HR In Practice Essential Insights

Explore the scope of HR and its changing role in the world of work.


60-90 minutes

Online self-directed

Essential Insights


Free for CIPD members and Core Learning Subscribers.

This course has been created by the leading body for HR and people development, CIPD, to provide a high-level overview of the key considerations of the practice of HR.

Developed in collaboration with CIPD’s Associate for this topic, Carrie Stockton, it assumes no prior knowledge of HR. This evidence based, outcomes driven course will share the scope and core areas of HR including examples of good practice.

All CIPD Learning courses will automatically provide you with access to the CIPD Learning Hub, our online learning platform, for 24 months.

The hub will house your course content, as well as useful resources, tools, and a community of professionals that you can tap into to support your learning and continual development.

CIPD Members

You already have access to the features and benefits of the Core Learning Subscription, which includes this course, as part of your membership, access it here.


In this course, you will:

  • explain the scope of HR and its changing role
  • identify the core areas of HR practice
  • recognise examples of HR in practice within organisations
  • identify a variety of models of HR
  • access further information and know where to find additional resources.

Is this course right for me?

This programme is ideal for those who are outside the people profession and would like to find out more, and for those new to the profession who would like to explore the world of HR. It’s also relevant for those who are researching, studying, or considering a career or qualification in HR.

The course could be beneficial for those working in a capacity that requires regular work with HR, such as line management. It provides an insight into the role, which helps support effective working relationships.

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