CIPD Level 7 Advanced Qualifications

CIPD Level 7 Advanced qualifications are the most widely recognised professional qualifications in the field of HR and L&D. There are many ways you can study for your qualification – at Universities, colleges and training centres – but most of these programmes require you to attend weekly classes, which are often inconvenient for busy professionals like you.

That's why CIPD Flexible Learning+ is a great choice. Designed specifically for those juggling a demanding career with a busy life, CIPD Flexible Learning+ puts you at the heart of your learning, giving you an enjoyable and manageable way to achieve your CIPD qualification.

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How CIPD Flexible Learning+ works

CIPD Flexible Learning+ puts you at the heart of the programme because it enables you to achieve your CIPD qualification in a way that works for you. You study safe in the knowledge that you're making the most of every moment of your time with all the support and guidance you could need.

Due to its unique blended learning approach, CIPD Flexible Learning+ appeals to people who are interested in distance learning as you undertake your self-study how, where and when you want.

However, CIPD Flexible Learning+ gives you the best of all worlds. Typically, you'll attend just one workshop a month, so the rest of your time is yours to schedule as it suits you and your situation.

You network with other learners on your programme through both face to face workshops and online via an online learning platform. Networking with other HR and L&D professionals gives you valuable support and enables you to share your ideas and get different perspectives. Learners constantly tell us how important this additional support is, and how much it benefits them, long after they have finished studying.

CIPD Flexible Learning+ offers a unique blend of...

Learning resources developed by CIPD Training. Unlike many college-based courses, all your learning resources are provided as part of your study. Designed so they fully complement each other, they are cross-referenced and easy to use to ensure you make the most of your own study time and that your learning experience is enjoyable and successful.

Learner support is provided by leading CIPD qualification providers selected by CIPD Training to deliver CIPD Flexible Learning+ programmes.

  • Practical face-to-face workshops - these are usually monthly.
  • Personal facilitator support from current HR / L&D practitioners.
  • A dedicated online learning platform.

Learning resources

CIPD Flexible Learning+ learning resources are developed by CIPD Training. Based on our deep knowledge of what great HR and L&D looks like, our expertise in learning design, and the unparalleled body of knowledge of the CIPD, these flexible learning materials are at the 'core' of CIPD Flexible Learning+ programmes.

Incorporating CIPD's extensive research, these high quality learning resources are cross referenced and designed to fully complement each other. They are simple and easy to use and focus on making it easy to make the most of your study time, ensuring your learning experience is enjoyable and successful.

The learning resources include:

Self-study Workbooks

Each subject you study comprises a series of workbooks which are made up of mini-chapters called work sessions. Taking around an hour to complete, work sessions are practical, informative and easy to follow. They guide you through how to apply the knowledge in the textbooks, address typical issues you're likely to meet at work, help you prepare for assignments or exams, and link you to other learning resources. And, because they're organised in bite-sized chunks, you can fit them in during a lunch hour, on the train or bus or whenever you have free time.

In a recent study commissioned by CIPD Flexible Learning+, learners cited the workbooks as a key resource in delivering the core learning in an accessible and appropriate bite-sized chunks, making it more possible to achieve the home study.

Textbooks

You also receive a series of CIPD textbooks to provide you with all the background knowledge and theory you need to complete the qualification. Your workbooks are cross-referenced to relevant sections in your textbooks, so you don't waste valuable time trying to locate the right information. Unlike the majority of other programmes, these valuable resources are included in the price.

Podcasts and MP4s

The workbooks link to a range of audio material based on current hot topics and issues faced by HR and L&D professionals like you. They're lively and interesting, with contributions from leading academics and practitioners, as well as respected keynote speakers from CIPD conferences. They're a great way to bring important subjects to life and give you unique insights from senior HR and L&D practitioners.

Online resources

The online platform which enables you, your study group and your facilitator to work collaboratively and support each other in between your face-to-face group workshop sessions.

The online platform helps you to structure your study, guiding you through the different resources you have at your disposal so you know what you should be doing and when. It gives you access to many additional resources from a wide range of journals, textbooks and other essential information sources, including CIPD research. We have picked out the relevant information so you don't need to spend hours doing research around a subject area yourself.

Learner support

Learner support through CIPD Flexible Learning+ is provided by leading CIPD qualification providers selected by CIPD Training. 

Learner support includes:

Practical face to face workshops

Induction

You'll enjoy a supportive learning environment from day one, starting with your induction. This is where you'll meet your facilitator and the rest of your study group. During your induction, you get to know each other in a fun and supportive way and are given an overview of your programme. Lunch and refreshments are provided at all workshop events.

Monthly workshops right across the UK

Approximately once a month you'll meet up with your group at your local study venue for a workshop run by your facilitator. You'll find your workshops interactive and practical, with a strong focus on workplace application.

You'll discuss key theories and models as you undertake practical exercises guided by your facilitator. These events are a great opportunity to build your knowledge, skills and understanding in a very practical way. As well as the experience you bring, you'll also benefit from the experience of your peers who are likely to work across a range of sectors. This mix of insight provides a rich learning environment for you to flourish in.

If you're unable to attend one of your scheduled workshops, you can simply attend that session at the same or another location so you can keep on track.

Support in between your workshops

Facilitator support from current HR/L&D practitioners

With CIPD Flexible Learning+ we pride ourselves on offering unrivalled facilitator support. Facilitators are current HR and L&D practitioners; when they're not working with you on your programme, they're on assignments with a wide range of organisations. Their extensive experience and expertise brings key theories to life, enriching your learning and helping you to immediately apply your new skills and knowledge back in your workplace.

In between workshops, your facilitator is available to offer you additional support when you need it. You can contact them by phone, email or online at a time that suits you.

It's this rich source of expert facilitator support that differentiates us from many other providers.

Online support

A unique aspect of CIPD Flexible Learning+ is the online support. When you do a CIPD Flexible Learning+ programme, you'll gain access to a dedicated learning platform that will enhance your learning experience.

Between workshops, you'll use the online platform to aid your self-study through a rich mix of online learning opportunities. Plus, it provides the perfect place to stay in touch with your facilitator and study group.

The learning platform also helps you to structure your studies, guiding you through a wealth of additional resources, and helping you use your study time as smartly as possible. The hard work of searching and sifting through online resources has been done for you, so you can rest assured you are using your time to best effect.

Benefits

Reasons to study for your CIPD Advanced Level 7 qualification through CIPD Flexible Learning+

A practical route to enhancing your knowledge and skills giving you the edge in today's competitive business environment

We offer CIPD qualifications, whether you’re in HR or L&D, which will help you develop the practical skills and knowledge you need to advance your professional career and gain the professional recognition you deserve.

Programmes designed to fit around busy home and work lives

You can study how, where and when you want, fitting your study time around the rest of your life and work commitments. Depending on the programme, you only have to attend a workshop every four weeks or so – the rest of your time is yours to schedule as it suits you, and importantly, your work commitments.

Unrivalled support from your personal tutor throughout your programme

You’ll benefit from the guidance and support of an expert facilitator who will be available to you via phone, email or the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You’ll also be able to network with other learners face to face at the group workshops and online via the VLE – giving each other valuable support and advice and sharing your ideas and different perspectives.

Unique learning resources designed to support you as a learner and HR/L&D professional

All your learning materials are provided as part of the programme. And importantly, we offer a variety of learning resources – workbooks, textbooks, online resources, podcasts/MP4s – to suit individual learning styles.

Written so they fully complement each other, our resources are cross-referenced and easy to use to ensure you make the most of your study time and that your learning experience is enjoyable and successful.

We've also been told time and time again from our learners that the highly practical nature of the learning materials means that you can be apply your learning to workplace issues while you're studying.

Expert facilitators bring your learning to life

The facilitators are experts who when they’re not working with you on your programme, are on assignments with a wide range of organisations. The currency of their experience and expertise brings key ideas and theories to life, enriching your learning experience and helping you to apply immediately what you learn to your day-to-day role.

Nationwide study venues with multiple start dates

CIPD Flexible Learning+ programmes are truly flexible – your route is determined by you and programmes start several times throughout the year. Study venues are local to you, right across the UK, and include lunch and refreshments.

Accessible to professionals without a first degree

We recognise that today's people management and development professionals operate across a diverse range of industries and organisation sizes and enter the HR and L&D professions from an increasingly diverse range of professional areas. As such, CIPD Flexible Learning+ programmes are accessible to people without a previous academic qualification.

We'll give you all the support you need as you progress through your studies, and importantly, the knowledge and expertise to achieve results for you and your organisation.

No hidden costs

With CIPD Flexible Learning+, all your programme resources, access to the dedicated online environment, text books, workbooks, personal facilitator support and group workshops, including refreshments, are included in the fee.

Business case for organisations

Aside from the obvious benefits studying a CIPD qualification by CIPD Flexible Learning+ can bring to individuals, there is also a strong business case for organisations to invest in the development of their HR and development teams, and gain the very best return from training budgets.


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Learn more about Flexible Learning+ for you or your organisation.

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The business case for organisations

CIPD research shows that most organisations believe investing in the development of its people is vital. It is perceived as a key strategy to differentiate organisations from their competitors and position them to benefit from the eventual improvements in business and consumer confidence.

Our qualifications focus on the role of HR and L&D in building sustainable business success. So by investing in your development, your organisation is maximising the ability of its HR and development function to help contribute to organisational objectives.

Apply your learning straight back to the workplace

Our programmes are business-focused, relevant and practical so you can apply your new knowledge and skills back to the workplace – immediately. Features of CIPD Flexible Learning+ programmes that will help you achieve this include:
  • The highly practical nature of the workbooks which many of our learners tell us aids immediate workplace application – these are a unique resource only available through CIPD Flexible Learning+.
  • Workshops run by consultant facilitators who bring real life examples and practices into the group for discussion. Your organisation will benefit from access to the very latest thinking and expertise in best practice.
  • Assessments which involve finding solutions to real life examples and challenges from your workplace. Together with your reading of the materials, your discussions as a group and guidance by the facilitators, you'll be in a strong position to provide free consultancy on key and unique issues affecting your organisation.

Minimise your time away from the office

With CIPD Flexible Learning+, the amount of time you'll need to spend out of the office on 'off the job' training is minimised, along with travel and accommodation costs, as you'll only need to attend a workshop every four weeks or so. So you're able to bring considerable benefits to your organisation through the time that this unique method of study enables you to continue to dedicate to your organisation.

Enhance your organisation's profile

Organisations need to motivate and engage existing employees, as well as make themselves appealing to potential future talent. By showing a commitment to developing its people, your organisation will add value to its employer of choice status.

Provide access to CIPD resources

While studying through CIPD Flexible Learning+, you'll have access to a range of products and services available exclusively to CIPD members, which in turn, can be of significant benefit to your organisation. You'll have access to a wealth of professional resources including:

  • online journals and magazines
  • People Management magazine
  • member only surveys, reports and research
  • training tools

and, much more!

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More about CIPD Level 7 Advanced qualifications

CIPD Level 7 Advanced qualifications are the most widely recognised professional qualifications in the field of HR and L&D. In fact, many job adverts state it's essential to have a CIPD qualification. Being CIPD qualified opens up many opportunities for you and gives you the professional recognition you deserve.

Studying for a CIPD Level 7 Advanced qualification will increase your understanding of organisations and the external context within which HR and L&D operates. Plus, you'll learn how to develop and implement creative and strategic solutions that drive organisational performance. As well as gaining a depth of general HR and L&D knowledge, you'll have the opportunity to specialise in your chosen areas of expertise.

CIPD Level 7 Advanced programmes through CIPD Flexible Learning+

The structure of the CIPD Level 7 Advanced programmes through CIPD Flexible Learning+, including when you do the face to face workshops and how you'll be assessed, is determined by the CIPD qualification providers we work with. For more information, please call us on +44 (0)20 8612 6203 or download a brochure.

HR or L&D?

There are two different pathways you can follow when studying for a CIPD Level 7 Advanced qualification:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Development (Learning and Development pathway)

Alternatively, you can mix and match as you prefer.

Size of qualification

There are two options to choose from with CIPD Flexible Learning+ programmes:

CIPD Level 7 Advanced Certificate

  • requires successful completion of any four units
  • 60 credits on the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England (FHEQ)
  • takes approximately one year of study to achieve
  • successful completion leads to Associate CIPD Membership.

CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma

  • covers a wider breadth of subjects, including the core HR or L&D subjects, plus further additional selected specialisms
  • requires successful completion of eight units, including four core units and four optional units
  • 120 credits on the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England (FHEQ)
  • takes approximately two years of study to achieve
  • provides you with the knowledge required to work towards Chartered CIPD Membership.

Please note, CIPD Level 7 Advanced qualifications are comparable to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) level 7 in England, comparable to European Qualifications Framework (EQF) level 7. For Scotland and Ireland, this is level 11 and 9 respectively. They are equivalent to a postgraduate level qualification.

Are the programmes open to everyone?

You don't need any academic qualifications to enrol with CIPD Flexible Learning+. We'll give you all the support you need as you progress through your studies, so don't worry if you haven't studied for a while.

You do not need to have completed a level 3 Foundation or level 5 Intermediate CIPD qualification to enrol. If you are responsible for implementing HR/L&D strategy and developing policy or change management, or if you are an HR/L&D professional in a team, or have responsibility for HR/L&D development and are seeking to enhance and develop your career, the level 7 Advanced qualifications will be suitable for you.

If you've already studied for part of the qualification somewhere else, it's easy to switch to our programme to complete your learning.

What you will learn

Core Units

HR Management in context (15 credits)

This unit provides you with an understanding of the environmental contexts of contemporary organisations within which managers, HR professionals and workers interact. It examines how organisation leaders respond to these dynamic environmental contexts. And, it explores how leaders, those in the HR function and line managers with HR responsibilities need to recognise that corporate decisions and HR choices are often shaped by forces beyond their immediate control.

Leading, managing and developing people (15 credits)

This unit explores people management and development. It seeks to familiarise you with major contemporary research evidence on employment and effective approaches to HR and L&D practice. It introduces you to major debates about theory and practice in the specific fields of leadership, flexibility and change management, the aim being to help you become effective managers as well as effective HR specialists. The unit also introduces the major aims of HR and L&D and explores how these are achieved in practice.

Developing skills for business leadership (15 credits)

A key purpose of this unit is to encourage you to develop a strong sense of self-awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses as managers and colleagues. The unit will help you develop and improve a range of definable skills that are pivotal to successful management practice and to effective leadership. The unit also seeks to develop further more specialised skills that are of particular significance to effective higher-level people management and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.

Investigating a business issue from an HR perspective (15 credits)

Key elements of professional competence are strategic awareness, a business orientation and a concern with adding value through HR practice. Qualified professionals should be able to research relevant topics and write reports that can persuade key stakeholders in the organisation to change or adopt a particular policy or procedure.

Options units which form part of the HR Management pathway

Leadership and management development (15 credits)

This unit focuses on the development of leadership and management in facilitating organisational, team and individual change and growth. It recognises differing approaches and interpretations of the concepts of leadership and management within a range of organisational contexts including public, private, not-for-profit, large, small, national, international and multicultural organisations. The unit will enable you to develop a critical understanding of the complexities and contested nature of leadership and management and the contextual opportunities for development. It will help you to develop a range of personal and professional skills associated with the development of leadership and management strategies to facilitate organisational development and change. The unit requires you to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.

Resourcing and talent management (15 credits)

A major objective of the HR function is the mobilisation of a workforce. This unit focuses not only on the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, but also on the strategic aspects to equip you with the knowledge and skills required for resourcing and talent management within a global context.

Reward management (15 credits)

This unit examines total rewards in an organisational and international context and provides you with the knowledge and understanding of environments in which reward professionals plan, implement and evaluate employee reward policies to support strategic organisational goals. You will acquire both a theoretical and normative understanding of the diverse approaches to reward management and be able to critically reflect on the strengths and limitations of these approaches. The foundations for pay and benefits management in modern organisations and how these traditions can be integrated into appropriate strategic designs is examined. You will be able to comprehend the relationship between traditional, contingent and developmental choices of rewards, the use of diagnostic and evaluative skills in designing flexible approaches to reward and associate challenges. Critical reflection on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint and for continuous professional development is required.

Managing employee relations (15 credits)

This unit will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of employment relations perspectives and debates from a theoretical and behavioural competency perspective. It will enable you to understand, analyse and evaluate competing theories and perspectives and their outcomes on organisational climate, employees and management. The unit provides opportunities for you to apply the activities, knowledge and behavioural competencies required for managing employment relations practices in union and non-union, small and large, private, public and indigenous and multinational organisations. You will also assess the impact of contextual changes on employment relations practices and organisational performance from a managerial perspective and gain insights into the creation and implementation of effective employment relations procedures and policies.

Employment law (15 credits)

This unit will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to brief organisations on the consequences of employment law development, and give up-to-date and accurate advice concerning the practical application of legal principles at work in different jurisdictions. The unit will provide you with the key principles that underpin UK (or Irish) and EU employment law, their purpose, the major defences that employers are able to deploy when defending cases, and the potential organisational costs and reputational risks associated with losing them. Moreover, the focus is on situations that occur relatively regularly in workplaces. The unit promotes critical reflection on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.


Options units which form part of the HR Development (L&D) pathway

Learning and talent development (15 credits)

L&D and its contribution to talent management is recognised and acknowledged to be a significant lever in achieving economic, social and cultural aspirations, ambitions and objectives of governments, organisations and individuals. The contribution of learning and talent development to formulating and achieving objectives forms a core rationale and component of this unit. So too does the contextual nature of notions of talent and their connections with national and organisational policy and strategies. You will develop a critical understanding of the contribution of learning and talent development policies and strategies as well as intellectual, social, professional and personal skills to perform effectively in associated professional roles. The unit requires you to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint, explores the implications for professional practice and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.

Designing, delivering and evaluating L&D provision (15 credits)

This unit develops a critical understanding of the role and influence of a range of contextual factors on the design, delivery and evaluation of L&D plans and interventions. A well-established body of knowledge and theory on learning processes and their application in instructional design and facilitating learning also forms a significant component of the unit. The unit will help you develop the professional knowledge and skills required to perform effectively in specialist roles associated with the design, delivery and evaluation of learning and development. It requires you to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.

Knowledge management and organisational learning (15 credits)

Organisational learning is argued to be a critical process affecting the success or otherwise of organisations. This unit will explore the connection between learning and knowledge to develop a critical understanding of the concepts of knowledge management and of organisational learning and associated theories and the personal and professional skills associated with designing and implementing knowledge management strategies that promote organisational learning. The unit explores the implications for professional practice and requires learners to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.

Understanding and implementing coaching and mentoring (15 credits)

Interest in and the use of coaching and mentoring in organisations, and as methods of personal, professional and management development have grown significantly. Both processes are more popular and prevalent in professional practice and have been subject to much academic and professional research and writing which suggest many issues and problems, as well as features of effective practice, that need to be taken into account when using the processes and methods. The research and writing also signals many unanswered questions about current practice and this module promotes an evidence-based approach to enable the development of intellectual, social and professional skills necessary to design, apply and practise coaching and mentoring programmes and services in work organisations and their application in supporting personal and performance development. It encourages a questioning of simplistic and prescriptive accounts of coaching and mentoring in order to develop a critical awareness and understanding of the potential and imitations of coaching and mentoring models, frameworks and associated theories. It explores the implications for professional practice and requires learners to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.

About us

The CIPD and CIPD Training*

We’re the CIPD — the professional body for HR and people development. We are the voice of a worldwide community of more than 140,000 members committed to championing better work and working lives. 

We’ve been setting the benchmark for excellence in people and organisation development for more than 100 years. Through our expertise and research we provide a valuable point of view on the rapidly changing world of work. And for our members we’re the career partner of choice, setting professional standards and providing the expertise to drive the HR and L&D professions forward.

The CIPD Training exists to help the CIPD deliver on its core purposes. Based on our deep knowledge of what great HR and L&D looks like, our expertise in learning design, and the unparalleled body of knowledge of the CIPD, we have developed flexible learning materials that are at the 'core' of CIPD Flexible Learning+ programmes.

You can be confident that your learning materials include the very latest thinking and insights in HR and L&D.

CIPD Training works with leading CIPD qualification providers to offer the learner support and face to face elements of CIPD Flexible Learning+. For full information on these providers, please download a brochure, or call us on +44 (0)20 8612 6203.

*CIPD Training is part of the CIPD's wholly owned trading subsidiary, CIPD Enterprises.

CIPD membership

One of the main reasons people do a CIPD Level 7 Advanced qualification is because they aspire to become a Chartered member of the CIPD. CIPD Flexible Learning+ not only helps you achieve your qualification, it's practical and work-based focus enables you to work towards gaining the experience you need to actually achieve this accolade.

By completing the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in HR Management or HR Development you gain the knowledge required to work towards CIPD Chartered Member (MCIPD) or Chartered Fellow (FCIPD). If you then have the relevant experience, you can undertake a membership assessment. This assesses your workplace activities and behaviours, and if successful, you'll be upgraded to your new level of membership.

Chartered membership demonstrates you have the expertise needed to plan and manage generalist or specialist operations. Combining your professional knowledge, skill and insights with an understanding of your organisation's context and structure, you can create and deliver integrated HR and L&D services and solutions that help to drive your organisation forward.

Benefits of professional membership

  • Gain a competitive edge
  • Professional membership and recognition benchmarked against industry standards creates great opportunities to further your career.
  • Raise your profile with employers, clients and peers
  • Professional membership demonstrates that you have a proven track record of making a positive impact in the workplace.
  • Showcase your professional credentials
  • Professional membership entitles you to use a professional designation after your name.

Learn more about professional membership.

Student membership

You'll need to become a student member of the CIPD to study for a CIPD qualification. A one-off joining fee and an annual membership fee will apply.

Student membership offers you a wealth of professional resources, development tools and networking opportunities that will support you in your studies, as well as in your career and day-to-day job. These include:

  • member-only website resources
  • online journals and magazines
  • People Management magazine
  • surveys, reports and research
  • training tools

and, much more!

Learn more about Student membership.

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