Designed for those with practical experience who have mastered the basics of internal communication, and are working in - or towards - a management role. Advanced Diploma students define and achieve their own professional development objectives, extend their industry knowledge, and develop critical evaluation skills.
At the start of the programme students will complete a self-assessment of their existing knowledge and skills using the level two of the IoIC profession map as a guide. Using this assessment, and with the support of a dedicated course facilitator, students will develop a personal professional development plan which they will work towards throughout the programme.
The personalised approach to the Advanced Diploma programme allows for the development of knowledge, skills and behaviours relevant to each student's current role and organisation. Students complete two assessments throughout the course.
Teaching on the Diploma centres around supporting students to develop and manage their IC practice with topics including:
The first assessment is the preparation of a professional portfolio demonstrating their learning and development, underpinned by a critical narrative based on theory and best practice. To create their portfolio, Advanced Diploma students are tasked with setting their own objectives, putting together a personal development plan based on their requirements and skills/knowledge gaps which they work towards achieving with the support of a dedicated facilitator.
The second, a collaborative project, producing a joint report on a topical question related to internal communication practice set by the IoIC. This assessment is an opportunity for students to research a genuine communication issue over the course of the diploma with a facilitator assigned by IoIC to provide guidance. This collaboration provides students with the opportunity to share learning, build long-lasting professional relationships, and work together on a practical, relevant, and valuable project.
The Advanced Diploma is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required of an internal communication professional who is in, or is looking to move into, a business partner or managerial position. Gaining a qualification via the IoIC demonstrates not only professional capability but dedication to your internal communication career and professional development.
By completing the Advanced Diploma, students will:
Advanced Diploma students should be experienced in the delivery of best practice internal communication as per level one of the IoIC Profession Map, and may be working in, or towards, a managerial role, or as a senior member of an internal communication team.
The Advanced Diploma is mapped to level two of the professional map, with students using the map at level two as a guide throughout their studies.
The programme is best suited for professionals who:
Advanced Diploma students must be members of IoIC. If you are joining 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 £30.00 + VAT
The Advanced Diploma is delivered and assessed in English. Applicants for whom English is not their first language may be required to demonstrate their English language proficiency via a certificate from an undergraduate degree taught in English, an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, or a similar equivalent alternative.
The application process consists of an application form and eligibility assessment, followed by a telephone interview.
As part of this interview process, candidates are required to collate and submit up to five examples of work which they feel demonstrate their IC competence and experience, including at least two pieces of content which have been produced in a business context and which have been written for different audiences and/or channels.
Holders of the Foundation Diploma are eligible to enrol on the Advanced Diploma without taking part in the interview process, subject to completion of the Advanced Diploma application form and review by the Diploma Facilitator. Please note: holders of the Foundation Diploma may also be required to provide evidence of their experience.
How long is the course?
The Advanced Diploma takes nine months to complete.
When is the next intake?
The next intake of the Advanced Diploma will start in September 2024 and will run until May 2025.
How is the course delivered?
The course is delivered entirely online and can be accessed from anywhere in the world. There will be a combination of workshops; online materials, independent study and reading; collaborative group work and discussion boards; assignment writing; and optional group drop-in sessions. Students are also supported via direct tutor interactions and 1on1 sessions throughout the course.
How are students assessed?
Students are assessed via two peices of coursework: a professional portfolio and a collaborative group project.
How easy is it to combine the Advanced Diploma with full-time employment?
The Advanced Diploma has been designed to be completed virtually, anywhere in the world, alongside full-time work and offers significant opportunities for students to apply their learning to their work.
How much does the course cost?
The fee to study for the Advanced Diploma is £2,480 + 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.
The cost 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.
Advanced Diploma students must be members of IoIC. If you are joining 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 £30.00 + VAT and will have access to all of the usual benefits of membership, (please note that student members will not receive hard copies of Voice magazine).
The next cohort of the Advanced Diploma will be starting in September 2024. You can register your interest using the below form and we'll be in touch once applications open.