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  • Objectives
    · Develop a broad understanding of the principles of HR administration & management · Learn techniques and good practice for Human Resource administration · Select a modular approach to study which provides opportunities to specialise · Prepare for CIPD studying qualifications · Extend their existing HR knowledge and experience · Gain a recognised award from a leading UK awarding body
  • Course description
    UK Open Learning is a registered centre with Open College Network North West Region.

    OCNNWR is licensed with the National Open College Network which is approved as an awarding body with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)

    Do you want a FULLY recognised qualification which carries learning credits towards further learning? UK Open Learning is a leading distance learning company offering these qualifications in conjunction with OCN an approved awarding body with strict quality assurance to ensure you receive the best training possible.

    OCN Information

    Ocn’s work with the organization providing your learning to ensure that the content of your course and the way it is assed is of the highest quality and it suitable for the people who wish to take it.

    As a learner on an OCN approved course you are entitled to earn credits for the work that you do. For each successful course you complete, you will be awarded a certificate detailing the number of credits you have achieved.

    You can then use your credits to move to a higher level of learning, or to prove to an employer or anyone else that you have obtained new skills and knowledge. OCN credits are generally accepted as a means of entry to further study by Further and Higher Education providers and by a larger number of employers and trainers.

    You can use your credits to demonstrate your achievements and prove that you have knowledge and skills in a wide rang of subjects. Depending on which level of course you take, you can use the credits to progress onto other courses.

    Student Profile

    This programme is designed for people who work in or wish to work in the field of Human Resource administration and management.


    The course leads to a Level 3 award in Human Resources from Open College Network (OCN) which is licensed by National Open College Network (NOCN), a leading UK awarding body recognised by the UK Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. This course carries 15 learning credits.

    Study Units are also mapped to National Occupational Standards (ENTO) for personnel management and administration

    The course is designed for study by distance learning at work or at home.

    Course Structure
    The course consists of nine study units from which students may elect to study ANY FIVE.  This provides a very flexible form of study giving an opportunity for students to choose units which are most appropriate to their job, career or personal development needs
    Study Method

    Students receive course manual, assignments and studyguide plus tutor support by mail and email.  You can start at any time and plan your studies over a period of up to one year from the time of registration.

    Course Duration

    Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies.  The course will take around 300 hours of study to complete and can be completed over any timescale convenient to the student subject to the moderation and examination dates set by the awarding bodies.


    Each element of the course is followed by a written assignment, which is submitted to and marked by your tutor.

    Upon successful completion of the assignments you will be eligible for certification from OCN. Please note that students’ assessments are moderated three times per year by OCN.  Submission dates and deadlines for moderation are fully detailed in the student study pack.

    Pack/Course Contents

    ·         Studyguide

    ·         Comprehensive study notes for each element of the course

    ·         Self-assessment activities

    ·         Assignments

    ·         Tutor support

    ·         Assignment marking & feedback

    ·         OCN Accreditation

    Course Content

    The course is divided up into nine units, as follows:


    Recruitment and Selection

    1. Overview – The Recruitment Process

    2. Defining the Vacancy

    3. The Power of Advertising

    4. The Use of Agencies

    5. Targeted Selection – Competency based Interviewing  

    6. Selection and Making an Offer

    7. The Importance of Diversity

    8. The Induction of New Staff


    Human Resources Legislation

    1. Employers rights and obligations

    2. Employees rights and obligations

    3. Legislation


    Employee Relations

    1. Managing Employee Relations

    2. Staff Motivation

    3. Communication

    4. Dealing with Conflict

    5. Grievance Procedure

    6. Disciplinary Procedure


    Performance Management

    1. Monitoring & Recording Performance

    2. Performance Agreement

    3. Performance Plan

    4. Monitor and Review

    5. Performance Review


    Records & Systems

    1. Importance of Keeping Records

    2. How and When to Store Information

    3. Data Protection Act 1998

    4. Email and use of the Internet within Personnel



    1. Understanding the Payroll Function

    2. Paying an Employee

    3. Deductions

    4. Pay Statements


    Training and Development

    1. Identifying Training Needs

    2. Choosing External Training

    3. Planning the Training

    4. Preparing the Training

    5. Delivering the Training

    6. Evaluating the Training


    Team Building

    1. The aims of team building

    2.Organisation and planning

    3. How to get the most out of a team

    4. A successful team building structure

    5. Taking team building into the office

    6. Further information on team building


    Coaching & Mentoring Staff

    A. Coaching Staff

    1. Understanding Coaching

    2. When to Coach

    3. Providing Feedback

    4. Setting Objectives

    5. When to Intervene

    6. Review & Learn from the Experience

    7. Common Problems

    B. Mentoring Staff

    1. Role &  Responsibilities In Mentoring

    2. Identify Individual Mentoring Needs

    3. Effective Mentoring Relationships

    4. Review Progress

    5. Evaluating Effectiveness of Own Practice

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