Academic Proofreading

Self-paced online proofreading course with an overview of different academic referencing styles.

Interactive Learning Limited


£50 inc VAT
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Study method
Online, self-paced
12 hours
Access to content
12 months
No formal qualification
Additional info
  • Certificate of completion available and is included in the price

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A complete overview of the skills needed to proofread for students or professional academics, without straying into re-writing or over-editing. This course will leave you confident to work with any type of academic document.


One of the biggest demands for proofreading is in the world of academia – from undergraduate to PhD students to professional academics – all academic articles need proofreading! If you are looking to start out as a professional proofreader, this can be a great source of work. This quick-start guide is perfect for people who already have a sound grasp of spelling, grammar, and punctuation, and just want to get right to work on it! After completing our course, you will be able to:

  • Proofread academic work confidently without over-editing
  • Leave tactful and helpful comments for customers
  • Correct the use of Latin terms used in academic writing
  • Proofread and edit quotes
  • Work with LaTeX documents
  • Correct a wide variety of different referencing styles
  • Deal with missing and incorrect information appropriately

This course includes the following modules:

1. Introducing Academic Proofreading

Get to know the main issues you have to be careful with when proofreading academic work and find out when your overly-helpful attempts editing could result in charges of plagiarism against the author. Learn how to leave tactful and helpful comments for customers, and understand some common academic terminology.

2. Quotes, Grammatical Person, And Tense Use

Think you're already quite a grammatical person? Discover what on earth we mean by this! Also find out how to proofread and correct quotes without causing problems for the author, and understand which tense is best suited to which part of an academic paper.

3. Harvard And APA Referencing

Things get source-y in this module, as we introduce all the different kinds of material that authors might cite in academic work, and the details that need to be recorded for each one. We'll help you sort out your reference lists from your bibliographies and give you an insight into two common referencing systems.

4. MLA, Chicago, And IEEE Referencing

We know more referencing systems than you can shake a stick at, and we're still going strong with them in this module! We'll take you on a guided tour through our 'Major Styles Guides' hall of fame, featuring MLA, Chicago and IEEE systems.

5. OSCOLA, Bluebook And AGLC Referencing

Going deep into the citation jungle, we'll point out a few lesser known species, and show you how to interact with them! We'll also introduce you to the main different legal referencing styles, show you how to cite species and classic works, and clear up all the outstanding queries you might have by this point.

Who is this course for?

Professional proofreaders wishing to enter the academic proofreading market, students and academics looking to improve their written work.


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Career path

Professional proofreaders wishing to enter the academic proofreading market, students and academics looking to improve their written work.

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David Evans asked:

I have done a Level 5 Proofreading and Editing course am I ok to do this course and if so how much can I charge students please per piece of work.....


Hi David, The Academic Proofreading course will be a great addition to your proofreading skills. We have some blog articles on proofreading pay that you might find useful. Must will depend on if you charge by the hour or word. Have a read of our posts on working-for-a-company-vs-working-solo and how-much-can-a-freelance-proofreader-earn. You could consider our Becoming A Proofreader course, which comes with a work guarantee. You are welcome to contact us and we can call you to have a chat.

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Mandy asked:

No entry criteria?Is this course suitable for someone in third year of Biological science degree and who has English language A level A* grade?


Hi Mandy, Thanks for your message. This short course would be suitable for you if you are familiar with using Word, have excellent grammar and punctuation, and want to specialise in academic proofreading. If you are still a student then you may feel confident to offer proofreading services to your peers after completing this course and charge for it! If you are looking for tutor support and a work guarantee then I'd recommend our Becoming A Proofreader course.

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David Evans asked:

In regards to the Becoming a Proofreader how does the work guarantee work and how much will I be paid an hour please. Is it regular work as well......


Hi David, Proofed pays on a 'piece rate' based on the number of words in the document. As work at Proofed is paid according to document type, word count, and turnaround time, it’s not possible to give exact hourly rates. It can be hard to make the switch from thinking about hourly pay when this is what we are generally used to in a normal working environment. I see that you have scheduled a call with us on 19th October so we can discuss this in detail tomorrow.

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David Evans asked:

How much is the Becoming a Proof-reader course with yourselves please.


Becoming A Proofreader is £235, or you can split this into three equal payments.

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