Fiction Writing Level 3

Our course code: X339

Course fee £375 or from £28 per month

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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 online 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 a 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 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

It takes around 120 hours to complete this course.

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.

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 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: 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
2: Practicalities
  • Copyright
  • The Laws of Defamation
  • Agents
  • Self-publishing
  • Bookkeeping
  • Payments
3: The Short Story
  • How to Study and Analyse the Short Story
  • Studying the Market
  • Overseas Market
  • Writing is a Business
  • How to Present your Manuscript
  • Where to Find Facts
  • The Library
4: Other Types of Writing
  • Writing for the Radio, TV or Film
  • TV and Film
  • How to a TV or Film Script
  • Poetry
5: Theming
  • The Theme
  • The Message of the Story
  • Basic Emotions
  • First or Third Person?
  • Framing your Story
  • Changing Viewpoint
  • Reader Identification
  • The Setting
  • The Style
6: Plotting
  • What is a Plot?
  • Plotting
  • Accuracy
  • Plot Schema
  • The Twist
  • Plot Finding is Easy: Memories, People, Books
  • Newspapers and Magazines
  • Plot Finding Tricks
  • Conflict, Tension and Suspense
  • Balance and Pace
7: Use of Characters
  • Characters
  • The Unity of a Story
  • Main Character
  • Characterisation
  • Motives
  • The Psyche
  • Mannerisms
  • Minor Characters
8: How to Get Started
  • How to Start
  • The Plot Thickens
  • What to do When Stuck
  • Handling Transitions
  • How to End
  • When You Should Stop
  • Work plan
  • Final Checklist
9: Choosing a title and Dialogue
  • The Dialogue
  • Dialect, Grammar and Slang
  • Types of Short Stories
    • Humour
    • Romance
    • Science Fiction
    • Male Interests
    • True Confessions
    • The Serial
10: Novel Writing
  • How to Write a Novel
  • The Structure
  • A Short Story is not a Novel
  • Genres
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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!