Level 4+5 Accredited Diploma in Marketing, Media and Advertising


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Level 4+5 Accredited Diploma in Marketing, Media and Advertising



Subject code: L5MMA

The Level 5 Accredited Diploma qualification, developed with a carefully selected set of units. The course aims to build upon prior knowledge while introducing new topics. By covering a wide range of media, marketing and advertising strategies, this CIE can equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in this highly competitive industry, or can be used for further study at degree level.

Syllabus and Unit Specification:

Unit 1: Using information, communication and technology ICT in the study of Marketing, Media and Advertising (MMA)

Level H1

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

This unit of the Diploma in Marketing, Media & Advertising course aims to raise learner awareness of the different types of ICT skills, and provide the opportunity for them to develop these skills commensurate with H4 and H5 study. The course is delivered via distance learning with no face to face contact between tutors and students, therefore understanding appropriate research techniques, portfolio skills and self-reflection is important in terms of independent study at this level as well as facilitating a positive learning experience

1 Applications of ICT in the study of MMA

  • Information, communication and technology (ICT) comprises core skills for learning.
  • Utilisation of methods , tools and strategies of ICT to establish and maintain a sound working relationship with tutors and the college.
  • Development of ICT skills in order to communicate effectively and maximise study progression.

2 ePortfolio constructs

  • Setting up an ePortfolio for use during the lifetime of the course for storage of files including coursework, self-assessment activities, independent research notes and reflective journals.
  • The ePortfolio may be requested from time to time by tutors and moderators. Learners will be asked at various points in the course to upload files for this purpose.
  • A structured system of unique information but once completed can be used as a resource for continuing professional development (CPD), and a body of revision for future studies.

3 Independent web based research

  • Independent research to equip students with confidence to source and evaluate information relevant to the core course topics within MMA
  • Develop tools and strategies with which to begin to undertake independent research and integrate this into coursework activities, for example suggesting ways to read research articles and assimilate types of information from these.

4 Principles of self-assessment and reflective writing

  • The development of knowledge and understanding through writing skills for communicating ideas and arguments to tutors and other readers of written work.
  • Reviews of writing skills
  • Reflective writing skills and practice
  • Promotion of pro-active implementation of skills enhancement through tutor feedback and self-assessment

Unit 2: Research methods and techniques in Marketing, Media and Advertising

Level H1

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to explore research paradigms, methods and techniques, and to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each one in order to contextualise study design.

In MMA, research plays a significant role in shaping outcomes and perception, therefore learners are encouraged to independently research a range of application of method and techniques related to marketing, media communication and advertising strategies

Unit content

1 Research techniques

  • Experimental methods and non-experimental methods
  • Natural studies
  • Field studies
  • Correlational analysis
  • Observational techniques
  • Self-reporting
  • Closed, open and leading questions
  • Case studies
  • Ethical issues
  • Evaluation of advantages and disadvantages of techniques

2 Investigation design

  • Aims, research questions and hypothesis design
  • Participant recruitment and sampling methods
  • Informed consent
  • Variables (situational and participant)
  • Controlling variables
  • Operationalising variables
  • Conducting pilot studies
  • Assessment and improvement of reliability and validity

3 Quantitative

  • Data analysis and presentation
  • Scales of measurement
  • Visual representation of data
  • Research software

4 Qualitative

  • Data analysis and representation
  • Interpretation, recording and observation
  • Content analysis and coding
  • Ontology and epistemology in methodological choice

Unit 3: The Philosophy of Marketing and the Marketing Concept

Level: H1

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit on the Level 5 Diploma Marketing, Media & Advertising course is to introduce the philosophy of marketing and give learners an opportunity to explore and evaluate models, strategies and theoretical concepts which underpin marketing practice

Unit content

1 Concepts within marketing

  • Definitions and aims of marketing and marketing research
  • Components of the marketing mix
  • Inbound and outbound marketing
  • Evaluation of strategies: target markets. Products and services, promotion, price and distribution)

2 5 Stepsin Marketing

  • Understanding the customer
  • Creating value for the customer
  • Communicating value
  • Ease and convenience related to customer expectations
  • Long term relationships with customers

3 Types of marketing

  • The 4 ‘Ps’: product, pricing, promotion and placement
  • Techniques in marketing
  • Advertising and promotion
  • Direct and indirect marketing
  • Mail order and telecommunication
  • Evaluation of advantages and disadvantages of types of marketing

4 Marketing theory

  • Product types, product design, branding and naming, functionality, adaptability,
  • Compatibility,
  • Market positioning, strategy, segmentation

Unit 4: Product Review and Marketing Strategies

Level H1

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunities to examine and evaluate a range of marketing strategies across different contexts and to conduct independent research into how these strategies are applied to products

Unit content

1 Market dominance strategies

  • Market shares
  • Market challengers
  • Market followers
  • Market nichers

2 Porter-generic strategies

  • Competitiveness strategies
  • Cost leadership strategies
  • Differentiation strategies
  • Segmentation

3 Generic strategies

  • Recent developments and changes
  • Aggressiveness strategies
  • Prospector strategies
  • Defender strategies
  • Analyser and reactor strategies

4 Growthstrategies

  • Horizontal integration
  • Vertical integration
  • Problems and benefits
  • Profit impacts
  • PIMS
  • Scenario planning
  • Scenario analysis

Unit 5: The Communication Components

Level H1

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to evaluate communications strategies and approaches within different types of marketing; and to explore the philosophical concepts which underpin tactics and techniques

Unit content

1 Commercial advertising

  • Types of commercial advertising
  • Target market and target groups
  • Covert advertising and product placement
  • Measuring impact and rating scales
  • Effects of branding (psychological and associative)

2 Direct marketing

  • Inbox marketing concepts
  • Needs assessment and the marketing relationship
  • Quick wins
  • Channels
  • Direct mail and response rates
  • Advantages and disadvantages of direct marketing strategies
  • Telemarketing and e-mail
  • Legislation and professional codes of conduct; professional associations

3 Marketing promotion

  • Publicity, VNRs and online marketing
  • Integrated marketing communication models and evaluation of case studies
  • Public relations (corporate, non-profit organisations, methods and tactics)
  • Press conferencing (press releases, optimized internet releases, lobby groups, astroturfing and spin)

4 Database marketing

  • Uses and users
  • Benefits
  • Product market literature
  • Premium item placement and sales force

Unit 6: E-Commerce

Level H1

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to study the historical origins of e-commerce and explore current uses, aims and objectives. Learners will also be encouraged to devlope knowledge and understanding of e-commerce applications through independent research and this will aid expansion of transferable skills into practical contexts

Unit content

1 Historical emergence

  • Historical timeline of e-commerce
  • Electronic Signatures Act 2000
  • Services and products
  • Transactions and collection systems

2 Development of e-commerce

  • Aims and objectives of e-commerce
  • Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) development and application
  • HTTPS protocols and impacts
  • The establishment of e-commerce

3 P roduct placement

  • Types of online sales, services and products
  • The psychology of users related to product type
  • Acceptance and the e-commerce business model

4 E-commerce retailing and marketing strategies

  • McKinsey analysis
  • Niche leaders
  • Case study evaluations
  • Enticement strategies and tactics
  • Target groups
  • Priorities
  • Converting visitors into customers

Unit 7: The Marketing Mix

Level H1

Learning Hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to explore the different approaches within marketing mixes; and also to evaluate analytic strategies which have emerged within the numerous marketing models. Learners will also be encouraged to develop understanding of current extended marketing mixes through independent research which will widen knowledge related to practical marketing applications

Unit content

1 The extended marketing mix

  • 7Ps approach
  • Extended matrix mix
  • Relationship marketing model
  • Customer movement
  • Strengths and limitations
  • Ansoff’s product/market grid

2 The 4s Web Marketing Mix

  • The web marketing mix
  • Strategies and objectives
  • Synergy and integration
  • Scope and siting
  • System technology

3 Affiliate marketing models

  • History and development of models
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Limitations

4 Marketing performance analysis

  • Sales analysis
  • Market shares
  • Expense analysis
  • Marketing plans
  • Financial planning and budgeting

Unit 8: History of Media Studies

Level H1

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to explore the historical origins of media and the relevant links with culture, society, psychological influences and technological advances

Unit content

1 The origins of modern media

  • Historical timeline
  • Social, political and economic drivers
  • Controversy and debates
  • Cultural meanings and influences

 2 Mass media

  • History of emergence and shaping of meanings
  • Placement within society and cultures
  • Dissemination routes
  • Etymology

3 Multimedia

  • Applications and contexts
  • Development and use of PC and multidimensional graphics, CD-ROM and DVD-ROM
  • Evaluation of usage and applications from historical emergence to current

4 Evaluate the contributions

  • Evaluation and exploration of work by the following contributors:
  • Alfred Deakin
  • John Udell
  • John Logi Baird
  • Andrew Soderberg

Unit 9: Media Ethics

Level H2

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity of exploring and evaluating European and international ethical standards, processes and procedures in media contexts. Learners are also encouraged to conduct independent research into specific media contexts in order to draw comparisons between applications and genres

Unit content

1 Common standards in media ethics

  • Journalistic ethics and standards
  • European and international perspectives
  • Common elements
  • Objectivity and sources
  • Accuracy and standards for factual representation
  • Slander and libel considerations
  • Harm limitation principle

2 Variation

  • Genres
  • Presentation
  • Freedom of the press issues
  • Violation and controversial debates
  • Investigative methodology

3 Evaluate Ethical issues

  • Ethical delivery
  • Scientific issues
  • Evaluation of the Pentagon Papers and Washington Post approaches
  • The Society of journalism Code of Ethics

4 Philosophical influences

  • Evaluation of the following influences and historical contributions:
  • Aristotle
  • Kant
  • Mill
  • Marx
  • Confucius
  • Baudrillard
  • Levi-Strauss

Unit 10: Audio-visual media

Level H2

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to explore the historical development of audio-visual media and evaluate current developments related to practical applications

Unit content

1 Historical development

  • Historical development and timeline of media and television
  • The science and psychology of audio-visual media
  • Exploring theoretical concepts
  • The concepts of mass marketing in audio-visual media

2 Media influences

  • Television addiction
  • Social learning theory
  • Deindividuation theory
  • Case study exploration (Olympics)
  • The negative impacts of the electronic age

3 Digital media

  • The history and development of audio production
  • Audio/digital engineering
  • Audio-visual laboratories
  • Acoustic engineering
  • Digital media – signal processing and production
  • Current applications and future development

4 Photography media

  • Historical development
  • Uses and applications
  • Digital photography
  • Commercial photography
  • Photojournalism
  • Impact of new technologies

Unit 11: Mass Communication

Level H2

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to evaluate the applications, processes and concepts within mass communications within media contexts. Learners will also be encouraged to conduct independent research into media communications within current applications and expand knowledge and understanding of current developments

Unit content

Unit content

1 Historical development

  • Definitions, aims and objectives
  • Timelines and historical emergence
  • Purpose and users
  • Internet, international broadcasting, digital broadcasting and international newspapers

2 Differentiate

  • Target audiences
  • Participants
  • Specialised technologies
  • Media managers and commodities
  • Ideology
  • Culture

3 Journalistic concepts and applications

  • Aims and objectives
  • History and development
  • Management components
  • Types of correspondence, roles and responsibilities
  • Objective issues
  • Criticism and debate
  • Media critics

4 New Media

  • Development of social ideology and cultural practices
  • Elements and components of New Media (internet, digitalisation, computer art, electronic art, computer animation, web site development
  • Case study evaluation

Unit 12: History of Advertising

Level H2

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to explore the historical development of advertising and advertising applications. There will also be an opportunity for learners to evaluate legislation and regulations

Unit content

1 Historical development

  • Exploration and examination of the historical timeline and development of advertising

2 Public service advertising

  • Promotion and dissemination techniques and strategies
  • Aims and objectives
  • Information typology: commercial, social, ideological
  • Public service information as an educational tool

3 Media advertising

  • Routes and streams
  • Sponsorship
  • Covert and overt advertising methods
  • E-mail advertising
  • Unpaid and word of mouth dissemination

4 Impacts of advertising

  • Measuring impact
  • Public perception, controls and special interest groups
  • Negative effects
  • Regulations and legislation
  • The future of advertising development

Unit 13: Advertising in the Marketing Mix

Level H2

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to evaluate the marketing mix principles applicable to advertising and advertising contexts. Learners will also be provided with an opportunity to study the role of the agency and explore and evaluate services and roles within contexts and functions

Unit content

1 Applying marketing mix to advertising

  • Rationales
  • Forms of advertising agencies
  • Agencies and designers
  • Advertising adstock
  • Reality marketing

2 Propaganda

  • Influences and aims
  • Free market societies
  • Techniques and research
  • Historical use
  • Public information perspective

3 Advertising agencies

  • Role and responsibility
  • Service
  • Media-neutral agencies
  • Creative departments
  • Research and analysis
  • Copywriting

4 Contexts

  • Mission
  • Role
  • Function versus positioning
  • Controversy

Unit 14: Graphic Design and Production

Level H2

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to study the concepts of graphic design, its historical emergence, and a range of production components across different contexts. Learners are also encouraged to develop knowledge and understanding of current applications and developments through independent research

Unit content

1 The principles of graphic design

  • History and development
  • The design process
  • Impact of technology on practices
  • The classic theory of design

2 Historical development

  • Emergence and timeline of computerised processes in graphic design
  • Software packages and applications
  • Evaluation of advantages and disadvantages of computerised systems

3 Print production

  • Digital printing
  • Variable data printing
  • Digital image processing
  • Typesetting
  • Lithography
  • Uses and applications

4 Artwork

  • Art direction
  • Finished artwork
  • Banner advertisement
  • Limitations and pitfalls

Unit 15: Television Commercials

Level H2

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to study the history of television commercials, together with evaluation of impacts, aims, objectives and limitations. Learners will also be encouraged to independently research television commercials related to social and ideological perspectives

Unit content

1 Historical evolution

  • Historical developments and mapping of key changes
  • Characteristics of commercials
  • International perspectives and evaluation of examples
  • Aims and objectives
  • Health and safety issues
  • Use of language and inferences

2 Audio use

  • Music in commercials
  • Aims and target groups
  • Controversial debates
  • Evolution of audio application and inclusion

3 Future development and applications

  • Sponsorship
  • Embedded commercials and product placement

4 Types

  • Television channels and networks
  • Types of commercials related to audience and aims
  • Direct response and branding
  • Benefits and limitations
  • Commercial strategies, research, audiences, social aspects, trends and public relations

Unit 16: Media Law

Level H2

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to introduce learners to a variety of legislative protocols relating to media law; and also to provide them with an opportunity to study applications and rules of law, including a case study

Unit content

1 Reporting Restrictions Act 1980

  • Defamation
  • Complaints processes
  • PCC role and responsibilities
  • Copyright issues
  • Human rights issues

2 Case study evaluation

  • Evaluation of case study example (tobacco advertising in the UK): expenditure, codes of practice, interpretation of law, sponsorship issues, brand-stretching

3 Consumer Protection Act 1987

  • Broadcast laws and regulations
  • Patent laws (UK)
  • Brand names and trademarks
  • Systems and examples
  • False advertising
  • Fees, charges and pricing methods

4 Deceptive methods

  • Misrepresentation
  • Psychological impacts
  • Use of meaningless terminology
  • Manipulation of standards
  • False labelling
  • False branding
  • Packaging and fillers
  • False credentials

Entry Requirements

All students must be 17 years of age and above. Students should have completed a Level 3 Diploma or an A level standard course (or equivalent) before the Level 5 qualification.

Please note that you can enrol on this course anytime.

Study Hours

Approximately 150 hours per unit

Assessment Method

16 tutor marked assessments


CIE Level 5 Accredited Diploma in Level 4+5 Accredited Diploma in Marketing, Media and Advertising

You will receive a certificate from CIE. These fees are included in the course fee.

The course can be enrolled on by students internationally.

There are no deadlines for enrolments.

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What's Included?

Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Higher National Diploma.

Full support is provided by a personal tutor via the online system for the entire duration of the course (2 years).

All coursework marking and moderating.

Examination board certification upon completion.

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Payment by Instalments

You may pay the course fees in monthly instalments. Click HERE to download our instalment plan.

Further Information

The course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning 'On Campus' website.

In the student ' 'On Campus' area you are able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the 'On Campus' area within 3 working days.

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A paper copy and/or a PDF copy of the course materials are also available to purchase during the online enrolment process.

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