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Proofreading & copy editing course (QLS Level 4)

Unlimited personal tutor support | Endorsed Certificate | Fully accredited | Help finding proofreading work


College of Media and Publishing

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Offer ends 20 September 2021
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4 monthly payments of £123.62

Study method
Online, self-paced
Access to content
Lifetime access
Qualification
No formal qualification
CPD
80 CPD hours / points
Achievement
Additional info
  • Tutor is available to students
  • Certificate of completion available and is included in the price

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Overview

Proofreading (QLS L4)

Many leading corporations including British Gas, John Lewis, Lloyds Bank, the NHS and Virgin Media, use this accredited proofreading and copy editing course to train their staff. And many individuals testify that it is effective and great value for money.

You will learn the proofreading and editorial skills needed to become a certified, professional proofreader and copy editor.

This fully accredited proofreading course will teach you how to correct printed documents and webpages, and make them readable and legally compliant.

This accredited proofreading and copy editing course has been running since 2003, and has a proven track record in helping people find work, launch freelance businesses and use their new skills in the workplace. *You can see some examples of our successful students in the media section below*.

Proofreading course key features:

  • Certification: Quality Licence Scheme certificate of achievement.
  • Endorsed by: The Quality Licence Scheme.
  • Accredited by: CPD | EADL.
  • Government registered?: Yes. UKRLP number: 10008168.
  • Available to: UK and international learners.
  • Tutor support: Unlimited support from an expert.
  • Tutor marked assignments: 11 practical, tutor marked assignments.
  • Post-course help? Yes - expert proofreading careers advice when you finish.

PROOFREADING COURSE SUBJECTS

Proofreading course Lesson 01: The basics

  • What the proofreader does
  • The proofreader's personal qualities
  • Proofreading terminology
  • The publishing process

Proofreading course Lesson 02: Applying style

  • What a style guide is used for
  • How to use a style guide
  • Apply style to a range of copy

Proofreading course Lesson 03: Spelling and grammar

  • Where to find reliable spelling and grammar facilities
  • Spotting and correcting spelling and grammar errors

Proofreading course Lesson 04: Proofreading on paper

  • Proofreading on paper symbols
  • Proofreading methods and techniques
  • Marking up copy clearly and accurately

Proofreading course Lesson 05: Proofreading on screen

  • On screen proofreading symbols
  • Methods and techniques for on screen proofreading
  • Marking up copy clearly and accurately

Proofreading course Lesson 06: Copy-editing basics

  • What a copy editor does
  • Levels of editing
  • The client's brief
  • Editing with the reader in mind

Proofreading course Lesson 07: Copy-editing - use of language

  • Learn summarising techniques
  • Edit for fluent, plain and simple copy
  • Edit to remove inappropriate material
  • Edit copy for multicultural audiences

Proofreading course Lesson 08: Checking accuracy and facts

  • Analyse words and phrases for accurate meaning
  • Identify and correct factual errors

Proofreading course Lesson 09: Copy-editing - other elements

  • Edit front and back matter such as footnotes, title pages, contents pages, appendices, references and indexes

Proofreading course Lesson 10: Legal checks

  • Explain the basics of key publishing laws: copyright, defamation, data protection, privacy and contempt of court
  • Apply publishing laws to a range of exercises

Proofreading course Lesson 11: Finding work and developing your career

  • How to find proofreading and editing clients
  • How to build your own business

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Achievement

CPD

80 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Standards Office

Course media

Resources

  • College Prospectus
  • Free eBook - 10 simple steps to improve your writing - download

Description

Proofreading (QLS L4)

There is an unprecedented demand for skilled proofreaders and copy editors.

Each year, companies and organisations produce millions of documents and webpages that contain errors and inaccuracies. This affects their reputations.

They need certified proofreaders and copy editors to work on:

  • Reports, letters, and business documents.
  • Webpages.
  • Books.
  • Commercial copy and brochures.
  • Newspapers and magazines.

This proofreading and copy editing course covers all these areas and more, so you have the most up to date skills and knowledge, and the confidence to market yourself to potential clients.

You will also benefit from unlimited tutor support every step of the way, including personalised feedback on every assignment.

Successful proofreading course graduate Peter Fullagar told us “The tutor support makes the course outstanding. Excellent feedback given in a timely manner. The course content went beyond what I was expecting.

This vocational proofreading and copy editing course covers every aspect of proofreading and copy editing. Each lesson includes a practical assignment, based on real-world proofreading and editing.

Our comprehensive proofreading and copy editing course will teach you how to:

  • Proofread and copy edit documents, either in print or onscreen.
  • Apply style guides and BSI proofreading symbols.
  • Make written content easier to read.
  • Set up a freelance business and find paid work.

We have a proven track record in helping our proofreading and editing learners find work, set up as successful freelancers and learn new skills to use in the workplace.

Another recent graduate, Felicity Yau, has established herself as a successful freelance proofreader and copy editor. She is the latest of a number of learners who have gone on to successful freelance careers.

As a proofreader and copy editor, you could be:

  • Raising the quality of your organisation’s content.
  • Working in a specialised area, such as legal or academic publishing.
  • Running your own freelance proofreading and copy editing business.

If you have a keen eye for detail, becoming a proofreader and copy editor is a great way to earn good money.

PROOFREADING COURSE CERTIFICATION

This proofreading and copy editing course has been independently endorsed under the The Quality Licence Scheme. So at the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from The Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the Units the learner has completed as part of the course).

In addition, you will receive the accredited CMP diploma in proofreading and copy editing, which is recognised in the UK and beyond. It proves you are a qualified proofreader and copy editor.

These awards will enable you to apply for proofreading and editing jobs, find freelance work, or use your new skills in the workplace.

PROOFREADING COURSE TUTORS: JULIAN BROUWER AND SHUNA MEADE

We have two tutors on our proofreading and copy editing course. Julian Brouwer and Shuna Meade are both professional proofreaders and copy editors with many years of experience.

They will provide you with personal feedback on every assignment, answer your questions and give you expert careers guidance, so you get the very best out of your proofreading course.

HELP WHEN YOU FINISH YOUR PROOFREADING COURSE

We have been running this course since 2003, and have a proven track record in helping people find work and establish themselves as successful freelance proofreaders and copy editors.

We give advice on which agencies to join, how to market yourself correctly, and we also help you to devise a step by step plan to help you find clients.

We also provide assistance in helping you with your CV, covering letters and interview preparation for any jobs you apply for.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PROOFREADING COURSE - 11 THINGS TO CHECK

1. Proofreading course - Accreditation

Although there is no official regulating body for the proofreading industry, it's always imperative to check that any proofreading course has been externally accredited. This means that the provider has undertaken a rigorous external inspection of its procedures, teaching material and tutors. Accreditation also protects your interests as a learner and safeguards you because the provider will usually have to adhere to a strict code of conduct.

2. Who are the tutors?

When choosing a proofreading course, it is vital to check who the tutors are, and whether they have any genuine experience within the field. Most online proofreading course providers will list the tutors on their website and will provide a comprehensive overview of their experience. You should also be able to find their LinkedIn bios, which will list all of their skills and experiences.

3. Tutor support

Check how much tutor support is offered. Some proofreading courses don't offer any, some limit theirs, while some offer their tutor support on an unlimited basis. There is no right or wrong choice. It all depends on what you are looking for.

4. How regularly is the course updated?

Proofreading is a very fast-moving industry with changes to technology happening almost every day. It is important to check that any proofreading course you are looking to purchase, is up to date and in sync with latest trends - especially regarding software.

5. Practical tutor marked assignments

A proofreading course that allows you to put the theory into practice is usually the best option. It's also essential that your assignments are personally marked and graded by a proofreading professional.

6. Help finding proofreading work

It is always good to check if the learning provider offers you support at the end of your course. Many online proofreading courses offer help with CVs, covering letters, interview preparation and much more. It's also worth checking if they provide any assistance in helping you break into the freelance world.

7. Personal tutor references

When applying for jobs, it is always of great benefit to have a glowing reference. Check if the proofreading course you are looking at offers a personal reference for any jobs you apply for.

8. Staff training options

Some proofreading courses offer staff training options. If you want to book a proofreading course for your team, or an individual member of your organisation, it is best to contact the course provider directly to discuss this. It's also helpful to check which other organisations the provider works with.

9. History

Check how long the proofreading course has been running for. There are plenty of 'get rich quick' proofreading courses around, as well as many new courses being offered for as little as £10. We are not saying that these courses do not work, but it's always good to practice due diligence before making a purchase.

10. UK Register of Learning Providers

If you are looking to study a UK based proofreading course, it is helpful to ensure that the provider is on the UK Register of Learning Providers.

11. Success stories

It's important to check if a proofreading course actually works and does what it claims to do. Success stories are a very good way of doing this, and most proofreading course providers list their learner's success stories on their websites.

These can easily be verified and validated through sites like LinkedIn and you can also ask the provider to put you directly in touch with the course participant. Most providers will more than happy to facilitate this for you.

Who is this course for?

Proofreading (QLS L4)

Our proofreading and copy editing course is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. We've worked with:

  • beginners wanting to become professional proofreaders and copy editors
  • people who need to work accurately in the workplace
  • businesses of all sizes
  • website and blog owners who need to check their own content
  • freelance writers who need to produce error free copy
  • individuals who want to proofread as a hobby
  • existing proofreaders / editors looking to refresh or upgrade their current skills and demonstrate their credibility within the freelance market

Requirements

Proofreading (QLS L4)

No previous academic proofreading or copy editing experience or previous qualifications are required for this proofreading course. It is available to people of all ages and abilities. The only thing we ask is that you have good written English.

Career path

Proofreading (QLS L4)

This proofreading course has an excellent track record for success.

You could be:

  • Using your new proofreading and copy editing skills in the workplace
  • Raising the quality of an organisation’s content.
  • Working in a specialised proofreading area, such as legal or academic publishing.
  • Running your own freelance proofreading and copy editing business.

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What are CPD hours/points?

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What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.