The 22203VIC Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing is designed to give you core skills that will allow you to write professionally for a host of potential publications and platforms.
What will you learn?
The course looks at writing for digital media, writing for the web and writing for social media. It goes beyond traditional print forms and focuses on content for the digital age, covering digital marketing, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), and tagging.
A choice of electives also allows students to focus their learning on two of four potential outcomes; technical documentation, scripts, journalism or even short narratives.
The 22203VIC Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing will also cover proofreading and editing, blogging with WordPress, researching skills and creating a story plan.
This course may lead to employment opportunities in the corporate or business sector, medical and education, public relations and writing for the web - or could be added to your employment skills in any occupation
This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of North Coast TAFE.
Potential career outcomes
- Education Writer
- Marketing and Communications Professional
- Medical Writer
- Public Relations Professional
- Technical Writer
- Web Content Specialist
|Qualification name||22203VIC Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing|
|Course duration||Maximum 18 months|
|Assessments||Case studies, Multiple choice questions, Portfolio, Short-answer questions|
There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.
This course involves reading learning content and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 12 level.
If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 12 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:
- Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate III level or higher; or
- 3 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication
Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.
Minimum specifications for your computer are:
- Microsoft Office 2013 or equivalent
- Broadband internet connection
- 2GB of RAM
- Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
- Microsoft Windows 7 or higher recommended
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor (2GHz or faster recommended)
- Adobe Flash Player 11 or higher
Mac OS users:
- Mac OSX v10.6 or higher recommended
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster Intel processor (2GHz or faster recommended)
You will also need access to Macromedia Flash player and access to software to view online videos and images, such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer, which are available as a download from the internet.
You will need access to:
- A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, image and audio files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
- Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.
To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:
- Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
- Accessing and searching the internet
- Downloading and saving documents from websites
- Uploading documents through websites
- Participating in online discussions
- Compressing image files
- Recording, compressing and uploading videos.
Language, Literacy and Numeracy
Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.
Note: Courses offered by Open Colleges on behalf of TAFE NSW North Region may include Units of Competency that are graded by TAFE NSW. Students studying through Open Colleges are not subject to TAFE NSW grading criteria, receiving an ungraded outcome for Units of Competency and Qualifications successfully completed.
Module 1: The writing process
- Clarify research brief
- Conduct research
- Analyse research findings
- Present research findings
|CUFWRT301A||Write content for a range of media|
- Prepare to write content
- Draft content
- Finalise content
Module 2: Writing and editing skills
|VU20880||Develop writing and editing skills Part 1|
|VU20880||Develop writing and editing skills Part 2|
Module 3: Writing for the 21st Century
|CUAIND301||Work effectively in the creative arts industry|
- Maintain currency of own industry knowledge
- Establish effective contractual relationships
- Complete work tasks effectively
|CUFCMP301A||Implement copyright arrangements|
- Source information on copyright
- Obtain permission to use copyright material
- Protect material from unauthorised use
|ICAWEB420A||Write content for web pages|
- Prepare to develop content for site
- Write site content
- Upload content
Module 4: Writing for business
|BSBPUB403A||Develop public relations documents|
- Research appropriate public relations documents
- Plan production of communication document
- Create and edit public relations documents
- Implement and evaluate public relations documents
|BSBITU303A||Design and produce text documents|
- Prepare to produce word processed documents
- Design word processed documents
- Add tables and other data
- Produce text documents
Module 5: Writing for different genres
|VU20882||Write non-fiction material|
|VU20881||Write fiction material|
- Confirm the purpose of the writing task
- Determine the scope of the writing task
- Prepare for the fiction writing task
- Create the fiction writing piece
- Complete the fiction writing task
Module 6: Electives
Choose two electives from the below
|ICAICT408A||Create technical documentation|
- Identify and analyse documentation requirements and client needs
- Design documentation
- Develop documentation
- Evaluate and edit documentation
- Prepare documentation for publication
|VU20890||Write short scripts|
This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to write scripts for film, TV and a range of other media. You will learn how to draw on a range of experiences, observations and research to write engaging scripts. The module covers conception, form, drafting, redrafting and how to meet the requirements of the media platform.
- Develop a concept for the article
- Determine the article requirements
- Prepare to write the article
- Review the article
|VU20883||Write short narratives|
This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to write short narratives for print and electronic publication, and for a range of other media. You will read and analyse examples of a variety of short narratives to learn about the form. Then you will develop a short narrative from the early stage of developing an idea through to the final drafting and submission stage.
Annette TrevittAnnette teaches a professional writing and editing program in Melbourne and has done for 12 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma in Film and Television, and a Diploma in Vocational Education and Training (VET). She has made animated films and worked as an assistant editor for TV and for film. Her short stories have been published in literary magazines and broadcast on ABC radio and by the BBC. She enjoys giving feedback to students to help them shape their ideas and their stories, and to encourage students to let their sentences sound a little like their voice in life.
Jean is a freelance writer, editor, graphic designer and educator, who previously taught design to international students at RMIT University and now works in the writing department at Federation University in Victoria, Australia. Her non-fiction writing has appeared in printed newspapers, magazines and online, and she has had short stories published in anthologies and also broadcast on ABC radio. Jean’s qualifications include: Bachelor of Design, a Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Jean loves to see her student’s work published and always encourages them to submit their work for publication.
Nadine Cresswell-MyattNadine holds a Master of Arts (Monash), a Graduate Diploma in Education, a Bachelor of Education, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing. She has worked as a freelance journalist for over 20 years writing feature articles, reviews and travel stories for almost all Australia’s major newspapers, a myriad of magazines and the burgeoning online world. She is currently completing a PhD in History at the University of Melbourne and has 19 years’ experience teaching writing in the TAFE sector. She enjoys helping students with their writing and steering them towards publication.
Students who enrol in this course will receive the following two textbooks included in the course fee:
- The Editor’s Companion by Janet Mackenzie, 2nd edition, published by Cambridge University Press, 2014
Style Manual: For Authors, Editors and Printers, 6th Edition, published by Wiley, 2002
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