CIPD L7 - Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management

The CIPD Level 7 Diploma in Strategic People Management is an advanced qualification in human resources developed by the CIPD. Within the CIPD Level 7 Certificate you will gain the skills to develop and deploy your strategic and specialist people management knowledge.

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What to Expect From This Course

Who Needs this Course

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What to Expect From This Course

This Level 7 CIPD qualifications will emphasise your strategic thinking and handling of complex people management and business decisions.

This course comprises eight units in total, four of which are core units based on the CIPD Profession Map, a further three to develop specialist HR knowledge and one unit from a range of options.

To demonstrate the new knowledge gained during the course, all the units complete with a written assignment which are marked by Watson Martin's assessors. There are no exams for this qualification.

The benefits of a CIPD Advanced qualification:

  • Generates real influence at a high level.
  • Helps to develop strategic thinking.
  • Increases credibility at work.

Who Needs this Course

  • HR Business Partner or Manager
  • People Analyst
  • Employee Relations Manager
  • Diversity and Inclusion Specialist
  • Resourcing Business Partner
  • Reward and benefits Manager
  • Talent Manager

Delivery Method


This Advanced Diploma typically takes between 18-24 months to complete.

  • Recorded Induction Session: Includes a programme overview and an induction to the VLE.
  • Role of Adviser: Eight 1:1 sessions with personal adviser, dates confirmed between candidate and adviser.
  • Two progress Q+A webinars (live): An opportunity to ask questions about any aspect of your study alongside peers.
  • Recorded content to view on VLE for core units, covering key aspects.
  • Assessments are submitted after delivery of all webinars and by the end of 6 months from programme commencement date.


Prospective candidates must demonstrate a high standard of both spoken and written English to register onto a CIPD qualification and must have undertaken an approved assessment in the last two years.

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • Advanced level programmes – a score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each category.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet based test
    • Advanced level programmes – a score of 90 overall with a minimum of 19 in each category.
  • Pearsons Test of English
    • Advanced level programmes – a score of 60 overall with a minimum of 54 in each category.
  • Cambridge proficiency or advanced tests Grade C or above or equivalent

Exam Details


There is no exam for this qualification. You need to submit assignments which will be marked by the assessors.


Based on the assignment evaluation, you’ll be awarded the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management.

Course Outline

  • 7C001 – Work and working lives in a changing business environment
  • 7C002 – People management and development strategies for performance
  • 7C003 – Personal effectiveness, ethics and business acumen
  • 7C004 – Business research in people practice
  • 7HR01 – Strategic employment relations
  • 7HR02 – Resourcing and talent management to sustain success
  • 7HR03 – Strategic reward management
  • 7OS01 – Advanced employment law in practice
  • 7OS03 – Technology-enhanced learning
  • 7OS04 – Advanced diversity and inclusion
  • 7OS05 – Managing people in an international context
  • 7OS06 – Well-being at work

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