Human Resource Management

The effective management of an organisation's human resources is now recognised as a critical component in the success of public and private enterprises. This recognition has led to a demand for trained and qualified HR professionals and the development of a career structure rising to the highest levels of the organisation.

Why study the Human Resource Management programme?


The Human Resource Management programme introduces you to the academic disciplines that underlie the effective management of the human resource and proceeds to explore the theory, practice and strategy of human resource management.

Career Opportunities


The positions below are examples of jobs currently held by ABE Human Resource Management qualification holders. The list is not exhaustive as ABE qualifications are applicable to a wide range of vocations.

Level 4 Diploma in Human Resource Management- working in a Personnel or HR Department
Level 5 Diploma in Human Resource Management– Assistant Personnel Manager or Assistant HR Manager
Level 6 Diploma in Human Resource Management– Personnel Manager or HR Manager

There are three levels of qualification available on the Human Resource Management programme - Level 4 Diploma, Level 5 Diploma and Level 6 Diploma as shown in the table below.

ABE has also developed the Extended Diploma in Human Resource Management, comprising 13 units in one stand-alone qualification. It is accredited by Ofqual as a Level 6 qualification. The programme can still be taken as two separate qualifications at Levels 5 and 6. For more information about this qualification, please click here.

Programme structure


Current qualifications offered by the Human Resource Management programme:

*Click on the titles below to read the specifications for that qualification*

Qualification Title No. of Units Ofqual No.
ABE Level 4 Diploma in Human Resource Management 4 (500/9614/X)
ABE Level 5 Diploma in Human Resource Management 8 (600/6054/2)
ABE Level 6 Diploma in Human Resource Management 5 (600/6085/2)
ABE Level 6 Extended Diploma in Human Resource Management 13 (600/0370/4)

To download the programme brochure click here



HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

*Click on the individual unit title to view the syllabus for that unit*


Level 4 Diploma

Compulsory units


Click here to download the qualification purpose statement for the ABE Level 4 Diploma in Human Resource Management (QCF).


Level 5 Diploma

Compulsory units


Optional units (choose two from)



Level 6 Diploma

Compulsory units


Optional units (choose two from)



Level 6 Extended Diploma

Compulsory units


Optional units (choose two from)


(and two units from)



Level 7 Diploma in Business Management

Students who wish to continue their studies after achieving an ABE Level 6 or Extended Diploma, may want to consider the Level 7 Diploma. More information about which can be found here:


  • To find out what the levels mean, please click here

  • To view entry requirements for Levels 4, 5 and 6, please click here

  • To look at progression options for ABE qualification holders, please click here

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