Freelance Journalism Level 3

  • Course Code: OCN305
  • Award Level 3, Similar difficulty to - A-Level

Learn what it takes to be a Freelance Journalist, from home!

  • Develop and improve your skills in journalistic writing.
  • Learn how to market your writing to a range of printed media.
  • Study the techniques involved in professional journalism.
  • Learn about where to submit your work for publication.

All course materials will be delivered to you by post or via email, so it couldn't be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors will help you every step of the way.

There is no time limit for this course, so you can work at your own pace. Completed coursework can be delivered by post or via email, so handing in an assignment is simple.

Boost your career opportunities and equip yourself with the skills you need for your long term success. Home learning is simple and stress-free, so enrol with us today!

Course Content

Unit 1: Introduction

  • What can this course do for you?
  • Why do we need content?
  • How is style arrived at?
  • How do we know what an editor wants?
  • Where is analysis important?

Unit 2: Markets

  • Presentation
  • Keeping records 
  • What the editor wants 
  • How to analyse 
  • What the reader wants

Unit 3: Content 

  • What do I write?
  • Why do I need to find ideas? 
  • How do I save time and trouble? 
  • When do some themes not sell? 
  • Where is interviewing a factor?

Unit 4: Style

  • 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?
  • Where is re-writing a factor?

Unit 5: Techniques

  • 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? 
  • Where is self-discipline a factor?

Unit 6: Practical Matters

  • What is defamation?
  • Why is reputation important?
  • How do I avoid libel? 
  • When is copyright important? 
  • Where are photographs a factor?

Unit 7: Fiction Writing

  • What do editors not want?
  • Why is market analysis valuable? 
  • How do I undertake market analysis? 
  • When is plotting useful? 
  • Where is characterisation a factor?

Unit 8: No Excuses: Verse, Criticism and Sports Writing

  • What is critical writing?
  • Why does verse usually not sell?
  • How do I see about income tax?
  • When is executive writing used?
  • Where are expenses a factor?

Assessment

The Freelance Journalism course is assessed by a series of written assignments, which are submitted to your tutor for marking. There is no external examination required.

Course Duration

Students have a full year to complete the course, which normally takes between 80-100 hours. This allows you to study at your own pace, without the pressure of tight deadlines.

Study Method

The course is designed for distance learning at home or at work. Students receive a course manual and study guide, plus tutor support by mail or email.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a level 3 NCFE certificate of achievement. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 3 on The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (where level 2 and level 3 courses are similar in difficulty to GCSEs and A Levels, respectively).

The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 3 (using Ofqual's QCF level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved. This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by Kendal Publishing Ltd which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to courses.

NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. These are Ofqual (the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator in England); the Welsh Government and CCEA (the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment) in Northern Ireland.

Course Questions and Answers

Q: What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

Q: What is included in the cost of my course?

  • Student record bag
  • Pen
  • Mouse mat
  • Study guide
  • Comprehensive study notes
  • Personal tutor support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Accreditation

Q: Are there any additional costs?

No, everything you need is included in the price!

Q: What do I do if I still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

Reviews for this course

"Good experience so far!!"
Robert Bailey, Cheshire

Good experience so far!!

Study materials are simple, clear, compact, jargon - free. Assignment task sheets have some ambiguous wording and vagueness here and there. This could be improved and needs revision in my view for this course.

The option to submit written or word processed work is good. Emailing assignments as email attachments is very convenient, and allows me to keep "back up" copies of my work, for safety, and also saves me a considerable amount of money on registered postage, envelopes, paper, pens. The nylon satchel provided is extremely useful to keep all my course stuff together, and a great idea!!

The course is enjoyable, and comprehensive with a nice steady difficulty progression rate. I have not used tutor support as yet, but the marking and feedback system seems efficient, clear, and professional. Overall I would recommend the Open Study College and this course.

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