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Proofreading & Editing Diploma Course

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Proofreading & Editing Diploma Course
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What Will You Learn?

With our Proofreading & Editing Course, you'll learn how to proofread and edit copy so that it is ready for publication. You’ll learn editing and 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 proofreading 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
Proofreading & Editing Diploma Course

Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Definition of Editing
  • Module Exercise
  • Part 2: Different Editing Formats
  • Answers to Module Exercise
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: Role of the Copy Editor
  • Part 2: Copy Editing Skills List
  • Part 3:  What is the Role of a Proofreader?
  • Part 4: Proofreading Skills List
  • Part 5: When do Copy Editing and Proofreading Occur?
  • Part 6: Online Proofreading Tools
  • Module Exercises
  • Part 7: Conclusion
  • Answers to Module Exercises
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: Tables
  • Part 2: Figures
  • Part 3: Checking Factual Information
  • Module Exercises
  • Answers to Module Exercises
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Conclusion
  • Part 1: What is a Style Guide and Why is it Important?
  • Part 2: Types of Style Guides
  • Part 3: Creating Your Own Style Sheet
  • Module Exercises
  • Part 4: Example of a Style Sheet
  • Conclusion
  • Answers to Module Exercises
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Standards in Proofing
  • Part 2: Steps to Proofreading
  • Module Exercises
  • Answers to Module Exercises
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: Why We Make Spelling Mistakes
  • Module Exercises
  • Part 2: Primary Spelling Rules
  • Answers to Module Exercises
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Sentence Fragments
  • Module Exercises
  • Part 2: Punctuation Errors
  • Answers to Module Exercises
  • Conclusion
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: How to Edit for Fluency and Flow
  • Part 2: Correct Word Choice
  • Part 3: Precision in Word Choice
  • Module Exercises
  • Answers to Module Exercises
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is a Print Proof?
  • Module Exercises
  • Answers to Module Exercises
  • Part 2: Proofing a Book Cover
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Editing or Proofreading or Both?
  • Part 2: Creating a Business Plan
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

If you want to start a career as a proofreader or copy editor, this course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to be efficient and effective in each role and even includes guidance on setting up your own business offering these services.

If you are a writer hoping to self-publish or submit your work to a traditional publisher, then the Proofreading & Editing Course will give you the confidence to edit and proofread your own work - enhancing your work and your reputation as an author.

Proofreading & Editing Diploma Course
Accreditations

The Proofreading & Editing Diploma 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.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £25).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through their awarding organisations they have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. They are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Their knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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This course covers a range of topics related to proofreading, editing, and publishing. It includes lessons on grammar, punctuation, spelling, style, formatting, and more, as well as practical exercises and guidance for starting a freelance proofreading business.

Yes! This is a Level 3 Diploma in Proofreading & Editing and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points. Upon completion of your course assessments, you’ll receive 2 certificates: a certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

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Proofreading is the process of reviewing written material to identify and correct errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, formatting, and style. Writers, publishers and businesses use proofreaders and editors to help catch errors and improve the quality of their written content. It is an essential step to ensure that written content is accurate, professional, and effective.

One of the best ways to get into Proofreading and Editing is to start building your skills via resources like this Diploma Course, or any other training courses. You can also gain experience by offering your services to local businesses or organisations, or by applying for freelance proofreading and editing jobs.  Networking and building a professional online presence can also help you to establish yourself as a proofreader or editor.

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