Level 7 qualification v's postgraduate qualification

Can anyone explain the following?  Im currently studying the Level 7 via distance learning and my colleague is doing the postgraduate route.  She has already passed the exams set by the University. I have shown her the CIPD exam papers which I will have to sit in order to pass the same modules as her and she says she couldnt pass these exams. The questions are more in depth and much broader than the ones she has sat. 

How can this be fair?  We will both come out with the same level qualification but my exams appear to be more difficult and the knowledge needed broader.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

  • Hi Katie

    I'm also commencing study by distance learning and my understanding was that everyone, no matter which route they study will have to sit two exams set by CIPD. Some colleges/uni's have their own exams as well in addition to the compulsory ones.

  • Suparna

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    6 Jun, 2013 22:54

    Hi Katie,

    I am currently in a Final year of MA in HR (CIPD) and each modules have exam and assignment as well. My colleague at workplace is studying from distance learning and said that they don't have any theories etc. to go through in depth and its mainly based on group discussions with practical examples as they are all experienced HR professionals. This also again surprised me as we are studying in a very different manner. And what I realised that no matter what ever the source we use to study we shall get the qualification. and I realised that if doing MA then its more depth and detail as most of the students are fresh to start new career in HR.

    I hope this will be helpful for you



  • Hi Katie,

    I've nearly finished the Human Resource Management Masters at University of Leeds.

    While the masters itself is obviously HR-related, we've had to take an extra CIPD-focused module (3 extra assignments and an exam) to satisfy the level 7 requirements stipulated by the CIPD. We also have to write an additional 'management report' to turn the theories of our dissertations into practical recommendations for an organisation.

    The difference I have found between the two is that the masters assignments are very theoretical and strategic, whereas the CIPD teaching and assignments are very practical, focusing more on the behaviours required of HR professionals and reporting. Universities will ultimately take a very academic and critical approach to HRM, whereas learning organisations will take a more practical-focus as the majority of the delegates are already in the HR arena.


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