Whether you want to be a freelance writer, pursue a career in the publishing or communications industries, or simply want to improve your writing skills, this course is ideal for you.
The Advanced Certificate of Professional Writing and Editing is an online program that will strengthen and develop your professional writing and editing skills.
In this professional development course, you will learn how to write and edit content for a range of media, including news and feature stories, online content, reviews and more. You will also learn about media law and ethics, plagiarism, and copyright as it relates to the publishing industry.
You will gain a solid foundation in the principles of editing and proofreading, including types of editing, setting priorities, editing symbols, style guides, and proofreading tips and tools. And you will discover how to conduct a professional interview, write for different audiences and understand the content creation process, from research to writing and editing the final draft.
On completion of this course, you will have a strong understanding of the theory, principles, and practice of professional editing, proofreading, and writing.
Unit 1 – Introduction
Introduction to freelance writing
Necessary resources (including equipment)
Researching the market
Sources of information
How to develop yourself as a freelance writer
Unit 2 – Basic writing skills
How to improve a piece of writing
Essential writing skills
Connotation and denotation
Literal and figurative language
Formal and informal language
Making meanings clear
Causes of confusion
Condensing your writing
Phrases linked in a wordy fashion
Using too many words
Active and passive language
Rules of speech
Types of sentences
Building a paragraph
Unit 3 – Planning what you write
Developing a concept
Writing an outline synopsis
Planning your writing
The writing process
Feature writing conventions
Feature article structure
Introduction, billboard paragraph, body, ending and closer
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 200 hours. Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.