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Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment

Learn to write well.

In this course, you'll improve your writing and communication skills for professional, business, and personal writing. Learn to write in clear, concise English and employ other principles of efficient writing. Excellent for administrative professionals, job seekers, and more.

  • Useful in all aspects of life.
  • Improve your job applications, reports and more
  • Improve your basic writing skills.
  • Learn to write clearly and concisely.
  • Communicate without ambiguity.
  • Understand the writing rules.

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Write more efficiently and effectively!

Communication and writing skills are highly regarded across all employment sectors. In this course, you'll learn how to define purpose in your writing, write material that serves both your purpose and the reader, and create material that shines.

Course Duration: 100 hrs

Course Content

The course is comprised of 6 lessons:

  1. Introduction
    • Writing for business
    • Writing for study
    • Writing for enjoyment
    • Types of documents
    • Key points
    • Types of communication
    • Terminology
  2. Basic Writing Skills
    • Speech parts and grammar
    • Parts of speech
    • Sentence structure
    • Modifiers
    • Phrases
    • Linking Words
  3. Clear Wording
    • Common causes of confusion
    • Making meaning clear
    • Glossing and defining
    • Types of language
    • Paragraph structure
    • Appropriate language
  4. Concise Wording
    • Condensing your writing
    • Common problems and concision
    • Active voice
    • Passive voice
    • Condensing existing text
  5. Punctuation and Accuracy
    • Punctuation, including colons, semi-colons, en and em dashes, and commas
    • Spelling, spelling rules, and an overview of American and English spelling
    • Using writing skills to write letters, essays, and more
  6. Planning what you write

The Efficient Writing course is an individual module course lasting 100 hours.  At the end of each lesson, you complete an assignment and set task, which are sent to us for marking.

Course Aims

  • Define the nature and scope of writing.
  • Discuss the way written sentences and paragraphs are properly structured.
  • Develop an increased capacity to write clearly.
  • Learn to write concisely.
  • Develop improved punctuation skills.
  • Apply basic writing skills more efficiently in a range of situations.


Learning to Write Better is Learning to Communicate More Effectively

If you want to write efficiently, you need to understand and follow the conventions and rules of language. 

Language is made up of different types of words and the ways in which different words should and should not be used are well defined according to different uses.

Sentences are compilations of words, and paragraphs are compilations of sentences. This course doesn't just tell you what the rules of efficient and effective writing are. It guides and reinforces your learning to a point where you are well on the path to using them unconsciously. When writing properly becomes automatic; the things you write will be clearer and more natural.

Consider the Use of "Articles" in Sentences

Articles are words such as "the" which are used along with "nouns".
A noun is often preceded by an article.  An article is a word that tells us:

  • if the speaker is talking about a particular noun (e.g. Give me the apple = a particular apple) 
  • if a speaker is not talking about a particular noun (e.g. Give me an apple = any apple)

English has two kinds of articles: 

  • the definite article the, and 
  • the indefinite articles a or an  


In the above sentences, the definite article is in bold font, while the indefinite article is underlined. Note that the nouns ‘speaker’ and ‘apple’ are preceded by different articles, depending on the situation. 

In general, we use the indefinite article a or an to refer to an unidentified or unspecified noun, or a noun that has not yet been mentioned. We use the definite article the to refer to a particular noun, or to refer to a noun that has already been mentioned.

Example:  When we first see a car, we may not notice its faults. However, careful scrutiny will often reveal that the car is older or in worse condition that we first thought. 

Example:  I bought a good book but after I finished lunch at a nearby café, I realised that the book was not in my bag.  
Example:  She would like a fish for dinner, but the fish in the market are old.

When to use an article

When we talk about a noun in general, we do not use an article. 
In the sentence, “Life is sweet”, we are talking about life in general. 

Other examples: 


  • Cars are causing great pollution.
  • Bacteria can cause illness.
  • Research shows that people with religion live longer than those without.

Where we refer to a specific instance, we use the articles a or an:

  • I commit an hour a day to meditation.
  • There is no better companion than a friend.
  • What a cloudy day this is.

In the sentence, “The life of a child is infinitely precious”, we mean in particular a child’s life.   

Other examples:

  • I have stopped trying to learn the answers to life’s questions. 
  • At the seminar, we learnt that the business person who wants to succeed must become a good communicator.


Despite compulsory education for all children and adults; many still struggle during childhood to develop the writing skills which are needed for success in later life.

If writing doesn't come "naturally"; it can only improve by taking this course.

You may find that an inability to write well, is a hinderance to your employment or career advancement prospects. Perhaps you struggle in other parts of your life as well. This is a course that can be approached at your own pace; and for some people, being able to take things slower can make all the difference to learning to write better.


Let us help you write better -a skill that can help in so many different parts of your life.






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Meet some of our academics

John MasonMr Mason has worked 45+ years in Writing, Education, Horticulture and Recreation. His experience in both public & private sectors is extensive; particularly across Australia and England.
Jade SciasciaBiologist, Business Coordinator, Government Environmental Dept, Secondary School teacher (Biology); Recruitment Consultant, Senior Supervisor in Youth Welfare, Horse Riding Instructor (part-completed) and Boarding Kennel Manager. Jade has a B.Sc.Biol, Dip.Professional Education, Cert IV TESOL, Cert Food Hygiene.
Tracey Jones (writing)Tracey has enjoyed creative writing since she was a child. She has had several short stories published and a novella. She is also a keen writer of children's stories and poetry. She has also written many academic and non-fiction books in the fields of psychology, sociology, child development, writing and marketing.

Check out our eBooks

Technical WritingThe Technical Writing ebook has been written for anybody who would like to become a technical writer, add technical writing to their repertoire of skills, or improve their technical writing skills. Technical Writing is not just limited to scientific or technical documents, is necessary for writing manuals, reports or promotional materials. To be a technical writer you must have a broad range of skills in order to secure employment or ongoing projects, if you are working as a freelance technical writer. To work successfully in this field you will need: - Excellent communication skills - Logic and precision - Excellent word processing skills - To be able to manage projects - To work efficiently and independently - A solid, broad education - Improving your skills and knowledge - Great networking skills
English GrammarThe English Grammar ebook can be a great reference for students, people who are learning English and anybody who writes anything- ever. The English Grammar ebook takes grammar back to basics to help confirm correct use of grammar. Topics that are covered within this course include 1/ Introduction- the components of language, 2/ Types of words, 3/ Punctuation, 4/ Upper and lower case, abbreviations, numbers, bullet points and 5/ Using words together.
Professional WritingProfessional writing is any writing that you are being paid for. It can include fiction writing, a best-selling book, articles in a magazine, articles in a newspaper, blogs for companies, technical manuals or procedure manuals, copy for catalogues, newsletters, text books and other academic material and so on.
Creative WritingThe Creative Writing ebook can be useful for writing students or even professional writers to help improve their writing techniques and skills. The Creative Writing ebook is a fabulous starting point for budding writers. The topics that are covered within this book are an introduction to creative writing, Methodology and technique- the building blocks of writing, Genres, Creative non-fiction, creative writing techniques, developing your skill, building your career and a Glossary.