Diploma In Proofreading & Editing Online Course

Learn How To Proofread and Edit Copy Effectively

Diploma In Proofreading & Editing Online Course

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Learn How To Proofread and Edit Copy Effectively

The Proofreading & Editing Course teaches you how to do just that, proofread and edit copy so that it is ready for publication. You’ll learn the techniques used to perform the roles effectively, important information on language, and how to go about setting up your own business, offering proofreading and copy editing services.

The course begins by clearly defining copy editing and proofreading, noting the similarities and crossovers between them, and looking at each function separately. You’ll discover the skills needed for both roles and where each comes in the editing process and why, as well as the differences between newspaper and magazine editors and those who work in book publishing.

With roles defined, the Proofreading & Editing Course moves on to impart the fundamental skills of copy editing tables and figures, how to edit captions and footnotes, and how and why you should fact check. You’ll learn about the importance of style guides, the difference between a style guide and a style sheet, and the different style manuals that exist, before being provided with a template that will aid you in creating a style sheet of your own.

Proofreading can be tiring on the eyes and the mind, and with fatigue mistakes can be missed. The Proofreading & Editing Course introduces you to practical ways of ensuring greater effectiveness in your role as a proofreader. This includes an exploration of standards in proofing and an explanation of what is meant by “marking” or “marking up”. You will also be provided with two valuable resources to use in your proofing: a list of basic BSI mark-ups and a table of common homophones.

Also, helping you to find common errors quickly, the course examines major spelling mistakes and errors that appear regularly and why it is we spell words incorrectly. You’ll discover the ten most commonly broken spelling rules as well as what the exceptions to those rules are. Following this, the course outlines common grammatical mistakes you will come across, mistakes related to structure – such as sentence fragments, misplaced articles and misplaced and dangling modifiers – and problems with punctuation.

In addition to correcting the mistakes found in copy, you will learn how to improve upon the copy itself by using different sentence patterns to improve fluency, considering word choice, and spotting pleonasms and tautologies. The Proofreading & Editing Course also covers how verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs should all be addressed in writing and editing.

The last quality check before it is sent to the printers, the final proof is incredibly important, and, along with the front and back covers (in the case of a book), must be right. The course outlines how to manage the final proof and the most important areas to examine before you sign it off.

Having taught you the skills of an editor and a proofreader, the course concludes by guiding you through setting up as a sole trader/self-employed individual. You’ll learn how to register to pay tax, what should be included in your business plan, and how to market your new business.

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Understand the editing process
  • Clearly, comprehend the differences between proofreading and copy editing
  • Know what a style guide and style sheet are and be equipped to create your own
  • Comprehend the idea of marking up text on paper and be familiar with some of the most commonly used British Standard symbols
  • Be able to apply 10 of the main spelling rules in the English language
  • Be able to identify common grammar errors, such as fragment sentences and dangling modifiers
  • Know how to identify the different elements of a text or manuscript
  • Have the skills to be a proficient copy editor and a proofreader
  • Know how to start your business as a self-employed editor and proofreader

Course Fast Facts:

  1. Learn the fundamentals of Proofreading & Editing
  2. Comprehensive 10 module Accredited Certificate in Proofreading & Editing Online Course
  3. Study along with simple instructions & demonstrations
  4. Written and developed by leading Proofreading & Editing experts
  5. Receive one-on-one online help & support
  6. Unlimited, lifetime access to online course
  7. Certificate of completion awarded with passing score for the online assessment
  8. Study at your own pace with no rigid class timetables, 24/7 from any computer or smart device

Course Delivery

Courses are accessed online by any device including PC, tablet or Smart Phone. Upon purchase an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device.

Recognition & Accreditation

Upon completion of your course assessment, you will receive 3 certificates. An accredited certificate from the awarding body relating to your course, a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course and a certificate of completion.

Module 1 – What Exactly is Editing?

  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Definition of Editing
  • Part 2: Different Editing Formats
  • Part 3: Medical, Scientific and
  • Engineering Documentation Editing
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2 – The Difference Between Copy Editing and Proofreading

  • Part 1: The Role of the Copy Editor
  • Part 2: Copy Editing Skills List
  • Part 3: When Does Copy Editing and
  • Proofreading Occur?
  • Part 4: Conclusion
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3 – Tables, Figures and Other Elements of Copy Editing

  • Part 1: Tables
  • Part 2: Figures
  • Part 3: Checking Factual Inform
  • Part 4: Conclusion
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4 – Applying Style

  • Part 1: What is a Style Guide and Why is it Important?
  • Part 2: Creating Your Own Style Sheet
  • Part 3: Example of a Style Sheet
  • Part 4: Conclusion
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5 – How to Proofread

  • Part 1: Standards in Proofing
  • Part 2: Steps to Proofreading
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6 – Errors and Rule of Spelling

  • Part 1: Why We Make Spelling Mistakes
  • Part 2: Primary Spelling Rules
  • Module 6 Assessment

Module 7 – Common Grammar Mistakes

  • Part 1: Sentence Fragments
  • Part 2: Punctuation Errors
  • Part 3: Conclusion
  • Module 7 Assessment

Module 8 – Language

  • Part 1: How to Edit for Fluency and Flow
  • Part 2: Correct Word Choice
  • Part 3: Precision in Word Choice
  • Module 8 Assessment

Module 9 – The Final Proof

  • Part 1: What is a Print Proof?
  • Part 2: Proofing a Book Cover
  • Module 9 Assessment

Module 10 – Working as an Editor or Proofreader

  • Part 1: Editing or Proofreading
  • Part 2: Creating a Business Plan
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader



The Proofreading & Editing Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

This course is certified by the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), the IAHT is an internationally recognised organisation. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses.

About this Course

Learn How To Proofread and Edit Copy Effectively

The Proofreading & Editing Course teaches you how to do just that, proofread and edit copy so that it is ready for publication. You’ll learn the techniques used to perform the roles effectively, important information on language, and how to go about setting up your own business, offering proofreading and copy editing services.

The course begins by clearly defining copy editing and proofreading, noting the similarities and crossovers between them, and looking at each function separately. You’ll discover the skills needed for both roles and where each comes in the editing process and why, as well as the differences between newspaper and magazine editors and those who work in book publishing.

With roles defined, the Proofreading & Editing Course moves on to impart the fundamental skills of copy editing tables and figures, how to edit captions and footnotes, and how and why you should fact check. You’ll learn about the importance of style guides, the difference between a style guide and a style sheet, and the different style manuals that exist, before being provided with a template that will aid you in creating a style sheet of your own.

Proofreading can be tiring on the eyes and the mind, and with fatigue mistakes can be missed. The Proofreading & Editing Course introduces you to practical ways of ensuring greater effectiveness in your role as a proofreader. This includes an exploration of standards in proofing and an explanation of what is meant by “marking” or “marking up”. You will also be provided with two valuable resources to use in your proofing: a list of basic BSI mark-ups and a table of common homophones.

Also, helping you to find common errors quickly, the course examines major spelling mistakes and errors that appear regularly and why it is we spell words incorrectly. You’ll discover the ten most commonly broken spelling rules as well as what the exceptions to those rules are. Following this, the course outlines common grammatical mistakes you will come across, mistakes related to structure – such as sentence fragments, misplaced articles and misplaced and dangling modifiers – and problems with punctuation.

In addition to correcting the mistakes found in copy, you will learn how to improve upon the copy itself by using different sentence patterns to improve fluency, considering word choice, and spotting pleonasms and tautologies. The Proofreading & Editing Course also covers how verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs should all be addressed in writing and editing.

The last quality check before it is sent to the printers, the final proof is incredibly important, and, along with the front and back covers (in the case of a book), must be right. The course outlines how to manage the final proof and the most important areas to examine before you sign it off.

Having taught you the skills of an editor and a proofreader, the course concludes by guiding you through setting up as a sole trader/self-employed individual. You’ll learn how to register to pay tax, what should be included in your business plan, and how to market your new business.

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Understand the editing process
  • Clearly, comprehend the differences between proofreading and copy editing
  • Know what a style guide and style sheet are and be equipped to create your own
  • Comprehend the idea of marking up text on paper and be familiar with some of the most commonly used British Standard symbols
  • Be able to apply 10 of the main spelling rules in the English language
  • Be able to identify common grammar errors, such as fragment sentences and dangling modifiers
  • Know how to identify the different elements of a text or manuscript
  • Have the skills to be a proficient copy editor and a proofreader
  • Know how to start your business as a self-employed editor and proofreader

Course Fast Facts:

  1. Learn the fundamentals of Proofreading & Editing
  2. Comprehensive 10 module Accredited Certificate in Proofreading & Editing Online Course
  3. Study along with simple instructions & demonstrations
  4. Written and developed by leading Proofreading & Editing experts
  5. Receive one-on-one online help & support
  6. Unlimited, lifetime access to online course
  7. Certificate of completion awarded with passing score for the online assessment
  8. Study at your own pace with no rigid class timetables, 24/7 from any computer or smart device

Course Delivery

Courses are accessed online by any device including PC, tablet or Smart Phone. Upon purchase an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device.

Recognition & Accreditation

Upon completion of your course assessment, you will receive 3 certificates. An accredited certificate from the awarding body relating to your course, a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course and a certificate of completion.

Module 1 – What Exactly is Editing?

  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Definition of Editing
  • Part 2: Different Editing Formats
  • Part 3: Medical, Scientific and
  • Engineering Documentation Editing
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2 – The Difference Between Copy Editing and Proofreading

  • Part 1: The Role of the Copy Editor
  • Part 2: Copy Editing Skills List
  • Part 3: When Does Copy Editing and
  • Proofreading Occur?
  • Part 4: Conclusion
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3 – Tables, Figures and Other Elements of Copy Editing

  • Part 1: Tables
  • Part 2: Figures
  • Part 3: Checking Factual Inform
  • Part 4: Conclusion
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4 – Applying Style

  • Part 1: What is a Style Guide and Why is it Important?
  • Part 2: Creating Your Own Style Sheet
  • Part 3: Example of a Style Sheet
  • Part 4: Conclusion
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5 – How to Proofread

  • Part 1: Standards in Proofing
  • Part 2: Steps to Proofreading
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6 – Errors and Rule of Spelling

  • Part 1: Why We Make Spelling Mistakes
  • Part 2: Primary Spelling Rules
  • Module 6 Assessment

Module 7 – Common Grammar Mistakes

  • Part 1: Sentence Fragments
  • Part 2: Punctuation Errors
  • Part 3: Conclusion
  • Module 7 Assessment

Module 8 – Language

  • Part 1: How to Edit for Fluency and Flow
  • Part 2: Correct Word Choice
  • Part 3: Precision in Word Choice
  • Module 8 Assessment

Module 9 – The Final Proof

  • Part 1: What is a Print Proof?
  • Part 2: Proofing a Book Cover
  • Module 9 Assessment

Module 10 – Working as an Editor or Proofreader

  • Part 1: Editing or Proofreading
  • Part 2: Creating a Business Plan
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader



The Proofreading & Editing Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

This course is certified by the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), the IAHT is an internationally recognised organisation. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses.

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Course Summary

Course ID No.: 012CE255
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: Unlimited lifetime access-Study at your own pace
Tutor Support: Yes
Time required: 150 hours of study
Assessments: Yes
Qualification: Certificate

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