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Creative Writing Diploma

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This broad based diploma helps you to understand the writing process and the skills that you, as an aspiring writer, will need.

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Level 3 / NCFE / PI410

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Course introduction

Eligible for an NUS TOTUM Student card with this course.

Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.

Mark Twain, the author of several 19th Century novels including "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", notes with irony the complex process and nature of writing. This Diploma in Creative Writing can be the basis you need to write not only fiction but factual pieces of work too. 

There are all kinds of barriers that stop us filling the blank screen or paper with words - confidence being one of them!

This customised qualification helps you to understand the writing process and the skills that you, as an aspiring writer, will need.

The 14 modules which you can study online or as a paper copy of the course cover all kinds of aspects and genres, providing a firm foundation for your writing, whether you choose to make a career out of writing or continue to write for your own pleasure. 

This diploma will;

  • Explore different texts and genres - helping you to discover a passion or develop one for a certain genre
  • Help you begin the writing process -  the hardest step for a writer can be knowing where and how to start
  • Examine writing for different settings – from radio plays to writing for children, there are modules that cover the different styles of writing and how to adapt your own style to suit
  • Non-fiction writing – writing for the web is a common aspect that many writers now find themselves employed on a freelance basis to do for a wide variety of clients
  • Build your confidence in all kinds of writing, including script writing – writing for TV or the stage requires different writing skills but if you have a great idea for a stage or screen play, this module will be of interest

This creative writing distance learning diploma also looks at being published, approaching agents and offers valuable advice for when you are looking to publish your work.

What follows creative writing courses and distance learning?

Many students go on to become published or carve out a career as a writer for online publications and websites.

It may be that you write as a hobby and use this course to enhance your current skill set. Like other students, you may decide to continue with your studies, taking other online courses such as fiction writing or more specialist courses, such as exploring linguistics.

Required knowledge

There is no previous knowledge required to enrol on to this programme.


You will complete a number of exercises, activities and assignments to be submitted to your tutor for marking to gain the Level 3 Creative Writing Diploma.


This qualification has been developed by NCC to meet the specific needs of our learners and has been accredited by NCFE demonstrating the quality and rigor.

NCFE is an awarding organisation recognised by the qualification regulators for England (Ofqual), Wales (Qualifications Wales) and Northern Ireland (CCEA Regulation). This is an unregulated qualification and is not a nationally recognised qualification.

On completion of the Customised Qualification, learners will receive a certificate of achievement. The certificate is evidence of the knowledge and skills gained by completing the qualification. This qualification has been accredited by NCFE under the Customised Qualification and the certificate of achievement will be issued directly by NCFE.

Course modules

  • Module 1: Creative writing and you
  • Module 2: Exploring different texts and genres
  • Module 3: Starting to write
  • Module 4: The short story
  • Module 5: Poetry
  • Module 6: Writing for radio
  • Module 7: The novel
  • Module 8: Life writing
  • Module 9: Writing for children
  • Module 10: Non-fiction writing
  • Module 11: Scriptwriting
  • Module 12: The editing process
  • Module 13: Getting published
  • Module 14: Being a writer

Learner support

You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your Creative Writing Diploma. You will have your own dedicated tutor who will guide you through your course work and answer any questions you may have during your distance learning Level 3 Creative Writing Diploma. Additionally our Help Desk will provide you with any practical advice by email or phone. Full tutor support is provided for a period of 12 months and included in the cost of the Creative Writing Diploma programme.


What does NCC stand for?

NCC originally stood for the National Consortium of FE (Further Education) Colleges. This brought together the FE Colleges to achieve the best provision. Regular national meetings were attended by both Colleges and Government agencies who funded them. This was very helpful to them both to best deliver training to their students.

For more than 25 years NCC has supplied FE Colleges with learning materials as well as student marketing.

NCC now specialise in online training of a very high quality to students both self-funded, paid for by schools, employers and training providers.

What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and you can study anytime, anyplace, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a job, family commitments, or any other commitment that won’t allow them time off to study.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Both our online and paper courses are completed via an online learning portal (LMS) which you can access after you receive your login details by email. Please ensure that you check your junk email if you do not receive your login details within 48 hours.

All learners will submit their assignments, receive feedback and correspond with their tutor directly through the LMS. If you require help from our support team, then simply email [email protected].

If you opt for the online course, you will not receive any course materials through the post. Everything is available via the LMS.

If you opt for the paper version, you are simply paying for a study book to be printed and posted to your home, or place of work. You will use this book as a reference guide, but you will still be required to upload your assignments and correspond with your tutor via the LMS.

If you are unable to access our online LMS, we do have alternative options available, so please email [email protected] in order to request further support.

What do I need to do to get started?

We recommend that you choose a course that will interest you and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, contact us here or dial 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy now’ button against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone, call 0333 3445 690 and speak to one of our expert course advisors.

How much will it cost?

The cost largely depends on the type and size of the course. The course cost is determined by the expenses associated with its provision, taking into consideration the course's size and complexity, development costs, the presence of a study materials, and the level of tutor support required. Some courses also necessitate additional in-person assessments by assessors, which incur additional expenses and consequently affect the course's cost.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that there may be additional fees required should your course require an external invigilated assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

How do I enrol?

Once you've chosen your course, you have two options for enrolment:

  1. You can purchase the course online by clicking the "Buy now" button, which will enrol you automatically.
  2. Alternatively, you can call our helpline at 0333 3445 690, and our expert course advisors will assist you in signing up for the course and arrange for the delivery of any requested additional learning materials to your address.

All courses are available to purchase in full or via affordable monthly payments over 12 months. A £29 non-refundable deposit is required for monthly payments, and you will be required to set up a monthly direct debit.

We do not require you to complete a credit check to sign up for monthly payments.

How quickly will I receive my course materials?

We guarantee that you will receive any course materials ordered within 5 working days of registering, but for many of our courses it may take no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study book within our stated period.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

All the relevant information required to complete your course is available via the LMS. Additional research via the internet is encouraged, depending on the level you are working at, to bolster knowledge of the subject area.

There is no requirement to purchase any additional materials.

What support will I receive?

You will have access to a dedicated personal tutor whom you can contact through the Learning Management System (LMS) for assistance and guidance on any course-related matters. Your tutor will only initiate contact in response to your messages. If you encounter any difficulties reaching your tutor, please don't hesitate to email us at [email protected]

Many courses require you to submit work to your tutor during the period of study, and your tutor will assess your work and provide feedback to you within 10 working days. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please note that the course includes tutor support for a duration of 12 months. If you require additional time, please inform us, and we will make every effort to provide you with an option for a paid extension, if feasible, to assist you in completing your course.

Please be aware that our tutors are actively assisting multiple learners, and to ensure they are not inundated with excessive workloads, we have implemented a policy limiting learners to submitting a maximum of three units of work for evaluation at any given time. We recommend that you upload your completed units as you finish them. This way, you can benefit from your tutor's feedback to enhance your future assignment submissions.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 10 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Kindly note that our tutors are currently supporting multiple learners simultaneously. In order to maintain a balanced workload for them, we have established a policy that restricts learners to submitting a maximum of three units of work for evaluation at any given time.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course. Your end of support date is when you need to have your course copmpleted by in order to be able to be certificated, this is usually 12 months from purchase.

The duration of the course is largely down to you. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit invigilated exams at a registered test centre. You will need to organise and pay for the examinations yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be available from the centre who are delivering the qualification.

If in doubt, please email [email protected], NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are:

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows, but we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is that if your circumstances change you can always take a limited break and come back to your studies to save your paid for support.

If you decide to enrol on more than one course at the same time, speak to our enquiries team for any bundle deals or offers.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Certainly, in most instances, there are no geographical constraints on where you can undertake your studies. However, it's important to note that specific courses may be subject to geographical limitations imposed by the Awarding Organisation, and these restrictions will be clearly stated in the course description.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you may return the materials within 14 days, provided you have not yet submitted any coursework for evaluation. Please note that you will be responsible for covering the return shipping costs. We will refund your payment, minus a non-refundable deposit of £29. Additionally, you have the option to select an alternative course that better matches your goals and aspirations.

For any help on cancelling your course please email [email protected], we will only deal with cancellation enquiries via email.

What is a Totum Card?

Totum is the new brand for UK student cards and replaces the old NUS student card. NCC students are eligible to sign-up for the Totum card where applicable, giving access to a multitude of retail, food and travel special discounts. For more information, you can visit their website:

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Reviews from learners who completed...

Creative Writing Diploma

M Byrne

“Creative writing ”

Just sent in last two assignments, now for the big wait! Very interesting and informative course thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend. Kim martin


M Byrne

“Very Enjoyable!”

Very enjoyable and thorough course, taught with plenty of humour. Tutor's feedback very helpful. Excellent, I strongly recommend NCC!

Danny Charalambous,

M Byrne

“Looking forward to getting started”

Looking forward to getting started, quick and easy process to sign up with lots of support

Ruth Raynor,

M Byrne

“It was easy to enrol even though I was…”

It was easy to enrol even though I was enrolling from a Norway.

Benneth Peason,

M Byrne

“I can't be complimentary enough!”

After trying numerous sites over the years I have been let down repeatedly but after discovering NCC Home Learning I have never looked back! The feedback is helpful and detailed, the learning material is fun and interesting, and the activities and assignments are extremely helpful for making the information soak into my brain! I can't be complimentary enough!

Kiera Osment,

M Byrne

“Would definitely recommend”

I recently completed a course with this company and I was extremely impressed with it. The process of submitting work on my course was carried out quickly and efficiently, and any queries I had were answered promptly. I would definitely recommend this company to anyone interested in completing a distance learning course.

Francesca Hale,

M Byrne

“Tremendously valuable and helpful!”

It has been a pleasure working with NCC in every way. Tutor support and feedback have been tremendously valuable and helpful. However, I didn't always receive my work back on time which was frustrating. I've been delighted! Thank you every so much Dan and Sue and everyone else involved.

Malky Craimer,

M Byrne

“A wonderful journey!”

Studying with NCC Home Learning has been a wonderful journey. I had learned a lot whilst undergoing the Creative Writing course. In addition, the tutor was very supportive. I definitely recommend NCC Home Learning to anyone who is thinking about studying as well as wanting to be flexible.


M Byrne

“A wonderful journey”

Studying with NCC Home Learning has been a wonderful journey. I had learned a lot whilst undergoing the Creative Writing course.

In addition the tutor was very supportive. I definitely recommend NCC Home Learning to anyone who is thinking about studying as well as wanting to be flexible.


M Byrne

“Creative Writing Diploma”

This has been one of the best courses I have done for my personal self-development. This course has given me the confidence to pursue my writing further and even to set up a creative writers group at my local library, I hope this course will lead onto bigger and better things for myself.


M Byrne

“One of the best courses I have done”

This has been one of the best courses I have done for my personal self development. This course has given me the confidence to pursue my writing further and even to set up a creative writers group at my local library, I hope this course will lead onto bigger and better things for myself.

Sana Arshad,

M Byrne

“Given me motivation”

I enjoyed the course and it has given me the motivation to continue writing. As mentioned on the student survey I completed previously, it would have been good to be able to contact Kathleen easier when I had questions, rather than having to email Sally Swift.

Sarah Richmond,

M Byrne

“Kick started my imagination”

I have always had a passion for writing, but with all of my work stress, I went through a dry writing season. This course has regenerated and kick started my imagination and I am a better writer because of it. Thank you for this enlightening course and the incredible constructive criticism given by my tutor.

Jade Stephanie Freeman,

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