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Diploma in Human Resources (B)

Why Oxford Learning College


Oxford College is pleased to offer the Level 3 Diploma in Human Resources. This course is aimed at individuals with an interest in developing their knowledge and understanding of Human Resource issues. This could be either through a role as an individual working in Human Resources (HR), for those who wish to work in professions where HR is related to the sphere of work, or as a means to build on an existing knowledge base in its own right. The aim of this online course in Human Resources is to enable learners to acquire a thorough grounding in the principal subjects underlying the practice of Human Resources Management (HRM).


Course Content


The course consists of 10 modules, which progressively develop the learner’s knowledge of this complex, yet rewarding area.

  • Module 1: Introduction to Human Resource Management (HRM)
  • Module 2: The modern HRM environment
  • Module 3: The contract of employment
  • Module 4: Contents of the contract of employment
  • Module 5: Termination of the contract of employment
  • Module 6: Discrimination in Employment
  • Module 7: Trades Union and Industrial Conflict
  • Module 8: Motivational techniques
  • Module 9: Key human resource processes
  • Module 10: Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics



Module 1: Introduction to Human Resource Management (HRM)


The first module of the diploma will help us to identify exactly what is meant when we use the term HRM. We will explore the distinctions between the practices of HRM and Personnel Management. In this module we will explore;

  • The concept is traced from its early development through to the present day.
  • The two "schools" of HRM are then discussed and the differences between them identified.
  • This module is concluded by a brief consideration of the European context.



Module 2: The modern HRM environment


In the second module of the diploma we will analyse the factors surrounding the present HRM environment. We will do this by considering a number of factors including the following;

  • Globalisation
  • Recent public sector developments
  • The Labour market
  • Vocation training and education

By the conclusion of this module you will have acquired a sound knowledge of the underlying background of HRM and its place in the World today.



Module 3: The contract of employment


In the 3rd Module of this diploma we will consider the role and importance of the contract of employment. The contract of employment is something which is frequently overlooked in HRM courses. In this module learners will examine a number of important areas including;

  • The nature of the contract of employment
  • The importance of establishing the status of the worker
  • The various criteria used in order to determine this question
  • The influence of European law upon this area

The module also contains a number of case based exercises which will assist the learner in testing their understanding as they progress through the module.



Module 4: Contents of the contract of employment


In the fourth module of this course we will now consider the contents of the contract and the relative importance of different terms. Having established the importance of contracts of employment, the student will explore the following points in this module;

  • Mutual duties of employer and employee
  • Distinctions between different contractual terms
  • The concept of vicarious liability



Module 5: Termination of the contract of employment


This fifth module of the diploma examines the various routes by which the contract of employment can come be terminated. In this module we explore dismissal and unfair dismissal. In addition the module explores the following;

  • The basic considerations affecting redundancy
  • The concept of frustration
  • The common law view of dismissal



Module 6: Discrimination in Employment


This sixth module of the diploma explores the issue of discrimination in Employment. Not only the traditional areas of discrimination such as racial and sexual discrimination, but also considers forms of discrimination that are more recent developments including;

  • Disability Discrimination
  • Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation

The entire area is placed within the context of European and domestic law.



Module 7: Trade Union and Industrial Conflict


In the seventh module of the diploma, learners will explore the role and function of Trade Unions and Industrial Conflict and its implications for Human Resources. In particular we will examine the following;

  • What exactly do we mean by the term "trade union"?
  • How have these bodies developed throughout the course of history
  • The legal status afforded to trades unions
  • An outline of the area of industrial conflict



Module 8: Motivational techniques


In the eighth topic of the HR diploma course we will explore motivational techniques that can be used for success in Human Resources. The focus of the module is on behavioural scientific techniques. In this module we will explore the following;

  • What do we mean when we use the term "motivation"?
  • A consideration of some of the barriers to motivation
  • An analysis of the different "schools" of motivation i.e. content and process
  • A detailed look at the work of leading theorists in this area



Module 9: Key human resource processes


In this penultimate module of the diploma in Human Resources we will explore key human resource areas that are among the main processes of HR. Many of these processes in turn are our daily "bread and butter" of the HRM specialist and they include;

  • Recruitment and selection
  • Learning organisations
  • Performance management
  • Appraisal.



Module 10: Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics


In this final module of the diploma, we explore two relatively new concepts to Human Resources. In this module we will consider the potential responses by the HRM specialist to concerns such as environmental awareness and the pressures of national and international governments that may be applied that will affect the HR specialist. The module proposes a number of steps which a responsible HRM specialist may espouse in order to display both its "green" and ethical credentials in the 21st century.

Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit

Assessment Method

Final online multiple choice examination.

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.


Diploma in Human Resources (B)

This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
Quality Assured by QLS

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an e-Certificate from Oxford Learning College. There is also the option to purchase an Embossed Certificate and also a certificate from ABC Awards for the qualification.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers. Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

How can I progress

For more information on how to progress after completing this course, please click here

Additional Information

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.

To view the differences between our qualifications, please click HERE

What's Included

Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department for the duration of the course (1 year). Certification upon completion. All examination fees.

Course Fee


Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

Further Information

The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.

The Level 3 Diplomas require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.

They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.

Level 3 Diploma courses can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.

Progression from Level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

This is a flexible learning course, so the more time you have to commit to your studies, the sooner you are able to complete.

In the student 'On Campus' you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 3 working days.

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