Everything You Need To Know About CIPD Level 7


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What is CIPD Level 7?

CIPD Level 7 is the most prestigious qualification you can attain as a HR or L&D professional. It’s an advanced diploma equivalent to a postgraduate/masters degree and the only level where you can apply for Chartered CIPD membership. CIPD Level 7 is best suited to senior professionals who need to develop and implement high level workplace strategies.

What does CIPD stand for in HR?

CIPD stands for Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  This is the professional body for HR and People development. 

What is CIPD Level 7 equivalent to?

Level 7 qualifications are equivalent to postgraduate degrees and are the highest level of CIPD qualification you can obtain.

Can I do CIPD Level 7 without Level 5?

No you do not have to complete level 5 before starting level 7.  If you have over 3 years experience in HR at a strategic level, then level 7 would be the best option for you.

What are the entry requirements for CIPD Level 7?

There are no formal entry requirements, however if you have less than 3 years experience in HR at a strategic level, are not in a Head of HR role or have not completed any high level qualifications like a degree or masters - you may be better suited to CIPD level 5. 

If you are unsure, our advisors will be able to help you decide which course is best suited for you.

What CIPD Level 7 qualifications are available?

With MOL Learn you can complete a CIPD level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning and Development or a CIPD level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management.

View our CIPD Level 7 Qualifications

Who should have a CIPD Level 7 qualification?

A CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma is perfect if you’re looking to become a strategic leader in your organisation or if you want to develop knowledge to help you explore innovative new areas in your business like Technology Enhanced Learning.

How much does CIPD Level 7 cost?

With MOL Learn, CIPD Level 7 prices start from £5,995 and includes access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), “Topic Essentials” bitesize videos to get your started, guided activities, assessment briefings and tutor support as well as live webinars or face to face workshops depending on your preferred learning method.

How long does CIPD Level 7 take?

For our Live Online or Classroom-based learning options, CIPD Level 7 will take you at most 24 months to complete. Alternatively, you can learn at your own pace through our On-Demand CIPD Level 7 option where you’ll have up to 36 months to complete the course.

Can I do CIPD Level 7 and work full-time?

Yes, you can complete your CIPD level 7 qualification alongside a full time job. At MOL Learn we’ve designed a range of study options so you can fit your studies in around your other commitments.

On Demand provides the most flexibility with all the resources available to you 24/7 so you can study whenever you want to and progress at your own pace.

Live Online provides you with the option to join live webinars and work in groups to solve challenges and tasks while still having the same flexible access as the On Demand study option.

Classroom learning is an option for those who enjoy a more structured approach or who have a more flexible schedule. Students can meet face to face with tutors and peers to enhance their learning experience.

What are the CIPD Level 7 Core Modules

The core units that will be covered in the CIPD Level 7 advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management are:

  • Work and working lives in a changing business environment
  • Personal effectiveness, ethics and business acumen
  • Business research in people practice
  • Strategic reward management
  • People management and development strategies for performance
  • Resourcing and talent management to sustain success
  • Strategic employment relations

You will also choose one of the following optional units:

  • Organisational design & development
  • Advanced employment law in practice
  • Technology enhanced learning

It is also possible to complete your CIPD Level 7 in Strategic Learning & Development instead of People Management.  The core modules for this course are:

  • Work and working lives in a changing business environment
  • Personal effectiveness, ethics and business acumen
  • Organisational design & development
  • Designing learning to improve performance
  • People management and development strategies for performance
  • Business research in people practice
  • Leadership and management development in context

This will include one optional module between:

  • Technology enhanced learning
  • Advanced employment law in practice

CIPD Level 7 example assignments

There are a number of assessments you’ll need to complete as part of your CIPD Level 7 qualification, some common examples include carrying out detailed analysis based on case studies.

What jobs can I get with a CIPD Level 7 qualification?

Examples of career paths that will be available to you upon completing your studies include:

  • People analytics manager
  • Head of HR
  • Head of diversity and inclusion
  • Director of people
  • L&D manager
  • L&D advisor
  • L&D business partner
  • Recruitment manager

Where can I study my CIPD Level 7?

You can study for your CIPD Level 7 completely online but if you are an organisation looking to upskill your team, MOL Learn also delivers this course at 20 locations across the UK.

Training locations include:

  • Aberdeen
  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Bromley Kent
  • Cambridge
  • Cardiff
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Inverness
  • Leeds
  • London
  • Maidstone
  • Manchester
  • Milton Keynes
  • Newcastle
  • North Wales
  • Nottingham
  • Reading
  • Southampton

Learn more about the different locations for Human Resource courses here

How do I get started?

Are you ready to start your CIPD Level 7 journey and gain the highest recognised qualification for your profession? Choose MOL Learn to gain your qualification. 

Our courses are designed with you in mind so you can study how, where and when you want to. We’ve also received a Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award for our excellent customer service.

Get in touch with one of our Qualification Advisors or visit our CIPD Level 7 course page.