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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 / Quality Licence Scheme / PI410

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Course introduction

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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 course 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.


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that NCC Home Learning has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at QLS Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group’s knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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 is distance learning?

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

What do I need to do to get started on a course?

You'll need to be able to commit the required time to your studies. We recommend that you choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 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 does the distance learning/home study method work?

The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.

Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.

Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.

These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.

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.

The duration of the course is largely down to you though. 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.

How quickly will I receive my course material?

We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait 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 pack within our stated period.

How much will it cost?

The cost is largely dependent on the type of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.

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 have an external assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

What support will I receive?

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.

Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.

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 an 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 ‘’, NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.

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.

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 though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.

Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.

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 12 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.

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

No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.

How do I enrol?

Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.

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

Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.

Where can I find your Equality and Diversity Policy?

All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing or calling 0333 3445 690.

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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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