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.

Below, you can find answers to your questions on what happens before, during and after the exams as well as the key exam dates. You can also download past papers and examiners' report on the exams.

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

Please contact the Exams team via email.

  • 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.

How much is the enrolment fee? 

The exam enrolment fee is £74 per exam. 

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, you'll be automatically sent you a receipt. 

Can I cancel my enrolment? 

Yes, but we're unable to refund your enrolment fee and you'll 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 09 October 2020, 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. 

When is the closing date? 

The deadline for receipt of enrolment forms is 17 July 2020.

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 £22 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 £70 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.

January 2020 exams

25 Oct 2019: Deadline for the CIPD to receive enrolment forms for the January 2020 exams

06 Dec 2019: Deadline for the CIPD to receive enrolment forms for the January 2020 exams from candidates re-sitting September 2019 exams

17 Dec 2019: January 2020 pre-seen case study email sent to candidates

21 Jan 2020: January 2020 Human Resource Management in Context exam

23 Jan 2020: January 2020 Leading Managing and Developing People exam

07 Feb 2020: Deadline for the CIPD to receive Mitigating Circumstances and Deferral Requests from the January 2019 exams

20 Mar 2020: January 2020 examination results released to students online

23 Mar 2020: January 2020 Examiners' reports available online

13 Apr 2020: Deadline for January 2020 exam Feedback Requests to be received by the CIPD

May 2020 exams

21 Feb 2020: Deadline for the CIPD to receive enrolment forms for the May 2020 exams

03 Apr 2020: Deadline for the CIPD to receive enrolment forms for the May 2020 exams from candidates re-sitting January 2020 exams

21 Apr 2020: May 2020 pre-seen case study email sent to candidates

26 May 2020: May 2020 Human Resource Management in Context exam

28 May 2020: May 2020 Leading Managing and Developing People exam

05 Jun 2020: Deadline for the CIPD to receive Mitigating Circumstances and Deferral Requests from the May 2020 exams

17 Jul 2020: May 2020 examination results released to students online

20 Jul 2020: May 2020 Examiners' reports available online

10 Aug 2020: Deadline for May 2020 exam Feedback Requests to be received by the CIPD

September 2020 exams

17 Jul 2020: Deadline for the CIPD to receive enrolment forms for the September 2020 exams

25 Aug 2020: September 2020 pre-seen case study email sent to candidates

22 Sep 2020: September 2020 Human Resource Management in Context exam

24 Sep 2020: September 2020 Leading Managing and Developing People exam

09 Oct 2020 Deadline for the CIPD to receive Mitigating Circumstances and Deferral Requests from the September 2020 exams

20 Nov 2020: September 2020 examination results released to students online

23 Nov 2020: September 2020 Examiners' reports available online

14 Dec 2020: Deadline for September 2020 exam Feedback Requests to be received by the CIPD

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.

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.



Human Resource Management in Context (7HRC)



Leading, Managing and Developing People (7LMP)

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