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1 year full time or longer for part time
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Face to Face

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time


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.

Careers in writing and editing

Aim for one of these exciting careers:

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

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

You will be credited for up to 48 credit points of study.

Find out more about our study pathways to VU

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.

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.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Admission & pathways

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.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

How to apply

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.

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

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