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Freelance Journalism Level 3 Award – Endorsed

This freelance journalism Level 3 course is designed for people who wish to gain or improve their skills in journalistic writing and marketing their copy to a range of printed media.

The objective of this freelance journalism course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to produce professional standard journalistic articles and to know how to market them.

During the course students will examine and practice the four main questions of journalism:

  • WHAT to write,
  • HOW to write it,
  • WHICH techniques to use and,
  • WHERE to submit your work.

And specifically examine the topics of:

  • Content
  • Style
  • Techniques
  • Marketing

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

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Course Details

Course Syllabus

The course is divided up into 8 units, as follows:
8 tutor marled assignments to complete.

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?

2: Markets
Presentation
Keeping records
What the editor wants
How to analyse
What the reader wants

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

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?

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?

6: Practical Matters
What is defamation?
Why is reputation important?
How do I avoid libel?
When is copyright important?
Where are photographs a factor?

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?

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?

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) – 100 Hours
Total Qualification Time (TQT) – 120 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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