignments which will be marked by the assessors.


Based on the assignment evaluation, you’ll be awarded the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Learning and Development.


Course Outline

  • Induction & CIPD Profession Map

The knowledge, skills and behaviours to be effective in an L&D role and the importance of continuous professional development

The nature of the L&D function and how it supports the achievement of organisational objectives

How L&D needs arise and why it is important to be aware of them

The way that an inclusive L&D activity can be designed to address identified objectives

Equips you with the knowledge and opportunity to prepare and deliver L&D activities

How to identify, collect and analyse information required to evaluate an L&D activity

Shows you how you can use coaching and mentoring models and techniques to support learning

How to facilitate collective learning and social media to harness organisational and individual learning

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