Foundation Diploma

The Foundation Diploma of Proficiency in Internal Communication is a level 4 higher education qualification which is academically accredited by Solent University, resulting in students receiving a dual award from Solent and the IoIC.

The programme is best suited for professionals who:

  • Are at the start of their career and looking to gain the essential skills and knowledge required of an IC practitioner
  • Can already demonstrate experience in an internal communication role and wish to develop their existing skills and knowledge
  • Are looking to formalise their existing skills and knowledge and demonstrate their commitment to their professional development with a recognised professional qualification from their industry body.
By completing the Foundation Diploma, students will:
Additional benefits include:
Understand the role and purpose of internal communication within an organisation and how it supports the achievement of overall business objectives Establishing a practice of reflective thinking, leading to an enhanced ability to think critically and articulate ideas clearly, and using academic writing techniques to build ability to draw on ideas to support an argument
Be able to demonstrate best practice when creating content to deliver a business message, including consideration of audience, channel and style Taking a pro-active, tailored approach to professional development and continuous learning, informed by the framework of the IoIC profession map and the opportunity to attend one IoIC course free of charge

Understand best practice in internal communication planning as well as their own role in the delivery of a communication campaign 

Working closely with our diploma facilitator who provides one-to-one support and guidance throughout your studies
Develop an awareness of the impact of the workplace and the organisation’s external environment on internal communication and the delivery of business messages Gaining access to Solent University's online library and portal as well as IoIC's dedicated online learning environment where you will engage in discussions and other activities with your fellow students


What's involved? 

Foundation Diploma students will work through 5 modules as part of their studies and will be assessed via completion of an industry project, a professional portfolio and a final exam and interview day. To find out more about the 5 modules that make up the Foundation Diploma, click here.


Where can I study?

Students are required to attend an induction day and final exam and interview day, held in Central London. In between these face to face sessions, there is no requirement for students to attend any classroom sessions. We do recommend that students take their two free training courses during their studies but this is not a mandatory requirement and the majority of the course will be delivered via the IoIC's online learning environment, meaning students can complete the course wherever suits them.


What are the entry requirements?

There are no minimum entry requirements for the Foundation Diploma other than membership of the IoIC. 


How long does it take?

The diploma takes around 7 months to complete. 


When can I start?

There are two intakes of the Foundation Diploma per year and both kick off with an induction day held in Central London. Upcoming induction days will be held on: 

  • Thursday 16 January 2020 (Please note that this cohort is now full and applications can no longer be accepted.)
  • Tuesday 2 June 2020

How much does it cost?

The Foundation Diploma costs £1,885 + VAT and you must be a member to undertake the qualification. To find out more, complete the enquiry form below or email [email protected]

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