Plain English and Business Writing


Course Information

By learning the skills of plain English and business writing, you improve your employment prospects and increase your ability to advance within your organisation to more responsible positions.

Many government departments, and increasingly more organisations, now have plain English writing policies. To work within those companies you have to have plain English writing skills to even be considered.


Australian College provides you with a range of payment plan options. You can pay upfront, pay by instalment or completely customise your own payment plan here.

Employers ask about our group/corporate rates and traineeship availability.

Entry Requirements
  • Access to a computer with word processing, PDF reader capabilities and an internet connection
  • A good command of written English
  • Ability to allocate appropriate study hours per week

If you have these essential requirements then you can get started immediately.


When you successfully complete your course you will be awarded the Australian College Certificate in Professional Writing (Plain English and Business Writing).

Qualification Pathways
  • Complete the required training and the assessment requirements
  • Apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Apply for Recognition of Current Competency (RCC)
  • Apply for Credit Transfer (CrT)
Career Opportunities

Professional Writer, Plain English Writer, Business Writer.

Course Summary
Course Code:
Delivery Mode:
Online and Flexible delivery
Assessments may vary according to each subject, but may include one or more of the following:
  • Short answers questionnaires
  • Written tasks/Written essays
  • Multiple choice/true or false questions
  • Workplace hours
  • Scenario-based case studies, practical projects with product or software, documents or diagrams.
Qualification Gained:
Certificate in Professional Writing (Plain English and Business Writing)
Nationally Recognised:
National Code:
Awarded By:
Australian College
What Our Students Say

"I found this to be a very informative course and liked how I could fit it in to my timetable of working full time."

Veronica Stanbury, 29th July 2013

"“I have now successfully completed two courses with the College and I am very happy with both the standard of service and tuition/feedback that I have received.

Evelyn Zaharias, 13th August 2013

"The Australian College tutors were very helpful and inspiring. Coming from various backgrounds, they offered industry relevant information, trends, and ideas 'outside the box' at a level of which I would otherwise not have had access. They helped me to focus on the individual topics through the assignments and extract the most out of the course, making it directly relevant to the industry."

Marnie Bernard, 7th December 2013

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Subject Descriptions

Unit 1 - Foundations of Plain English and Business Writing
Reading 1 - The Power of Plain English
What is Plain English?
Key Features of Plain English
Effective Communication in Business
Reasons for Writing
Reading 2 - Writing Style
Sentence Structure
Punctuation for Clarity
Correct Grammar and Plain English
Vocabulary and Style
Writing Paragraphs
Clear Layout
The Use of Graphics
Unit 2 - Development of Plain English and Business Writing
Reading 1 - Writing Business Documents
Writing for a Specific Purpose
Writing Business Letters
Writing Emails, Faxes and Memos
Writing Minutes and Briefing Notes
Writing Submissions
Writing Reports
Writing Promotional Material and Advertising Copy
Writing Newsletters and Bulletins
Writing Electronic Presentations and Website Content
Reading 2 - Plain English in Practice
Emails in Plain English
Reports in Plain English
Letters in Plain English
Newsletters in Plain English
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