CIPD Level 7 Advanced Award in Human Resource Development


We understand you want to gain the CIPD qualification and join the global L&D community, but we also know you have varying needs when it comes to how and when you learn. It’s learner feedback which inspired us to create two pathways to achieving the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Award in Human Resource Development.

MOL will give you the flexibility to study the way you want to.

Classroom Choice from £1,200 (We do not charge VAT)

Delivered 9am to 5pm on weekdays, across our national locations. You’ll be part of a limited class size of 16 and fully supported by MOL’s unique blended learning approach.

Live Online from £995 (We do not charge VAT)

Study online anytime and access the virtual workshops between 2pm and 4pm or 6pm and 8pm on weekdays, with full support from MOL’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Award Length: 3-6 months


  1. Leading, managing and developing people (LMP)
  2. Human resources management in context (HRC)
  3. Investigating a business issue from an HR perspective (IBI)
  4. Developing skills for business leadership (SBL)
  5. Implementing Coaching and Mentoring (ICM)* 
  6. Knowledge Management and Organising Learning (KML)* 
  7. Organisational Design and Development (ODD)* 
  8. Leadership and Management Development (LMD)* 

* These modules are only available Live Online or in London via Classroom Choice

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Upcoming Workshops

Workshop Location

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 HR 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

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 thus 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

Employment law (ELW) 

This module focuses on current and future developments in employment law, so learners can give up-to-date, timely and accurate legal advice at work. The module will provide learners with the key principles that underpin UK and EU employment law, and give an overview of the legal process from understanding the law making process to dealing with an Employment Tribunal claim. 
This module aims to ensure that HR professionals are sufficiently aware of major, current and anticipated developments in employment law so they can fully prepare their organisation and to anticipate legal problems with proposed decisions or plans. 

Managing employment relations (MER) 

This module will provide learners with a comprehensive understanding of employment relations perspectives and debates from a theoretical and behavioural competency perspective. 

It covers all areas of the employment relations landscape such as:

  • Managing change in organisations
  • Trade Unions and negotiation
  • Theories and perspectives on ER
  • The employment contract
  • Functions of different stakeholders
  • Disciplinaries and grievances
  • Redundancies
  • Other policies and procedures

Resourcing and talent management (RTM) 

This module focuses on the attraction, promotion and retention of people with key skills in any organisation and how HR can be a key player in developing strategies for this.  This module focuses not just on the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, but also on the strategic aspects such as an organisation’s offering of terms and conditions and whether they attract and motivate sufficiently. The employment market also needs to be considered, and the demand for certain skill-sets. For example, skills can be sourced by hiring employees, but also through other means such as the employment of agency workers, subcontractors and consultants, or outsourcing arrangements. 

Employee engagement (EEG) 

Employee engagement, if properly understood, carefully implemented and objectively measured, is a powerful tool for delivering positive reputational and ‘bottom-line’ outcomes. This module explores the cognitive, affective and behavioural dimensions of engagement. It examines and explores what is meant by ‘engagement’ and why some organisations are better than others at creating authentic engagement among their employees and how other organisations can improve. This module also ensures the HR professional exercises caution of ‘evidence’ about the processes and benefits of engagement and the need to guard against tendencies towards rhetoric.

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 HR Knowledge 

MOL have combined CIPD Level 7 optional modules into pairs that are designed for the differing specialisms, goals and professional attributes of HR 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 HR
  • HR Director
  • HR Service Manager
  • HR Consultant
  • People Development Manager

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 Master's 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 & 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 and we do not charge VAT.

Classroom Choice 

Core Unit Price: £1,200

Live Online 

Core Unit Price: £995

Meet Our Tutors

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Associate Tutor Sarah Brown

Jamie Hanif

Associate Tutor Jamie Hanif

Hilary Sanders

Associate Tutor Hilary Sanders

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