Advanced level awarded qualifications

This page contains all the information you need to know about studying, enrolling for and sitting the Advanced level awarded qualifications.

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

Enrolment, guidance and exam procedures

Exam planner

Important dates for the Advanced Level Awarded Qualifications.

Feedback, examiner reports and past papers

After the exams - May 2016 

When will I receive my results?

Results for the May 2016 exams are issued on Monday 25 July 2016. If you don’t receive your results by the published date, please contact your study centre. However, you will be able to view the results of your May 2016 exams in a secure area of our website from 22 July 2016.

Before viewing your results online, you’ll need to go to www.cipd.co.uk and open a CIPD website account, if you haven’t already done so. To do this, you’ll need your CIPD membership number.

If you have any difficulties registering online, call our website support team on 020 8612 6211 between Monday and Friday, 09:30–17:30, and they’ll be happy to help. Once you’ve created a web account and logged in, you’ll need to access the ‘Profile’ area of the website and select the My Exams tab. You’ll then be able to view your results online until 28 October 2016.

How are my results calculated?

For exams, grades are issued as Fail (below 45%), Marginal Fail (45–49%), Pass (50–59%), Merit (60–69%), or Distinction (70% and above).

Can I appeal against my exam results?

We operate a fair and equitable exam assessment process.

The exam questions are set and reviewed by a committee of examiners and reviewed to check the questions for clarity and focus. The examiners prepare a marking scheme when setting the questions and this is used by all markers to assess candidates’ answers. A sample of scripts is second-marked by another examiner. All marks are checked for arithmetic errors. Candidate numbers are used instead of names to ensure equity of treatment by examiners and mitigating circumstances are taken into account. Disagreement with the academic/assessment judgement does not constitute valid grounds for appeal.

What happens if my exam book is lost?

If, for any reason, your exam book is lost, you’ll be required to resit the exam.

How do I enrol for the September 2016 exams

If you’ve failed or were absent from any exams, you’ll find an enrolment form for the September 2016 exams enclosed with your results. If you passed all of your exams, you’ll need to contact your course tutor for a September 2016 enrolment form.

The deadline for the receipt of enrolment forms is 8 July 2016.

For any exams that you are re-sitting from the May 2016 exams, the deadline for the receipt of enrolment forms is 5 August 2016.

Can I get a copy of the examiners’ reports?

You can access the examiners' reports online.

How do I apply for exam feedback on an exam?

If you need help to resit an exam, please contact your course tutor, who will be able to give you personal advice based on your work throughout the course.

Feedback from CIPD examiners

A breakdown of grades awarded per section and per question is available upon request at a cost of £20 per exam. We aim to provide this feedback within two weeks of your request. We regret that we are unable to return original answer scripts or copies.

Comprehensive exam feedback is available from CIPD at a cost of £61 per exam. This feedback will identify your main strengths and weaknesses and includes a commentary on each section of the paper and your script as a whole including a breakdown of grades awarded per section and per question. Constructive and positive advice is given for future improvement. While examiners often quote extensively from candidates’ answers, we regret that we are unable to return original answer scripts or copies. We aim to provide exam feedback within six weeks of your request.

No information is supplied concerning the actual marks awarded for individual questions, but the examiner may give you some indication of how close or how far you were from a Pass on a particular question and indeed on the paper as a whole.

If you think you will benefit from either format of exam feedback, please complete an exam feedback request form and send it with your credit card details or a cheque, payable to the CIPD, for either £20 or £61 per subject. The deadline for receipt of exam feedback request forms is 15 August 2016. Please do not attach the feedback request form to your exam enrolment form, but send both forms separately.

We are unable to process requests for exam feedback received after the closing date of 15 August 2016. If you haven’t received acknowledgement of receipt from the CIPD within seven working days, please call 020 8612 6223 as soon as possible.

Some centres may request that their students’ certificates are sent directly to them for presentation ceremonies. Please check with your course tutor whether your centre expects to hold such a ceremony.

My grade has changed – will my membership card be reissued to reflect this?

Your new membership card will be issued in your member pack after you upgrade.

What are the benefits of being a professional member?

CIPD professional membership demonstrates that you’ve met the CIPD’s rigorous criteria and standards for best practice. Professional membership is an achievement that ensures you stand out in your career. It’s respected by employers and the industry alike, and may also help increase your earnings potential. As well as being recognised for your professionalism in the workplace, CIPD membership also keeps you up to date with the latest developments in the profession.

Key member benefits are:

  • professional recognition
  • access to practical HR and development resources in member – only areas of cipd.co.uk
  • our award-winning People Management magazine that brings the most important news and jobs in HR and development each month
  • access to the online assessment tool My HR Map, as well as CPD tools and templates helplines
  • networking opportunities with like-minded professionals at local branch events, conferences, exhibitions and CIPD online communities
  • exclusive member-only discounts on all CIPD products and services.

Find out more about member benefits

How can I upgrade to a professional level of membership?

When you’ve successfully completed your qualification and you can demonstrate that you meet the membership criteria, you can apply to upgrade to one of our professional levels of membership (please note the membership criteria varies according to each level).

Find out more about membership upgrading

Can I use designatory letters after my name?

Professional members can use the following designations after their name:

  • Associate Member (Assoc CIPD)
  • Chartered Member (Chartered MCIPD)
  • Chartered Fellow (Chartered FCIPD)
  • Chartered Companion (Chartered CCIPD)
    Please note: Chartered Companion is by invitation only.

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Before the exams - September 2016 

Please ensure that:

  • Your CIPD membership is current. If you’re unsure, call us on 020 8612 6208.

  • You notify your study centre and exam venue of your intention to sit the exams.

I’m an ICS/MOL/DPG student – do I need to do anything else?

You must ask your study centre for a list of exam venues and return your form to ICS/MOL/DPG by 27 June 2016.

(Please do not send it directly to CIPD.)

Your course tutor must sign Section 5 of this form under all circumstances.

What should I do if I change my address after completing this form?

Call us on 020 8612 6208 as soon as possible to update your details.

I would like to request reasonable adjustments. What should I do?

Complete Section 4 of this form.

  • You’ll need to provide a psychologist’s report (post 16 years of age), or medical evidence which must be attached to your enrolment form.

  • If you sent us evidence within the last twelve months, there’s no need to send it again.

  • If any unforeseen medical condition occurs before the exams, contact us as soon as possible with supporting medical evidence. Although we can’t guarantee to accommodate all requests, we’ll do our best to help.

  • You’ll need to re-apply each time you sit CIPD exams.

  • If you have illegible handwriting and the examiner can’t read your script, you will fail the exam. Please call us on 020 8612 6223 if you think this is likely to be a problem.

  • If you need any further guidance, call us on 020 8612 6223.

How will I know if you’ve received my enrolment form?

Complete the prepaid postcard attached to the form and we’ll send it back to you to confirm we’ve received your form. This postcard is valid only if it has been stamped ‘CIPD Examinations’. If you don’t receive the stamped postcard within five working days of posting your form, call us on 020 8612 6223. Please note that this is not a receipt for payment.
Candidates must ensure that they attach sufficient postage when returning their completed enrolment form and are advised to use special or recorded delivery.

Can I have an invoice to give to my employer for payment?

We don’t issue invoices for exam fees.

Can I have a receipt for my enrolment fees?

Yes, we’ll automatically send you a receipt within four weeks of receiving your payment.

Can I cancel my enrolment after I have sent in my form?

Yes, but we are unable to refund your enrolment fee and you will need to re-enrol and pay again when you next choose to sit the exam.

However, if you’re unable to attend an exam for medical reasons or mitigating circumstances apply, you can defer your enrolment, free of charge to the next exam date only. To do this, you must send a written explanation to us to arrive no later than 14 October 2016, supported by a medical certificate or other relevant documentary evidence. Applications are considered on an individual basis. Deferral is not guaranteed and you will receive a response within seven days of your request.

What is the closing date for CIPD to receive my completed enrolment form?

Th deadline for receipt of enrolment forms is 8 July 2016.

For any exams that you are re-sitting from the May 2016 exams, the deadline for receipt of enrolment forms is 5 August 2016.

Enrolment forms received after these dates will not be accepted. Candidates must ensure that they attach sufficient postage when returning their completed enrolment form and are advised to use special or recorded delivery.

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During the exams - September 2016 

When do I need to arrive at the exam room?

You must report to your exam venue 30 minutes before the exam is due to start. If you’re unsure where your exam venue is, please check with your study centre as soon as possible.

What do I need to bring with me to prove I’m the person enrolled for the exam?

You’ll need to bring:

  • your exam enrolment letter

  • valid proof of identification showing your full name and signature, preferably with a photo (for example your passport, driving licence and/or a current credit card).

What can I bring into the exam room?

You may bring pens, pencils, rubbers, rulers and correction fluid. All candidates can bring still water into the exam room. You may only bring food or soft drinks for medical reasons if agreed with us beforehand.

When will I receive the section A case study?

You will be sent an email four weeks before the exam giving you access to a secure area of our website where you can download a copy of the section A case study. You will not be able to bring a copy into the exam room with you. However, a copy will be included within the exam paper. 

If for any reason you are unable to download the case study, you can obtain a copy from the exams team at CIPD or from your study centre. While we make every effort to ensure the case study is readily available, it is the responsibility of each candidate to ensure they have access to the case study prior to the exam. 

How much reading time is allowed?

All exams include ten minutes’ reading time at the beginning of the exam. You can make notes on the inside cover of the answer book during this time. After ten minutes the invigilator will advise you that you can begin answering questions.

What is the format of the exam?

  • Exams are of three hours duration plus ten minutes’ reading time at the beginning.
  • Each exam paper will consist of two sections – Section A and Section B.
  • Questions in Section A will be based on a seen case study which will be sent to all candidates four weeks before the exam.
  • In Section B, there will be ten questions, two per learning outcome.
  • Candidates will be required to answer five of the ten questions, covering all learning outcomes (that is Questions 1 or 2, and 3 or 4, and 5 or 6, and 7 or 8, and 9 or 10).
  • Sections and questions may be answered in any order.
  • To pass the exam you must achieve at least 40% in both sections with an overall of 50%.
  • You must also attempt to answer five questions from Section B.

What if I’m unable to sit the exam? 

In all instances, you must inform your exam venue as soon as possible. There’s no need to tell CIPD. You’ll need to re-enrol when you’re ready and pay the applicable fee. 

If you’re unable to attend an exam for medical reasons or mitigating circumstances apply, you can defer your enrolment, free of charge to the next exam diet. To do this, you must send a written explanation to CIPD to arrive no later than 14 October 2016 supported by a medical certificate or other relevant documentary evidence. Applications are considered on an individual basis. Deferral is not guaranteed and you will receive a response within seven days of your request.

How do I report a disturbance or mitigating circumstances which affected my performance during the exam?

Please write to us with a detailed explanation and appropriate evidence (for example a medical certificate) which we’ll forward to our special consideration review panel. We must receive this letter no later than 14 October 2016.

What happens to those candidates who cheat during the exam? 

Plagiarism, cheating or attempting to cheat during an exam are serious offences and incur such penalties as the study centre and/or the CIPD Board of Examiners deem appropriate. 

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Key dates for CIPD examinations 2016-2017 

Important dates for the Advanced Level Awarded Qualifications. All exams are three hours plus ten minutes reading time.

May 2016 exams
Dates
May 2016 Human Resource Management in Context exam 24/05/2016
May 2016 Leading Managing and Developing People exam 26/05/2016
Deadline for CIPD to receive enrolment forms for the May 2016 exams 26/02/2016
Closing date for enrolment forms for the May 2016 exams from candidates re-sitting January 2016 exams 08/04/2016
May 2016 pre seen case study email sent to candidates 26/04/2016
Deadline for CIPD to receive Mitigating Circumstances and Deferral Requests from the May 2016 exams 10/06/2016
May 2016 examination results released to candidates online  22/07/2016
May 2016 Examiners' reports available online 25/07/2016
Deadline for May 2016 Feedback Requests 15/08/2016

September 2016 exams Dates
September 2016 Human Resource Management in Context exam 27/09/2016
September 2016 Leading Managing and Developing People Exam 29/09/2016
Deadline for CIPD to receive enrolment forms for the September 2016 exams 08/07/2016
Closing date for enrolment forms for the September 2016 exams from candidates re-sitting May 2016 exams 05/08/2016
September 2016 pre seen case study email sent to candidates 30/08/2016
Deadline for CIPD to receive Mitigating Circumstances and Deferral Requests from the September 2016 exams 14/10/2016
September 2016 examination results released to students online 25/11/2016
September 2016 Examiners' reports available online 28/11/2016
Deadline for September exam Feedback Requests to be received by CIPD 19/12/2016

January 2017 exams Dates
January 2017 Human Resource Management in Context exam 24/01/2017
January 2017 Leading Managing and Developing People exam 26/01/2017
Deadline for receipt of enrolment forms for the January 2017 exams 28/10/2016
Closing date for enrolment for the January 2017 exams from candidates re-sitting September 2016 exams 09/12/2016
January 2017 pre seen case study email sent to candidates 20/12/2016
Deadline for CIPD to receive Mitigating Circumstances and Deferral Requests from the January 2017 exams 10/02/2017
January 2017 examination results released to students online 24/03/2017
January 2017 Examiners' reports available online 27/03/2017
Deadline for January exam Feedback Requests to be received by CIPD 18/04/2017

May 2017 exams
Dates
May 2017 Human Resource Management in Context exam 23/05/2017
May 2017 Leading Managing and Developing People exam 25/05/2017
Deadline for CIPD to receive enrolment forms for the May 2017 exams 24/02/2017
Closing date for enrolment forms for the May 2017 exams from candidates re-sitting January 2017 exams 07/04/2017
May 2017 pre seen case study email sent to candidates 25/04/2017
Deadline for CIPD to receive Mitigating Circumstances and Deferral Requests from the May 2017 exams 09/06/2017
May 2017 examination results released to candidates online  21/07/2017
May 2017 Examiners' reports available online 24/07/2017
Deadline for May 2017 Feedback Requests 14/08/2017

September 2017 exams Dates
September 2017 Human Resource Management in Context exam 26/09/2017
September 2017 Leading Managing and Developing People Exam 28/09/2017
Deadline for CIPD to receive enrolment forms for the September 2017 exams 07/07/2017
Closing date for enrolment forms for the September 2017 exams from candidates re-sitting May 2017 exams 04/08/2017
September 2017 pre seen case study email sent to candidates 29/08/2017
Deadline for CIPD to receive Mitigating Circumstances and Deferral Requests from the September 2017 exams 13/10/2017
September 2017 examination results released to students online 24/11/2017
September 2017 Examiners' reports available online 27/11/2017
Deadline for September exam Feedback Requests to be received by CIPD 18/12/2017

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Individual feedback 

There are three types of exam feedback available to students taking the advanced level qualification:

  • basic feedback provides a breakdown of grades awarded per section and per question
  • more comprehensive feedback includes constructive advice for future improvement
  • past papers which includes feedback from examiners.

Basic exam feedback is available from CIPD upon request at a cost of £20 per exam. This will be a breakdown of grades awarded per section and per question. 

Comprehensive exam feedback is available from CIPD at a cost of £60 per exam. This feedback will identify your main strengths and weaknesses and includes a commentary on each section of the paper and your script as a whole. Constructive and positive advice is given for future improvement. While examiners often quote extensively from candidates’ answers, we regret that we are unable to return original answer scripts or copies.

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Examiners' reports and past papers 

After each exam CIPD Examiners provide comprehensive feedback in examiner reports.  These reports also include the exam paper and are available to students free of charge. The latest examiner reports and past papers for the CIPD Awarded, Advanced level qualifications are available for download below.

Human Resource Management in Context (7HRC)

Human Resource Management in Context, May 2016 (PDF 671 KB)
Human Resource Management in Context, January 2016 (PDF 558 KB)
Human Resource Management in Context, September 2015 (PDF 369 KB)
Human Resource Management in Context, May 2015 (PDF 226 KB)
Human Resource Management in Context, January 2015 (PDF 253 KB)
Human Resource Management in Context, September 2014 (PDF 265 KB)
Human Resource Management in Context, May 2014 (PDF 199 KB)
Human Resource Management in Context, January 2014 (PDF 172 KB)
Human Resource Management in Context, September 2013 (PDF 178 KB)
Human Resource Management in Context, May 2013 (PDF 190 KB)
Human Resource Management in Context, January 2013 (PDF 193 KB)
Human Resource Management in Context, September 2012 (PDF 78 KB)
Human Resource Management in Context, May 2012 (PDF 197 KB)
Human Resource Management in Context, January 2012 (PDF 214 KB)
Human Resource Management in Context, September 2011 (PDF 186 KB)
Human Resource Management in Context, May 2011 (PDF 145 KB)
Human Resource Management in Context, January 2011 (PDF 213 KB)

Leading, Managing and Developing People (7LMP)

Leading, Managing and Developing People, May 2016 (PDF 660 KB)
Leading, Managing and Developing People, January 2016 (PDF 619 KB)
Leading, Managing and Developing People, September 2015 (PDF 203 KB)
Leading, Managing and Developing People, May 2015 (PDF 220 KB)
Leading, Managing and Developing People, January 2015 (PDF 368 KB)
Leading, Managing and Developing People, September 2014 (PDF 244 KB) 
Leading, Managing and Developing People, May 2014 (PDF 215 KB)
Leading, Managing and Developing People, January 2014 (PDF 161 KB) 
Leading, Managing and Developing People, September 2013 (PDF 185 KB) 
Leading, Managing and Developing People, May 2013 (PDF 171 KB) 
Leading, Managing and Developing People, January 2013 (PDF 58 KB) 
Leading, Managing and Developing People, September 2012(PDF 59 KB) 
Leading, Managing and Developing People, May 2012 (PDF 156 KB) 
Leading, Managing and Developing People, January 2012 (PDF 143 KB) 
Leading, Managing and Developing People, September 2011 (PDF 131 KB) 
Leading, Managing and Developing People, May 2011 (PDF 127 KB) 
Leading, Managing and Developing People, January 2011 (PDF 164 KB)

Note: The figures and percentages in these reports are based on the actual number of candidates who sat the examinations, whether for the first or subsequent time. They should not be confused with the official CIPD performance statistics, which are based on the performance of candidates sitting the examination for the first time only and from which the national averages are calculated.

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