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CIPD Level 7 HR Course Overview

The Level 7 CIPD HR qualifications emphasise strategic thinking and handling complex HR and business decisions. You will be able to develop specialisms essential for your organisation to thrive in an ever changing environment. Specialist modules include Organisational Design, Employment Law and Reward Management.

Our practical approach to learning will ensure that you will be able to apply the skills and knowledge discussed in the classroom at work from the very start of the course. For more information see what Elisabeth Bucknall, HR Business Partner has to say.

What does the CIPD Level 7 offer?

The Level 7 CIPD Advanced course is the highest level of study in the HR profession and you have three options: the Award, Certificate and Diploma. Completing the Diploma is the only way to move to Chartered membership of the CIPD. Being a chartered member will mean you can use the designation Chartered MCIPD or Chartered FCIPD after your name.

The Level 7 is a post-graduate qualification which you can easily (and affordably) top-up to a full MSc in Human Resource Management (HRM).

Great provider of the CIPD level 7 diploma in HRM. Good tutors and course material very relevant. Felt supported all the way through and love the flexibility. Would highly recommend this route as opposed to university.


Philly LearAcacia CIPD Level 7 HR Student


An award is an accredited qualification focusing on one specific HR management topic, from a choice of eleven.

  • Choose this if:

    you have a special interest in one topic, or are leading a specific project e.g. employee engagement programmes.

  • Duration: 6 weeks

    An average Award will take place over one weekend or four evenings.

  • Syllabus

    1 module, 11 options

  • Accreditation

    CIPD Advanced Award

  • Price (inc vat)

    Module prices from £1,320


Most Popular

The Certificate provides the essential knowledge and skills to support progression in HR management.

  • Choose this if:

    you want to demonstrate in-depth understanding across a range of specialist HR areas.

  • Duration: 10 - 12 months

  • Syllabus

    4 modules

  • Accreditation

    CIPD Associate membership

  • Price (inc vat)

    Live Online: £3,900

    Classroom: £4,480 10% off, now £4,032


Most Comprehensive

The Diploma provides a comprehensive overview of HR management.

  • Choose this if:

    you are serious about a career in leadership and attaining the highest qualification within HR as well as chartered membership of the CIPD.

  • Duration: 18 - 24 months

  • Syllabus

    8 modules

  • Accreditation

    CIPD Associate membership

    Upgrade to CIPD Chartered member or Chartered Fellow

  • Price (inc vat)

    Live Online: £6,230

    Classroom: £7,160 10% off, now £6,444!

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You need to be a member of the CIPD to complete any of these courses. Membership is arranged directly with the CIPD and is not included within our course fee. Find out more about CIPD membership through their website.

Choose the level that’s right for you!

Book your free telephone consultation with one our friendly and knowledgeable course advisors. They will discuss your specific requirements, offer you advice and provide you with further information on our study options, start dates and more.

Course Delivery and Assessment

Our flexible study options mean you can complete the CIPD Level 7 HR quals by attending London classes or online sessions.

Online Delivery
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Course Timetable
Assessment & Support

Join our Live Online classes once a month. They combine the convenience of remote learning, with the supportive structure and interaction of a classroom environment. 

In small groups an experienced, CIPD approved tutor will take you through the theory, application and assessment for each learning outcome. You will be able to share ideas and experiences with other high level professionals from a variety of organisations and industries.

Read more about our Live Online courses and options here.

  • You will meet a mixture of CIPD approved tutors during the course, whether it’s Dr Stephen Taylor on Employment Law or Clare Taylor on Leadership & Management Development, they’re all experts in their chosen fields.
  • Mix and match how you learn – choose how and when you want to take each module, whether all in the classroom, or a blend of classroom and digital.
  • Complete flexibility on when to take each module, whether during the week, week-day evenings or at weekends.
  • You will be working with other HR leaders, building your network from a diverse range of industries
  • Choose between 7 central London locations, including London Bridge, Holborn and Liverpool Street.

More information about our Level 7 CIPD London Workshops

You can mix and match between our different delivery options, creating a personalised training programme. We have start dates every month and you can choose to speed up or slow down your study as you go.

If you are still undecided we also offer free taster classes for our online or London workshops. You can book to attend a session where you will get access to career and study advice from your tutor, as well as meet fellow students to help you get started.

For access to our full timetable complete the contact form at the bottom of the page.

There are a couple of different ways that you will be assessed for the CIPD Level 7 qualification. Assessment methods will vary depending on the modules that you decide to take.

Many of the modules are assessed by submitting a written report. You tutor for each module will take you through each learning outcome and explain how it relates to the assignment. You will be given access to all the resources you need through our student hub. We will also give you the recommended e-textbook for the first module you take with us.

For the CIPD Advanced Diploma you will also complete a 7,000-word research report and two formal national exams. Both national exams will be graded and marked externally by the CIPD.

At Acacia our commitment to ensuring all our students pass their exams with flying colours involves:

– More time with experienced CIPD approved tutors than any other accredited CIPD centre
– A mock exam and individual feedback
– Feedback on research for the real exam case study
– An exam workshops with a CIPD examiner.

To find out more about Level 7 CIPD exams read our 8 Top Tips from a CIPD Examiner.

The Modules

Our flexible approach to breaking down the course into modules means you can choose from an individual Award to a full Diploma.

You can pick between evening, weekend or online classes.

All prices are inclusive of VAT.

Human Resource Management in Context (core)

Human resource professionals and managers operate within increasingly complex and changing organisational circumstances. This core diploma module aims to provide you with an understanding of opportunities and choices when taking organisational and HR decisions. It also covers the implications for professional practice aligned to business and HR strategy.

Your Acacia tutor will support you throughout the module to explore the implications for professional practice and the opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.

You will learn how to analyse and critically evaluate internal/environmental contexts, organisational and HR strategy, competitive environments, globalisation and international forces, demographics, technological and social trends, government policy and legal regulation.

Delivery: 8 evenings or 4 days + exam
Assessment: written exam
Award Price: £1,320

Leading, Managing and Developing People (core)

This module provides a framework of knowledge and understanding of people management and development required for any specialisation. You will develop an understanding of contemporary changes and developments and how HR is aligned to positive business outcome. You will critically reflect on theory and practice, ethics and professionalism, links to motivation and engagement as well as performance and commitment. Further to this, you will demonstrate an understanding of major debates in HR management including, theories relating to motivation, characteristics of effective leaders, flexible working and effective change management.

Delivery: 8 evenings or 4 days + exam
Assessment: written exam
Award Price: £1,320

Developing Skills for Business Leadership (core)

This module focuses on developing leadership skills and managing practice with emphasis on thinking and decision making, the management of financial information, team working, IT and interpersonal skills.

By the end of the module you will have gained skills to effectively make decisions, lead and influence others and manage people.

Delivery: 2 evenings or 1 day
Assessment: written report
Award Price: £1,320

Investigating a Business Issue from a Human Resources Perspective (core)

Qualified HR 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 and practice.

With this module you will:
– identify and develop a business issue with strategic significance
– undertake a critical literature review
– compare research methods and relevance
– undertake analysis, draw conclusions and make recommendations
– write a reflective account.

Delivery: 2 evening or 1 day + research support
Assessment: research report
Award Price: £1,320

Organisation Design and Organisation Development

Strong organisational design is essential for business success. Influencing organisational structure is a key part of being an effective HR leader. This CIPD postgraduate module will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to:

– Re-shape your organisation to meet the business challenges of the future
– Support change management through the application of organisational design strategies
– Increase your organisation’s adaptability to change and new trends.

Delivery: 6 evenings or 3 days
Assessment: written report
Award price: £1,320

Leadership and Management Development

In this module you will learn how to create a strategy to develop leaders and managers within an organisation. You will explore research on effective approaches to leadership and management development. You’ll be equipped with new skills to be a more effective manager, with specific knowledge on leadership and management development strategies. You will also critically reflect on practice in relation to ethics and professionalism.

Delivery: 6 evenings or 3 days
Assessment: open book exam
Award Price: £1,320

Resourcing and Talent Management

Within Resourcing and Talent Management you will learn best-practice strategies to engage and retain the most valuable employees for improved performance.

This Level 7 CIPD module will enable you to efficiently:

– Develop and evaluate strategies for resourcing and talent management
– Implement and manage plans which fit your organisation’s needs
– Understand best practice in recruitment and selection techniques.

Delivery: 6 evenings or 3 days
Assessment: written report
Award price: £1,320

Reward Management

In this module you will learn how to plan, implement and evaluate consistent reward structures in order to support any strategic organisational goals.

Reward Management will support you to:

– Develop reward strategies that support your organisation’s specific needs
– Learn how to diagnose and fix any reward-related issues in your organisation
– Make your reward strategy more competitive and attractive for employees.

Delivery: 3 days
Assessment: written report and individual presentation
Award price: £1,320

Managing Employment Relations

As part of this module you will build awareness of effective employment relations procedures and policies. You will gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to:

– Develop the knowledge, information and tools to manage the employment relationship in any organisation
– Learn to analyse and evaluate competing theories on employment relations
– Critically apply knowledge, activities and behaviours to union, non-union and small, large organisations.

Delivery: 6 evenings or 3 days
Assessment: written report
Award price: £1,320

Employment Law

The CIPD Employment Law award provides you with the expertise to brief organisations on the consequences of current and future developments in employment law. You will:

– Gain a thorough understanding of employment law to add value to your organisation
– Learn how to anticipate and respond to changes in legislation
– Work confidently with legal materials including statutes, statutory instruments, bills, directives and voluntary codes of practice.

Delivery: 4.5 days or 3 weekends
Assessment: written report
Award price: £1,320

Learning and Talent Development

The CIPD Learning and Talent Development award will help you to gain an in-depth understanding of the potential and limitations of the contribution of learning and talent development.

This CIPD postgraduate qualification will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to:

– Develop and evaluate resourcing and talent management strategies.
– Introduce plans that fit your organisation’s needs.
– Understand good practice in recruitment and selection techniques.

Delivery: 6 evenings or 3 days
Assessment: written report
Award price: £1,320

Ten reasons to choose us

  • 91% Level 7 exam pass rate (55% Merit & Distinction)
  • More flexible study options than anyone else
  • Several start dates each month throughout the year
  • 24/7 access to specially designed online resources
  • Free official Level 7 CIPD e-textbook
  • A welcoming community of experienced tutors, as well as Acacia’s friendly support team
  • Plentiful opportunities to meet like-minded professionals and create lifelong connections
  • Celebratory Graduation events and our annual Awards night
  • Interest-free monthly payment options
  • Highly competitive prices without compromising on quality

Career Options

The CIPD Level 7 Advanced qualifications are ideal if you are:

  • Serious about being a dynamic HR leader with the credibility to effect positive change
  • An experienced HR professional looking to demonstrate that you can operate at the very highest level
  • Looking to achieve a Master’s in HR Management (this could be a pre-requisite or requirement for a board level HR position).

CIPD qualifications are the gold standard in human resources. The skills you develop with us will open new career options. Jobs which would be suitable once you have completed your CIPD level 7 qualifications include HR Director and HR Business Partner roles.


The skills you develop with the CIPD Level 7 qualification will open new exciting career options for you!

HR Director
Average pay: £68,417
Top pay: £119,640

Your Tutors

I would definitely recommend Acacia Learning and actually already have as two of my colleagues are currently completing the course on the back of the value-add I gained from the course. The quality of teaching and materials provided are some of the main reasons I would recommend Acacia. The course was also enjoyable with engaging tutors and the flexibility in terms of modules and locations available was great.


Scott GavinAcacia CIPD Level 7 Graduate

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