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1 year full time or longer for part time.
Delivery mode:
Face to Face
Start date:
1 July 2019
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


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

Written communication skills are highly valued in today’s workforce. In our writing and editing course, you'll learn to create content for a wide range of audiences, gaining skills for work in many areas of the media, including:

  • print publications
  • digital forums
  • television and film.

You’ll have the chance to explore styles and formats such as:

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

We also make sure you have an overview of industry standards and regulations, and understand how to market your work, learning about the roles and opportunities available to a professional writer or editor.

Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You’ll learn through practical writing tasks and could benefit from our strong industry partnership with the Williamstown Literary Festival.

You’ll also gain valuable insights into the industry through guest lectures and workshops with experienced writing practitioners.

Depending upon your areas of specialisation and ongoing professional practice, you will be able to apply for membership in writing-related associations such as:

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses, including Footscray Nicholson.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

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Expand your writing and editing skills for print, online and screen.

Careers in writing and editing

Writing skills are highly sought after in almost every industry.  Employment opportunities for trained professional writers and editors are strong, particularly in the growing field of social media marketing.

Your skills will allow you to pursue a variety of career options in government, commercial and not-for-profit organisations. This course will prepare you to work across communications, editing, publications and media, on a full time, part time, contact or freelance basis.

You’ll be qualified to work in diverse fields such as:

  • policy writing
  • content development
  • creative writing (including but not limited to: novel writing, poetry, script writing)
  • journalism
  • digital publishing
  • editing
  • multimedia communication
  • technical/medical/scientific writing
  • publications management
  • media management
  • research and development.

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 96 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, and;

  • 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.

Core units


Select Six (6) units from the following list of Specialisation Areas:

Specialist Writing Areas

Writing and Editing for Electronic Media

Industry Skills

Photography and Desktop Publishing

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

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. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • 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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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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