Taught course

CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management

Avado · People Academy

Entry requirements

This is a course for experienced HR professionals, so you will need previous formal qualifications to get started.

  • An existing CIPD Level 5 qualification is essential; alternatively, significant management-level experience in the people profession can be considered
  • You must be over the age of 21
  • You must have a solid grasp of the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent if English is not your first language)
  • You must be comfortable studying at a post-graduate level
  • You must complete an Assessment Question that the Programme Lead will review
  • You must be a registered member of the CIPD

Months of entry


Course content

You’ll cover topics such as ethical and sustainable practices, employee wellbeing, data analytics, reward strategies and employment law. You will develop skills in project management, critical thinking, perception and team working.

When you complete your CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management with us, you get more than just a qualification. We’ll support you every step of the way to make sure you develop real skills with real impact on your career.

Four core units Unit 1: Work and working lives in a changing business environment

You’ll learn about…
• Ways in which major, long-term environmental developments affect employment, work and people management in organisations.
• Current and short-term developments in the people management business environment.
• How change, innovation and creativity can promote improvements in organisational productivity.
• The key interrelationships between organisational commitment to ethics, sustainability, diversity and wellbeing.

Unit 2: People management and development strategies for performance

You’ll learn about…
• The benefits of aligning people practices with organisational strategy and culture.
• How the development of people practices improve organisational performance and employee experience.
• Current practice in major areas of people management and development work.
• The role and influence of people professionals in different organisational settings.

Unit 3: Personal effectiveness, ethics and business acumen

You’ll learn about…
• Model principles and values that promote inclusivity aimed at maximising the contribution that people make to organisations.
• How to challenge business outcomes for yourself and organisations.
• How to apply learning to enhance personal effectiveness.
• Influencing others during decision-making while showing courage and conviction.

Unit 4: Business research in people practice

You’ll learn about...
• How to plan a people practice business research project aimed at adding organisational value.
• The most appropriate research methods to collect data for the chosen project.
• How to analyse data to make decisions and provide business and people management insights.
• How to propose recommendations based on conclusions derived from the research and analysis.

Three HR specialist units Unit 1: Strategic employment relations

You’ll learn about...
• Different perspectives of employment relations and how they influence the roles of people professionals and line managers.
• How external institutions can shape employment relations at organisational level.
• How people professionals can work with employees and trade unions to sustain mutuality and voice.
• How people professionals work with employees and trade unions to mitigate organisational risks.

Unit 2: Resourcing and talent management to sustain success

You’ll learn about...
• The impact of the changing business environment on resourcing and talent management strategy and practice.
• Organisational recruitment and selection strategies.
• The importance of succession planning to support sustainable organisational performance.
• Approaches to improving individual and team performance.

Unit 3: Strategic reward management

You’ll learn about...
• Effective reward strategies and policy frameworks.
• The value of a ‘total rewards’ approach.
• Pay structures and approaches to establishing pay levels.
• The importance of organisational approaches to compliant and ethical reward practice.

One of two additional specialist units Option 1: Advanced employment law in practice

You’ll learn about...
• The legal framework for employment regulation in the UK.
• Regulations that aim to protect employees from unlawful acts of discrimination.
• Law in relation to establishment, alteration and termination of employment contracts.
• Compliance in relation to further regulations relevant to major areas of people practice.

Option 2: Well-being at work

You’ll learn about...
• How wellbeing is relevant to the workplace.
• The links between work, health, wellbeing and people management practices and processes.
• How employer and employee wellbeing aligns with strategy.
• The importance of the wellbeing strategy to sustain organisational performance.

Fees and funding

There is the option of self-funding, with up to 18 months of interest-free payments or 24-48 months at a competitive APR. There's also the option of the course being funded by your company.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • CIMA
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

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