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Accredited women's magazine journalism diploma

Womens magazine level 3 diploma

Course summary

£294.50 incl VAT. Payment options
3 x monthly payments of £98.16. No charges, interest or credit checks.
Justine Holman
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Duration / hours:
Approximately 60-80 hours of study. You work at your own pace
ABC Awards level 3 diploma
Awarding body:
ABC Awards

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Course overview

Womens magazine course imageOur online women's magazine journalism course equips you with the skills you need to become a freelance contributor or staff writer for a range of leading publications.

Women’s magazines have a constant need for interesting, inspiring and professionally-written content to fill their glossy pages and online formats.

The type of content you might be writing includes:

  • in-depth features on a range of relevant topics, such as health, family and lifestyle
  • true-life stories, profiles and confessions
  • ideas for recipes, crafts and home improvements
  • reviews of new beauty products and travel destinations

Our women's magazine journalism course will teach you how to produce all of these types of writing, and how to match your work to paying markets.

Within the women’s magazine market there is huge variety in style, tone and content.

We teach you how to analyse publications so you can pitch ideas that are tailored to each specific readership.

You will also learn key journalism skills, including writing from press releases, record-keeping and maintaining that all-important contacts book.

Our comprehensive online women's magazine journalism course will teach you how to:

  • develop article ideas suitable for a range of women’s magazines
  • source information, conduct research and carry out effective interviews
  • write articles and features for digital and print publications
  • apply media law and ethics to the world of magazine journalism
  • sell your work and get paid

When you graduate, you will receive the respected CMP Charter Mark as well as an accredited diploma.

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ABC awards logoAt the end of this course, successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards, and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the subjects they have completed as part of the course.

This women's magazine journalism course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme

We will also email you the fully accredited CMP diploma in women's magazine journalism, which is an industry recognised qualification that proves you are a qualified health journalist.

These awards will enable you to apply for jobs on women's magazines, develop your career, or help you find freelance work.


This course covers everything you need to know to get started as a women's magazine journalist.

Lesson 01: Introduction to women's magazine journalism
  • Examine what the women's magazine journalist does, and where you fit in
  • Analyse women's magazines, and the women's pages of local and national printed media and their websites, so you can generate article ideas and write relevant content
Lesson 02: Copy presentation and terminology
  • Submit women's magazine articles to printed and multimedia platforms in recognised formats
  • Learn industry jargon to communicate clearly with journalists, editors and publishers
Lesson 03: Notebook discipline and record keeping
  • Store and retain data safely, ethically and legally

Lesson 04: Contacts book
  • Record your contacts' information safely, legally and efficiently
Lesson 05: Sources and output
  • Use your skills, interests, knowledge, contacts and experience to produce articles to sell
  • Find original ideas for women's magazine articles using the internet and social media searches, and advanced data scraping techniques
  • Prepare your women's magazine stories and features for publication in print, online and on social media, and digital platforms
Lesson 06: Using a style guide
  • Ensure your women's magazine stories and features are presented consistently
Lesson 07: Who publishes what
  • Define different types of news
  • Understand different types of women's magazines, what they publish and who to
Lesson 08: Interviewing
  • Interview your contacts, in person, online and by phone: everyone from friends to colleagues, and campaigners to cooks
  • Prepare to interview VIPs and celebrities
Lesson 09: Newswriting techniques
  • Write women's magazine articles that are suitable for print, the web and social media
  • Attract the reader's attention by writing compelling starts to your women's magazine articles
  • Maintain the reader's interest in your women's magazine articles from start to finish
Lesson 10: Independent Press Standards Organisation: regulatory code
  • Adhere to the media's regulatory framework in your women's magazine journalism activities
Lesson 11: Feature writing
  • Write all kinds of women's magazine features: reviews, tips, true-life stories, confessions, backgrounders, recipes and profiles
Lesson 12: Press releases and handouts
  • Use press releases to produce original articles for women's magazines
Lesson 13: Events, receptions and press conferences
  • Use live blogging and traditional reporting skills to cover briefings, product launches, receptions, open days and other events
Lesson 14: Media law basics
  • Keep your women's magazine copy safe from libel, copyright, confidence, data protection and privacy actions, and learn other laws affecting women's magazine journalists
Lesson 15: Selling your work
  • Pitch your articles to the women's magazine media: who to approach, how and when, so you can negotiate the best deal

Where you could fit in as a women's magazine journalist

From Cosmopolitan to Prima, writing for publications aimed at the female market offers the chance to delve into subjects that matter to you and your friends.

Our women's magazine journalism course will teach you how to break into this competitive but highly accessible field.

To succeed, it is crucial you know your target reader and that you pitch ideas suitable for each magazine you want to write for.

For example, features and articles published in Elle are completely different from those published in Woman’s Weekly.

As a journalist, it is your job to analyse each publication and find the right angle for your ideas.

Magazines plan their editorial schedules months in advance, so you need to ensure you get those seasonal article ideas in front of editors in plenty of time!

You also need excellent writing and reporting skills, as well as the ability to meet tight deadlines and track down expert sources.

Our online women's magazine journalism course will teach you how to find markets, develop timely pitches that editors will want to commission, and produce professional-quality copy.

As a women's magazine journalist, you could be:

  • writing provocative features about relationship and lifestyle issues
  • offering advice on juggling the pressures of career and family
  • interviewing celebrities and inspirational women, and sharing their compelling stories with readers
  • writing articles that save women time, improve their lives and help them look and feel better every day

If you would like to see your byline in a glossy monthly magazine, our comprehensive online women's magazine journalism can help you break in and succeed as a freelancer or staff writer.

CMP Charter Mark

CMP charter markThe Charter Mark is our assurance of accredited educational quality.

We award it to students who have graduated from one of our courses or training programmes. It helps them to find work.

Holders are licensed to use it on their websites, stationery, and social media profiles.

The Charter Mark guarantees that holders have achieved set standards of competence in a given field.

It gives employers confidence that applicants for staff positions or freelance work have received accredited training and independent assessment.

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Course tutor: Justine HolmanJustine Holman

Features journalist | editor

Elle |Chat |TV Times |The Express

Justine has written for many large publications, including: Elle, The Express, Chat, Women's Weekly, TV Times and Just 17.

She will mark your work, answer your questions and give you friendly help and advice.

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This course gets results

Our graduates get articles published most days. Many of them have gone on to become successful freelancers, and make a good living from writing.

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We'll connect you with the right people

Women's magazine journalism is about knowing the right people: the editors, the publishers and the staff journalists who make the decisions.

Our tutors have a huge range of active contacts on newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs and radio / TV stations. They can make personal introductions for you when it is appropriate.

We have arrangements with top news and feature agencies. If your work is good enough, they will sell it for you, and split the proceeds with you 60-40%. You get the 60%!

And we also have databases with the contact details of thousands of UK newspaper, magazine and radio journalists - essential when you are selling work, looking for work experience or job hunting.

Many of our students already have the experiences, skills and relationships to produce article ideas.

We have the expertise to turn those ideas into marketable content, and the contacts to help them get it published.

Course delivery

You will have access to our Online Learning Area, where you can:

  • download course materials
  • submit assignments
  • use our college libraries and resources
  • chat to other students
  • keep up-to-date with college news

Our turn-around time for marking work is three working days. We usually provide same-day tutorial support on weekdays.

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When you finish

When you complete the course, you will receive two respected qualifications:

These recognised awards will add value to your CV, and help when you apply for journalism jobs or freelance work.

What you need to study women's magazine journalism

  • access to a computer, tablet or similar device
  • internet access
  • Microsoft Word or equivalent: OpenOffice, iWork pages
  • an email account
  • a camera and a video recorder. Smartphones or tablets are acceptable

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