Every learner is different, so you should always talk to an experienced CIPD advisor before choosing your course, but generally, CIPD Level 3 Foundation courses are for those with no or minimal HR experience.
They're perfect if you’re looking for your first HR role as they cover the basics of HR and give you the knowledge you’ll need to shine in an entry-level position.
As Level 3 has been designed for beginners, you may already have many of the skills that it covers if you’re working in an entry-level HR role. You should only choose to study a Foundation qualification if you feel you need to consolidate your knowledge of basic HR practices.
If you’re currently working in HR and looking to progress your career, you’ll likely be better served by a CIPD Level 5 Intermediate qualification. They're designed for those with some HR experience or a university degree who want to progress to mid-level roles like HR Advisor or Manager.
If you have significant HR experience or an HR degree, a CIPD Level 7 Advanced qualification is right for you. They'll build on your existing experience and prepare you for strategic senior HR roles.
Still not sure? Before you enrol with us, our expert CIPD advisors will talk through your experience, education, and ambitions to ensure you’re choosing the right course for you.