CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Development

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ICS Learn's fully online CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Development course is ideal for you if you're in a senior L&D or HR position and want to formalise, consolidate and extend your expertise. It's equivalent to a postgraduate degree and is the highest level of study CIPD offers.

Once you've completed the course, you'll automatically become an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the largest professional HR & L&D body in Europe, and you'll have the opportunity to gain Chartered Membership once you've got the relevant professional experience.

A CIPD Advanced Diploma will demonstrate to employers that you're committed to your personal professional development, and that you uphold the highest possible standards in HR and L&D. 

Through your Level 7 study, you'll learn how to design and deliver strategic organisational change that will enhance your company's performance. You'll learn how to investigate business issues from an HR perspective, and how to develop managerial skills in business leaders.

You'll become an expert at leading, managing and developing people. You'll be able to specialise in one of four areas: talent management, employment relations, reward management, or employment law.

  • 92% of ICS Learn graduates end up working in HR.

Who is it for

This CIPD Advanced qualification is ideal if you're:

Responsible for L&D decision-making at an operational or tactical level

Responsible for the L&D function and activities

Working as an independent consultant, supporting organisations in meeting their goals

Aspiring to become a Chartered member of CIPD


To achieve the CIPD Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Development, you need a total of 120 credits. 

You'll get these by completing 8 modules: all of the Core and Group A modules, and one module from Group B. Each individual modules is worth 15 credits.

Core Modules

  • Human Resource Management in Context
  • Leading, Managing and Developing People
  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership 
  • Investigating a Business Issue from and HR Perspective 

Group A

  • Learning and Talent Development
  • Leadership and Management Development 
  • Organisational Design and Organisational Development 

Group B (Optional)

  • Resourcing and Talent Management 
  • Managing Employment Relations 
  • Reward Management 
  • Employment Law 


This is an Advanced Level 7 course, so you should have a good level of HR experience and be prepared to undertake postgraduate-level study. A prior degree-based educational background would also be beneficial.

If English is your second language, you'll need an IELTS 6.5 or ESOL Level 2 (or equivalent). If you don't have this, we'll review your case on an individual basis.

Career Path

A CIPD qualification in Human Resource Development at the highest possible level will ensure that you'll be able to excel in any senior L&D management role. It'll show employers that you're fully committed to professional excellence and will be an asset to any company.

Jobs you could enter or progress in with the CIPD Advanced Diploma include:

Head of L&D

L&D Director

Senior L&D Manager

L&D Consultant

Recruitment Manager

People Development Manager