CIPD Level 7

Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning & Development

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What is the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in L&D?


The CIPD Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Learning & Development is the most advanced L&D qualification from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

It’s roughly equivalent to a Master’s degree, and is the perfect choice if you’re an experienced L&D professional looking to take on senior L&D roles.

The Advanced Diploma is based on the CIPD Profession Map, which sets the international standard for L&D – so you can be confident that what you learn with us will deliver real results in your work and career.

What are the benefits of a CIPD Level 7 L&D qualification?


By enrolling on the CIPD Level 7 Diploma, you’ll develop advanced knowledge of strategic L&D, including business research, organisational design and development, and performance-driven development strategies.

Successfully completing the Advanced Diploma will allow you to apply for respected CIPD Chartered Membership and used the designation ‘Chartered MCIPD’ after your name.

Why is this course right for you?


Getting CIPD qualified with DPG is the no-nonsense way to enhance your CV, progress your career and boost your earning potential.

  • Earn more: 75% of our CIPD students increase their earning potential 
  • Transform your career: 78% secure a new job or promotion
  • Upgrade your skills: 83% of our students say CIPD made them more confident at work
  • Enhance your credibility: 86% say CIPD increased their professional credibility

Don't just take our word for it, 92% of our students recommend a CIPD course.†

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Level 7 L&D Diploma FAQs

The CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning & Development is right for you if:

  • You want to reach the highest level in your L&D career
  • You have lots of L&D experience, a related degree, or a CIPD Level 5 qualification
  • You're working in, or aiming for, a senior L&D position
  • You want to shape L&D strategy and policy in your organisation

The Advanced Diploma is designed to give you the high-level knowledge and understanding you need to reach the top of the L&D career path. You'll develop your strategic leadership skills and business acumen as well as your L&D capabilities, helping you make a real difference in your organisation.

The CIPD Level 7 Diploma is designed for learners who are 21+. There are no formal entry requirements, but we'd recommend that you have plenty of L&D experience.

The Advanced Diploma is a postgraduate-level qualification, so you should be ready to study at this level. (You don't need a degree or university experience to enrol, however!)

You'll also need good literacy and numeracy skills.

We find it takes most students around 18 to 22 months to complete the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in L&D. To give you plenty of flexibility, we offer a support period of 24 months. 

However, everyone is different, so bear in mind this might change depending on your circumstances and how much time you have to study each week.

At DPG, we pride ourselves on helping you get CIPD Level 7 qualified without breaking the bank.

If you’re paying for your course yourself, you can spread the cost over up to 30 months, and you won’t pay any extra – all our payment plans are totally interest-free*.

We also offer low deposits, so it's easy and affordable to get ahead in your career.

If your employer is paying for your course (or if you’d like them to!), our advisors can help you put together a business case showing the benefits of studying CIPD.

Give us a ring on 0330 660 0220 to find out more.

We give you two options when it comes to studying your Level 7 Diploma, so you can choose a style of learning that suits you.

Our 100% online programme gives you a totally flexible experience that helps you fit CIPD into your life. You can access your course, resources, and webinars online anytime.

Prefer a more traditional learning experience? Our blended programmes combine our online learning elements with a unique combination of virtual workshops, webinars, and community collaboration. The live workshops are a totally immersive, interactive, and collaborative learning experience delivered by an expert L&D tutor. Throughout the workshop, you’ll receive expert guidance whilst having the opportunity to share best practices and network with your fellow learners.

For more info on how blended or online learning works, give us a ring or shoot us an email. Our friendly advisors would be happy to chat you through the process!

The CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning & Development covers a range of advanced L&D topics:

  • Work and working lives in a changing business environment
  • Business research in people practice
  • People management and development strategies for performance
  • Personal effectiveness, ethics and business acumen
  • Organisational design and development
  • Leadership and management development in context
  • Designing learning to improve performance

You'll also get to pick one optional module to study from the following list:

  • Technology-enhanced learning
  • Advanced diversity and inclusion
  • Well-being at work
  • Advanced employment law in practice
  • Managing people in an international context

For more details on what you'll learn, download your free CIPD Level 7 L&D brochure.

For every module you study, you'll complete a written assignment. You'll hand these in online where they'll be marked by our assessors and moderated by CIPD.

And don't worry – if you don't pass an assignment first time, you'll be able to have another go with feedback and advice from your tutor. We’ve got your back!

Yes, you should join CIPD as a Student Member before you submit your first assignment for your Level 7 Diploma. You need to be a member so CIPD can moderate your assignments, award your grades, and give you your qualification – so it’s pretty important!

We’ll explain how to join as a Student Member once you enrol. Bear in mind you’ll pay an annual Student Membership fee to CIPD too.

Learn more about CIPD Membership.

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† Statistics from a survey of 37 CIPD students who graduated between 2018 and 2022.