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CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning & Development

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CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning and Development
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The fully online CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning & Development is equivalent to a postgraduate qualification and will help you develop the advanced knowledge and tactical skills you need to excel and progress your career in senior L&D roles.

This prestigious qualification is awarded by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the leading international HR and development body and the only organisation in the world that can award Chartered status to individual HR and L&D professionals.

You'll learn to master a broad range of strategic L&D leadership functions, including people management and development strategies and how to improve working lives in the changing business environment.

We’re the UK’s most recommended online learning centre, and once you enrol with ICS Learn, you'll gain the resources you want and the support you need to successfully complete your course and stand out as a senior leader.


CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning and Development

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For the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning & Development, you'll study eight modules, made up of seven core modules and your choice of one elective module.

Core modules

  • Work and Working Lives in a Changing Business Environment
  • People Management and Development Strategies for Performance
  • Personal Effectiveness, Ethics and Business Acumen
  • Business Research in People Practice
  • Organisational Design and Development
  • Leadership and Management Development in Context
  • Designing Learning to Improve Performance

Elective modules (choose one)

  • Technology-Enhanced Learning
  • Advanced Diversity and Inclusion
  • Wellbeing at Work
  • Advanced Employment Law in Practice
  • Managing People in an International Context
  • Learning and Development Practice

You’ll also complete a written assignment for each module you study and submit each one online to be marked by our assessors.

Who is this course for?

The CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning & Development is for those who are:

  • Aspiring senior-level managers who want to advance their strategic L&D skills.
  • Practising senior-level managers who want to broaden and formalise their existing knowledge and strategic skills to better train and lead individuals and teams.
  • Senior-level management who want to become CIPD Chartered Members.


You don’t need any formal qualifications to take the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning & Development, however, we recommend that you have a considerable amount of experience in an L&D role or an L&D degree.

If English is your second language, we recommend that you have achieved one of the following, or an equivalent:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall score
  • TOEFL: 90 overall score
  • Cambridge: Grade C or above

If you don’t have any of these, we’ll review your case on an individual basis.

Career path

Your study and further experience could lead to the potential for career development opportunities and senior-level roles.

Upon completion, you'll receive a CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning & Development, which can help you:

  • Secure a senior-level L&D role
  • Increase your salary and assist with promotions
  • Become a CIPD Chartered Member

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What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

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A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

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An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.