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CIPD Student Stories: David Eldridge | Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management

David Eldridge

Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management

David has always been a passionate learner, keen to develop himself and those around him. Find out how he is getting on with the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management in his story below. 

Hi, I’m David and for the last 2 decades, I have been an HR Professional dedicated to a wide variety of people and development roles in the public and private sectors.

I have always continuously tried to develop myself as well as others. In December 2021, I was awarded my CIPD 20 Years Membership Certificate. In itself a significant achievement and great recognition but this also prompted me to look again at my Professional Status and educational capacity and capability.

I had been considering the Level 7 qualification for some time and the cost of self-funding the course had always been a barrier as finding circa £12,000-£15,000 to study a Masters at University was not possible for me. In addition, I needed a course that I could complete whilst sustaining full time employment.

There were several factors that attracted me to ICS Learn.

As a CIPD Approved Centre with a 99% success rate, this was an excellent start to convincing me to choose ICS Learn as my learning provider.

The next thing for me was the cost, luckily securing a special discount,

I was able to purchase the course for only £5,000.00 and spread the payments interest free over a few years.

The final element to convince me was that the course itself was 100% online, with dedicated tutor support and with extensive learning support materials. At last, a professionally accredited course I could afford.

I could study at my own pace and that allows me to work full time too. Now, almost half way through the Level 7 CIPD Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management course, I am enjoying the learning immensely.

ICS Learn staff have been extremely supportive. The course tutors and support staff are always fast to respond to my various enquiries.

I am looking forward to completing my qualification and applying to upgrade my membership to CIPD Chartered Member status. This will be a consolidation of an extensive volume of learning, professional development and many years of people and development experience.

I am so grateful to ICS Learn -

they have made the CIPD Level 7 course available and accessible for me both financially and because I am able to fit it in around my full-time work and my life.


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