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Qualification Title Graduate Diploma in Communication (Public Sector)
Qualification Type Graduate Diploma
Level 7
Credits 120
Subject Area
  • Creative Arts » Communication and Media Studies » Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
Strategic Purpose Statement
The Graduate Diploma in Communication (Public Sector) gives more experienced communications practitioners the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to manage specific issues, events and tasks which may occur within that environment and draw on the theory which underpins these. The GradDipComm (PS) also provides a professional development opportunity for a communications practitioner with a generic or similar undergraduate degree who wishes to specialise in local government working at a higher level.
Graduate profile
Graduates of the GradDipComm (PS) will be media-savvy communication practitioners who know the local government environment and understand how it works.
They will be able to plan for internal and external change or crises utilising new media as well as traditional means.
They will also be able to take a lead role in engaging with communities, managing events and protecting their organisation through adverse situations.

Graduates will be able to:
Develop and maintain good relationships with the media, local and national
Plan for events, good or adverse, which may impact on the local authority and its community
Advise senior management and Council when required
Utilise a variety of communication methods including new media
Be able to communicate effectively - internally and externally
Be able to keep pace with and communicate changes in local government.
Education pathways
Graduates will be prepared to undertake further postgraduate study in professional communication.
Entry Requirements
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following:
NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance; or
International Baccalaureate Diploma, Cambridge A level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or
Cambridge Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA; or
Trinity College of London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTesol); or
Completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States, one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or
Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or
Successful completion of a Bachelor 's Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters' Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States; or
Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the preceding 2 years:
Certificate or Diploma at Level 6 / Diploma or Degree at Level 7 / Graduate Certificate or Diploma at Level 7.

IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current:
a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band.
Education Organisation Southern Institute of Technology Ltd
Developed By Southern Institute of Technology Ltd
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2301
Status Current
Created 2013-12-20 14:36:19.0
Last Reviewed 2019-12-04 11:35:55.0
Next Review 2024-12-31 00:00:00.0
Content
Communication Strategy - Public Sector
Political Environment
Communication, Law and Ethics
Research Methodology
Electives - choose 2
Advanced Media Studies
Online & Advanced Technologies
Crisis and Emergency Communication
Relationships, Influence and Leadershi
Dissertation Internship

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