ABE Level 5 Diploma in Human Resource Management

ABE Accredited College
Hours: 15 Hours per week
Start date: September & January annually
Level 5 (NFQ Level 6)


EU student: €1,850 pa
Non-EU Ireland: €1,850 pa
Non-EU Abroad: €4,500 pa
* Above Fees excl. Awarding Body Fees

Length: 2 Years (minimum)

Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management


Human Resource management is today the largest and most pervasive sector within the global economy. The need to provide quality services in a business-oriented manner requires management leadership in all the main functional business areas (finance, marketing, human resource management and operations) as well as strategic leadership. ABE’s Human Resource Management qualifications provide a pathway through which students can develop a combination of key business skills and industry knowledge in preparation for the varied and exciting careers which the industry offers. The Higher Diploma qualification consists of eight units. Learners must complete all six mandatory units, plus two optional units. All units are mandatory to pass the Written Examination.


Higher Diploma Qualification consists of 8 units. Learners must complete all 6 compulsory units and two optional units:

Compulsory Units

  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Human Resource Development
  • Human Resource Management
  • The Business Environment
  • People Planning and Resourcing
  • Employment Relationships

Optional Units

  • Quantitative Methods for Business and Management
  • Principles of Business Law
  • Managing the Customer Relationship
  • Personnel Information
Entry Requirements for Higher Diploma Courses

Applicants must have obtained one of the following: ABE Certificate in Human Resource Management, Two “A” Level passes plus four GCSE passes at Grade A, B or C, two of which must be English and Maths Overseas qualifications which may be accepted by the Registrar as being equivalent to the above. We welcome applications from candidates without formal qualifications who have been in appropriate employment for at least two years. A reference letter from employer(s) must accompany such applications.

Important ABE Dates

In order to take ABE examinations, students must be registered members of the Association. Registration and examination deadlines are strictly enforced. Entries received after the deadline will incur late entry fees.

Registration and exam entry closing dates vary but are generally two months prior to the exam sitting.