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CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning and Development


Elevate your career in learning and development with a highly sought-after CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning and Development.

Course duration

24 - 36 months.

Course outcome

On successful completion of this course, you will receive a CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning and Development. This will enable you to upgrade to the esteemed CIPD Chartered Membership.

Entry requirements

You must be aged 21 or over, and already working in HR or learning and development.


Eight written assignments (one per unit). Comprehensive assessment briefing videos and tutor support help you prepare for your assessments.

Study Options

This course is only available to study online.

Study Options

Course Options

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Course overview

This CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning and Development has been designed for anyone currently working in learning and development who want to develop their skills and credibility with a renowned CIPD qualification. You will have the opportunity to study at a master’s level and really make a difference in both your organisation and your career.

During your studies, you’ll acquire knowledge that will help you to become more strategic within your role, such as how innovation can improve organisational productivity, how you can model values and principles that promote inclusivity, and the importance of designing and delivering learning events in the correct context. You’ll also choose an optional unit to study, allowing you to tailor your studies to suit your interests and career alike.

Course content

  • 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.

  • Modelling principles and values that promote inclusivity aimed at maximising the contribution that people make to organisations.
  • Achieving and maintaining challenging business outcomes for yourself and organisations.
  • Applying learning to enhance personal effectiveness.
  • Influencing others during decision making.

  • Planning a people practice business research project aimed at adding organisational value.
  • Data collection and justifying appropriate research methods.
  • Analysing data to make decisions and provide insights.
  • Providing recommendations based on the results of research and analysis.

  • Concepts and theories underpinning organisational design and development.
  • Options for organisational design and how these align with organisational aims and objectives.
  • Methods and approaches to organisational development as a means of enabling organisations to meet their goals.
  • Understanding responses to organisational change and the strategies for a successful implementation.

  • Understanding management and leadership within the wider organisational, social, political and cultural context.
  • Understanding differences between a range of leadership and management development interventions.
  • Understanding the outcomes of leadership and management development programmes.
  • Understanding the development of international managers and leaders so that they can operate in a global context.

  • Understanding how learning is impacted by both the external environment and internal organisational context.
  • The importance of learning needs assessment to inform the design process.
  • The role of impact measurement within the learning process.
  • The importance of design and delivery of learning events in context.

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

  • The role of technology within learning.
  • Technological solutions and their relevance within learning and development.
  • Implementation of learning technologies within organisations and potential barriers to success.
  • The role of data in improving the effectiveness of organisational learning and development provision.

Awarding body

CIPD is the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a professional body for Human Resources and Learning Development Professionals. As the only body in the world that awards chartered status for HR and LD professionals, these courses are well respected and highly sought after by employers. This course is provided in partnership with MOL Learn who are an approved provider for CIPD courses.

Once enrolled, you have 24 – 36 months to access the course depending on the study method you choose.

For the live online option, you will have 24 months to complete your course. Alternatively, the on-demand option will allow up to 36 months to complete your course.

You have two options (both costing the same price).

  • Live online – The live online delivery is a mixture of self-directed learning and access to tutored live interactive webinars. Webinars are hosted at 6 pm and generally last between 60-90 minutes, they are also recorded for playback if you cannot attend. Students are also provided with additional resources and learning materials including digital textbooks.
  • On-demand – The on-demand delivery offers a more flexible approach, where learners are able to start their course at any time. Along with self-directed learning, you have access to pre-recorded topic content videos. You will also be provided with additional resources and learning materials including digital textbooks.

You will have 24/7 access to short, easy to digest ‘topic essential’ videos that will help you get started.

Guided activities will help you to develop and apply your knowledge. You will also have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with other students in the community forum.

Please note, you will need to purchase a student membership with CIPD when you enrol on your course. This will require you to pay a £40 joining fee and pay £124 annually for the membership.

Eight written assignments (one per unit). Comprehensive assessment briefing videos and tutor support help you prepare for your assessments.

Successful completion of the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning and Development, opens doors to a number of exciting career paths professional advancement within the human resources and learning and development fields. These can include:

  • Learning and development manager
  • Learning and development adviser/consultant
  • Learning and development business manager 
  • Recruitment manager


You must be over 21 to enrol on this course and currently be working as a HR professional. We would also recommend completing the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management before enrolling on this course. However, this is not essential. If you have any more questions, feel free to get in touch.

  • Expert personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV critique service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • FREE XO Student Discounts card

No, all of the resources you need are included in the cost of the course.

A CIPD level 7 qualification is the equivalent to a Master’s degree.

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Learner Services Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you're 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our team of education specialists a call on 03300 563 100 and they'll do their best to help.

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