Creative Writing Level 3

Our course code: X311

Course fee £375 or from £28 per month

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Are you interested in enhancing, broadening, and developing your voice? Do you want to explore, discover and immerse yourself in the words that have shaped our world? Then this online Creative Writing course was designed for you. Creative writing is one of the most enjoyable pastimes. Whether you are writing just for enjoyment or because you want to make it a career. Our creative writing course helps you explore your writing and find ways to improve it.

Study Something You Love, in your own time with this Creative Writing course. It has been developed to give you the skills to create your own literary works, both factual and fictional.

This Creative Writing Course is suitable for new writers as well as for those with experience who would like to develop their skills. It will help you to identify your strengths and interests as a writer by allowing you to write in a range of genres.

The emphasis is on finding your own directions and styles through experiment, practice and constructive feedback. It is suitable for both aspiring writers, and for anyone with a strong interest in reading and writing, who would like to deepen their understanding of the creative process. You will have detailed guidance from expert tutors, constructive help to improve your writing and a flexible study programme to suit your circumstances. So whether you prefer to study online or paper-based, the choice is yours. Furthermore, you will feel inspired.

On this Level 3 Creative Writing course, you will learn about:

  • Different texts and genres
  • Different styles of writing
  • How to edit and importantly how to get published!

Develop your creative voice, reading and writing to build worlds out of all those amazing stories inside your head.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • At your own pace

    Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: NCFE Customised Qualifications

With a heritage stretching back over 150 years, NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK. Over 340,000 students were awarded certification by NCFE last year. Our NCFE Customised Qualifications are bespoke, unregulated qualifications developed to meet the needs of our learners. Completing Customised Qualifications does not lead to an OFQUAL regulated qualification, but they can be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards future study.

Study Hours

We recommend spending 120 study hours on this course; this is around 30 minutes a day over 8 months. However, additional hours will be required for reading writing and research. For the TQT hours, read the course duration section below.

Study Method

Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, posters, leaflets, presentations, PowerPoint presentations, video/audio recordings, work-based and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. The TQT is 250 hours, which is more than ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


Each unit is followed by a written tutor marked assignment (TMA), which is submitted and then marked by your tutor. You will not be required to take an external exam.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a NCFE Customised Qualification and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course). You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Course Content

1: Creative Writing – The Basics
  • Definitions of Writing
  • Central Aspects of Writing
  • Language Basics
  • Editing and Proofreading
  • Plagiarism
  • Learning Activity
    • Meaning of Terms
  • Assignment One
2: Reading for Writing
  • The Reading Log
  • The Notebook
  • Assignment Two
3: Prose Non-fiction Telling Someone's Story – Biography and Autobiography
  • What’s the Difference
  • Autobiography
  • Reading for Writing
    • Laurie Lee: Cider with Rosie
    • James Bowen: A Street Cat Named Bob
    • Maya Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    • Learning Activity: Short Commentary Piece
  • Biography
  • Reading for Writing
    • Biographical Reading
  • Assignment Three
4: Prose Non-fiction Expressing Opinion: The Review
  • What is a Review
  • Purpose of a Review
  • Reading for Writing
    • Restaurant Review
    • Film Review
  • Learning Activity
    • Music Review
  • Assignment Four
5: Prose Non-fiction Travel Writing
  • What is Travel Writing
  • Examining Travel Writing Texts:
    • Bill Byson: Notes from a Small Island
    • Michael Palin: Full Circle
  • Reading for Writing:
    • Travel Writing Reading
  • Preparing to Write
  • Choosing a Place
  • Creating Imagery
  • Conveying Your Opinion
  • Assignment Five


6: Prose Fiction
  • What is Fiction Writing
  • Narrative Voice and Perspective
  • Reading for Writing:
    • Sam Savage: Firmin. Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife
    • Mark Haddon: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • Plot and Narrative Structure
  • Setting, Character, and Dialogue
  • Sub-genres in Prose Fiction
  • Learning Activities: Question Time + Sub-genre Expectations
  • Assignment Six
7: Prose Fiction The Short Story
  • What is a Short Story
  • Reading for Writing:
    • Jane Gardam: Stone Trees
    • Patrick Wilmot: The Train to Walthamstow
  • Generating Ideas
  • Assignment Seven
8: Prose Fiction The Novel
  • What is the Novel
  • How to Begin?
  • Learning Activity: Openings to Novels
  • Assignment Eight
9: Writing a Dramatic Script
  • What is a Dramatic Script
  • Elements of Script Writing
  • Reading for Writing:
    • Victoria Hislop: The Periptero
    • Tennessee Williams: The Glass Menagerie
  • Learning Activity: Character Interaction
  • Assignment Nine
10: Extended Writing
  • Final Assignment: Writing an Extended Piece
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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!