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CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic

Prices from: £5,995 (includes VAT)
Length: 24 months (up to 36 months for On Demand)
Assignments: 8 (1 per unit)

A CIPD Level 7 qualification is a strategic and specialist people management qualification that is widely recognised and highly regarded by HR and L&D professionals.

Is CIPD Level 7 right for me?

We recommend the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma if: 

  • You’re aiming to become a strategic HR leader in your organisation.
  • You want to develop a really in depth HR/L&D knowledge and help shape the future of the profession.

Why Complete CIPD Level 7 with MOL?

Our CIPD courses are designed by HR specialists and help you develop your expertise and achieve your professional qualification; giving you the confidence to showcase your knowledge, improve your organisational performance and make a real difference in your workplace.

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CIPD courses designed with you in mind

CIPD qualifications are the gold standard for HR and L&D professionals. Achieving a qualification can significantly improve your career prospects when job hunting or looking for a promotion. 

If you’re looking for a new role, a CIPD qualification can be the gateway to a wide range of HR and L&D roles. While a CIPD qualification is not mandatory for a role in HR or L&D, many employers won’t consider candidates who don’t have (or aren’t working towards) CIPD accreditation.


What will the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management cover

Core Units

This unit extends understanding of the interaction between the commercial business environment and likely future developments in the world of work, employment and the management of people. It discusses the range of people practices that are growing in importance, including those relating to ethics and sustainability, employee well-being, equality, diversity and inclusion. 

This unit focuses on the importance of evidence-based, outcomes-driven and principles-led practice in support of the core purpose of the people profession. It explores how people professionals create value and deliver outcomes for organisations and employees, and how contributing to the achievement of business objectives improves performance and enhances the employee experience. It also focuses on the need for policy and practice to be delivered coherently, in a way that is integrated and in line with organisational objectives.

This unit is about supporting successful workers and promoting effective and ethical behaviours to champion better work and working lives and develop business acumen. The theories and concepts that underpin this subject are essential for promoting inclusiveness and influencing others through fair and transparent behaviours. Through core skillsets such as perception, critical thinking, communication and teamwork, this unit will promote understanding of how actions and inclusive behaviour impact on ethics and the organisation. Business Research in People Practice 

This unit focuses on the day-to-day practicalities and the longer-term strategic issues associated with resourcing organisations appropriately, ethically and fairly and to maximise the performance of staff and the organisation. These activities take place in a competitive context in which different employers aspire to recruit and retain the most talented and experienced people. 

This unit contains the components to enable a systematic approach to define, design and undertake a business research project in people practice. It focuses on developing ability to produce an integrated report based on evidence and to include own recommendations and critical reflection.

This unit focuses on different perspectives of employment relations and the cooperation and conflict that varies between workplaces. There is a key role that institutions beyond the workplace play in shaping people management policy and practice within organisations, and a wide variety of models to emerge, meaning that outcomes are less predictable and relationships must be handled with great care. 

The unit focuses on the role of strategic reward in attracting, motivating and retaining people at work in order to direct the actions and behaviours of individuals, teams and the organisation towards the achievement of organisational goals. Different financial and non-financial benefits will be applicable depending on the organisational context, but these must always be fair and equitable. The unit contains the elements required to design, introduce, manage and evaluate effective and fair reward strategies and how the associated policies and practices link and impact on other people practices.

+ Choose one of the following optional units:

This unit focuses on the principles of organisational design and development to achieve strategic goals and support organisational success. It examines the impact of change on organisational forms and deliberates the process of change through which adaptations are made to the ways in which structure, process and people work; the success of each is dependent on each other. It also examines the impact of change on working lives and the strategies for engaging employees and wider stakeholders in successful implementation. The unit also encourages reflection on the personal skills, techniques and behaviour that support effective organisational design and development work.

This unit considers the role of technology within learning and the use of technology-enabled content and platforms within organisations. It focuses on how data and learning analytics may be utilised by the learning and development function, while exploring the implementation of technological systems and considering the potential barriers to success.

This unit focuses on the major principles that underpin employment law, the defences which are available to employers and the remedies that claimants seek when they bring their cases to court. It examines the more common issues relating to employment law which arise in organisations with a view to preparing a defence or helping to settle claims ahead of a hearing. Integral to this is the legal system, the main sources of law and the evolution of contemporary employment regulation in the UK.

How will I Learn

MOL offer a choice of three study modes, inspired by learner feedback, giving you the flexibility to learn your way.

On Demand

Ultimate flexibility to achieve your CIPD Qualification anywhere in the world, study at your own pace with great support to fit around your work and home life.

Live Online

Prefer to learn with a group? Get all the benefits of On Demand with timetabled live interactive webinar sessions with your tutor and peers.

Classroom (for UK based learners)

Want more structure? Get the support of the classroom environment with a clear timetable and structured workshops where UK based learners can meet, interact, and network with their tutor and peers.

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Why study with MOL


Our expert tutors are there to support you throughout your studies and your assessments. Our tutors don't just provide advice in the webinars (virtual classroom) and face to face workshops; we make sure you have a dedicated tutor on hand when you need support.

Real Expertise

Our tutors are experts in both industry and education who make sure your learning really takes your understanding to the next level. They provide insight from years of experience, working across multiple sectors in different people management roles.

Access 24/7

We provide outstanding online course materials, accessible 24/7 on your Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You learn at your convenience with a combination of videos, reading and activities, which helps you successfully complete your assessments and gain your qualification.

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Career Path

Careers available after completing your CIPD level 7 studies include: 

People Analytics Manager
Head of HR
Head of Diversity and Inclusion
Director of People


Our MSc Top-up in Strategic Human Resource Management is for those who have achieved their CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in the last 5 years and want to really stand apart from their peers with a prestigious, globally recognised academic qualification.

Meet our tutors

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Hilary Sanders

Associate Tutor

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Jimmy Naudi

Associate Tutor


Michaela Hoare

HR Tutor

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Alistair Cumming

Associate Tutor

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