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.

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. 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?


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 Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards' Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing Ltd has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. 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 difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing Ltd to meet specific learners' or employers' requirements. ABC Awards' endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

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
  • 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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