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The Institute of Internal Communication Advanced Diploma of Proficiency has received nationally recognised accreditation from Southampton Solent University.

This follows on from the accreditation of its Foundation Diploma by Southampton Solent University in 2013, meaning that both qualifications now have the distinction of offering a specific level of attainment recognised within the academic and educational arena.

Successful Advanced Diploma candidates will receive 30 CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme) points as evidence of achievement, which are accepted by many UK higher education institutes and can be used as credits towards other qualifications. Success in the IoIC’s Advanced Diploma is taken into account as a strong indication of suitability when candidates are being considered for entry into postgraduate diplomas and master’s degrees in internal communications management.

Accreditation is an important element of the Institute’s drive to provide an integrated learning and development framework for the internal communication sector, based on agreed professional standards and robust educational practices.

Southampton Solent University has accredited the Institute’s qualifications following rigorous review of the programmes’ learning outcomes, assessment practices and candidates’ experience.

IoIC chief executive Steve Doswell formally signed the Advanced Diploma agreement with Professor Mike Wilkinson, deputy vice-chancellor, at the Institute’s Insight Seminar on Thursday 12 November (pictured above).

IoIC chief executive Steve Doswell said: “As a professional institute we are responsible for setting, raising and maintaining standards within our sector. We take this responsibility very seriously, and that also means ensuring any professional development we provide is subject to the utmost rigour.

“We have always been committed to achieving external accreditation as it confirms that our qualifications are fit for purpose and in line with current educational standards. We aim to combine academic rigour with business know-how, which is reflected in our close working with Solent University and senior industry practitioners on programme content and delivery.’

Southampton Solent University’s Professor Mike Wilkinson said: “As one of the leading universities for the advancement of education linked to the professions, we are delighted to endorse the excellent real-world learning and development offered by the IoIC’s Diploma. It will enable practitioners to receive recognition in the much sought after specialist field of internal communications and enhance their career opportunities.”

The next Advanced-level cohort will launch in the spring of 2016.
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