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A popular choice for budding journalists and copywriters, our Freelance Journalism course is ideal for any writer seeking a rewarding independent career as a freelancer.

Far removed from a creative writing course, we have tailored the Freelance Journalism course to equip students with not only professional writing skills but also valuable industry and marketing knowledge.

You’ll learn how to approach publishers as well as honing a robust understanding of essential practical matters and the potential issues you may face.

This excellent course results in an Endorsed Qualification awarded under Focus Awards’ FQP (Focus on Quality Provision) Scheme.



Spread across 9 exciting and diverse modules, the Freelance Journalism course offers the opportunity to begin an independent career in journalism. You’ll firstly look at writing, studying and learning the importance of content, style and presentation, as well as how to tailor written content to your target audience.

You’ll then move on to highly practical modules covering such useful topics as target markets and marketing, how to sell your work and how to remain motivated and self-disciplined. You’ll even learn how to manage your taxes and expenses, as well as how to maintain an excellent reputation, and to identify and avoid potential challenges.

The Freelance Journalism course teaches you how to succeed as a professional freelance journalist, so you can ‘hit the ground running’ upon graduation.



Although there are no set entry requirements, you need a good level of literacy for this course. To ensure your success, we provide a study guide, and you’re also assigned a personal tutor.

Your tutor is available for the duration of your course to offer help and guidance if needed.

Why delay any longer? Enrol today to unlock your creativity…

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

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?

£35 deposit: remaining balance at the end of the month

Enrol for £35 deposit and remaining balance at the end of the month. Pay your deposit today get your course tomorrow!

Reduced fee of £219

£219 – all inclusive

Pay by 3 monthly instalments of £219 (approx)

£73 deposit followed by £73 for the next two months

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Once the enrolment process has been completed you will receive your introductory pack and login details to access your course textbooks, your tutor profile and their contact details.

We look forward to welcoming you as a student of the college and feel sure you will enjoy studying with us.

Key points for this course:
  • This is a fully supported home study course supported by your own tutor
  • Your enrolment fee covers absolutely everything – there will be nothing more to pay after you have enrolled, there are no hidden fees
  • You have 12 months to complete your course
  • You may enrol at any time of the year
  • Access available within 24 hours
Money Back Guarantee

If you are not happy with your course simply return it within 14 days and we will refund your fees in full.

All students enrolled on a course with Cambridge Open College receive access to our online student community (I Learn It Easy) where you can submit your work, contact your tutor, and interact with other students. We have prepared a short video below to highlight the benefits to you.

Freelance Journalism (Level 3)


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