Advertising copywriter

Alternative titles for this job include Copywriter, creative, advertiser

Advertising copywriters produce words for print, TV, radio and online adverts.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter

to

£80,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become an advertising copywriter

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
  • a graduate trainee scheme

University

You'll usually need a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a related subject like:

  • English
  • creative writing
  • journalism
  • communication studies
  • advertising

It may be possible to enter this job with a degree in an unrelated subject such like aw or biochemistry.

Entry requirements

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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Apprenticeship

You can work towards this role by starting with an advanced apprenticeship as a junior content producer.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Volunteering and experience

The key to finding work is to get as much work experience as possible. It will help you get a better understanding of the role, and make contacts who may help you to find paid work in advertising. You could try:

  • work experience
  • internships
  • temporary employment

Social networking sites like Twitter or LinkedIn can be useful for finding and contacting companies.

AdMission has a list of agencies that may offer work experience or internships.

Direct application

You can apply to companies directly if you have some of the relevant skills and knowledge required for this role.

Some advertising agencies may also consider your application if you don't have a degree. You'll need to show off your creativity, writing skills and business sense.

Other routes

AdMission has a list of agencies that may offer graduate training schemes.

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Career tips

You could showcase your creative and communication skills through your own blog, website or social networking sites. You'll also need to develop a portfolio of your work to show potential employers.

You could also enter the D&AD New Blood competition, which is aimed at students and recent graduates not already employed in a creative role. It gives you the opportunity to work on real client briefs and showcase your work.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming an advertising copywriter from the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising and Creative Choices.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of English language
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to read English
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You'll then:

  • write clear and persuasive words
  • present your ideas to the agency’s creative director and account team, and later, the client
  • make sure your work meets the codes of advertising practice
  • proofread copy to check spelling, grammar and facts

Working environment

You could work in an office or at a client's business.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to senior copywriter and creative director. 

You could also work freelance or set up your own agency.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Design and Content Producer

  • Wage : £141.38 Weekly
  • Location: Smethwick B66 2DZ

Web Content Editor Apprentice

  • Wage : £144.30 Weekly
  • Location: Stoke-On-Trent ST2 0GA

Courses In England

CIM Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Marketing: Marketing Principles module.

  • Provider: Chichester College
  • Start date: 08 January 2020
  • Location: Chichester

CIM Certificate in Professional Marketing - Marketing (Core Unit)

  • Provider: Farnborough College of Technology
  • Start date: 17 September 2019
  • Location: Farnborough

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