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How does it work?

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

How long does it take?

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

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

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

The Advanced Diploma is delivered virtually, meaning students can join from wherever they are in the world.

How is it delivered?

In addition to an induction period, delivered over two half-day sessions, students will be required to work collaboratively on one element of assessment (explained further below), attend two workshops, each delivered over two half-day sessions, and spend time on their own reading and independent study, as well as on writing assignments and preparing for the final interview. Students are also supported via direct tutor interactions and 1on1 sessions throughout the course, as well as a number of optional group drop-in sessions. 

How will I be assessed?

Advanced Diploma students are assessed via two pieces of coursework – a professional portfolio and a collaborative project – as well as a final interview with members of the IoIC professional development team, IoIC board members, and IC expert practitioners. 

The collaborative project is an opportunity for students to research a genuine communication issue over the course of the diploma and jointly produce a report. A facilitator assigned by IoIC will provide guidance to the cohort throughout the project. You can download an example of an Advanced Diploma collaborative project here.

What is the entry criteria?

Holders of the Foundation Diploma are automatically qualified to enrol on the Advanced Diploma. If you have not already completed the Foundation Diploma, you will be required to complete a pre-entry assessment process, including a telephone interview, designed to assess your suitability for the programme. Advanced Diploma students must be members of IoIC. If you are joinng the IoIC as a member in order to enrol on the Advanced Diploma, you will be eligible for the student rate of membership at a cost of £92.50 + VAT.

Read more about the entry criteria here.

How much does it cost?

The fee to study for the Advanced Diploma is £2,240 + VAT. Holders of the Foundation Diploma are eligible for a discounted rate of £1,840 + VAT. Student membership will be added to your invoice at a cost of £30 + VAT if you are not already an IoIC member. Payment plans are available upon request and subject to terms and conditions. 

What does the fee include?

The cost of the Advanced 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.

What have other people said about the Advanced Diploma?

'It's a great way to start thinking about the rational and analytical side of comms' - Clare Elevique, Kier Group Ltd

'It has given me new insights into the role IC can play in an organisation. It's helped me to reflect on my own skills and development areas and given me access to some really useful material' - John Stasi, Department for International Trade

'The diploma offered a great opportunity to work with other communication professionals, gaining a wider understanding of how IC works' - Bernice Allport, Environment Agency 

How do I apply?

To apply for the next intake of the Advanced Diploma starting in June 2022, click here to request the application form.

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