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

CIPD Level 7 HR course highlights

  • 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.
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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:

24-hour access to the online Hub

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

Work together

Forums to network with other students.

Learning methodology

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

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

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.

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.

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.

  • 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

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
  • How people professionals work with employees and trade unions to mitigate organisational risks.

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
  • Approaches to improving individual and team performance.

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

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.

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.

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

Totaljobs average salary for HR Director

£ 52,500 *

Indeed average salary for HR Director

£ 76,883 *

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

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73 %

of graduates progressed their career within 3 months of qualification

40 %

of employers looking for more skilled candidates for HR roles

2 reviews for CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management

  1. “A good introduction to the importance of aligning HR strategy and organisational strategy, that has made me think more strategically about my own organisation. Whilst the CIPD set assessment questions were difficult to complete within the short time-frame, I found the topics of research very interesting, and enjoyed thinking about what my organisation is doing well and what we can improve on.”
  2. “I really enjoyed this unit, I need to spend more time learning to critically analyse. However I think I understand now that anyone reading at Level 7 would understand the concepts so they do not need explaining in so much detail and more challenging and supporting with reading and references. The portal weekly learning took a lot longer than I expected. It does use a lot of my time, but that does not mean it was a bad use of my time.”

Frequently asked CIPD questions

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.

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. 

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. 

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 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.

CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management

The CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma extends the knowledge and skills gained from the Level 5 Associate Diploma.  It is aimed at expanding the strategic and decision-making autonomy of people professionals working in senior HR roles.

From: £523.55 (per month for 11 months)