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How does it work?

Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the Foundation Diploma. If your question is not answered below or if you'd like to talk about your suitability for the Foundation Diploma in more detail, please email [email protected] 

How long does it take?

The Foundation Diploma takes eight months to complete. There are two intakes of the Foundation Diploma each year – one in January and one in June.

How easy is it to combine the Foundation Diploma with full time employment?

The Foundation Diploma has been designed to be completed alongside full-time work and offers opportunities for students to apply their learning to their work and vice versa.

All teaching is currently taking place virtually throughout 2021 and there will be three half-day teaching sessions included in the programme, in addition to a half-day induction. Students will be required to spend time on their own reading and independent study in addition to the teaching sessions, as well as on writing assignments and preparing for the final exam and interview.

How will I be assessed?

Foundation Diploma students are assessed via two pieces of coursework – a professional portfolio and an industry project – as well as a final exam and interview (both of which will be conducted virtually throughout 2021).

What is the entry criteria?

There are no pre-requisites of the Foundation Diploma and the programme is open to anyone who is in, or is looking to start their career in, internal communication.

Read more about the entry criteria here.

How much does it cost?

The fee to study for the Foundation Diploma is £1,885 + VAT. 

What does the fee include?

The cost of the Foundation Diploma includes all teaching and learning sessions; access to Canvas, the IoIC’s online learning environment; access to Solent University’s online library and portal where students can find all key resources and readings; and all assessments.

There are no hidden costs included in the Foundation Diploma.

How do I apply?

To register for the next intake of the Foundation Diploma, click here to request the registration form.

See the key dates for the January 2021 cohort here

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