York College

Who is this course aimed at?

This course will provide you with a solid foundation of all areas of HR and develop the essential skills and confidence you need to progress your career further.

If you intend to work in either working in a medium to large organisation as part of the HR function delivering front line support to managers and employees, or are a HR Manager in a small organisation. The work is likely to include handling day to day queries and providing HR advice; working on a range of HR processes, ranging from transactional to relatively complex, from recruitment through to retirement; using HR systems to keep records; providing relevant HR information to the business; working with the business on HR changes

It is suited to individuals who are:

  • looking to get into HR, or progress in a new HR role
  • working at a support level, e.g. HR Administrator/HR Office
  • non-HR manager with people management or HR responsibility


This qualification reflects a wide range of relevant practical skills in human resource practice. They are suited to individuals who:

  • are aspiring to, or embarking on, a career in HR
  • are working in the field of HR in a support role and wish to develop their knowledge and skills
  • have responsibility for HR activities and decisions within an organisation without a specialist function.

On successful completion of the qualification, you will:

  • have a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of an HR professional
  • know how HR activities support your organisation‚Äôs strategy
  • be able to record, analyse and use HR information
  • be able to identify and understand the factors which affect your organisation's recruitment and selection policies
  • have an understanding of the fundamentals of employment law
  • understand the purpose and processes of performance and reward management.

Entry Requirements

Candidates will usually have 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) - including English and maths. 

Dates and Times

The 2021/22 academic year start dates are being finalised, applications/pre-enrolments for this course will open around May, please check our website around this time and apply/pre-enrol online. If you have any questions in the meantime please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Course Length

36 weeks.

Course Modules/units

This qualification aims to provide you with:

  • An understanding of the essential skills required in a business environment
  • The skills, knowledge and resources to carry out human resource activities including health and safety in the workplace, employment law and recruitment and selection
  • The skills required to solve problems in a business environment.

To be awarded the NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business: Human Resources, you will study the following modules:

  • Deliver customer service in a business environment (10 credits)
  • Solve problems in a business environment (10 credits)
  • Communicate in a business environment (10 credits)
  • Contribute to running a project (10 credits)
  • Innovation in a business environment (10 credits)
  • Respond to change in a business environment (10 credits)
  • Recruitment and selection in business (10 credits)
  • Aspects of employment law (10 credits)
  • Human resource management in business (10 credits)
  • Training in the business workplace (10 credits)

Teaching Method(s)

Candidates will attend York College one day per week for the duration of the course, it will be classroom based with some E-learning through York College Blackboard and Microsoft Teams.


All unit assessment criteria are summatively assessed. Formative assessment is also encouraged within each unit.

Assessment methods may include:

  • assignments
  • case studies
  • integrated work activities
  • group and individual presentations
  • projects
  • reports
  • time constrained tests examinations
  • Viva Voce

The qualification may be assessed using simulation via a realistic working environment, to reflect a real work setting. You will need to create a portfolio of evidence which will be internally assessed and externally moderated. The qualification is a Level 3.



Reasons to choose this course

Outstanding College and learning environment. Highly qualified and accredited tutors.

Skills you will develop

The course can be a valuable introduction to communication skills, critical and thinking skills, interpersonal skills and team working transferable into a range of career and educational opportunities.

Course Progression

On completion of the Level 3 candidates can progress their studies further by undertaking higher level studies in human resources or leadership and management. York College offers the HNC/HND Diploma in Business Management as the next step.  

Career Progression

It forms the foundation of a career within the profession, giving the base for further development through a career path within an organisation and/or through the HR Consultant/Partner apprenticeship.


Contact Us

If you would like to enrol, you can do so via our Enrol Now page.

If you have any further questions about York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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