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CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in People Management for School Business Professionals




CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in People Management for School Business Professionals

The Level 7 Advanced Diploma is ideally suited to people professionals wanting to refine their strategic capability and thinking. If you have worked in HR for a number of years and wish to support your experience with a qualification and gain CIPD Chartered Membership, this is the professional development route for you.

As well as providing a recognised professional qualification, the programme helps to acquire a wide range of relevant, practical skills that can be applied in your school. The programme enables learners to:

  • Lead on the effectiveness and efficiency of the operations for which they are responsible
  • Underpin and develop their strategic knowledge of key aspects of their roles allowing them to add value to their organisation
  • Substantiate their experience and provide professional assurance with an accredited chartered qualification.

What will you study?

The Diploma is made up 8 units. You will complete all of the following:

  • 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

The units can be completed in any order on the open course, however, we have dedicated intakes, which are education contextualised.

All of these units map to the ISBL Professional Standards HR discipline, which focuses on school business professionals undertaking this activity for their school to ensure regulatory and legal compliance of the management and development of school staff to deliver the school’s/trust’s strategic priorities in line with its vision.

ISBL recognises the importance of the people strategy implemented and its correlation to the success of a school or trust and its attraction, retention and development of staff.

How long is the programme?

This Advanced Diploma programme is approximately 24 months in length.

Each module takes around 10 weeks (22 weeks for the Business research in people practice unit) when studied via live online delivery.

You can expect study between 8-10 hours on average per week during a module. The time spend studying will vary depending on your ability as a learner, your existing knowledge/experience and which unit of the programme you are studying at the time.

Who will be on my cohort with me?

We run a cohort of the Level 7 Diploma on a rolling basis. Each term, a new intake of SBPs joins the existing cohort and everyone starts the next unit together.

It is important to remember that the units have been designed to be completed in any order.

The benefits of this approach are:

  • Flexibility – we are able to offer multiple start dates for this programme throughout the year.
  • Networking – it allows you to network with a wider range of SBPs as they join the cohort.
  • Support – you can gain insights and receive guidance from the other SBPs on the programme who have already completed some of the units.

When can I join the programme?

We offer termly start dates for this programme.

Upcoming start dates are listed on the course booking page but generally take place 3 times per academic year in October, January and May.

We do require a minimum number of SBPs to book onto each intake to ensure that the programme can run as a dedicated contextualised programme for school business professionals.

How is the programme delivered?

The units are delivered via Live Online, which includes live, interactive webinar sessions delivered by an MOL’s industry expert tutor. The units have been contextualised especially for SBPs and the education sector.

You don’t need to worry about an emergency occurring in school (e.g. Ofsted visit) that means you miss a live online session. All live sessions are recorded to enable you to access them on demand and you will also have access to all of the relevant on demand resources for each unit, should you need to.

How is the programme assessed?

There are a number of assessments you’ll need to complete as part of your CIPD Level 7 qualification, some common examples include carrying out detailed analysis based on case studies.


What are the benefits of completing the programme?

The CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in People Management for School Business Professionals is designed to:

  • Develop in depth HR and people management knowledge
  • Allow for your school or trusts context to be considered as part of the assignments to ensure that the programme provides practical benefits to both you and your school or trust. This is implemented within MOL’s delivery method and design.
  • Develop strategic knowledge and offer you an opportunity to stand out from your peers.
  • Provide career development opportunities in more strategic positions.
  • Gain you recognition as a qualified professional with a CIPD Chartered qualification

What support will I receive on this programme?

MOL’s dedicated Customer Experience Team will be in contact prior to the start of the programme to outline how the programme will run and to deal with any queries or concerns you may have at the outset. When your studies commence, they will also proactively contact you to make sure that you are OK, that the course is going well and to gather feedback on your experience of studying with MOL.

Whilst studying the Level 7 Diploma, you will attend regular, live webinar sessions offering the opportunity to interact with your tutor and peers. The sessions are designed to be vibrant and engaging and will include elements such as group and paired work, discussion topics, Q&As and interactive polls whilst looking at areas of the CIPD syllabus.

MOL’s expert tutors are also available to support you whenever you need them. The tutors do not just provide information and advice within the live online, interactive sessions; they are on hand when you need them to provide dedicated support and feedback to guide you in your learning.

Do I need any HR experience to complete this programme?

CIPD Level 7 is the most prestigious qualification you can attain as a HR professional. It’s an advanced diploma equivalent to a postgraduate / masters degree and the only level where you can apply for Chartered CIPD membership. CIPD Level 7 is best suited to senior professionals (for example HR Director in a school / trust) who need to develop and implement high level workplace strategies.


How is the programme funded?

The programme is either paid for directly by your school/trust or it can be self-funded. It is separate from the apprenticeship scheme and unfortunately is not eligible for apprenticeship funding.

How much does it cost?

There is an ISBL member rate and a non-member rate for all our training programmes.

  • ISBL member rate: £5,579.17 + VAT
  • Non-member rate: £6137.07 + VAT

Please note: the above prices don’t include CIPD Student Membership. CIPD membership needs to be ordered directly through CIPD.

One of the benefits of being an ISBL member is being able to access the member rates for training and conferences. If you are not a member, you can find out more about joining ISBL here.

To be able to access the ISBL member rate, your membership needs to be active before you book your place on the programme.

We do not offer any payment plans. The full cost must be paid in full before you start the programme. Our Terms & Conditions can be found here.


What can this lead to?

Studying at Masters level, this is the most prestigious CIPD qualification you can attain.  Many schools and trusts are looking for qualified HR Directors and Managers to have a level 7 CIPD qualification so not only can this allow you to improve your career progression chances but should also lead to increased levels of pay and responsibility in the long-term.

When you successfully complete your Level 7 Diploma, you can top up to achieve your full MSc (developed in partnership with the University of Salford) in just 7 months.


ISBL member rate:
£5,579.17 + VAT
Non-member rate:
£6137.07 + VAT
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