CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management

The CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management is an advanced professional qualification at postgraduate level study delivered online. This qualification further extends the disciplines and scope learned in the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management and is aimed at intensifying learners’ autonomy and judgement so that they can strategically lead and direct organisations and their people. It offers the opportunity for learners to influence people practitioners and organisations.


Academic Year: 2023/24
Course Code: 10942
Study Type: Part-Time
Education Level Higher Education
Department: Business & Management
Course Structure

This qualification galvanises learners with a depth and breadth of understanding of people practice and management to furnish them with the insight and strategy development skills required to operate and lead in an organisational setting at this level. It is suited to individuals who:

  • are experienced people practitioners
  • are working in a senior people practice role and wish to extend and deepen their skills and understanding to shape strategy, policy and people
  • wish to shape people practice, creating value for a wider audience
  • are currently leading and managing people and practice within organisations

Candidates are required to attend workshops over a period of 18 months in order to successfully complete all 8 units required for the qualification.

Delivery sessions will delivered online, there may be some face to face sessions facilitated throughout the duration of the programme.

This course will run from Jan 24 to Jun 25.

Candidates will be interviewed to confirm they have the appropriate experience and qualifications.  Candidates are to demonstrate they have the following:

  • Demonstrate they have been in a Managerial/Strategic HR role for at least two years
  • Have a CIPD level 5 qualification
  • Current membership of the CIPD

Candidates will be required to write individual written reports for each unit which will be applied in context to their own organisation at strategic level.

Upon successful completion of the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management, learners with the relevant professional experience can apply for Chartered Membership. Further details can be found on the CIPD website www.cipd.co.uk.

Candidates will attain a Professional Level qualification at postgraduate level study enhancing their career prospects.

Candidates are required to pay their own CIPD registration fees independently from the College.  Currently this cost is set at £192 pa however this is subject to change at the discretion of the CIPD.

Accreditation is via the CIPD

Candidates will complete the following units during the programme:

Core units:

  • Work and working loves in a changing business environment
  • People management an development strategies for performance
  • Personal effectiveness, ethics and business acumen
  • Business research in people practice

Specialist units:

  • Strategic employment relations
  • Resourcing and talent management to sustain success
  • Strategic reward management

Additional specialist unit:

  • Advanced diversity and inclusion

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