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Learner Stories: Charlotte Cowan

HR Business Partner - London Zoo


Charlotte is a HR Business Partner at the Zoological Society of London and has been studying the CIPD Level 7 Diploma in HR Management for nearly a year.

Why did you decide to do your course?

I have been wanting to do it for several years but didn’t have the money or support to do so. I decided to study the CIPD Advanced Level programme to increase my knowledge in HR theories & practice. Also, to become a Chartered CIPD HR professional to increase my credibility. My employer provided me with the funding and support.

I chose DPG because I wanted to complete this course flexibly and fit studying into my schedule rather than fitting my schedule around studying. I often need to work late and was concerned that if I had to go to University once or twice a week, then I would have a high absence rate and miss important information.

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What do you enjoy most about your programme?

I enjoy the support which DPG gives i.e. the regular workshops, the workbooks and the network. I am already using the knowledge gained, it has opened my eyes to other organisations and allowed me to understand the importance of research.

What would you say to other people thinking about studying with DPG?

If you worry about the idea of going to university once/twice a week and have a busy life then using DPG is for you. You can fit the study around the schedule, you get lots of different learning materials and support, and you get to build a network of contacts.

Learn more about studying CIPD with DPG

CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management

Our CIPD Level 7 course is ideal if you are:

  • Involved in implementing HR strategies and policies
  • Currently in, or looking to progress to, a senior HR role
  • Looking to gain Chartered membership of the CIPD

The CIPD Advanced Diploma provides in-depth insights into advanced areas of strategic people management including business research, strategic resourcing and reward, and employment law, giving you the high-level skills you need to succeed in senior roles.

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Cipd Hr Level 7