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

Written communication skills are highly desired in today’s workforce. During this course you will develop broad and transferable writing skills that will allow you to work across many areas of the media, including:

  • print publications
  • digital forums and websites
  • television and film
  • advertising and marketing materials
  • social media
  • press releases
  • technical documents.

During this course you will gain knowledge and skills in:

  • performing advanced writing and editing tasks
  • writing advanced fiction and nonfiction materials
  • undertaking project work and developing works for publication
  • knowledge of the creative arts industry and working as a freelance editor or writer.

You will also learn to market your work, as well as discover what roles and opportunities are 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:

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 ready to work in diverse fields such as:

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

Course structure

To be awarded the CUA50118 Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing, a student must successfully complete a total of thirteen (13) units of competency, comprising of:

  • six (6) core units, and;
  • seven (7) elective units, of which:
  • five (5) units must be selected from the electives listed in the CUA50118 Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing qualification, and;
  • two (2) units may be selected from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course.

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the overall integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid vocational outcome as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who undertake a range of advanced writing and editing tasks required across diverse industries, including the writing or editing industries. Individuals will be required to write in a range of contexts and text types. They have autonomy in performing writing and editing tasks and can be responsible for planning, coordinating and evaluating writing and editing their own work and the work of others.

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 definitions

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

Students who enrol in a:

  • government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
  • full fee-paying place 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.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

All applicants must provide evidence of their technical skills in writing and editing and ability to:
- Write short works (approximately 1,000 words) suitable for publication in any media;
- Edit other people's written work for grammar, punctuation and appropriate use of language, and;
- Provide an objective critique of other people's written work in a positive manner to assist re-writing.
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.
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.

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.

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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.

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