Creative Writing Diploma – Level 3 Course

£ 326.25

Distance Learning Centre's Creative Writing Level 3 Diploma Course is designed to help students take the important first steps into creative writing.

Course Description

The Creative Writing – Level 3 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 Level 3 Certificate of Achievement from NCFE.

The Creative Writing Diploma – Level 3 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. A hard-copy book version of the course notes are also supplied.

Please Note: Due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19 hard-copy versions of this course are only being dispatched twice a week so there may be slight delays to the usual delivery times.

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.


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


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.

NCFE IIQ Certification

NCFE IIQOn successful completion of this course students will receive a Creative Writing Certificate of Achievement by NCFE and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

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.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual’s level descriptors page.

NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are: the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government, and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland. NCFE accreditation gives assurance that the content of a training course is of a high standard and meets the rigorous requirements of a national awarding organisation. NCFE accreditation also gives formal recognition to courses which result in the award of a certificate of achievement but does not qualify you for a nationally recognised qualification. This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by NCC which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to our courses. We have designed our training courses specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home.

Additional information

Course Format

Online Course + Hard Copy Materials

Self-Study Time

Approximately 240 Hours (Self-Study)

Delivery Time

1-3 Working Days (Email & Recorded Delivery)