Creative Writing - QLS Level 3 Diploma Course

Course Format:Online Course (With Optional Paper-Based Course Notes)
Self-Study Time:Approximately 240 Hours (Self-Study)
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Course Description

The Creative Writing - QLS Level 3 Diploma Course is designed to help students take the important first steps into this highly creative subject area. Creative Writing is one of the most enjoyable past-times and whether you are writing just for enjoyment or because you want to make it a career, this course will help you to explore your writing and find ways to improve it. 

Creative Writing could be any writing outside of the usual professional, journalistic or academic forms of literature. It has become one of the most popular pastimes for people wanting to share short stories, poetry, songs or even those wanting to write a novel, Autobiography/Memoir or a screenplay!

This comprehensive course includes writing exercises and assignments that you will submit to your tutor and will help you to understand the writing process and the skills that you, as an aspiring writer, will need.

On successful completion of this course students will receive a QLS Level 3 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement.

The Creative Writing - QLS Level 3 Diploma Course includes the following units:

This introductory unit begins to explore the relationship between creative writing and individuals. The knowledge contained looks at pertinent areas of relevance such as; why people choose to write, their experiences of writing and what types of text people write. 

The following topics are covered: 

  • Reasons for writing
  • First experience of writing
  • Experience of writing
  • What you write
  • When and where you write
  • The course and your aims

This unit explores the range of different types of texts and genres that currently exist in the field of creative writing and examines areas of relevance, such as; defining different genres, sub-genres and critical analysis.

The following topics are covered: 

  • Creative writing genres
  • Sub-genres
  • Creative writing conflict
  • Critical analysis

This unit is focussed on the initial practice of putting pen to paper for the first time to write your text, exploring useful techniques such as; writing style, creating characters and writers block. 

The following topics are covered: 

  • Writing in the first, second and third person
  • Writers block
  • Writing style
  • Dialogue
  • Creating a believable character

This unit focusses specifically on the form of concise fictional prose known as the short story, and examines multiple areas of relevance such as; its structure and techniques on how to write this style of text.

The following topics are covered: 

  • The short story genre
  • Elements of the short story
  • How to write a short story

This unit is concerned with the unique type of imaginative writing laid out in lines, known as poetry. In order to aid learner understanding of this writing style, the knowledge contained examines areas of relevance, such as; rhyming, different poem forms and free verse.

The following topics are covered: 

  • Defining poetry
  • Rhyming verse
  • Free verse
  • Different poem forms

Having looked specifically at the printed word thus far, this unit now looks at behind the scenes writing; focussing on the writing required for radio. The knowledge contained looks at areas such as; what skills are required, writing short stories for radio and radio feature structure.

The following topics are covered: 

  • Radio writing skills
  • Writing a short story for radio
  • Writing radio poems
  • Radio feature structure

This unit studies the well-known text type of the invented story known as a novel and explores the production of this creative endeavour though the study of relevant areas, such as; novel writing skills, location and plotting the novel. 

The following topics are covered: 

  • Skills needed for novel writing
  • Novel history
  • Novel location
  • Plotting the novel

This unit shifts focus from the study of fictional texts to the non-fictional process of writing about one’s life. The knowledge contained details techniques on how to write in this manner and explores areas of relevance, such as: the life writing genre and plotting a biography. 

The following topics are covered:

  • The life writing genre
  • The sub-genre of the biography
  • Plotting a biography
  • Writing a biography 

The study of this unit is writing for children. The module challenges the common belief that writing for young people is easy and examines the process of applying this specialised writing technique, though the study of areas such as; myths, age and story writing. 

The following topics are covered: 

  • Myths
  • History
  • The genre
  • The age
  • Poems
  • Story writing

This unit explores the practice of writing on the basis of fact, known as non-fiction and focusses specifically on the practice of journalism, through the examination of areas such as; non-fiction requirements, research and interviews. 

The following topics are covered: 

  • Non-fiction writing requirements
  • Journalism
  • Writing news stories
  • Research
  • Interviews

This unit is concerned with the loose working document which enables a cast of actors to perform for an audience, known as a script. In order to aid learner understanding of this unique type of writing, areas such as; the history of drama, scriptwriting skills and script layouts are examined.

The following topics are covered:

  • The history of drama
  • Scriptwriting skills
  • Script layouts
  • Writing a script

Having focussed solely on the actual writing of your text, this unit now examines the practise of revising and amending your text, an important process known as editing. Learners are given guidance on efficient practice, through the study of areas such as; editing considerations, types of editing and legal reasons for editing.

The following topics are covered:

  • The editing process
  • Editing considerations
  • Legal reasons for editing
  • Types of editing
  • What should be cut out?

Given that previous units have covered the writing process, this module now looks at the part that comes after; the task of seeing work through to print. The knowledge contained looks at the difficulty of getting published and provides guidance on success with this process, through the study of areas such as; planning, marketing your work and types of publishing.

The following topics are covered:

  • Types of publishing
  • Preparing manuscripts
  • Marketing your work
  • Planning

This concluding unit ties up all the previous knowledge gained from the course and examines what it means to be a writer when all the necessary skills have been acquired. The content looks at relevant areas such as; how to keep motivated, sticking to a writing calendar and seeking support for writing.

The following topics are covered:

  • Motivation
  • Practising your writing skills
  • Planning your writing calendar
  • Support for writers
Course Format & Delivery

You will receive access to the course materials through an online portal for a 12-month period. Students can use the portal for accessing their course materials, submitting assignments and to log tutor questions. 

Please Note: An optional hard-copy version of the course notes can be purchased for an additional £40.00. This is useful for learners who also want to study away from the computer and means they have course notes they can keep and refer back to beyond their online course license.

Delivery of the hard-copy materials is usually within 5 to 10 working days by a recorded delivery service.

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 through the online portal or 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.

Prerequistes

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

Assessment

Students will be required to complete a number of assignments. Your personal tutor will review, mark and provide you with feedback on your work. Coursework assignments can be returned by uploading to the online portal, by email or by post.

We recommend that assignments are completed and returned as word-processed documents through the online portal. Handwritten documents can be accepted but need to be clear and legible and may be subject to a longer marking time.

QLS Endorsed Certification

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 NCC 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 NCC 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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