Proficiency Award 2 in Publishing and Journalism

Study journalism, writing and publishing -become a professional. Enhance career or business opportunities in media.

Course CodeVWR006
Fee CodeAS
Duration (approx)1500 hours
QualificationProficiency Award 2

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Professional Journalism Course -Study at Home

  • Self paced study, start any time, study from anywhere
  • Choose from a wide range of electives to differentiate yourself from other journalism graduates
  • Study with highly qualified and experienced writers and publishing professionals
  • Start your own publishing business; work as a freelance writer or editor or build a career with a publisher.

Expand Your Mind

The world of publishing is more exciting today than it has ever been. Opportunities abound.
Yet many well established publishers and journalists have faced big challenges, seeing their usual sources of income shrinking before their eyes.
Newspapers and magazines have closed down in recent times, and book sales are not what they used to be.
At the same time though; people are spending more time reading than ever before; and the media is presenting people with more things to read than ever before.

The opportunity to write or publish work is huge; but to succeed as a publisher or journalist into the future; you will need to be able to write what it needed; for the people who need it; and publish that material where it is needed.

To train in journalism today, you need to not only learn the skills of publishing and writing; but you need a very broad awareness of the possibilities; the many genres you might write in; the expanding range of places you might find work or business opportunities.  More than that, you need to develop a connection with the real world of publishing and journalism, to start building a network of colleagues who will sustain your awareness and reveal opportunities well beyond when you complete your studies.

This course goes beyond the average diploma and has a practical slant that is very much focused on developing opportunities for your future.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Proficiency Award 2 in Publishing and Journalism.
 Industry Project BIP000
 Business Studies BBS101
 Editing I (Editing and Proofreading) BWR106
 Freelance Writing BWR102
 Publishing I BWR107
 Research Project I BGN102
 Advanced Freelance Writing BWR201
 Publishing II BWR202
 Editing II BWR302
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 6 of the following 24 modules.
 Children's Writing BWR104
 Computer Operations VIT101
 Course Writing And Development BGN107
 Creative Writing BWR103
 Dramatic Writing BWR110
 Html (Writing a Website) VIT102
 Introduction To Photography BPH100
 Photographic Practice BPH101
 Poetry BWR109
 Writing Fiction BWR105
 Computer Servicing I VIT203
 Entrepreneurship BBS204
 Ethics BPS217
 Graphic Design BIT205
 Information Security BIT203
 Internet Marketing BIT204
 Journalism Practice I BWR203
 Project Management BBS201
 Script Writing BWR204
 Editing Practice BWR305
 Journalism Practice II BWR304
 Photojournalism Practice I BPH302
 Publishing III BWR303
 Technical Writing (Advanced) BWR301

Note that each module in the Proficiency Award 2 in Publishing and Journalism is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

This course would be close to two years of full time study at most colleges; however, under our system you may fast track it or take it slow. Some may complete it in one year, while others may take many years to finish the course.

To give yourself the best chance of success in this industry, a substantial course (around 1500 hrs or more) together with experience, is what is needed.
  • Start a business, start a magazine, proof reading business, or electronic publishing business
  • Work as a freelance writer, editor, blog writer or publishing industry professional
  • Get a job as an editor, publisher, journalist or writer


  • Support:  from people who are publishers and journalists. Our school runs a publishing business; our principal is a magazine editor, and author of over 100 books.
  • Many of our staff are also widely published authors.
  • Communicate with and be guided by people who know thew publishing business.
  • Our approach is outside the mainstream of education-we can give you an education that is different; gives you a different mix of skills, and helps you approach your career in a different way.
  • When you are different, you stand out
  • Resources:  unique collection of people and intellectual property.
  • Flexibility:  more options for how, where, when and what you study
  • Learning is our  top priority: what you learn changes you for life. Everything else is secondary
  • History: We established in 1979, are well established and have a reputation for excellence. 

The biggest problem, but also the biggest opportunity, for publishing and writing professionals in today’s world is change.

The world is changing rapidly - consequently places that you can sell or use writing are changing quickly too.

Changes in publishing opportunities often require a change in the type and style of writing necessary. Most writers will develop a style of writing that is unique to them i.e. the way that they express themselves in the written word. This writing style is known as the writer’s "voice". However a writer that can change and adapt their writing style according to demand, is more likely to get work in the short term and sustain a career in the long term. Changing your style is not easy – it is quite difficult in fact, because it reflects how you express yourself verbally too. We all have our own form of expression, but a writer may be asked to write a serious article on a certain subject one day and then the next day need to write a light-hearted piece on a totally different subject e.g. an article on a flood and how it affected the people living in the area, and then an advertisement for lipstick. Your "voice" can still come through on both these pieces but you will need to change the style. So, in other words, it is not just a matter of changing your writing "voice", you must be able to change your approach to writing so that it suits each article you write.

Due to the surge of writing published on the internet, and its availability instantly to readers all over the world, you  may also need to adapt the "normal" terminology you would use day to day i.e. the words you use to describe things. For example; if you were asked to write an article for a publication in the USA you may need to adjust your wording or descriptions to suit American language styles rather than your own. So it is not so much a need to change your "voice" but to change the mechanics of the writing.  Small details like the fact that in the USA they prefer the term 'cookbook' to 'cookery book' (a term used more in the UK); 'drugstore' to 'chemist'; 'car boot' to 'trunk' and so on are examples of this. You need to be aware of what audience you are writing for and adjust your approach accordingly.


Who can benefit from taking this course?

Writers looking to move into freelance markets.

People wanting to start their own publication or publishing house.

Early career writers and editors looking for a practical, hands-on program.

Freelance writers seeking to access new markets or improve their knowledge of relevant frameworks and writing concepts.

Editors wanting to offer specialised writing services to existing clients and help attract new clients. Specialised services include interviews, scientific writing, and educational writing.

Fiction writers seeking to break into a new market with their work, such as transitioning from fiction to biography, memoir, or creative non-fiction.

At the end of this course you will:

  • Understand the different types of editing and how to edit according to each
  • Understand how to properly assess manuscripts, whether for yourself or a client
  • Know the difference between different types of writing for periodicals, books, and digital media
  • Understand the differences between a publisher, an editor, and other publishing house staff
  • Understand the general process of how publishing works
  • Know how to develop an appropriate layout and design if you choose to take an alternate publishing route
  • Understand the legal, ethical, and moral considerations involved in publishing
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John Mason

Writer, Manager, Teacher and Businessman with over 40 years interenational experience covering Education, Publishing, Leisure Management, Education, and Horticulture. He has extensive experience both as a public servant, and as a small business owner. J
Adriana Fraser

Freelance writer, businesswoman, educator and consultant for over 30 years. Adriana has written extensively for magazines including free living publications -Grass Roots and Home Grown; and has authored or co authored many books ranging from a biography
Rachel Syers

Rachel has worked as a newspaper journalist for the past 15 years in a range of roles from sub-editor and social columnist to news reporter, covering rounds such as education, health, council, music, television, court, police, Aboriginal and Islander affa
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