Apprenticeship Standard: HR Consultant Partner Level 5 Apprenticeship


A HR consultant or HR business partner will use their expertise in Human Resources to provide and lead the delivery of HR solutions to meet business challenges, together with tailored advice to the business. A HR consultant could be a generalist role, where they provide support across a range of HR areas; or they could take on a specialist role, where they focus and have in-depth expertise in a specific area of HR – such as resourcing, total reward, organisation development, or HR operations.

Trailblazer Group

The employer Trailblazer Group that created this Standard included: Barclays Bank, Capita, Certas Energy, Lloyds Banking Group, Marks and Spencer, Mercer Ltd, NHS, NHS (Moorfield Eye Hospital), NSPCC, Peninsula Ltd, Santander, Sesame Bankhall Group, Succession Group Ltd, Toyota Group plc and Visa Europe.


Specific job roles may include providing support across a range of HR areas or in a specialist role such as Resourcing, Total Reward, Organisation Development, HR Operations, HR Business Partner and HR Adviser.

Key Responsibility

Responsibilities are likely to include:

  • Decision making and recommendations on what the business can/should do in a specific situation
  • Influencing managers to change their thinking
  • Bringing best practice into the organisation
  • Leading the people related elements of business or HR projects.

Key Facts


Typically this apprenticeship will take 2-3 years, but could be closer to 18 months if the apprentice has previously completed the Level 3 apprenticeship.

Timeframes are flexible depending on the employer and/or the apprentice’s ability to be successful on the programme.

Study Mode:

Our guided teaching is delivered through a mix of live webinars delivered by a BPP University tutor, 24/7 access to recorded lectures and online lecture notes. Including online teaching sessions with face-to-face inductions and masterclasses.

Students take part in live discussion with fellow learners during live webinars and via course forums.


Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.

The apprentice will complete an appropriate qualification (as considered most relevant by the employer), within which they will be able to focus on their chosen option, from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development:

  • CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management
  • CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in Human Resource Management

Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours


  • HR Consultancy
  • Providing Support and Advice
  • Contributing to Business Change
  • Building HR Capability
  • HR Information Analysis
  • Personal Development
  • Relationship Management


  • Flexibility
  • Resilience


The On Programme Assessment ensures the apprentice is making good progress towards achieving competency in the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours of a HR Consultant Partner. At BPP Professional Education the apprentice will gain a recognised Level 5 qualification and all the examinations must be passed before sitting the End Point Assessment.

BPP Support

Both the apprentice and employer will be supported by a team of Programme Advisors and Skills Coaches who will ensure the apprentice completes the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours required and is ready to sit the End Point Assessment.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for this apprenticeship will be decided by each employer, but may typically be five GCSEs at Grade C or higher.

It is expected that new entrants for a Level 5 apprenticeship would hold a Level 3 qualification.

Employer Requirements:

  • Provide apprentices with a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid at least a wage consistent with the law for both the time they are in work and in off-the-job learning
  • Employer must not ask the apprentice to contribute financially to the direct cost of learning
  • Provide the apprentice with paid time to attend off-the-job training, including additional support for English and Maths, or support accessed for learning difficulties and/or disabilities
  • Recognise that the apprentice must complete the apprenticeship within their working hours
  • Ensure apprentice spends at least 20% of their time in off the job training
  • Enter into a contract with BPP University
  • Support the apprentice to gain new skills

Apprentice Requirements:

  • Be in full-time employment for at least 30 hours a week
  • Be an employee (have a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship) on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid at least a wage consistent with the law for both the time they are in work and in off-the-job learning
  • A citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA**) or have the right of abode in the UK, and have been ordinarily resident in the EEA for at least the previous three years on the first day of learning
  • Not be enrolled on another apprenticeship at the same time
  • Has the right to work in England
  • Able to complete the apprenticeship in contracted working hours
  • Be in a new job role (nine months or less), or in an existing job role, where significant new Knowledge and Skills are needed – employer statement of justification needed (relevant to the apprenticeship)


On completion, apprentices are able to apply to become an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Chartered membership can be achieved through further qualifications or experience based assessment.

Costs and Government Funding

Employers will be able to draw up to a funding Cap (price TBC) per apprentice from the Digital Voucher Service to cover the training costs for this Apprenticeship Standard.