What will I learn?

  • Learn at postgraduate level with the UK’s most trusted CIPD Centre †
  • Become a go-to expert on learning and talent development policy and practice
  • Study anywhere, anytime on your laptop, phone or tablet
  • Live online classrooms & expert personal tutor
  • 4.8/5 Trustpilot rating from 4000+ independent reviews

Why is this course right for you?

Learning and development plays a crucial role in formulating and achieving the objectives of organisations, governments, individuals and groups.

You'll develop a deep critical understanding of the potential and limitations of learning and talent development policies and strategies, and cultivate the intellectual, social, professional and personal skills required to excel and lead in L&D and talent-related roles.

Course content

The course consists of one module from the CIPD Level 7 Diploma taken as a standalone qualification.

Both the course and assessment are fully online. You'll learn to:

  • Critically analyse and evaluate the formulation and implementation of processes of learning and talent development strategies for defining and achieving current and future effectiveness at national, organisational, group and individual levels
  • Critically evaluate the potential and appropriateness of a range of learning and talent development strategies, policies and methods with reference to relevant contextual factors
  • Lead the initiation, development and implementation of learning and talent development strategies, interventions and activities
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with key internal and external partners and stakeholders to diagnose and manage learning and talent development response to problems, and ensure clarity of role and contribution to agreed responses
  • Critically assess the role of and influence the politics of learning/talent development policy and practice in a range of contexts
  • Act ethically and professionally with a demonstrated commitment to equality of opportunity and diversity in learning and talent development and to continuous personal and professional development

If you'd like to study a broader range of topics and prepare for strategic senior HR roles, we recommend the comprehensive Level 7 Diploma or mid-length Level 7 Certificate.


On completion of this course, you'll achieve a CIPD Level 7 Advanced Award in Human Resources, and your certificate from CIPD will reflect this.

The subject you studied will be specified on your attached transcript.

Which department am I in?

ICS Learn

Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (4 months)

Tuition fees
£1,200.00 (US$ 1,677) Overall cost
£120/month interest-free.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

Average completion time: 4 - 5 months; Support period: 9 months.


ICS Learn

Breckenridge House,

274 Sauchiehall Street,


G2 3EH, Scotland

Entry requirements

For international students

This is an Advanced Level 7 course, so you should have a good level of HR experience and be prepared to undertake postgraduate-level study. A degree-based educational background would also be beneficial. If English is your second language, we recommend you have an IELTS 6.5/ESOL Level 2 or equivalent, but we're happy to review your case on an individual basis.