CIPD Level 7 Course | Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management

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

The CIPD Level 7 is designed for senior HR professionals and those in strategic roles, equipping them with advanced knowledge and skills to operate at a strategic level within an organization. The Level 7 qualification covers topics such as strategic HR management, leadership, organizational development, and managing change.  

The 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.  

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:

Online Seminars with your dedicated tutor
Structured but flexible courses
Learn 100% online
24-month support period
On completion of this advanced diploma, you will be able to apply for CIPD Chartered membership.

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:

24-hour access to the online campus

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

Online, live classes

Regular online live classes with your tutor and classmates.


So you can focus on being productive while still developing yourself from home.

Dedicated, expert tutors

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

Exclusive access to Ava

Ava is our multi-language support chat. Available 24/7 only to Avado learners.

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.regulations
How external institutions can shape employment relations at organisational level.regulations
How people professionals can work with employees and trade unions to sustain mutuality and voice.regulations
Performance, disciplinary and grievance matters.
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 regulations
Organisational recruitment and selection strategies regulations
The importance of succession planning to support sustainable organisational performance regulations
Turnover and retention trends, and how organisations build talent pools.
Unit 3: Strategic reward management

You’ll learn about…

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

One of two additional specialist units

Unit 1: Advanced employment law in practice

You’ll learn about…

The legal framework for employment regulation in the UK.regulations
Regulations that aim to protect employees from unlawful acts of discrimination.regulations
Law in relation to establishment, alteration and termination of employment contracts.regulations
Compliance in relation to further regulations relevant to major areas of people practice.
Unit 2: Wellbeing at work

You’ll learn about…

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

CIPD Advanced Diploma career options

The skills you’ll learn on this course will get you ready to take on senior Human Resources roles. You’ll also be eligible for Chartered Membership of the CIPD, and roles such as:

73% of graduates progressed their careers within 3 months of qualification
40% of employers looking for more skilled candidates for HR roles
HR Director*

*Average UK salary data from Totaljobs Salary Checker, June 2023

CIPD Level 7 FAQs

How do I enrol on this course?

One of our specialist enrolment consultants will be in touch when you complete the form or click the ‘buy now’ button to enrol on the course straight away. The Advanced Diploma is our most demanding programme, therefore we ask all learners enrolling on the programme to complete an enrolment form and attend an interview with the Programme Lead to confirm suitability. We therefore reserve the right to cancel your enrolment and refund any payment made.

How long does CIPD Level 7 take?

CIPD level 7 takes 22 to 23 months to complete.

What is CIPD Level 7 equivalent to?

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

What will I need to start the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma?

CIPD level 7 advanced diploma is a course for experienced HR professionals, so you will need previous formal qualifications to get started. 

Can I do CIPD Level 7 without Level 5?

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

Who are the CIPD?

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.

What is a CIPD Level 7 qualification?

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

Is CIPD Level 7 a master’s?

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

What is the highest HR qualification?

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

What is the most prestigious HR certification?

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

Which HR qualifications are most recognised in the UK?

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

Pricing & Plans

Cohort based, structured programme with live tutor sessions


100% online study
All course materials included
Live classes led by our expert tutors
Comprehensive pre-assessment briefings available for each unit item
Support with referencing and academic writing
Learn in a cohort with peers
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Structured timetable and deadlines to keep you on track
Network with your cohort
Academic writing masterclass


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£665 /mo

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To be honest all studies and topics that I got from Avado are very useful for me as HR manager, I will encourage all my colleagues who are working in HR to register and start studying within Avado learning centre.
I am currently studying the Level 5 qualification (Associate Diploma in People Management). The course is well designed and, having had previous experience of distance learning, it is easily one of the best learning platforms that I have used.

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Why Avado?

Support every step of the way – We believe who you learn with makes all the difference; that’s why we hand-pick our tutors. Our tutors are available via email or phone, whenever you need them, so you’re never short of support. 

Inspiring content – We develop engaging content with subject matter experts, so that you learn all the latest in HR.

Study anytime, anywhere – Our online platform is built around you. It’s designed to be mobile-friendly with bite-sized content so you can learn from home with 24 hour access.

Affordable, all-inclusive prices – Payment packages to suit your budget, with no hidden surprises.

How will you learn?

Your HR course will take place on our online platform – the Virtual Learning Campus. The Campus is where you access all your learning materials and is available on your phone, tablet or laptop, so you can study any time, wherever you are.

Features of the campus:

  • Bite-sized learning content, including videos and quizzes
  • Regular learning checks and practice tests to keep track of your progress
  • Live online classes with your tutor and recorded so you can catch up whenever you like
  • Learn as a group, share advice and be part of a HR community.

T&C’s apply – click here for more information. * Included in the course price for all new enrolments on or before 30th November 2023. Thereafter, an additional fee will apply.

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