Quality Planning in the Product Life Cycle: Unit 508 Level 5 SCQF Level 9

Understand the role of quality planning in the product life cycle.


Why take this course?

This qualification is aimed at those currently employed in a quality orientated role, who are looking to increase their knowledge and improve their career prospects. It acts as one unit towards the Diploma in Quality Management, for which nine mandatory units must be completed. 

On completion of all units you will be awarded the Diploma in Quality Management, which will provide you with the auditing skills required to develop the ability to plan, conduct and report quality audits against quality criteria. After successful completion you can also use the designated letters DipQ as a suffix after your name, and apply for corporate membership of the CQI - this carries the designated letters MCQI after the suffix of your name. This is important for anyone wishing to progress in the field of quality.

What you will experience

The Diploma in Quality will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the management principles, disciplines and techniques which are used to control a business or organisation so that the quality of a product or service is consistently high. It will enable you to apply quality management methods to all activities within the business or organisation. Topics covered in this unit include:

  • The factors to be considered in defining briefs for the development of new products and services
  • Essential activities in the new product development process - from the initial idea through to market research, design, design review and product/service provision, to final disposal
  • Identifying quality inputs and outputs for satisfactory completion of each activity
  • Identifying risks that can result from inefficient completion of each activity

This course is assessed by assignments submitted in November, April and August.

Student in classroom

Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course will require you to manage your workload independently, with a basic level of tutor support.

Entry requirements

Ideally you should have a CQI Certificate in Quality or equivalent, as well as a good standard of Maths and English (standard grade/GCSE Maths and English or equivalent are advisable). You should also be currently working in a quality role or have access to work/liaise with your quality department.

Only individuals who have submitted an ED-03 to the CQI for the Diploma Award prior to 31st December 2016 may commence study on this unit.  If you are uncertain if you can start this unit please contact:

Iain Cocker, Business Development Manager
Tel: 01346 506027
Email: iaincocker@nescol.ac.uk

What you need to know

Additional costs

CQI Exam/Assignment Registration/membership fees must be paid.

Visit the CQI website for more information.


Anything else?

Please note that fee waivers may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses


Duration Fees Code
6 Months £416.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form for this course and return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330
Email: enquiry@nescol.ac.uk

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