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Level 3 Freelance Journalism


Level 3 Freelance Journalism

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    Periodic Tutor-Marked Assignments, No Exams.


    **Reasonable standard of literacy**

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    Level 3 Freelance Journalism


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    Prior study is not a prerequisite – you just need a passion for the subject matter!

    You will specifically explore Content, Style, Techniques and Marketing, your primary journalistic tools


    One of the key benefits of studying with Distance Learning Plus is that you get access to your full course materials online once you enrol.

    You’ll receive access to our Online Student Community where you’ll be able to view your course materials, submit your work, contact your tutor, and interact with other learners via the online forums.


    A reasonable level of literacy is required, but there are no entry restrictions.

    You just need a keen interest in the subject, and will ideally have studied the subject or ancillary disciplines at a lower level if you want to progress quickly.

    Non-Regulated Qualification Endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP Scheme

    This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under their Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) Scheme.

    Focus Awards is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and is regulated by Ofqual. Established 2011, Focus Awards is founded on three core values – Honesty, Integrity and Fairness – that underpin everything they do.

    The FQP scheme is designed to give endorsement to non-regulated qualifications in a wide range of subjects. On successful completion you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

    Although the materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

    Although, there are no entry requirements, you do need a reasonable level of literacy to be able to both understand the concepts introduced, and get the most out of the materials.

    Module 1 – Introduction

    • What can this course do for you?
    • Why do we need content?
    • How is style arrived at?
    • How do we know what an editor wants?
    • Where is analysis important?

    Module 2 – Markets

    • Presentation
    • Keeping records
    • What the editor wants
    • How to analyse
    • What the reader wants

    Module 3 : Content

    • What do I write?
    • What not to write
    • Why do I need to find ideas?
    • How to save time and trouble?
    • When do some themes not sell?
    • Where is interviewing a factor?

    Module 4 : Style

    • How do I write?
    • Why do I need to find the right tone?
    • How do I use the basics well?
    • When do I use structure?
    • Where is re-writing a factor?

    Module 5 : Techniques

    • What techniques will help me sell my work?
    • Why do I need new angles?
    • How do basic techniques help?
    • When is the “writer’s dozen” valuable?
    • Where is self-discipline a factor?

    Module 6 : Practical Matters

    • What is defamation?
    • Why is reputation important?
    • How do I avoid libel?
    • When is copyright important?
    • Where are photographs a factor?

    Module 7: Fiction Writing

    • What do editors not want?
    • Why is market analysis valuable?
    • How do I undertake market analysis?
    • When is plotting useful?
    • Where is characterisation a factor?

    Module 8 : No Excuses – verse, Criticism and Sports Writing

    • What is critical writing?
    • When is executive writing used?
    • Why does verse usually not sell?
    • Sports Writing

    Module 9 : Tax and Expenses

    • Income tax
    • Credit Control
    • Where are expenses a factor?

    When you have successfully completed your studies you will receive a certificate of achievement from Focus Awards.

    This is a non-regulated qualification which is endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme. They are not nationally recognised qualifications; on successful completion of your studies you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

    Focus Awards is regulated as an Awarding Organisation by Ofqual, the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Non-regulated qualifications endorsed under the FQP scheme are ideal for professionals required to demonstrate commitment to CPD (Continuous Professional Development), and for those wanting to gain specialist knowledge of a particular subject.

    Who is this for?

    Anybody with a reasonable standard of general education will be able to cope with the academic demands. If you can read and write well enough to complete a job application, and have a good grasp of basic maths (add, subtract and divide) you should have no problems. The learning materials are written in simple everyday language and the answers to your assignments will be completed in the same style. In addition to the comprehensive learning materials provided, you will receive a Study Guide to assist you, and, of course, you will have the support of your tutor.

    What will I cover?

    Your studies will cover the areas of study listed above through detailed exploration of the subject matter. You will also receive tasks and prompts for further personal exploration and research to carry out so that you can gauge how much you have learned. There are plenty of examples to help you but personal research is a prerequisite, so be prepared to use your initiative to fully answer the assignments.

    Is it accredited?

    This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme.

    Although the learning materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

    Your work is not graded; assignments are simply identified as Pass, Fail or Referred. For assignments not passed at first attempt, your tutor will advise on the improvements to be made to obtain a Pass on a reworking. A certificate of achievement will be issued by Focus Awards on successful completion of all the assignments.

    Is this a nationally recognised qualification?

    No, this is a non-regulated qualification which has been endorsed by Focus Awards under their FQP scheme

    What will my studies prepare me for?

    The learning materials and accompanying tasks will help you to develop the necessary knowledge and confidence to successfully complete the tutor marked assignments. The tasks are designed to encourage you to apply your knowledge, and help you to develop relevant research and academic writing skills.

    If I fail an assignment can I retake it?

    Yes, your tutor will ask you to resubmit your assignment and give you some pointers as to where you could improve.

    How do I send in my work?

    You email your assignments one at a time for marking. This enables your tutor to properly assess the standard and style of your work for each section, and give you feedback which will be used on your next assignment; a process of continuous improvement. On obtaining feedback and comment you will either move on to the next assignment or review and rework the one you submitted.

    What do I receive once I enrol?

    You will receive login details to our Online Student Community. Here you will be able to access your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your work, and interact with other learners via the online forums.

    Is there a time limit or any deadlines?

    Your studies should be completed within 12 months, but can be extended for a small fee if your tutor supports your request. As a rough guide, depending on your circumstances and commitment, you can complete your studies in about 100 study hours. There are no other deadlines to meet.

    Is there a word count for my assignments?

    Although a word count is not given for the tutor marked assignments, it is important that you demonstrate to your tutor that you have fully understood the questions; a comprehensive Study Guide is included with your materials. Many students start slowly at first, but your tutor will give guidance to help and encourage you to improve.

    Do I need a computer to complete my studies?

    Yes, you will need access to email and the internet to access your materials, submit assignments and do research. Most students also find word-processing their assignments is much more convenient than writing by hand.

    Are the learning materials paper-based or online?

    All of the learning materials are online. You will receive a login to the online student community when you enrol, where you will be able to access the full set of materials and assessment tasks for your course.

    What is journalism?

    Journalism requires researching and writing stories for newspapers or magazines for example.

    Why did you decide to work in journalism?

    It was not until I started college that I realised I wanted to be a journalist. I had taken Media as an A-level as it combined well with my English Language A-level. I began to enjoy media more than any of my other A-Levels, a journalism project in particular where I decided I would take this up at university level to become a journalist.

    What do journalists do on day to day basis?

    Journalists meet new people every day. This would be done by interviewing people for new storylines where new contacts would be made. Journalists would be expected to investigate new stories and research this and think of follow up stories to this. They may be required to attend press conferences and come up with new ideas and features for stories.

    What are the entry requirements to become a journalist?

    There are two routes into journalism. A pre-entry route would be done on completion of college where you would have taken an A-level in journalism or something similar to move into employment where you would apply as a trainee.

    The direct route is moving straight into employment where you would be put on a traineeship. Some employers may accept GCSE’s and A-levels, where other may expect you to have a degree.

    What can I expect to earn as a journalist?

    Trainees can earn around £15,000 a year

    Experiences journalists can earn from £20,000 to £30,000

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