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Fiction Writing Level 3 Award – Endorsed

This Level 3 Fiction Writing course is designed for anyone considering professional authoring for a variety of media including books, short stories, radio and television.

The objective 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.

The friction writing course also examines practical aspects of getting published plus the essential elements of both short stories and novels.

Students will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction
  • The Short Story
  • The Theme
  • The Plot
  • The Characters
  • Getting Started
  • Title & Dialogue
  • Practical Details
  • Writing a Novel

Qualification: Fiction Writing Level 3   
Support: 1-year support included
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year 
Endorsed Specification
Price: Interest-Free Finance

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Course Details

Course Syllabus

Learners will complete 8 units of study in total as listed below.


8 tutor marked assignment to complete

1 – The Short Story
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?
Where do I find facts?

2 – The Theme
Choosing a theme
The basic emotion
First or third person?
Get out of the way!
Reader identification
Setting
Style

3 – The Plot
Plotting
Accuracy
The plot scheme
A twist in the tale
Finding a plot
Conflict, tension & Suspense
Balance and pace

4 – The Characters
Your chief character
Names
Can people be plots?
Characterisation
Motives
Mannerisms
Minor Characters
Hero, Heroine, Villain or Clown
How people operate

5 – Getting Started
How to start?
The plot thickens
Stuck?
Handling Transitions
How to end?
Your work plan
Rules are made to be broken

6 –Title & Dialogue
Choosing a title
Writing Dialogue
Grammar, dialect and slang
Types of a short story
The serial

7 – Practical Details
Copyright
The laws of defamation
Agents and “Vanity Publishers”
Keeping records
Payment
Income Tax
Expenses
Writing for radio
Writing for television
Presenting a TV drama

8 – Writing a Novel
Structure
Action, Thriller, Mystery
Science Fiction
Crime & Detective novels
Historical novels
Serious novels
Final points

Entry Requirements

There are no previous qualifications required. However, students looking to enrol onto this course should meet the following criteria:

Be aged 16 Years or above
Possess a solid knowledge of the English language
Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course
Basic computer skills: e.g. Word processing, emailing, uploading documents etc
Have a genuine desire to succeed

Course Duration

This course comes with 12 months of support included:

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) – 60 Hours
Total Qualification Time (TQT) – 80 Hours

On average, learners will complete this course within 7 months

Course Outcome

ABC Quality License Scheme – Certificate of Achievement

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa 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 & is offered in partnership with Kendal Publishing. This means that Kendal Publishing 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 to meet specific learners’ and /or employers requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. Abc Awards & Cert awards 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.

ABC Awards & Certs Awards have long-established reputations for providing high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards & Certa Awards combine over 180 years of experience combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards & Certs Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14: all are developed with the support of the relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

Regulated qualifications refer to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual/CCEA/Qualification Wales

Study Method

Your initial study pack will be posted to you within 7 days of making payment. Your course pack will contain all you need to start your course, including your course lessons, tutor details, support contact details and student study guide.

Learners are then able to prepare their assignments using a word processing program ready to be emailed directly to their tutor for marking.

Tutors & Support

All learners have access to a qualified tutor via email for the stated support period. In addition to this, you are able to speak to our support team via telephone with any query you may have relating your course.

Our tutors and support team have years of experience in delivering online and distance learning courses. If you require help, then we are only a phone call away.

Assessment

Learners will be required to complete a series of tutor-marked assignments ( normally 1 after each unit) as they progress through this course. Each assignment will contain a variety of tasks/questions. These assignments are assessed by your tutor to monitor progress. You will be provided with constructive feedback to help you in completing each unit to the required standard.

There is no examination to complete as the course is completed using continual assessment.

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Select whether to pay in full upon enrolment or opt to pay a deposit and spread the cost with our Interest-free payment plan.  *Guaranteed acceptance for those who meet the following conditions:

Aged 18 and above (Maximum age 75)
Permanent resident in the UK
Be able to provide 3 years of address history from the UK
Have a UK bank account that accepts direct debits
Hold a valid UK credit or debit card

Please note: We do not carry out credit checks

Alternative payment plans may be available for those that do not meet these conditions. Please speak to a member of our team who will be happy to assist on 0121 792 3872.

Applicants choosing the monthly option will be required to complete and sign a financial agreement for the remaining payments.  All payments to be set up via direct debit.  We are only able to set up monthly payments for students resident in the UK. 

Please note: Once a payment plan is set up, you are liable to pay the course fees in full whether you complete the course or not.  Please ensure the monthly repayments are affordable before agreeing to any payment plan offered.

14 Day Money Back Guarantee

Once received at your requested delivery address, you have 14 days to ensure this course meets your needs and requirements. If for any reason you are not happy, simply return your course pack unused for a refund.*

*Minus postage. An admin fee is deducted from any deposit refunded if a finance plan is arranged and then cancelled.

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