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22091VIC - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

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Course essentials

Develop broad writing skills for work in the creative and publishing industries with a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing at Victoria Polytechnic.

Written communication skills are highly valued in today’s workforce. You will learn to write and edit for a wide range of audiences. This course will expand your writing and editing skills for print, online and screen.

You’ll explore styles and formats such as:

  • novels/short stories
  • children’s books
  • technical documents
  • advertising/marketing material
  • media releases
  • the web and social media.

You’ll learn about industry standards and regulations, and how to market your work. You’ll also discover what roles and opportunities are available to a professional writer or editor.


Aim for one of these exciting careers:

  • professional writer
  • editor
  • journalist
  • publisher
  • scriptwriter
  • public relations.

Study pathways

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degree and in some cases receive credit for your study:

Bachelor of Arts

You will be credited for 4 units (half a year) of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

Course objectives

This course is designed to provide individuals with the skills and knowledge to work as professional writers and editors. There is a wide range of vocational opportunity for the exercise of writing and editing skills including: technical writing, corporate writing, writing in electronic media, speechwriting, educational writing, creative writing in myriad forms, part-time journalism, copy editing, as well as structural editing and publishing.

Course structure

To be awarded the 22091VIC Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing, a student must successfully complete a total of thirteen (13) units, comprising of:

  • seven (7) core units

  • six (6) elective units.

Students are required to select their six (6) elective units from the four (4) specialisation areas:

  • Specialist Writing Areas;

  • Writing and Editing for Electronic Media;

  • Industry Skills, and;

  • Photography and Desktop Publishing.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Applicants should have:
- An ability to write short works (c.1000 words).
- An ability to correct another’s written work for grammar, punctuation and appropriate use of language.
- Broad reading experience.
- An ability to provide an objective critique of another’s written work in a positive manner to assist re-writing.
- Basic computer skills.

Skills may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study such as the completion of the Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing.

Applicants are best placed to successfully undertake this qualification if they have skills that align to Level 4 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

How to apply for this course

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Direct applications due 4 August 2017.

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You will need to create an account (or use your existing VU one).

Direct applications due 4 August 2017.

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  • Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered

You can also contact us directly:

  • Ring us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387)
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