A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain a Fiction Writing award. Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning Fiction Writing is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for an exam or career through home study. What's more, because the distance learning Level 3 Fiction Writing course is a fully comprehensive course, no prior knowledge is required.

This programme is designed for anyone considering professional authoring for a variety of media including books, short stories, radio and television.

The aim of this self-study course is to provide a comprehensive guide to the skills and techniques of writing fiction successfully, and will enable students to study a variety of styles. The course also examines practical aspects of getting published plus the essential elements of both short stories and novels.


1 – The Short Story
2 - The Theme
3 – The Plot
4 – The Characters
5 – Getting Started
6 –Title & Dialogue
7 – Practical Details
8 – Writing a Novel


This course is marked through a process of continuous assessment guided by your tutor following NCFE guidelines. This means that your qualification will be awarded according to your performance on assessments rather than by taking an exam.

When you have completed the programme, your tutor needs to verify that you have worked through all parts of any Workbooks, Activities and Exercises successfully.

Upon verification of the activities, exercises and assignments, a nationally recognised certificate will be awarded by NCFE as confirmation that your written work has met all of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for the programme.


We recommended you spend approximately 100 hours of your time studying for the Fiction Writing course. The pace of study is completely up to you. To give an example, if you dedicate 2 hours a week to the course it would take you a year to complete but if you could spare 4 hours a week you could complete it in six months.

Get started today, and you can earn your Level 3 NCFE Award in Fiction Writing in as little as six months, or take up to a year, if you prefer – the choice is yours.

Course leader: Student Services Team

Email: enquiries@edistancelearning.co.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 800 009 6081

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