Diploma in Communication Studies (Level 5)

Qualification code OP527102

If you would like to work in a communication role or carry out communication-focused tasks in your existing job, this is the right qualification for you. You’ll learn how to write business and technical reports, prepare and deliver oral presentations and examine cultural, societal, interpersonal and ethical issues in communication. You also have the flexibility to choose four elective courses with particular relevance to your career. 

  • Level 5  
    Credits 120 
  • Workload

    Approximately 10-12 hours study per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher at assessment or exam time.

  • Study type Trimester  
  • Cost $4,380 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification you will be able to:

  • analyse communication practices in business and evaluate their effectiveness
  • work collegially with others and communicate with clarity in oral and written forms
  • evaluate communication issues within the New Zealand context using social scientific concepts.

Career opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for a range of roles such as communication officer, media relations assistant and communications advisor. It will also be useful if you’re working in a role which requires broad communication skills.

Study Pathway

Once you have completed this programme, you may be interested in advancing your communication career by studying towards OP621102 Diploma in Public Relations and Communication Management (Level 6).

You could also choose to undertake a degree such as OP701002 Bachelor of Applied Science (Communication).

Key dates

Every course has an enrolment close-off date. Make sure you know when you need to enrol by.

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Assessment and exam

Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.

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