Course Description

Human Resources Course (QQI Level 6)

The Open College

The purpose of this QQI Level 6 Human Resources award is for the learner to develop an understanding of human resource management, to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in human resource management principles, to enable the learner to apply these to the planning, organising, implementation, evaluation and revision of human resource management practices, for the attainment of organisational goals.


During this comprehensive course the learner will:

  • study the principles of strategic HRM and aligning it with the companies business strategies and objectives.
  • explore the nature of HR planning strategies for dealing with the current labour market
  • understand the role HR plays in recruitment; training development & performance management; policy & procedure and industrial relations in a business environment
  • apply the principles of motivation and management through the studies of various theorists. The role motivation and performance plays in remuneration, benefits and reward systems
  • be taught how to make informed decisions regarding IT HR systems.


The specific learning outcomes are grouped into six units:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Unit 2: Human Resources Planning, Forecasting and The Labour Market
  • Unit 3: Recruitment & Selection, Equality Legislation
  • Unit 4: Management, Motivation, Performance and Reward Systems
  • Unit 5: Learning, Training and Development
  • Unit 6: Employment Law, IR, IS, Policy, Admin, Data Protection and Pensions.


Entry Requirements / Prerequisites:

  • Level 5 certificate or equivalent in a relevant subject area (Business) and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum) – Please ask about our requirements surrounding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for entry.
  • Mature students (over 23 years) may be exempt from the above prerequisites.
  • English Language Requirement: Students entering programmes leading to awards at Level 6 are expected to be able to: fluently read, draft, prepare and understand complex information, including quantitative information, that is personally relevant and reflecting a broad knowledge base. For example, this might include text and other information relating to abstract theoretical ideas, concerns or procedures, such as local planning concerns in relation to broader spatial strategy, political issues in relation to particular agenda, budget plans/ specifications.
  • All students will be required to record their oral presentations on video so the tutor can review your presentation style and provide better feedback.
  • Learners undertaking this programme must have basic IT skills and access to the necessary equipment to enable them to undertake an online programme: computer, broadband, email, Microsoft, recording equipment necessary for some skills demonstration tasks, and where applicable any other specialised software/equipment.
  • As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.



Learners are assessed over the duration of this module and will include as follows.

Examination 40%
Project 30%
Skills Demonstration 30%


Course Link

Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Course Code 6N3750
College Name The Open College
Course Category Business, Human Resources & Personnel
Course Type Online Learning
Course Qualification Level 6 Advanced Certificate
Course Location Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 18
Course Fee 314.00
Course Duration 8 Weeks
Course Times This Human Resources 6N3750 course is completed through Distance Learning and there are no lectures to attend. Students can complete this course within 8 weeks which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding QQI Level 6 component Certificate in Human Resources (6N3750)
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Unit 9, Leopardstown Business Centre,, Ballyogan Road, Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland

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