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Combined Fiction Writing & Freelance Journalism - QLS Level 3 Course

Course Format:Paper Based Materials (With Optional Online Course Notes)
Self-Study Time:Approximately 140 Hours (Self-Study)
Delivery Time:1-2 Working Days (Courier Service)
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Course Description

This course bundle allows you to purchase the Fiction Writing - QLS Level 3 Course and Freelance Journalism - QLS Level 3 Course together for only £375.00. A Saving of £125.00!

The Fiction Writing - QLS Level 3 Course is designed for anyone considering professional authoring for a variety of media including books, short stories, radio and television. The aim of this self-study course is to provide a comprehensive guide to the skills and techniques of writing fiction successfully, and will enable students to study a variety of styles. This home study courses also examine practical aspects of getting published plus the essential elements of both short stories and novels.

The Freelance Journalism - QLS Level 3 Course is designed for people who wish to gain or improve their skills in journalistic writing and marketing their copy to a range of printed media. The objective of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to produce professional standard journalistic articles and to know how to market them.

The Fiction Writing - QLS Level 3 Course includes the following units:
The following topics are covered: Content, Style, Techniques and Marketing.
The following topics are covered: How to study and analyse it, Studying the market, Overseas markets, Writing is a business, How do I find ideas? How do I present my manuscript? and Where do I find facts?
The following topics are covered: Choosing a theme, The basic emotion, First or third person? Get out of the way! Reader identification, Setting and Style.
The following topics are covered: Plotting, Accuracy, The plot scheme, A twist in the tale, Finding a plot, Conflict, tension & Suspense and Balance and pace.
The following topics are covered: Your chief character, Names, Can people be plots? Characterisation, Motives, Mannerisms, Minor Characters, Hero, Heroine, Villain or Clown and How people operate.
The following topics are covered: How to start? The plot thickens, Stuck? Handling Transitions, How to end? Your work plan and Rules are made to be broken.
The following topics are covered: Choosing a title, Writing Dialogue, Grammar, dialect and slang, Types of short story and The serial.
The following topics are covered: Copyright, The laws of defamation, Agents and "Vanity Publishers”, Keeping records, Payment, Income Tax, Expenses, Writing for radio, Writing for television and Presenting a TV drama.
The following topics are covered: Structure, Action, Thriller, Mystery, Science Fiction, Crime & Detective novels, Historical novels, Serious novels and Final points.
The Freelance Journalism - QLS Level 3 Course includes the following units:
The following topics are covered: What the course can do for you? Why do we need content? How is style arrived at? How do we know what the editor wants? and Where is analysis important?
The following topics are covered: Presentation, Keeping records, What the Editor Wants, How to Analyse and What the Reader wants.
The following topics are covered: What do I write? Why do I need to find ideas? How do I save time and trouble? and Where is interviewing a factor?
The following topics are covered: How do I write? Why do I need to find the right tone? How do I use the basics well? When do I use structure? and Where is re-writing a factor?
The following topics are covered: What techniques will help me sell my work? Why do I need new angles? How do basic techniques help? When is the "writer's dozen" valuable? And Where is self-discipline a factor?
The following topics are covered: What is defamation? Why is reputation important? How do I avoid libel? When is copyright important? and Where are photographs a factor?
The following topics are covered: What do editors not want? Why is market analysis valuable? How do I undertake market analysis? When is plotting useful? and Where is characterisation a factor?
The following topics are covered: What is Critical Writing? Why does verse usually not sell? How do I see about income tax? When is executive writing used? and Where are expenses a factor?

There are no particular entry requirements for this course, so students can sign up providing they are comfortable studying at a Level 3 standard.

Course Duration & Online Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments for the Awarding Body.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.

Course Format & Delivery

This course is supplied as hard copy paper-based materials. You will receive an A4 ring bound course folder which will include all of your course notes and assignments and there is a separate study guide which should be read before starting the course and explains about support, the required format of assignments and how to submit assignments for assessment. We find this format works well for this particular course as you don't have to be on a computer to work through the notes and you get to keep the course materials after you have completed your study if you need to refer back to them.

We do also offer the option of an online version of the course notes which can be purchased for an additional £36.00 for learners who prefer computer-based learning or are travelling and need access to their course notes. This option is available at the checkout when ordering the course.

The hard-copy course materials are dispatched using a next working day courier service where available and the online course notes are usually issued within 24 hours of processing an application.

If learners would prefer an online only version of the course notes then please contact us for information on how to order this.


You will be assessed on TMAs (Tutor Marked Assignments). Most TMAs consists of short paragraph answers, although some TMAs may have a specific word count. The main criteria to pass as assignment is to prove to the tutor that you have fully understood the question and have answered it sufficiently.

If the assignment is not of the required level or needs an amendment it will be detailed in your tutor feedback so you can make any required changes. The course tutor will be happy to give guidance as to how you might improve you answers. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.

QLS Course Endorsement

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a QLS Level 3 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

You can find more information on level descriptors from our Certification Overview Page.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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