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CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management (Online Live)

Build on your existing People Management experience - take the lead and shape your future HR career.

Watson Martin


£7,240 inc VAT
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24 months · Part-time or full-time
CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management
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Comprising eight units in total, four of which are core units based on the CIPD Profession Map, a further three to develop specialist HR knowledge and one unit from a range of options, the qualification takes up to two years to complete.

To demonstrate the new knowledge gained during the course, all the units complete with a written assignment which are marked by our assessors. There are no exams for this qualification.

As with all our CIPD programmes, you can start anytime and work at your own pace taking advantage of our fully flexible HR and L&D online training or enjoy face-to-face learning at our renowned facilitated workshops.


The benefits of a CIPD Advanced qualification:

  • Generates real influence at a high level
  • Helps you develop strategic thinking
  • Increases credibility at work
  • The only qualification that leads to CIPD Chartered Membership

"I would wholeheartedly recommend Watson Martin as a course provider to fellow HR professionals who are looking to expand their skills and academic knowledge in a constructive and nurturing environment. Louise Hill was an absolutely brilliant tutor to whom I am grateful for the time and insightful feedback and direction.' Mira Thow


CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management

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This qualification provides a broad range of relevant academic knowledge and practical skills, alongside the opportunity to specialise in your chosen area of expertise. Using critical evaluation, self-reflection and evidence-based problem solving, you will learn how to develop and implement creative and strategic HR solutions that drive organisational performance. You will also be able to develop your understanding of organisations and the external context within which HR operates.

Interactive group learning. If you prefer to participate in planned interactive sessions and have exposure to other learners and their organisations’ practices, then our workshops are for you.

Our workshop programmes provide an ideal learning environment in which expert trainers present and facilitate practical activities, encourage group discussions and collaborative learning and offer opportunities for networking.

We offer face to face and online workshops and you can choose the method that suits your circumstances best. You also have full access to our VLE, workbooks and downloadable materials alongside support from your personal adviser.

Workshops & Webinars

A one day online live workshop or webinar that will be led by a tutor.

The session will include input, group activities and guidance on what to study.

This will be available for every unit throughout the programme.

1-1 Personal Adviser

Your personal adviser will work with you to agree a plan for your programme.

This includes discussing the assessment task and developing a study plan for the unit.

Your personal adviser will work with you throughout the programme.

Virtual Learning Environment

Work through the learning resources on our Virtual Learning Environment.

Access webinar recordings, workbooks and activities as well as videos and links to further reading.

Anytime, anywhere on any device – 24/7 access will be available throughout your programme.

Live Support Tutorials

Attend our online drop-in tutorials for extra support.

An opportunity to ask an expert and get the answers you need.

Tutorials are available throughout your programme.

Assessment & Feedback

You will complete written assignments for every unit of your programme.

We will provide you with lots of support and guidance to complete each unit.

Your adviser will provide you with thorough feedback on each assignment submitted, advise where amendments may be needed so that you can successfully complete each unit.

Study Skills Webinars

Access our new study skills webinars including topics such as Critical Analysis and Writing, How to Study Effectively and Report Writing Skills.

Designed to enhance your existing skills and discover new ones.

Available 24/7 and can be watched at anytime on any device.

How we differ from other centres

Our success rate and quality standards are second to none. This is because we have developed a unique and rigorous process which begins with a diagnostic consultation as the starting point to any learning engagement. We work hard to ensure candidates are matched to the correct qualification and then work with them every step of the way to help them achieve the highest possible grades.

"I would highly recommend Watson Martin. I completed my CIPD Level 7 Certificate in Human Resources and Amanda was brilliant, as were the tutors for each course day. I opted for the course workshop route, which I really enjoyed because of the opportunity to meet with other students (we're still in contact now and I've found this invaluable). Amanda marked things very quickly, gave helpful feedback and when it comes to completing my full diploma in future, I will certainly return to Watson Martin to do so." Emma King

Who is this course for?

This is a postgraduate level Diploma, so we recommend you have considerable experience in a people management role and a degree. However, this isn’t mandatory, and we are happy to review your case on an individual basis as everyone’s career journey is unique. Simply call us today to discuss your requirements and gain the strategic skills you need to excel in senior HR roles.


You should either be a graduate, have an equivalent qualification or have relevant management experience. Contact our expert team, who will be happy to offer advice on the qualification that is right for you and get you started on developing the knowledge and skills you need to help you on your way to achieving your career ambitions.

Career path

All CIPD qualifications are highly prized by employers and globally recognised, but if you want to take your HR career to the top then studying for the Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management will ensure you fulfil your potential.

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Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

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.

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.

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.