CIPD Level 7 Courses

Our CIPD pass rates is 93%†

Get your CIPD Level 7 Advanced qualification 100% online and accelerate your career from anywhere.

CIPD’s postgraduate-level qualifications are ideal if you have significant HR/L&D experience or an HR degree and want to prepare for strategic senior roles. The prestigious Level 7 Diploma is the only qualification that allows you to apply for CIPD Chartered Membership.

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Get a CIPD Advanced qualification with the only CIPD centre that gives you total freedom.

Our Level 7 qualifications teach the strategic thinking and long-term planning skills that you’ll need to work in high-profile senior roles such as HR/L&D Director, Head of HR/L&D and HR Business Partner. 

They’re perfect if you’re currently in or are looking to move into a senior role where you’ll be responsible for developing and implementing HR or L&D strategies. 

Our online CIPD Level 7 courses are unique because they give you total control over the speed, time and location of your learning.

They allow you to:

  • Learn anytime – before work, during your lunchbreak, or after the kids are in bed
  • Learn anywhere – your home, your office, your commute, or the local park
  • Learn on-the-go – on your mobile, tablet or laptop

Plus, you’ll have unlimited tutor support from CIPD experts throughout your course. You can message your tutors online, arrange a phone call, or ask questions in real time during our live online classrooms, so you can feel confident taking on a postgraduate-level qualification.

CIPD Level 7 Student Reviews

"This qualification has allowed me to work full-time and not feel under pressure. You decide when and where you want to study."

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"I am learning with the aid of excellent tutors who still work in the HR/L&D field, so they know the challenges we face."

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"CIPD was the obvious choice. They are globally recognised qualifications with an influential network. I'm already applying what I learnt. "

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CIPD Level 7 FAQs

We’re the UK’s most recommended CIPD centre, rated Excellent from more than 10,000 independent student reviews. We’re trusted by thousands of students each year across 100+ countries.

We’re also the world’s most experienced online learning provider, having been pioneers in flexible distance learning for 130 years.

Our flexible self-paced course structure, unlimited support, and interest-free* monthly payment plans make it easy to shape learning around your life.

That’s why every year, we help thousands of students like you get qualifications they need to succeed.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the world’s largest professional body for those involved in the management and development of people.

It has over 150,000 members worldwide and every year, more than 25,000 professionals study CIPD HR and L&D qualifications and certifications. It’s the gold standard for professional quality in human resources and learning and development.

This means that CIPD qualifications are highly respected and sought-after by employers. Our HR Employer Survey found that 77.5% of senior HR jobs and 72% of mid-level HR jobs listed CIPD as desirable or essential.§

Where CIPD qualifications aren't a necessity, they'll put you head and shoulders above the competition.

CIPD Level 7 qualifications are best suited to those who are ready to take on postgraduate-level study and who have either significant HR/L&D experience or an HR degree.

They're perfect if you’re already working in or are looking to move into a high-level role where you will have responsibility for designing and implementing HR or L&D strategy and policy.

If this doesn't sound like you, you might be better suited to a Level 3 or Level 5 qualification.

The CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate is ideal if you're just starting out and want to master the key operational skills you'll need to excel in entry-level roles.

CIPD Level 5 qualifications are great if you're seeking a mid-level role such as HR/L&D Manager or Advisor. They're suited to those who have some experience, whether through working in the profession directly or working in a role which involves aspects of HR/L&D, such as management.

Level 5 qualifications are also a great choice if you haven't worked in HR or L&D before but have a university degree and want to begin learning at a higher level.

Before you enrol with us, our expert CIPD advisors will talk through your experience, education, and ambitions to ensure you’re choosing the right course for you.

If you’re not ready to commit to the full CIPD Level 7 Diploma in Strategic People Management or L&D, and would like to focus on only the essential modules, you could study our CIPD Level 7 Core programme.

It covers 4 modules:

  • Work and Working Lives in a Changing Business Environment
  • People Management and Development Strategies for Performance
  • Personal Effectiveness, Ethics and Business Acumen
  • Business Research in People Practice

The programme has an average completion time of 9 months and a support period of 12 months. It costs £3,449 which can be paid in interest-free monthly instalments.

Bear in mind that the Core programme won’t give you a CIPD qualification, just the essential skills you need for senior HR or L&D roles.

If you complete the programme and then decide you’d like to move onto the full CIPD Level 7 Diploma in Strategic People Management or L&D, you won’t need to take the whole course again – you can simply complete the extra 4 modules and you’ll be CIPD qualified!

For more information on our CIPD Core programmes, get in touch with our course advisors by webchat, email or phone.

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* Any offer of credit is made by ICS and is subject to your status and eligibility.

93% pass rate based on 9,266 assignments achieving a pass in 2023.

‡ Data from a survey of 333 ICS Learn CIPD graduates from between 2012 and 2019.

§ Data from a survey of 600 open HR job adverts listed on between July and September 2019.