CIPD Level 7 Advanced Certificate in Human Resources

The Level 7 Advanced Certificate in HR Management is a great way to show you can study at Level 7 and is ideal if you are thinking strategically, but can only dedicate 1 year to the course rather than 2. You simply do 4 out of the 8 modules from the Diploma, and you can always top up with the other 4 modules at any time, getting a full Diploma.

Classroom Choice £3,995 (We do not charge VAT)

You will study around 9 full day workshops and 4 virtual workshops over course (interactions about 1 month apart). 

Live Online £3,495 (We do not charge VAT)

You will study around 20 live webinars and 15 virtual workshops over the course (interactions about 1 week apart).

Certificate Length: 12 months.

Modules – choose 4 from the following:

  1. Leading, managing and developing people (LMP)
  2. Human resources management in context (HRC)
  3. Investigating a business issue from a HR perspective (IBI)
  4. Developing skills for business leadership (SBL)
  5. Employment law (ELW)
  6. Managing employment relations (MER)
  7. Resourcing and talent management (RTM)
  8. Employee engagement (EEG)

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Upcoming Workshops

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All MOL programmes across our locations run subject to demand and availability. This is to ensure you get a high quality learning experience. We also allocate places on a first-come-first-served basis upon receipt of completed applications.

Please note - there may be additional start dates available in your preferred location to the ones shown on our website. For details of further dates, please contact one of our Programme Advisors.

Course details

Our learning materials are approved by CIPD, and written by L&D experts exclusively for our programmes.

If you choose:

Classroom Choice

Our unique blended learning approach includes:

  • Face-to-face workshops
  • Virtual workshops
  • Directed learning via articles, journals, podcasts, case studies and video clips
  • Group discussion and collaborative activities via the virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Undertaking critical reflection on your own learning practice
  • Assessments - Two of the four core modules are assessed by a national CIPD exam, all other modules are assessed by written assignment

Live Online

This allows you to study in your own time and includes:

  • A live webinar or virtual workshop every week
  • 100s of online activities 
  • On-demand access to Live Online recordings to visit any topic
  • Directed learning via articles, journals, podcasts, case studies and video clips
  • Group discussion and collaborative activities via the virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Undertaking critical reflection on your own learning practice
  • Assessments - Two of the four core modules are assessed by a national CIPD exam, all other modules are assessed by written assignment

Please note: You can study the 4 core modules in any of our national locations. Our specialist L&D modules are only available Live Online or via Classroom Choice in London.

Leading, managing and developing people (LMP)

This module looks at effective approaches to human resource (HR) and learning and development (L&D) practice. Learners are introduced to major debates about theory and practice in the specific fields of leadership, flexibility and change management. The aim is to help them become effective managers as well as effective HR specialists, managing others fairly and effectively and increasing levels of engagement, commitment, motivation and performance. This module is assessed via a nationally-set examination.

Human resources management in context (HRC)

HR professionals and managers operate within increasingly complex and changing organisational and contextual circumstances. HRC provides learners with an understanding of their business contexts, how leading organisations respond to external forces, and what pressures shape the decisions of their own organisation.  This module ensures HR professionals are commercially aware of external factors affecting the organisation and how they can add value by responding to this.
This module is assessed via a nationally-set examination.

Investigating a business issue from a HR perspective (IBI)

This module covers key elements of professional competence, including a strong business orientation and the ability to add value through human resource (HR) practice. 
This module asks learners to demonstrate their ability to diagnose and investigate a live, complex business issue from an HR perspective, to collect and analyse data, to derive supportable conclusions and to make practical and actionable recommendations for improvement of current practice. This is written up in a 7,000 word report which requires a combination of academic research and business report writing skills. 

Developing skills for business leadership (SBL)

A key purpose of this module is to encourage learners to develop a strong sense of self-awareness and of their own strengths and weaknesses as managers and colleagues. The module is primarily concerned with the development of skills, including:

  • thinking and decision-making skills 
  • the management of financial information 
  • managing budgets 
  • a range of team working and interpersonal skills 
  • other skills associated with developing personal effectiveness and credibility at work
  • This module is assessed via a 4,000 word critical self-reflection of your professional development which looks back over the course of your studies.  

    Understanding and implementing coaching and mentoring (ICM)

    Coaching and mentoring in organisations as a method of developing skills is a popular and widely-recognised tool used by many organisations. This module focuses on the benefits and negatives of using and implementing such schemes, looking at current research and case studies, as well as evaluating the lack of evidence in some areas. It encourages a questioning of simplistic and prescriptive accounts of coaching and mentoring in order to develop a critical awareness and understanding of the potential and limitations of coaching and mentoring models.

    Knowledge management and organisational learning (KML)

    ‘Organisational learning’ is the process of creating, retaining, and transferring knowledge within an organisation. An organisation improves over time as it gains experience. From this experience, it is able to create knowledge. ‘Knowledge management’ is the efficient handling of information and resources within an organisation. These two concepts together are important for a HR professional to have a strategic view of how to implement strategies to promote organisational learning and thereby growing the skills and knowledge effectively in an organisation.

    Organisational design and organisation development (ODD)

    Organisational Design is the process of aligning the structure of an organisation with its objectives, with the aim of maximising efficiency and effectiveness. Techniques to do this may be breaking down departmental barriers, seeking improved supply efficiencies, teamwork and collaboration and working towards better customer retention. Organisational development is defined by CIPD as a ‘planned and systematic approach to enabling sustained organisation performance through the involvement of its people’. This might include how organisational members acquire new skills, knowledge and behaviours, and do things differently, often as part of the application of continuous improvement strategies. These two concepts complement each other and look at how to maximise performance of an organisation through effective strategic design of its structure, people and skills.

    Leadership and management development (LMD)

    The role of a people manager is to maintain a positive relationship with their staff and to engage them to work well. The HR professional supports managers and leaders within their organisations to be the best they can be. The focus of this module is on concepts of leadership and management at all levels, within a range of organisational contexts. This module looks at the theory of leadership and management as well as the complexities and contested nature of leadership and management and the contextual opportunities for development. 
    You’ll have your own hard copy Learner Journey for every module you study. This guide is unique to MOL and walks you through every step on your learner journey. You will always know what you need to be studying and when

  • MOL believe that strategic HR/L&D professionals should be leaders in their organisation. Our unique offer means that when you successfully complete your Diploma you’ll also gain Chartered Manager status of the CMI (Chartered Management Institute)
  • Our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is browser-based and can be used on any system. It supports online activities such as reading, videos, interactive online activities, sharing work with peers, gaining feedback and asking questions of tutors
  • You’ll receive ongoing support from our tutor team 
  • You’ll have free access to resource databases such as Management Direct, EBSCO & Emerald 
  • You’ll have the opportunity to attend our annual CIPD Graduation ceremony
  • Take advantage of National Union of Students (NUS) membership and the great student discounts available 
  • Free access to Microsoft Office 365 for you, downloadable on up to 5 devices
  • Becoming a CIPD student member will give you access to CIPD research, practical tools, factsheets and communities including branch networks and activities. You’ll also receive a regular free copy of People Management magazine

New and Exclusive to MOL – Gain a CMI qualification

At MOL we recognise that a strategic CIPD qualification is about becoming a leader in your organisation. This is why we have been working with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to enable learners who undertake the full L7 Diploma to gain Chartered Manager status (CMgr MCMI) at the same time.


We won’t force you to complete the programme in a given time frame and specific order. Although we recommend 24 months, you can take longer. At this level of professional qualification it’s important that you’re the master of your learning and are able to structure it in a way that fits your busy lifestyle. You can book onto any module we’re running, at any time. 


Our dedicated learner care agents are there to be proactive. They’ll contact you to make sure that you’re OK, the course is going well and to gather feedback. All of our expert tutors are there to help you. They won’t just be providing advice in the workshops, we make sure they’re on hand at other times when you need them. This support will also help you to manage your learning and keep you on track to achieve.

The Very Best Workshop Experience 

MOL workshops aren’t just an academic exercise. They’re about applying your CIPD knowledge to the real world of business. You’ll share information and ideas from real life, carry out activities based on true scenarios and begin to fully understand the difference between being CIPD qualified and being a skilled HR professional. 

Real Expertise 

MOL’s associates are the experts who will make sure that your workshop training really takes your understanding to the next level. They will provide years of experience, working across multiple sectors in lots of different HR roles, to really provide the insight a budding HR professional needs.

Specialist L&D Knowledge 

MOL has combined CIPD Level 7 optional modules into pairs that are designed for the differing specialisms, goals and professional attributes of HR/L&D strategists. Whether you want to lead in L&D, Organisational Design or HR, we have a pathway for you.

Jobs you could hold after completing your CIPD level 7 study include:

  • Head of L&D
  • L&D Director
  • Senior L&D Specialist 
  • L&D Consultant
  • Training Consultant

The MA in Strategic Human Resource Management & Development accredited by Sheffield Hallam University is a unique way to stand out from your peers and underpin your strategic HR experience with a valuable qualification.

You will be able to do the Route A version of the Masters course if you have obtained your CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma within the past 4 years and want to upgrade to an MA in only 6 months.

MA in Strategic Human Resource Management and Development

If your company is looking to fund your training, we can raise an invoice if you provide a purchase order with your application as MOL is a not for profit organisation - we do not charge VAT.

We also provide interest-free payment plans if you want to fund your study yourself.

Classroom Choice (£3,995)

  • Initial Deposit: £995
  • 10 payments at £300.00 

Live Online (£3,495)

  • Initial Deposit: £995
  • 10 payments at £250.00 

Meet Our Tutors

Sarah Brown

Associate Tutor Sarah Brown

Jamie Hanif

Associate Tutor Jamie Hanif

Simon Jones

Associate Tutor Simon Jones

Hilary Sanders

Associate Tutor Hilary Sanders

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