CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma Human Resource Management

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The CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management is the most widely-recognised professional qualification in the field of HR, and covers the essential knowledge and skills to be an effective HR practitioner. This human resource course, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), is ideal if you wish to advance your existing career in HR.

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You'll gain an understanding of the environment and contexts within which HR practitioners, management and workers interact, and become familiar with current research on approaches to human resource management and development in HR, helping you to become an effective manager as well as an HR practitioner.

CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma Human Resource Management Course Content

To achieve the Level 7 Advanced Diploma in HR Management, you need a total of 120 credits. 

When you enrol with ICS Learn you enrol on the full Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management, but you will complete the programme two modules at a time.

Core Modules

The first four modules are all core modules. All students will complete these modules, in the order shown below. Again, the modules will be studied two at a time.

  1. Human Resource Management in Context - 15 credits
  2. Leading, Managing and Developing People - 15 credits
  3. Developing Skills for Business Leadership - 15 credits
  4. Investigating a Business Issue from an HR Perspective - 15 credits


Note: There are two 2-day workshops which all students must attend. The first workshop covers the first two core modules and the second workshop covers the second two core modules.

Elective Modules

From this point onwards, you will need to gain a further 60 credits, which means choosing four modules from a choice of five.

You will study the modules two at time, but you will get to choose the modules you wish to study (via your ICS Mentor), and the order in which you study.

  1. Resourcing and Talent Management - 15 credits
  2. Managing Employment Relations - 15 credits
  3. Learning and Talent Development - 15 credits
  4. Reward Management - 15 credits
  5. Employment Law - 15 credits


Key Topics

Human Resource Management in Context (15 credits)*

  1. This module provides you with an understanding of the principal internal and external environmental contexts of contemporary organisations, including the managerial and business context within which managers, HR professionals and workers interact in conditions of environmental turbulence, change and uncertainty. The module also examines how those leading organisations respond to these dynamic environmental contexts, and indicates how leaders in organisations, and those in the HR function, and line managers with HR responsibilities, need to recognise and acknowledge that corporate decisions and HR choices are not always shaped by managers alone.


Leading, Managing and Developing People (15 credits)*

  1. This module will familiarise you with major contemporary research evidence on employment and effective approaches to human resource (HR) and learning and development (L&D) practice. Research focusing on the links between people management practices and positive organisational outcomes is covered, as is research that highlights major contemporary changes and developments in practice. The module also introduces you to major debates about theory and practice in the specific fields of leadership, flexibility and change management, the aim being to help you become an effective manager as well as an effective HR specialist, managing others fairly and effectively and increasing levels of engagement, commitment, motivation and performance.


Developing Skills for Business Leadership (15 credits)*

  1. This module is primarily concerned with the development of your skills, and specifically seeks to develop and improve a range of definable skills that are pivotal to successful management practice and to effective leadership. These include thinking and decision-making skills, the management of financial information, managing budgets, a range of team-working and interpersonal skills and others associated with developing personal effectiveness and credibility at work. The module also seeks to develop further, more specialised skills that are of particular significance to effective higher level people management and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.


Investigating a Business Issue from an HR Perspective (15 credits)*

  1. This module provides the opportunity for you to demonstrate the ability to diagnose and investigate a live, complex business issue from an HR perspective, to locate the work within the body of contemporary knowledge, to collect and analyse data, to derive supportable conclusions and to make practical and actionable recommendations for change, improvement or enhancement of current practice. The applied nature of the report requires a critical evaluative approach, empirical investigation and analysis and a combination of academic research and business report writing skills.


(* Denotes that this unit has a workshop)

Resourcing and Talent Management (15 credits)

  1. This module focuses not just on the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, but also on the strategic aspects to equip you with the knowledge and skills required for resourcing and talent management within a global context. Skills can be sourced by hiring employees, but also through other means such as the employment of agency workers, subcontractors and consultants, or through outsourcing arrangements. To mobilise an effective workforce organisations hire people from employment markets, which obliges them to compete for talent with other employers whenever demand for skills is greater than the available supply.


Managing Employment Relations (15 credits)

  1. The module provides opportunities for you to critically apply the activities, knowledge and behavioural competencies required for managing employment relations practices in union and non-union, small and large, private, public and indigenous and multinational organisations and will enable you to review and critically evaluate the roles and functions of different stakeholders in employment relations and the structures and processes required to manage the employment relationship effectively. You will also be able to assess the impact of contextual changes on employment relations practices and organisational performance from a managerial perspective and gain insights into the creation and implementation of effective employment relations procedures and policies.


Learning and Talent Development (15 credits)

  1. This module will help you develop a critical understanding of the potential and limitations of the contribution of learning and talent development policies and strategies to formulating and achieving objectives at national, organisational, group and individual levels and will enable the development of intellectual, social, professional and personal skills to perform effectively in associated professional roles. The module requires you to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint, explores the implications for professional practice, and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.


Reward Management (15 credits)

  1. This module examines total rewards in an organisational and international context and provides you with the knowledge and understanding of environments in which reward professionals plan, implement and evaluate employee reward policies to support strategic organisational goals. You will acquire both theoretical and normative understanding of the diverse approaches to reward management and be able to critically reflect on the strengths and limitations of these approaches in promoting individual and organisational performance in a fair, reasonable and equitable way.


Employment Law (15 credits)

  1. The purpose of this module is to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to brief organisations on the consequences of current and future developments in employment law, and to give up-to-date, timely and accurate advice concerning the practical application of legal principles at work in different jurisdictions. The module will provide you with the key principles that underpin UK (or Irish) and EU employment law, their purpose, the major defences that employers are able to deploy when defending cases, and the potential organisational costs and reputational risks associated with losing them.


(* Denotes that this unit has a workshop)

Entry Requirements

This is a Level 7 CIPD programme and requires a good level of HR experience. A prior degree-based educational background would be beneficial.

The Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management is for those who:

  1. Have the responsibility for HR decision-making within an organisation at either operational, tactical or a more strategic level
  2. Are HR professionals in a team or HR functional management role, and are seeking to enhance and develop their career
  3. Have responsibilities for the HR function and activities within an organisation without a specialist function
  4. Are independent or employed consultants who support organisations in meeting their goals.
Where will I go from here?

Successful completion will mean students have the underpinning knowledge to apply for one of the three professional levels of membership: new Associate, Chartered MCIPD or Chartered FCIPD.

What will I gain?

On completion, you'll receive the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management.

Awarding Body

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is Europe's largest HR and development professional body. It is a globally recognised brand with over 135,000 members, and prides itself on supporting and developing those responsible for the management and development of people within organisations.


There are two CIPD-set exams, with the remaining assessments being via a skills portfolio, a management research report and written assignments.

It should be noted that there are also ICS Learn assessments for you to complete that have been devised to prepare you fully for your final CIPD assessments.

What will I get?

Because we're experts in home learning, we offer all the support you need along the way.

You'll receive access to online study materials that have been specially designed online learning by experts in your field of study, and you will work with step-by-step modules to guide your learning.

You'll have access to an experienced personal tutor both online and over the phone, ready to help you with guidance and motivation.

You'll also be part of the our online Student Community, where you'll have access to library materials and your account information, as well as vital links with your fellow students, with the chance to discuss your work, ask questions and make new friends.

Payment Options

You can either pay for your course in full or opt for a monthly payment plan.

You have the option to complete and pay for two modules at a time. These can be set up on a monthly payment plan.

Speak to one of our course advisors today for more information on our payment plans.

Additional Fees

Please note that CIPD membership, exam and workshop* fees are additional to course fees.

Please contact us for the latest fee information. 

* An integral part of your Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management programme is your attendance at residential workshops at one of two hotels in a central UK location.

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