HR Support (L3) Apprenticeship Standard

HR Support (L3) Apprenticeship Standard

Course Information

Level: 3
Start Date: Various
Typical Duration: 2 Year(s)
Attendance: 2 Year(s)
Type: Part Time, Apprenticeship

Cambridge Regional College is an approved Study Centre, offering CIPD qualifications. The CIPD is the professional body for experts in people at work. For more than 100 years, they've been championing better work and working lives by setting professional standards for HR and people development, as well as driving positive change in the world of work. With hubs in the UK, Ireland, Middle East and Asia, the CIPD is the career partner of choice for more than 150,000 members around the world. They are the only body in the world that can award Chartered status to individual HR and L&D professionals.

The Level 3 HR Support Apprenticeship is primarily for individuals who are new to their HR role or progressing on their career journey through the organisation.  This pathway is suited to both generalist and specialist HR professionals and will enable learners to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to provide support across a range of HR areas. 

About the Programme

The Level 3 Apprenticeship reflects the wide-ranging knowledge, skills and behaviours relevant to contemporary human resource practice.  

HR professionals in this role are typically working as part of the HR function, delivering front line support to the HR team, managers and employees, across the employee lifecycle, or are embarking on, or aspiring to, a career in HR.  Responsibilities are likely to range from largely transactional work, using HR systems to maintain records and provide relevant HR information, to supporting change projects or handling day to day queries, using company policy and current employment law to provide HR advice and guidance.

As part of the apprenticeship, learners will study for the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice*.  This qualification is timetabled to be delivered on a classroom basis, through Cambridge Regional College.  On successful completion of the Foundation Certificate in People Practice, candidates will be eligible for Foundation Membership of the CIPD and can use the designation Foundation CIPD.


The HR Support designed to provide you with the required skills to undertake the role. Once you have completed this programme you may have the opportunity to progress onto further development or take on additional responsibilities with your Employer.

After completing this apprenticeship, you could progress onto:

• Level 5 Apprenticeship HR Consultant / Partner

Entry Requirements

Working in HR in a support role.

English and maths GCSEs at a minimum of grade 4 (C) or equivalent.

Remember, an apprenticeship is a job so the hiring employer may have additional criteria that will have to be met alongside CRC's entry criteria.
Although Apprenticeship course fees are taken care of by the employer, our Apprenticeships do require you to be a CIPD student Member once enrolled onto the Apprenticeship.

End Point Assessment

HR Support is designed to help you develop knowledge, skills and behaviours in the following areas:

• Business understanding
• HR Legislation and Policy
• HR Function
• HR Systems and Processes

End Point Assessment
End-Point Assessment (EPA) is made up of a number of assessment elements which an Apprentice must pass in order to successfully complete their Apprenticeship. The EPA includes:

• Consultative Project
• Professional Discussion

As with all our programmes, this Apprenticeship includes tutorial sessions and individual reviews, giving you one-to-one time with your personal assessor.

How to Apply

To study an apprenticeship, you must secure or already be in a suitable an apprenticeship job role with an employer.

Need to find an apprenticeship job?

You can do this through undertaking a job search and applying and interviewing for available roles. In order for us to help you secure your apprenticeship, let us know you are actively looking for an apprenticeship by registering your interest and signing up to our apprenticeship job alerts at

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership schools should register their interest through the CAP application system, MyChoice@16.

Securing an apprenticeship position can be challenging, therefore we advise all aspiring apprentices, who are leaving school, to apply for a full-time course in the same subject. Having a Plan B ensures you can continue with your education in September and build the practical knowledge and confidence you need to progress onto an apprenticeship when one becomes available.

To find out more about how the apprenticeship application process works, please visit

Already have a job and an employer?

Register your interest in the programme, and contact our Apprenticeship Team at and 01223 418778, and we will work with you and your employer to start the apprenticeship enrolment process.

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