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Level 7 CIPD Diploma in Strategic People Management

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

This qualification is ideal for experienced people practitioners, or those who are working in a senior people practice role and wish to deepen their skills and understanding to shape strategy, policy and people.

This course builds on the level 5 CIPD Diploma in People Management and aims to intensify learners' autonomy and judgement so they can lead and direct organisational people management strategies.

It provides the theoretical knowledge of the importance of creating long-term value for a wide audience and the impact of influencing a range of stakeholders. Learners will gain a distinct and deep level of understanding which naturally progresses their expertise and supports a transition to strategic people management roles.

This qualification replaces the Level 7 CIPD Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take two years to complete. You will attend College on Tuesday evening, 5.00pm - 9.00pm.

The course takes place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, Water Street, St Helens, WA10 1PP, however some sessions are currently being delivered remotely via Microsoft Teams.

What will I study?

You will study the following units:

  • 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
  • Strategic Employment Relations
  • Resourcing and Talent Management to Sustain Success
  • Strategic Reward Management
  • Advanced Employment Law in Practice

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by assignments for each module.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You must have achieved the level 5 Diploma in People Management, or an equivalent qualification.

You will also need to be working in a middle management or senior management position, preferably in a HR environment, to be able to generate the evidence needed to complete the course.

What are the course fees?

The total cost of the course is £5,000.

More information on course fees will be provided upon application. For further information, please visit our financial support pages.

There are a number of payment options including an interest-free payment plan with a monthly direct debit payment. If your employer is willing to fund your course, we can help you to arrange this. For further details, please visit our financial support pages.

If your employer is willing to fund your course, we can help you to arrange this.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Upon successful completion of this course you will be fully equipped to work in a HR Management role at senior or board level.

I'm interested in this course, what should I do next?

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

Programmes funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's Adult Education Budget are available to study here. Please visit Student Services for further information about the financial support available to you.

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Why study Human Resources/Personnel with us?


Gain CIPD professional membership to give you the edge in a competitive job market.

International Recognition

CIPD qualifications are internationally recognised and the recognised professional standard for HR.


Learn from industry professional tutors who hold extensive industry experience.


Excellent progression routes from level 1 to level 7.


Study is flexible and designed to fit around your busy lifestyle.


Students have secured and developed successful careers with their CIPD qualifications.