Welcome visitor you can login or create an account.
ADL is a leading provider of Distance Learning, Home Study & Online Courses
Biographical Writing 100 Hours Certificate Course


Writing & Journalism Courses Online  Academic Courses Online  Professional Development Courses Online  Certificate Courses Courses Online  Humanities Courses Online 

Biographical Writing 100 Hours Certificate Course

Price: £325.00Course Code: BWR205
Contact us
Currency Converter
View As PDFEmail This

Learning Methods

* Select your Learning Materials:
otipPlease select your how you would like to receive the course materials:

* Pay in Full or Select your Interest Free Payment Plan:

Add to Wish List
Contact us
  • Could you Write a Biography?Could you Write a Biography?Aug 10, 2018 Should you Write a Biography? Have you ever been intrigued and inspired by a person – or horrified by reported activities – prompting you to ..
No questions have been posted about this product.

Ask a question

Note: HTML is not translated!

Biographical Writing 100 Hours Certificate Course

Biographical Writing online BWR205: A biography is neither a diary nor a journal. It's more than a collection of ‘she did this’ and ‘he did that’. Although biographies are writing about life, it's more useful to think of them as a collection of writings about life events. i.e. What are the key events in your subject's life? How do these tie around a central theme or purpose?

For example. let's say a Biographer wanted to write about the life and works of the Antarctic explorer Douglas Mawson. Here are some of the events he or she would need to cover:

• Birth – 1882, Shipley, England
• Moved to Australia aged 2
• Started travelling as a geologist after graduation
• First expedition – with Ernest Shackleton, at age 25
• First person to go to South Magnetic Pole. First person to reach the summit of Mount Erebus
• Death (or end of our written biography)

The Biography should be split into three sections:

  1. Research
  2. Writing
  3. Revision

This distance learning course, designed by people qualified to give people the very best tuition in biographical writing techniques, will help you write an enjoyable, informative and well researched biography of a famous person, someone you know, or even the story of your own life achievements and experiences.


Learning Goals: Biographical Writing BWR205:
  • Determine when, why, where and how biographies are written
  • Determine sources of information and then acquire appropriate information for a biography
  • To decide on the type of biography and context in which it should be developed, based upon researched information
  • Write different types of short biographies to meet different purposes
  • Analyse a life to determine the structure, style and content of a comprehensive biography that could become a small book, large book, or screenplay
  • Plan a type of biography
  • Determine how a biographical manuscript may be dealt with after writing is completed by the author; to produce and market a finished product
  • Apply knowledge and skills developed throughout this course, to research and produce a biographical short story


Lesson Structure: Biographical Writing BWR205:

There are 8 lessons in this course:

1  Scope and Nature of Biographical Writing

  • The difference between a biography and autobiography
  • Unauthorised biographies
  • Using ghost writers in biographies
  • Choosing your subject
  • Biography vs. Memoir

2  Researching a Biography

  • Types of Evidence
  • Using Evidence
  • Fair Use
  • Where to find evidence
  • Conducting an Interview
  • How to deal with conflicting sources and information
  • Citations and Referencing

3  Developing Context

  • Determining Your Theme
  • Developing the theme
  • Themes and Structure
  • Using Context

4  Short Biographies

  • Principles of the Short Biography
  • Distilling Information
  • Preparing to write from life experience

5  Comprehensive Biographies

  • What makes a comprehensive biography comprehensive?
  • Writing a Great Biography
  • Voice in Writing

6  Planning a Biography

  • The Short Outline
  • The Detail-Heavy Outline
  • Outlining the biography
  • Defining a theme, writing to a central theme
  • Word Budget
  • Organising Chapter Content

7  Editing and Marketing a Biography

  • Editing
  • Writing a Sales Package
  • The Publishing Process
  • Publishing Processes for Ebooks
  • Self-Publishing Your Work
  • Distributing and Selling your Work
  • Grants for Writing

8  Project – Writing a Biographical Story

  • In this final lesson, you will bring together everything that you have been learning to undertake research and construct a first draft of a biographical piece of between 2,000 and 4,000 words.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


Practicals: Biographical Writing BWR205:
  • Discuss how topics are integrated into a biography and how they help or hinder the work.
  • Create a biographical timeline.
  • Locate a biography, in print or online, and assess the referencing used.
  • Identify a theme or themes in a biographical work and think about how events in the work tie back to the theme.
  • Research copyright and libel laws in your area.
  • Research letters requesting information or interviews with experts or other sources.
  • Locate two pieces of primary evidence, then two pieces of secondary evidence for the topic of your choice. Keep notes on how you found your evidence and what makes it primary and secondary respectively.
  • Research short bios of “ordinary” people.
  • Analyse the life of a person you’d like to write about. Look at this task from the perspective of deciding what content you would include and the best structure and style to use for this particular subject.


Course Info
How Do Our Tuition Fees Compare?Full time classroom based Further Education Courses - Approx. £5,000 per year - Part-time classroom based Adult Education Courses - Approx. £7.00 per hour - N.B. classroom tuition means you learn at the pace of the class. One-to-one private tuition - from £15.00 per hour - ADL one-to-one tution fees - From £340 per 100 Hour Course = Average of £3.40 per hour - N.B. one-to-one tuition is tailored to your own individual learning availability and pace.
Course StartBegin your learning at any time.
Course Prerequisite None - Our course levels are an indication of the depth of learning you should receive. They do not describe the level of difficulty.
Course Qualification (Study Option A)Endorsed Qualification from TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation - Completed written assignments and final evaluation per course/module to be taken.
Course Qualification (Study Option B)Certificate of Attainment from ADL - Completed written assignments only - no final evaluation.
Comparative Credits InformationUK Course Credits: 10 - U.S. Credit Hours: 3 - when compared to regulated courses.
Course Duration and DeadlinesCourse hours given are a guide only. You will be encouraged to work at your own pace to learn as much as you can, with no assignment deadlines or end date by which you must complete your course by. You are in control!
Study SupportPersonal tutor/mentor support from industry relevant professionals throughout your whole course. Mentors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through the Moodle online classroom. They provide assistance with your course material, plus discuss, explain and give advice when needed. They will also mark and grade your assignments, plus provide constructive and helpful feedback vital to your success.
Suitability for Self Employment and Small BusinessesOur courses are ideal for sole traders and small business owners and their staff. Customer confidence in what you can do will determine how successful you are in getting clients. Doing the job right using the correct knowledge and skills, leads to repeat business and referrals to friends, family and work colleagues. Completing one or more of our courses for the service you have to offer, will give you the tools to achieve this and grow your business.
Recognition of Your Course By EmployersWe aim to achieve the correct balance between your qualification being recognised and providing you with the in-depth learning, to empower you to succeed. If you can demonstrate that you have the level of knowledge and transferable skills necessary to an employer, you should stand out from someone who has only received a superficial understanding of what's required - Select study option A when enrolling, so an employer can check the status of the awarding organisation for your qualification on the Ofqual Register.
Recognition of Your Course By UniversitiesAs you will see on our Testimonials page, previous students have used their qualification from us to get into university. However each one will have its own entrance criteria and acceptance may also depend on your other qualifications and experience. We can approach up to three universities on your behalf with details of our course before you enrol, so you will know whether it will be accepted as part of their application process. Please complete our contact form and we will begin the process.
Designing Your Own QualificationBundle up your choice of related courses to form your own qualification. Our Advanced Certificates (4 courses), Diplomas (6 courses), Advanced Diplomas (8 courses) and Higher Advanced Diplomas (12 courses), are used to differentiate between the in-depth knowledge and skills you will acquire in your chosen area of study. e.g. Advanced Certificate in Turf Care Management, which includes individual courses: Turf Care, Sports Turf Care, Turf Repair and Renovation and Turf Grasses.
How Can I Enrol?Online by selecting your study option, learning materials, plus payment option and then clicking the Enrol Now button - By contacting us for an application form - By telephoning us on 01227 789 649 (International: 0044 1227 789 649). Lines open 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays and between Christmas and New Year.
How Can I Get a Pro-forma Invoice for my Employer?Contact us with details and we will email your employer an invoice. We will need: employer's name, address, telephone number, email address and contact name. We will also require your name, telephone number, email address, date of birth and the course and code you wish to enrol for.

                       Learn, Progress, Change, Achieve                                                     


Previous Customer Experiences with our CoursesWoman leaping to the next level in her career development

"Fantastic Teacher. Well organised modules. Assignments force me to learn and research more so I can prepare well for exams. I really enjoyed studying via ADL.  I can now continue study at Ulster University which accept my certificate from ADL".    Level 4,  Advanced Certificate in Applied Science,  VSC001,  Stanislawa,  Poland.

Its with great pleasure I am announcing you my new job as 'Park Manager' for a 5 star hotel in Reunion Island.  Its definitely my courses with ADL (Botany, Agronomy and Trees for Rehabilitation) which were decisive for my nomination. Accordingly, my sincere thanks goes to all the ADL team.

"The course was a valuable learning experience as it provided me with the knowledge and understanding for me as a Careers Advisor. The feedback was very good from my tutor, and allowed me to  build upon my assignments that were marked. The comments were very informative  and very useful. Well written course material."  Andrew W, Careers  Counselling, UK

More Reviews....


Contact Us
First Name:

Email Address:

Phone Number:


Get an Information Pack

Other (write below)

Disclaimer: Every attempt is made to ensure all information from the academy is accurate and that the student has attained the competencies taught in a course, at the point of their assessment. Beyond this point, the graduate is responsible to maintain their acquired competencies, and apply acquired knowledge and skills in a way which is appropriate to the unique characteristics of each application. This will release the academy from any liability, action and claims of whatsoever nature in connection with, or arising from any such information, instruction or advice, given by any student or ex-student, whether directions given during the course are followed or not.