Senior People Professional Apprenticeship (HR Specialism)
The Senior People Professional Apprenticeship meets the professional development needs of participants and their employing organisations. The programme enables Human Resource Management practitioners to make a substantial contribution to enhancing business performance through the effective deployment of theoretical concepts, personal knowledge and skills.
Cross-cutting themes of the programme include:
- ethical practice and decision making, and the need for HR practitioners to develop and sustain an ethical framework to advise and manage, consistent with the CIPD Code of Practice and employment law
- the impact of globalisation on all aspects of HRM, and the importance of HR practitioners being able to advise and manage within international, diverse workforces.
Apprentices benefit from learning alongside the central postgraduate Human Resource Management community, and can make a direct impact by applying their learning in the workplace, including developing a board-level project proposal.
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This apprenticeship is for Human Resources practitioners in organisations of all sizes, sectors and industries looking to champion the people agenda by extending their HR management knowledge.
The course provides opportunities to practise and develop skills in a safe and supportive environment, whilst working towards Chartered Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
For employers, investing in a Senior People Professional apprenticeship can be a valuable addition to talent management programmes – providing a route to retain staff, maximise the potential of individuals and improve organisational performance.
The cost of the Apprenticeship for 2023/24 entry (drawn down from the monthly employer levy): £18,500 (subject to annual review)
Apprentices should normally be working in a suitable human resources position which gives opportunity to put new learning underpinning the subject area into practice.
- a second class honours undergraduate degree from a recognised UK / overseas institution; or
- an equivalent professional qualification; or
- a minimum of three years relevant advisory, supervisory or management employment - paired with other qualifications, experience (or both), demonstrating knowledge and capabilities to succeed on the course
As well as:
- hold English and Maths Level 2 equivalent to GCSE A*-C or 9-4
- eligible to join an apprenticeship scheme
English & Maths Level 2 can be studied towards during the apprenticeship if not already held; however, both must be completed before progression onto the End Point Assessment. Some employers may require that these be achieved by staff before enrolling on the course.
- 130 Postgraduate credits – for which apprentices can claim a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.
- Eligibility for CIPD Chartered Membership.
- Development of skills, knowledge and behaviours underpinning successful human resource and people management.
- A positive investment in developing HR staff.
Core learning is typically delivered over 32 months. Apprentices study the equivalent of one day-a-week in ‘off-the-job’ training through a combination of asynchronous online study and synchronous sessions on campus (usually Tuesday evening and Saturdays for which the employer should permit time off in lieu).
Progress in the workplace is monitored through regular contact between the employer, apprentice and tutors.
- People Resourcing and Talent management
- Employee Engagement, Performance & Reward
- Employment Law
- Contemporary Issues and Challenges for HRM
- Learning, Development & Coaching
- Understanding Organisations and Managing Change
- Developing Skills for Business Leadership
- Critical Investigation Skills
Apprentices also develop a portfolio of evidence to support and demonstrate their apprenticeship journey through to End Point Assessment.
See the programme structure.
The End Point Assessment (EPA) brings together evidence demonstrating that an apprentice has the knowledge, skills and behaviours expected of a senior people professional HR specialist.
Typically taken over 4 months, the EPA is externally assessed and comprises:
- a project proposal, presentation and questioning
- a professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
After the apprenticeship has been completed, there is the option to continue learning by topping up to our full MA Human Resource Management.
In the top-up, learners complete a research project (which might be an opportunity to enact the project proposal developed for the apprenticeship), adding further value to the employing organisation.
Oxford Brookes Business School has a long history of working with businesses of all sizes and sectors - developing key services, and connecting them to world-class expertise and research.
- Extensive experience of delivering flexible programmes designed for busy working professionals.
- A collaborative learning environment - utilising project-based assignments, one-on-one coaching and individual personal support.
- Programmes which give focus on developing strategies to work with and lead diverse groups of people from different backgrounds.