Diploma in Advanced Applied Writing (Level 7)

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Enter the world of professional writing

Pull together the techniques you’ve learned and concentrate on one genre, creating a major work of original composition, whether it’s a novel, play, or short story collection. Guided by an industry mentor in your chosen field, you’ll be ready to enter the world of professional writing.

The Applied Writing Programme at NorthTec offers 3 qualifications over 3 years:

What you will learn

In this programme you will learn to:

  • Complete a major work of original text

  • Prepare annotated book reviews

  • Reflect on their own writing process

  • Facilitate a workshop

Courses in this programme

Compulsory Courses Level Credits
717.701 - Reading Requirement 7 15
717.702.1 - Major Project (Part 1) 7 30
717.702.2 - Major Project (Part 2) 7 45
717.703 - Critique 7 30

Entry Requirements

Computer literacy is an entry requirement for this online programme.

In addition:

  • Applicants must provide evidence of an appropriate level of writing experience.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language require a minimum IELTS score of 6 with no band lower than 5.5, or NZCEL Level 4 (Academic). 

Qualification gained

Northland Polytechnic Diploma in Advanced Applied Writing

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

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Susan Pointon

Susan is a film-maker and writer with over thirty years experience in film, theatre and television.




Full time/Part time


1 year

Start Dates

Online: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $6,167.10

International: Programme not open to international students

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Phone 0800 162 100
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