Fiction Writing Level 3


This course is ideal both for anyone interested in learning to write better fiction, and those established writers who want to gain a more formal understanding of their craft. It will help you structure your ideas, and give you techniques to make your work meaningful to your target audience.

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About This Course

Got a novel just bursting to come out of you? Or always dreamed of taking your stories and publishing them for the world to see? Our Fiction Writing Level 3 course can help you to achieve your dreams of becoming a writer, whilst enabling you to unleash your imagination and turn your words into credible pieces of fiction.

From the moment you enrol, you will be encouraged to think about all the various elements that make up a successful piece of fiction, so you can provide structure to your creativity and ideas, and translate them into an engaging and captivating piece of work.

And the good news is – you can achieve all of this from the comfort of your own home.

You can discover new methods for creating characters; developing scenes/settings, and ensuring your dialogue and monologues is authentic, all whilst curled up on your settee. There is no need to attend classes or strain yourself whilst trying to work. This dynamic course is highly adaptable and can offer you the flexibility to study on your own terms, at a pace of your choosing and around your current work commitments.

Your course materials can even be sent straight to your inbox or by post, enabling you to focus solely on your studies and create page-turning plotlines that will keep readers glued to your novel.

Course Benefits

With just 80 hours of study and a whole year to complete them, this 6 unit course will endeavour to broaden your writing techniques; hone in your craft, and help you to develop a range of fiction writing skills of a high professional standard.

You will be given ample opportunity to demonstrate your writing skills within a supportive environment, and create a foundation of understanding and knowledge that is certain to improve your chances of publishing success.

This course will:

  • Supply you the tools to develop a credible career as a writer.
  • Challenge your knowledge of plotlines, writing styles and genres.
  • Enable you to study on your own terms – free of deadlines, examinations and stress. You can learn at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home.
  • Test your writing abilities and encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and try new styles.


  • Unit 1: Getting Started
  • Compose a short piece of autobiographical writing
  • Explain why, where and how you like to write, and describe your writing voice
  • Develop a character using some of your own characteristics
  • Develop a piece of fiction using your character
  • Unit 2: Creation of character and setting
  • Create a character sketch
  • Create a description of setting from memory demonstrating use of the five senses
  • Demonstrate original fiction writing that presents character and setting
  • Produce a 200 word plan of a larger piece of work developing your character and/or setting
  • Unit 3: Dialogue and Monologue
  • Critically evaluate the techniques used in monologue and dialogue through analysis of examples
  • Produce a critical evaluation of a monologue
  • Demonstrate the use of dialogue
  • Demonstrate the use of monologue form
  • Unit 4: Showing, not telling, and creation of character emotions
  • Recognise and demonstrate the use of figurative language
  • Demonstrate skills of showing, not telling, in writing
  • Demonstrate an ability to show character emotion
  • Produce an original example of fiction demonstrating the use of ‘showing not telling’ skills, character emotion and figurative language
  • Unit 5: Genre writing and devising a plot
  • Identify your favourite genre and outline the features present
  • Make a plan that incorporates development of plot
  • Produce an original piece of writing in a chosen genre
  • Produce a commentary on the genre specific feature of your writing
  • Unit 6: Piecing it all together – synoptic project
  • Produce an extended piece of original fiction
  • Write a synopsis of your idea and how the work will develop
  • Write a review of your own writing
  • Produce a development plan detailing the next steps in your writing


This course is assessed using a series of written assignments that will test your knowledge of the syllabus, whilst also asking you to demonstrate them within a practical setting.

These will need to be submitted to your tutor for marking (by mail or by email), where they will then be graded and sent back with valuable feedback and tips.

No external examinations are required.

Required Knowledge

No prior knowledge or experience is required in order to enrol onto this course, meaning if you have got a passion for writing – and wish to learn more about how to get your work recognised – you can register your interest with ease.

Awarding Body

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that OSC has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by OSC to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications.

ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales


From the moment you enrol onto this course, you will be met with the continuous support and guidance of our personal tutors and student support team as they endeavour to assist your studies. From helping you to understand the course materials and syllabus, to supplying you with valuable tips, feedback and advice as they grade your assignments; every step of the way you will be fully supported.

Our personal tutors and student support team are only a click away, so no matter the size of your query, you can feel certain that help will always be at hand.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is a question that our team are often asked, there are many reasons but here are the main reasons to choose Association of Learning:

  • No hidden charges, the price you see includes everything, from VAT, tutoring to certification
  • Our average tutor marking time is 3 working days (most providers are 10+)
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  • Our courses are up to date. Many providers create course content and fail to keep it up to date.
  • We are open later than any other home learning provider
  • As many submissions as you need to complete, many providers cap how many times you can submit work
  • All courses are fully endorsed by external awarding organisations
  • 14 day money back guarantee or course switch.

If you need any more reasons to choose Association of Learning, contact our team!

All students are provided with 12 months to complete their course, however you are able to complete at a faster pace without any additional costs. Some of our students have managed to complete in as little as 3 months!

This is a fully endorsed qualification, with certification provided by an Ofqual regulated awarding body.

There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to spread the cost of your course over a 10 month period.

If you choose to pay using a payment plan, to apply you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

No, this course is assignment based, which means you will not have to complete any exams. If your assignment doesn’t pass first time, you can retry as many times as you need within your 12 months support period.

No, all of our courses are distance learning which means your tutor will mark your work and send it back to you via email or by using our online portal.

Unlike other providers, Association of Learning use a fast-track system to get your certificate to you within six weeks (our average is two weeks).

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