Fiction Writing Level 3

Have you always wanted to write but never quite had the courage to start? On this Fiction Writing Level 3 course, you can let your imagination soar into the unknown, let your characters take you to places you’ve dreamed of with plots and twists only you, for now, can imagine.

This Fiction Writing Level 3 course has been specifically designed for anyone considering professional authoring.  This could include a variety of media including books, short stories, radio and television.  It could also be studied to develop your own personal interest in fiction writing as a past-time or hobby.  We understand that not everyone may want to be published.

Usually, writers work on a self-employed, freelance basis. You could choose your own working hours, although you may still have to meet publishing deadlines!

This really could be a chance for you to turn your talents into something much more. Fiction Writing Level 3 will fearlessly create and develop you and your skills in an encouraging and supportive environment within your own home and in your own time.  If you haven’t taken an online course before, don’t worry. Our courses are easy to navigate and easy to fit into your life

Make your ‘Once upon a time’ a reality and then it never has to be ‘The End’.

On this Fiction Writing Level 3 course you will:

  • Develop skills and techniques of fiction writing successfully and in a variety of styles
  • Examine practical aspects of getting published
  • Explore the essential elements of both short stories and novels
  • Discover how to build themes, plot and characters in your fiction writing
  • Learn how to structure your story on page from start to finish
  • Uncover practical details around your writing, such as copyright laws
  • Become the writer you’ve always wanted to be from the comforts of home
  • And so much more…
Develop core fiction writing techniques, such as how to structure stories, build plots and create believable characters.
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 as you want from your personal course tutor via phone and email.

Awarding body: NCFE Customised Qualifications
Our course ref: X339

NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK.  Over 340,000 thousand students were awarded certification by NCFE last year through over 2,000 colleges and training providers nationally. With a heritage stretching back over 150 years.

Study Hours

It takes around 120 hours to complete this course.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours.  This is usually 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 a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, 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.


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
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.
Section 1
Introduction to Fiction Writing
  • Being a Good Writer
  • The Key Components of Fiction
  • How to Find Ideas
  • The Importance of the Reader
  • Success not Failure

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 12 months.

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.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.

No. While you can choose to write your assignments by hand, the majority of students type up their work in a word processor and then submit it via email to their tutors. A typed essay is much easier to save and edit and makes it easier for tutors to read.

Every aspect has been OUTSTANDING

Submitted assignments, which were assessed and all feedback was provided, enrolment and admin side where also very prompt excellent service every aspect has been outstanding.

From novice to confidence
Julie Allatt

Having started as a complete novice I finished the courses feeling confident.

Nurtured my passion
D. Meek

From the very start to finish I found the course engaging and interesting – it nurtured and expanded my natural flair for writing.

My dreams feels achievable
Esther Freeman

The dream of writing my first novel feels a lot more achievable with my course. Though I have always loved reading/writing, this course has shown me ways of writing and planning I had never thought of. My tutor is fantastic, and feedback is positive.

Something for myself
Melissa Gray

I have finally done something for myself. Have been interested in writing for years but never got round to it, embarked upon this writing course and treat it more as my hobby than learning.  Don’t think i will ever be published but as i say – i love my little hobby.

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