Advanced Diploma


About the Advanced Diploma


The Advanced Diploma is for you if you have mastered the basics of internal communication and
are looking to progress your career. Assessed at a final year undergraduate level, this level 6 qualification
demonstrates mastery of the full range of tactical and planning skills. It also shows that you have the understanding of organisational and business issues expected of a professional who is in, or on the threshold of, management.


Upon successful completion, students will be awarded an Advanced Diploma of Proficiency from IoIC, academically accredited by Solent University, and will automatically be upgraded to Member status (MIIC). Once Members have completed an addditional year of experience, they can apply to be upgraded to Certified Member status, indicating significant levels of experience.


Entry Requirements

Holders of the Foundation Diploma are automatically qualified to enrol for the Advanced Diploma. If you are not a holder of the Foundation Diploma, you will have to go through a pre-entry assessment and a telephone interview to demonstrate that you have the equivalent skills and experience. You will need to have membership of IoIC.

What's involved?

You will attend an initial induction day. This is where the standards required to attain the qualification are fully explained and you will meet the other members of your cohort. 

During the induction day you will be briefed on your group project. This is an opportunity 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 will work with your facilitator to identify specific skills and knowledge gaps that will be most valuable for you to fill, and agree a highly targeted development plan.

You will build a personal professional development portfolio, focusing especially on your development plan, while also providing evidence of attainment of skills and areas of knowledge required for the diploma. You do this back in the workplace. 
You will attend a final assessment event, where you will be interviewed by senior communication professionals.

Where can I study?

Your workplace becomes your classroom as you collect evidence of attainment of each skill and area of knowledge. You will be given guidance on current communication texts to help you increase your knowledge and reflect on what you have done and learnt. 

The group project provides a great opportunity to practice skills of virtual team working. The group will want to meet a couple of times during the programme. 

You will have the opportunity to attend two IoIC training programmes of you choice to help fill specific skill gaps. 

How will I be assessed?

Your professional portfolio is assessed by our examiners, together with the individual contribution that you have made to the group challenge. You will also attend a 45 minute interview with senior communication professionals at the end of the programme.

How long does it take?

The diploma takes 6 months from induction day to final interview. It is recommended that students spend around 10 hours per week on independent research and study, although the majority of this will be done in the workplace.

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


Upcoming induction days

  • Thursday 31 January 2019


The Advanced Diploma costs £2,240 + VAT and you must be a member of IoIC to undertake the qualification. The fee is reduced to £1,140 + VAT for members who have successfully completed the Foundation Diploma. To find out more complete the enquiry form below or email [email protected]. Register before the end of November 2018 to receive 10% off the registration fee. 

• Please note: Anyone taking the programme agrees to abide by the rulings of the Institute.

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