Human Resources

CIPD Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management, Level 7

Please note there may be additional charges within the course for textbooks, trips, registration and assignment fees.

Course overview

The advanced qualification is ideal if you are looking to develop your HR career to the next level, work as an independent consultant or aspire to become a Chartered Member or Fellow of the CIPD.

Set at Postgraduate level, the Level 7 Advanced qualifications are the most widely recognised professional qualifications in the field of Human Resources (HR) and the highest level of qualifications that CIPD offer.


The course is delivered on a part time basis

• Year 1 – Tuesday 2.15 – 9.00pm
• Year 2 – Thursday 2.00 – 9.00pm

In addition you are expected to complete an average or 6 hours independent study per week.


All lectures have occupational experience and are CIPD qualified, in addition to having a recognised teaching qualification.

Entry requirements

A level 5 CIPD qualification, a relevant degree or at least two years working in an HR role.

The College has a commitment to widening participation in Higher Education, and will therefore give careful consideration to prior experiential learning, non-traditional qualifications and qualifications obtained outside of the United Kingdom.

Course Modules

- Resourcing & Talent Management
This module not just on the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, but also on the strategic aspects to equip learners with the knowledge and skills required for resourcing and talent management within a global context.

- Employment Law
The purpose of this module is to provide learners 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.

- Learning & Talent Development
This module will 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.

- Reward Management
This module examines total rewards in an organisational and international context and provides learners with the knowledge and understanding of environments in which reward professionals plan, implement and evaluate employee reward policies to support strategic organisational goals.

Core modules

- Human Resource Management in Context
This module focuses on 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. Its purpose is to encourage learners to understand the factors that are shaping the HR strategic agenda.

- Leading, Managing & Developing People
This module aims to provide learners with a rigorous framework of knowledge and understanding, concerning people management and development, that they will need whatever the degree of specialisation they later elect to follow.

- Developing skills for Business Leadership
The module is primarily concerned with the development of 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.

- Investigating a Business Issue from a HR Perspective
This module provides the opportunity for learners 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.

How will I be assessed?

All optional modules are assessed by a 3,000 word assignment for each.

Core modules
• 7HRC & 7LMP are assessed by national CIPD exams
• 7SBL is assessed by the completion of an e-portfolio
• 7IBI is assessed by a 7,000 word research report

What can I do next

Upon successful completion of this course you will achieve Associate Membership of the CIPD and following completion of the Diploma you are eligible to apply for Chartership status of the CIPD. Completion of 4 modules qualifies for the Advanced Certificate in HR.