Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a member of the CIPD?

Yes, you do need to be a member to undertake a CIPD programme and you can join as a student member at the same time as you register on the programme.  If you are completing an Award on the Foundation programme it is not necessary to become a member.  Please note that subscription costs for CIPD membership are not included in our course costs.

What work-based evidence can I use for my portfolio?

Evidence can be any documentation that you have produced or contributed to, which can include policies, strategies, presentations, letters, emails, drafts, rough notes or minutes of meetings. Ideally evidence should be no more than 3 years old and will expect you to be able to describe your role in the production of such material, and reflect on its effectiveness within your organisation.

How long does it take to complete a CIPD qualification?

A guideline for completion of the Foundation programme is 7 months (Certificate), Intermediate (Certificate) is 13 months and Advanced (Diploma) is 2 years. These are only guidelines and qualification can be completed in less, or more time as your personal circumstances dictate.

I have previous CIPD qualifications do I get exemption for these?

It is dependent on what you have and the level you are studying at, but the programmes do have exemptions for some elements of previous study. If you would like to know more please contact us and we can arrange a call with Jill or Sally

What do my fees cover?

Your fees cover full programme delivery access to our Online Learning Centre, meetings, telephone and email support from your assessor-coach coach, assessment and feedback and accompanying programme workshops. Additional costs are the CIPD membership, CIPD exam fees, and text books for the advanced diploma.

What are my payment options?

You can make a payment to Busec using BACS transfer or a cheque.  We do not have the facility for credit card payments. As soon as we have received your payment you can start your course.   Staged payments are available and can be discussed with Jill or Sally.  Your course will commence as soon as a Direct Debit/Standing Order payment has been set up and the first payment received.

How quickly can I start?

We are not tied to an academic year or a minimum number of learners for any of our qualifications and can, therefore, offer a start date that suits you.