Supervisory & Human Resource Practice (Higher Certificate) (September 2021)

University of Limerick (22HCSHRPUPAD)
Key Programme Details


NFQ Level

Level 6 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Part Time

ECTS Credits



Kemmy Business School

General Information

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Graduate & Professional Studies
Enterprise Research Centre
University of Limerick
V94 T9PX

Important Dates
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Start Date


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About this Course

Applications will open Wednesday 16th June 2021. There is currently a high volume of applications to this programme. New applications are being put on a reserve list in the event that a place becomes available.

This one year part-time evening programme welcomes participants from a diverse range of backgrounds who wish to upskill in the area of supervisory management and human resources.

It is aimed specifically at those with a Level 5 or 6 qualification, who wish to develop their Management and Leadership skills. The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body responsible for HR in Ireland and the UK, and allows graduates a pathway to seek professional accreditation and CIPD membership levels.

Entry Requirements

A pass in 5 subjects in the Irish Leaving Cert or equivalent examination. For those not possessing a pass in five subjects, relevant experience and/or evidence of other part time courses may also be considered. All applicants are required to have a minimum of two years work experience which can be from broad areas. Applicants may be required to undertake an interview and satisfy the programme team that they have the ability and motivation to complete the programme.

Long Description

The programme provides graduates with the opportunity to progress to the suite of Level 7-10 programmes offered by University of Limerick's Kemmy Business School; many graduates of this programme progress to Level 7 and Level 8 programmes in HRM, also flexibly provided.

Semester one introduces students to core areas of people management and leadership such as recruitment, selection, talent management, rewards, performance management, teams, leadership, motivation, employment relations and employment law with a strong emphasis on practical skills. Students engage in case studies, recruitment and selection simulations, conflict management problem solving, and feedback interaction and self-reflection. The programme gives participants a grounding in ICT skills and in interpreting, presenting and safeguarding data. Two modules are dedicated to employability where students engage with seminars by industry practitioners, and with career planning self-assessment tools supported by the UL Careers Division. The programme has a strong input from industry practitioners from the CIPD and other network companies.

PM4933 Developing Professional Competence 1: Enhances job readiness through seminars by industry practitioners
PM4954 Managing Information: Develops information technology skills & data handling processes including GDPR
PM4973 Human Resource Management Skills: A skills-based module developing students competencies in talent
PM4914 Human Resource Management : Examines how managerial capacity can be optimised through HR strategy,
recruitment & selection
PM4944 Human Resource Development 1: A skills-based module developing students competencies to identify
organisational training needs
PM4925 Employment Relations 1: Develops students' knowledge of conflict resolution, employment law. Includes industry practitioners
PM4963 Organsiational Behaviour 1: Strategies to enhance managerial capacity through teamwork and behavourial
PM4924 Developing Professional Competence 1: Enhances job readiness and career planning. UL Careers Division

Timetable Info

Approx. 10 contact hours (face to face or online depending on government guidelines) per week. This is a part time evening course, usually 1 evening a week should face to face sessions be allowed. You can keep up to date with the Universities plans for what semester 1 delivery will be here:

If, as expected, normal face to face teaching returns, the programme will not be delivered fully online. The University’s online learning management system will support face to face teaching but students will be required to attend classes on-campus.

Currently classes are planned to take place on the UL campus Wednesday evenings from 6-10pm beginning Sept 8th with induction before this and there will be a small number of weekends.

Delivery Notes


RPL Information

The University of Limerick operates a policy for the Recognition of Prior Learning, both formal and informal/experiential learning. Informal and experiential learning includes non-accredited personal and professional education; work based training and relevant life/work experiences. This learning is assessed initially for entry on to particular courses of study but may additionally lead to academic credits and exemptions from subjects on the intended course of study. Applications for RPL are dealt with on an individual basis, facilitated by representatives from the relevant academic departments and Registrar's office at the University of Limerick. RPL for Springboard+ 2021 will be managed by Graduate and Professional Studies as part of the application process. Graduate & Professional Studies provides support and assistance to guide the learner through their RPL application and in compiling their portfolio. The process is student centric, with consideration made on a case-by-case basis, through submitted documentation and communication with the application team and course director. The operation of the RPL policy has been applied successfully to previous cohorts. Academic and professional qualifications, work and life experience are important considerations in assessment, but motivation and overall potential for the selected course has been a major factor in evaluating applicants.

Application Procedures


Step 1 is to submit your application on the Springboard+ website, you will then be sent a link via email to apply to the University of Limerick (UL) directly (this will be step 2). You must provide all documents requested on this email which must be uploaded with your application on the UL site. It is only when we receive ALL requested documents that your application is considered complete.

Note : It may take a few days after your application is updated to 'Pending' on the Springboard+ website for us to send you the link to apply to UL (step 2).

Please note we will need to correspond with you by email throughout the application process. For this reason, we ask that you regularly check your email and spam folders.

Required Documents for UL application:

Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.
- Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number.)
- Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.
- A copy of your most recent CV, please note that by providing this document you are agreeing that we may send it to members of industry if you require assistance when searching for an Industry Learning Placement (ILE) or project work (applies to some courses only).
- Proof of Status, e.g. unemployed, employed, self-employed, returners. Acceptable documents are outlined in 'Acceptable Documents for Proof of Status' section.
- Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language
• If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate

Courses at level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), fees are covered in full for all applications, regardless of employment status. The HEA will fund the cost directly to the provider.

Course Acceptance
Should an offer be made, you will be required to follow the steps of the offer made by the University of Limerick.
You are not required to pay any fees.

In order to avail of Springboard+ funding you must provide written proof as outlined below:

Written proof from the Department of Employment and Social Protection (DEASP) that you are in receipt of an eligible payment (see Springboard+ site).

Swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to your status and provide written proof.

Employed/Self Employed
Provide a copy of most recent P60 or other relevant revenue documentation or a letter from their current employer to confirm employment or self-employment.

Formerly Self-Employed
Provide a letter/statement from Revenue stating that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient. Swear a declaration, witnessed by a Commissioner of Oaths, stating that the applicant is no longer self-employed.

NOTE: If your employment status changes during the application process it is your responsibility to inform a Springboard+ coordinator at UL and to provide proof of new status.

To be eligible for Springboard+ funding applicants must be resident in the state.

Please note you may be required to verify your Nationality and Residency status.

For Returners and Employed/Self-Employed applicants, the following rules apply :
- must be ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.
** Note: The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4.
Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration ( ie you must hold Stamp 4 for three of the five years preceding)