The Copy-editing and Proofreading Course
Price: £ 395.00
Copy-editing and Proofreading Course
Become a Professional Copy-Editor
Learn how to edit and proofread documents like a pro
The Copy-editing and Proofreading Course is for grammar experts who want to work professionally in the editing field.
Are you particular about word choice? Do typos and clunky sentences drive you to distraction? You may have what it takes to be an editor.
Make a living improving the quality of written content. This practical course will teach you how to copy-edit and proofread fiction, non-fiction and academic writing.
We’ll help you gain the skills you need to get hired by publishers, business owners and curators of online content. A professional editor will be on hand to guide you every step of the way.
The Copy-editing and Proofreading Course
A Comprehensive Toolkit That Provides Hands-On Editorial Training
Master the skills required to run your own editing and proofreading business
Learn how to transform problematic writing into grammatically correct, well-structured and engaging content.
This five-month course will teach you the basic skills of copy-editing and proofreading so that you can make consistent and confident decisions when correcting texts.
Note that this course does not teach the rules of grammar. Rather, students will complete several written assignments of increasing complexity to gain proficiency in the skills of proofreading and copy-editing. Individual feedback will be provided by your tutor upon submission of each assignment.
In this course, you will learn how to:
query or correct spelling, grammar and syntactical errors in a given text
correct, flag or query content-related errors in a given text
proofread hard copy as well as on-screen text
embark on a career in copy-editing and proofreading
Additional requirements for this course:
Students are expected to consult one of the prescribed style guides below for every editing decision they make. The style guides are an additional purchase, and are essential reference material for those students wishing to pursue a career in copy-editing and proofreading.
A second-hand edition from the last five years will suffice perfectly well. Please note that we use UK English at the college.
Butcher’s Copy-editing: The Cambridge Handbook for Editors, Copy-editors and Proofreaders
The Oxford Style Manual
New Oxford Style Manual
New Hart’s Rules: The Oxford Style Guide. This edition does not include a dictionary, so you will need to buy one separately.
Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style (free online, but not as effective or up to date)
This course precisely provided the challenges I needed to highlight the flaws in my own writing and copy-editing processes. There was never a dull moment! My tutor struck the perfect balance between peer and teacher and was incredibly kind, approachable and motivating. Her feedback was always encouraging and clear. Enjoyable. Tough. Precisely what I needed.
Dené Janse van Rensburg, Copy-Editing and Proofreading Course
Start your course at any time – applications open all year round.
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NUMBER OF ASSIGNMENTS
The assignments vary in length.
NUMBER OF MODULES
These modules include around 100 pages of course notes.
Work at your own pace – up to a maximum of five months.
START DATE: ANYTIME
Working with an individual tutor means you can start the course at any time.
Excellent grammar knowledge is essential.
Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required.
No previous tertiary qualification required.
Tutors for this course
You may choose a tutor that you would like to work with.
- Introduction to the course
- Recommended reference works and resources
- House style guides
- Writing Exercise 1.1: Typos
- Writing Exercise 1.2: Transpositions
- Writing Exercise 1.3: Spacing errors
- Writing Exercise 1.4: Spelling errors
- Writing Exercise 1.5: Compound nouns
- Writing Exercise 1.6: Punctuation errors
- Writing Exercise 1.7: Correct word usage
- Writing Exercise 1.8: Apostrophes
- Writing Exercise 1.9: Company names
- Writing Exercise 1.10: Bias-free language
The Basics of Copy-Editing and Proofreading
- What is copy-editing?
- What is proofreading?
- Writing Exercise 2.1: Correct, flag or query content-related errors in a given text.
- Writing Exercise 2.2: Correct spelling, punctuation, grammar and formatting errors in a given text.
Copy-Editing in Practice
- Maintaining a style sheet
- Editing Exercise 3.1: Correct, flag or query content-related errors in a given text.
- Editing Exercise 3.2: Correct spelling, punctuation, grammar and formatting errors in a given text.
- Editing Exercise 3.3: Copy-edit a news snippet on screen from an entertainment magazine.
- Editing Exercise 3.4: Copy-edit an excerpt from a fictional text on screen.
Proofreading in Practice
- Proofreading symbols
- Example: Hard-copy proofread
- Example: Marked-up PDF
- Editing Exercise 4.1: Proofread a section of text on screen.
- Editing Exercise 4.2: Proofread a section of text on paper.
Polishing Your Skills
- Editing Exercise 5.1
- Editing Exercise 5.2
- Editing Exercise 5.3
- Editing exercise 5.4
- Where to look for work
- What to charge
- How to invoice
What Our Students Say
I thoroughly enjoyed this course because I love reading, researching facts and correcting errors! It ticked all my boxes as far as learning is concerned. I had a wonderful experience with Di. She was always positive and I loved the personal notes she added to the automated corrections of my errors. She was also very responsive to my emails and quick to mark my modules. I had a very positive experience. I think if you are really interested in improving your writing ability, then The Writers College is definitely the way to go.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Di was excellent in every regard. I don’t know if I would have persevered if it wasn’t for her positive feedback and motivational comments. Excellent value for money, with proper course material and qualified, positive tutors.
The course provided a good overview of the topic and outlined sufficient practical material. Di provided an excellent service and was extremely responsive to assignment submissions and queries. She provided clear explanations as to her comments and was greatly encouraging. I appreciated her valuable input. I’ve had a very positive experience with The Writers College. The flexibility offered by being online, as well as the generous timeline within which to complete the course, greatly suited me. There are other courses that I have my eye on, so I’ll be back soon I'm sure.
For someone who has not done any studying in many years, I found the course easy to follow. Di was very professional and helpful and her replies were quick. My experience at The Writers College was a great one and I would most certainly recommend the course.
The course exceeded my expectations. The step-by-step guidance was clear and useful. Di was gracious and generous with the help she provided. She answered my queries promptly, clearly and politely. Her feedback encouraged me to want to do my best. The Writers College is an efficient and professional organisation.
Great overall experience! I could comfortably complete the modules in the time frame while still working a full-time job. Always received timely and comprehensive feedback from Di.
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Questions? We've Got Answers
Detailed course notes covering the content of each module are emailed to you. At the end of each module, you will be required to complete several writing exercises. Once the writing assignment has been completed and emailed to your tutor, you will receive an assessment and feedback, and the module will be considered complete.
Absolutely. You have direct communication with your tutor for the duration of the course. The more questions you ask, the more you will get out of the course.
You will get lifetime access to the course, and you’ll benefit from all future updates and improvements to the course.
For the majority of our courses, only your tutor will see your work. Your work will remain completely private unless you get it published. In the journalism courses, your work might be published in the public domain, but you do have the final say as to whether or not it is published.
You will receive a Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided you meet the following conditions:
You must have completed all assignments.
A minimum average of 50% must be achieved.
The course must have been completed within five months of registration.
Excellent grasp of grammar, punctuation, spelling and English usage. (You should consider our Grammar for Writers Course if you need to sharpen your grammar skills.)
A printer and a scanner are required.
Computer skills as well as email and Internet access are required.
Use of Microsoft Word and the Track Changes function.
No previous tertiary qualification is required.
Because you will work with an individual tutor, you can apply for a course and start as soon as you want to. There are no specific start dates as would be the case with a traditional college.
An application is usually approved within one working day. Once we see proof of payment, your course will start.
You could be starting your course today!
Reading Time: 10 hours
Editing Time: Up to 30 hours
You have five months to complete the course (and an extra 21 days if your course runs over the Christmas and New Year break).
You are welcome to finish the course sooner if you want to, but we wouldn’t want you to rush the process too much!
Once your application has been approved, you will receive notice of approval and an invoice via email. As soon as we see proof of payment, you will receive the first module. We will also send you your tutor’s email address and your login details. Your tutor will also be in touch to welcome you.
Any work you create on our courses is owned by you. We will never make a claim to anything you produce. We follow the rule that copyright subsists with the creator (you).