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CIPD Level 7 DiplomaHuman Resource Development

Our CIPD pass rate is 96%*

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£165/month interest-free

Payments
39 months

Deposit
£165

Total Price
£6,600

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Average completion time18 - 24 months

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Support period30 months

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100% online - no workshopsplus unlimited 1:1 tutor support

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Additional feesCIPD Student Membership fee, CIPD exam fees

  • Learn with the UK’s most trusted CIPD Centre †
  • Postgraduate-level study, ideal if you have significant HR or L&D experience
  • Prepare for strategic senior roles like L&D Director, Consultant and Manager
  • Study anywhere, anytime on your laptop, phone or tablet
  • Live online classrooms & personal tutor

Why is this course right for you?

Advance your career: 74% say their qualification played a vital role in their career advancement 

Increase your salary: 78% increase their earning potential within 2 years 

Gain a respected qualification4.8/5 Trustpilot score from 4000+ independent reviews

Enhance your credibility: the only L&D qualification that leads to CIPD Chartered Membership

Entry requirements

To study this CIPD Advanced Level 7 course, you should have significant HR or L&D experience or an HR degree.

If English is your second language, we recommend you have an IELTS 6.5/ESOL Level 2 or equivalent, but we're happy to review your case on an individual basis.

Course content

The course is fully online. It's assessed through written assignments and two in-person exams.

You'll study 8 units in total: all 7 core units, plus your choice of 1 optional unit.

Core units

  • Human Resource Management in Context
  • Leading, Managing and Developing People
  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership 
  • Investigating a Business Issue from an HR Perspective 
  • Learning and Talent Development
  • Leadership and Management Development 
  • Organisational Design and Organisational Development 

Optional units

  • Resourcing and Talent Management 
  • Managing Employment Relations 
  • Reward Management 
  • Employment Law 

For full details of what you’ll learn on each unit, download our CIPD course guide.

The Level 7 Diploma in HRD allows you to specialise in HR development. If you'd rather study broader HR management, the Level 7 Diploma in HRM offers the same content but with greater flexibility in which units you choose.

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Sarah Watts‘Working full-time and having two young children, it was important that I could work at my own pace. My HR Director encouraged me to take this route rather than do an MA, as she felt CIPD was more about applying the theory in practice.’
- Sarah Watts

Adam Currie‘The tutors are highly experienced – some practically and others academically; which helps tremendously. The online classrooms were insightful. For those that enjoy an online, self-paced learning experience I would recommend ICS Learn.’
- Adam Currie

Mike Bignall‘ICS Learn has given me the ability to work full-time, volunteer part-time and study for a new qualification, all in my own time and without the need to take holidays. L&D has moved from an interest to a passion.’
- Mike Bignall

  • Contact your CIPD tutor anytime online or by phone
  • Ask questions in real time in our live online CIPD classrooms
  • Learn from top experts in each subject area with specialist tutors for every unit
  • All our tutors are CIPD Chartered Members, Fellows, or Academic Associates
  • Access a CV builder, interview simulator and 1000+ career resources through our Career Hub

How does studying CIPD with us work?

See what it's really like to be an ICS Learn student. Learn how you'll access your course, join an online classroom, chat to your tutor, complete your CIPD assessments, and more.

Learning and Development FAQs

Yes! We’ve been a CIPD-awarded centre for 30 years, and pioneers in flexible learning for 130 years.

We’re the UK’s most trusted CIPD centre, with a Trustpilot rating of 4.8/5 from more than 4000 independent reviews.

And our CIPD pass rate is 95% from thousands of students each year. *

As a rough guide, Level 3 is for those with no or minimal L&D experience. It’s perfect if you’re looking for your first L&D role.

Level 5 is for those with some L&D experience who are looking for a mid-level L&D role. It’s also suitable if you’re new to L&D but have a degree and want to begin your learning at a higher level.

Level 7 is for those with significant HR/L&D experience or an HR degree who are ready to take on postgraduate-level study. It’ll prepare you for strategic senior roles.

However, we know everyone’s situation is different. Our expert CIPD advisors will talk through your experience, education and ambitions to ensure you’re choosing the right course.

Diploma and Certificate indicate the length and scope of your CIPD qualification. There's an L&D Diploma and Certificate at each CIPD Level.

CIPD Diplomas are the most comprehensive and desirable CIPD qualifications, covering everything you need to know to excel in your career. Most students choose the Diploma.

CIPD Certificates are shorter qualifications, covering only essential units from the Diploma.

Right away! When you enrol, you’ll be able to log in to your course and get started within an hour.

There are no set start dates or schedules – everything is shaped around you.

As an ICS Learn CIPD student, you'll always have a real person on hand to help you when you need it. From the moment you enrol, you'll have access to:

  • Unlimited one-to-one support from your CIPD tutor – get in touch online or arrange a phone call
  • Live online CIPD classrooms so you can learn and ask questions in real time
  • CIPD classroom recordings so you can watch and rewatch them at a time that suits you
  • CIPD student forums to network and share advice with other HR professionals
  • Our friendly Student Services team to help you with non-academic questions
  • Our all-in-one online learning platform, the Student Community, filled with interactive course materials designed by CIPD experts

You'll also have unlimited lifetime access to our Career Hub, giving you thousands of resources to help you impress employers, master critical business skills, and build your dream career. It includes:

  • A CV and cover letter builder
  • An interview simulator
  • An elevator pitch builder
  • Career and work psychology assessments
  • In-depth industry and employer profiles
  • 350+ employer films with practical advice from hiring managers
  • 1000+ short courses, articles and videos on key career skills like negotiating a raise and leading a team

You can take a sneak peek at the Career Hub by signing up here

There are two in-person exams for this course. You'll sit them at at your nearest CIPD assessment venue.

You'll also submit a variety of written assignments online, each between 1000 and 7500 words. They’ll be marked by your tutor and verified by CIPD.

If you would prefer to be assessed solely online, you could study the shorter CIPD Level 7 Certificate. It allows you to omit the modules that are assessed by exam: HRM in Context and Leading, Managing and Developing People.

Get in touch with our CIPD Advisors on 0800 015 3326.

They’ll talk through your experience, education and ambitions to make sure you’re choosing the right course, then get you enrolled with an interest-free payment plan.

If you have any disabilities which you believe may impact your studies or assessments, please inform your Course Advisor before enrolment so that we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

†ICS Learn has a Trustpilot rating of 4.8/5 from more than 4000 independent student reviews.

*Pass rate based on 18,872 assignments submitted and 18,125 passed between 1/9/17 and 31/8/18.

‡Data from a survey of 79 students who completed a CIPD qualification between August 2015 and August 2017.

§Access to the Career Hub is unlimited for as long as ICS Learn provides the Career Hub service.

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