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CIPD Level 7 Course | Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management

Enhance your people practice knowledge and explore a new, innovative approach. For those with experience, this qualification is internationally recognised and will support career progression.


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What is the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management?

The CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management extends the disciplines within the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management. This Advanced Diploma is aimed at expanding learners’ autonomy so they can strategically direct organisations and their people.

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at those with senior-level experience in HR looking to progress to a director or consultant role.

What qualification will I get?

CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management


Online learning

How long will it take?

Typically 22-23 months

Incredible support!

The support I received from Avado and my peers on the course was incredible. My tutor was also really helpful throughout. From start to finish he was always there to get me through, something that came as a wonderful and welcome surprise for an online course!

CIPD Level 7 HR course highlights

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Typically 22-23 months completion time
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Structured but flexible courses
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Learn 100% online
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24-month support period
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Aimed at those with advanced HR experience looking to progress even further
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CIPD Level 7 HR qualification

With a CIPD qualification, you’ll have the ability to demonstrate your skills in Human Resources to employers, which can help you stand out among other applicants.

A CIPD qualification can also help you earn more money. When you are CIPD Level 3, Level 5 or Level 7 qualified, you can earn more than someone without that qualification.

With a higher-level qualification and a role as an HR manager or director, that salary could be upwards of £80,000.

CIPD Level 7 for HR

You’ll cover topics such as ethical and sustainable practices, employee wellbeing, data analytics,  reward strategies and employment law.  You will develop skills in project management, critical thinking, perception and team working

When you complete your CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management with us, you get more than just a qualification. We’ll support you every step of the way to make sure you develop real skills with real impact on your career.  

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What's included in your CIPD Level 7 HR online and distance learning course?

When you learn with Avado, you get access to our online learning Hub, which comes with lots of benefits. It's no different when you're working on your CIPD Level 7 courses online with us.* You'll get:

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24-hour access to the online Hub

So you can complete your coursework when it suits your schedule.

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Work together

Forums to network with other students.

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Learning methodology

We create engaging and exclusive digital content with delivery that ensures you can apply your learning at work.

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Dedicated, expert tutors

Subject matter-expert tutors and a community for support through the course.

CIPD Level 7 modules for Strategic People Management

Four core units

Unit 1: Work and working lives in a changing business environment 

You’ll learn about…
• Ways in which major, long-term environmental developments affect employment, work and people management in organisations.
• Current and short-term developments in the people management business environment.
• How change, innovation and creativity can promote improvements in organisational productivity.
• The key interrelationships between organisational commitment to ethics, sustainability, diversity and wellbeing.

Unit 2: People management and development strategies for performance 

You’ll learn about…
The benefits of aligning people practices with organisational strategy and culture.
• How the development of people practices improve organisational performance and employee experience.
• Current practice in major areas of people management and development work.
• The role and influence of people professionals in different organisational settings.

Unit 3: Personal effectiveness, ethics and business acumen 

You’ll learn about…
• Model principles and values that promote inclusivity aimed at maximising the contribution that people make to organisations.
• How to challenge business outcomes for yourself and organisations.
How to apply learning to enhance personal effectiveness.
• Influencing others during decision-making while showing courage and conviction.

Unit 4: Business research in people practice 

You’ll learn about...
How to plan a people practice business research project aimed at adding organisational value.
The most appropriate research methods to collect data for the chosen project.
How to analyse data to make decisions and provide business and people management insights.
How to propose recommendations based on conclusions derived from the research and analysis.

Three HR specialist units

Unit 1: Strategic employment relations

You’ll learn about...
• Different perspectives of employment relations and how they influence the roles of people professionals and line managers.
How external institutions can shape employment relations at organisational level.
How people professionals can work with employees and trade unions to sustain mutuality and voice.
How people professionals work with employees and trade unions to mitigate organisational risks.

Unit 2: Resourcing and talent management to sustain success 

You’ll learn about...
• The impact of the changing business environment on resourcing and talent management strategy and practice.
Organisational recruitment and selection strategies.
The importance of succession planning to support sustainable organisational performance.
Approaches to improving individual and team performance.

Unit 3: Strategic reward management 

You’ll learn about...
Effective reward strategies and policy frameworks.
The value of a ‘total rewards’ approach.
Pay structures and approaches to establishing pay levels.
The importance of organisational approaches to compliant and ethical reward practice.

One of two additional specialist units

Option 1: Advanced employment law in practice 

You’ll learn about...
• The legal framework for employment regulation in the UK.
Regulations that aim to protect employees from unlawful acts of discrimination.
Law in relation to establishment, alteration and termination of employment contracts.
Compliance in relation to further regulations relevant to major areas of people practice.

Option 2: Well-being at work 

You’ll learn about...
• How wellbeing is relevant to the workplace.
The links between work, health, wellbeing and people management practices and processes.
How employer and employee wellbeing aligns with strategy.
The importance of the wellbeing strategy to sustain organisational performance.

Why choose Avado

  • 100% online
  • Award-winning learning design
  • Collaborative learning
  • Bite-sized learning on the go
  • 0% finance options
  • Easy steps to begin your course
  • Hand-picked teaching experts
  • Unlimited support

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What career options does the CIPD Diploma in People Practice open up?

The skills you’ll learn on this course will get you ready to take on senior leadership Human Resources roles.

You’ll also be eligible for Chartered Membership of the CIPD, and roles such as:

HR Director

*Average UK salary data from Check-A-Salary, April 2022

No hidden costs

The only additional cost is your CIPD membership, which you pay directly to the CIPD on enrolment.

Frequently asked CIPD questions

This course takes 22 to 23 months to complete.

A CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management is very similar to a post-graduate diploma.

This is a course for experienced HR professionals, so you will need previous formal qualifications to get started. 

  • An existing CIPD Level 5 qualification is essential; alternatively, significant management-level experience in the people profession can be considered
  • You must be over the age of 21
  • You must have a solid grasp of the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent if English is not your first language)
  • You must be comfortable studying at a post-graduate level
  • You must complete an Assessment Question that the Programme Lead will review
  • You must be a registered member of the CIPD

Yes, you can. Although Level 5 is a great foundation for this course, and recommended, significant management-level experience in HR can also be considered.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the professional body for HR and people development, with a worldwide community of around 140,000 members. 

You can be confident you’re getting the best HR qualification available: CIPD qualifications are internationally respected by employers, and are designed by industry leading experts to include all the latest thinking and ideas. 

The CIPD Level 7 qualification is the Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management.

The cost of the CIPD level 7 is £5999+VAT.

A CIPD Level 7 qualification is a postgraduate-level qualification in Human Resource Management (HRM). It will contribute to a full Masters; you can top up the qualification to an MA.

The roles vary, not limited to:

HR Director

HR Business Partner

Head of HR

Talent Manager

Learning and Development Manager

Employee Relations Manager

HR Consultant

Recruitment Manager

Reward Manager

Organisational Development Manager

Yes, you can complete the Level 7 as part of the apprenticeship, however, it’s not a mandatory element of the apprenticeship.

The CIPD don’t offer the qualification at certificate level. The main difference between the two when undertaking a qualification is the number of modules you are undertaking.

The highest qualification for the CIPD is the Advanced level 7. At university, it would be an MA or MBA.

The CIPD professional qualifications are the most recognised globally and is highly credible in the industry.

The CIPD professional qualifications are the most recognised globally and is highly credible in the industry.