Proofreading Course (Level 4 Diploma)


eDistance Learning


£481.25 inc VAT
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Finance options available
Study method
Distance learning, self-paced
240 hours
Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students

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A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain a proofreading diploma. Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning proofreading is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for an exam or career through home study. What's more, because the distance learning Level 4 Proofreading course is a fully comprehensive course, no prior knowledge is required.

There are eight chapters in total, each containing instructional material as well as assignments. You will also be assigned a tutor, who will provide remote assistance with any queries you may have regarding the Proofreading Diploma and who will correct the assignments you complete.


You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your course of study. You will have your own personal tutor helping you with your course work and with any questions you may have. Plus you can contact our Student Advisors by email or phone for all the practical advice you may need – so we really are with you 100%.

What's more, you'll have access to the online student portal where you can interact with other students, browse our resource library and manage your account.


Theoretical information is provided throughout the Proofreading Diploma, followed by a series of exercises that are to be completed and marked by your personal tutor.

When you have completed the programme, your tutor needs to verify that you have worked through all parts of any Workbooks, Activities and Exercises successfully.

Upon verification of the activities, exercises and assignments, a nationally recognised certificate will be awarded by NCFE as confirmation that your written work has met all of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for the programme.


We recommended you spend approximately 240 hours of your time studying for the course name. The pace of study is completely up to you. To give an example, if you dedicate 5 hours a week to the course it would take you a year to complete but if you could spare 10 hours a week you could complete it in six months.

Get started today, and you can earn your Level 4 NCFE Diploma in Proofreading in as little as six months, or take up to a year, if you prefer – the choice is yours.


The Proofreading Diploma requires no previous background in proofreading, copy-editing, or publishing and so is suitable for beginners. If, however, you already have some experience of proofreading you should still find benefit as the course will allow you to address any areas of weakness, refine your existing knowledge, and develop your professional skills.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.


The NCFE Level 4 Proofreading Diploma Course is divided into eight comprehensive chapters:

There are eight chapters in total, each containing instructional material as well as assignments. You will also be assigned a tutor, who will provide remote assistance with any queries you may have regarding the Proofreading Diploma and who will correct the assignments you complete.

Chapter One - Introduction
Chapter 1 addresses the distinction between copy-editors and proofreaders. It also provides an introduction to the symbols used when marking hard copy and the procedures followed when marking electronic copy.

Chapter Two - Grammar Review I: Nouns and Pronouns

Chapter Three - Grammar II: Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs and Prepositions

Chapter Four - Grammar Review III: Clauses and Sentences
Chapters 2, 3 and 4 offer a review of basic grammar. You will learn reliable means of identifying the basic parts of speech and will also learn how to resolve common grammatical problems. Chapter 2 covers nouns and pronouns, Chapter 3 covers verbs and other parts of speech, and Chapter 4 looks at clauses and sentences.

Chapter 5 - Punctuation
Punctuation is the topic of Chapter 5, which covers use of the apostrophe, comma, semicolon, quotation mark, and other well-recognised forms of punctuation.

Chapter 6 - Common Problems at the Word Level
Chapters 6 addresses common problems that the proofreader is likely to encounter with regard to the choice of vocabulary and ends with a comparison of differing practices in British and American English.

Chapter 7 - Common Problems at the Phrase or Clause Level
Chapter 7 follows with a discussion of common problems that occur at the phrase or clause level, including the split infinitive, and offers advice for resolution of these problems.

Chapter 8 - Working or Preparing A Style Sheet
In Chapter 8, the function of a style sheet is explained and you are given practice in developing this handy aid. This chapter also addresses page layout and other formatting issues that affect the look of an entire text.

Finally, the Conclusion offers some helpful tips for keeping you up to date in an ever-changing environment and lists recommended sources for the further development of your skills.

The course materials also include Appendix I, a glossary of grammatical terms; Appendix II, a list of standard symbols used in proofreading; and a Bibliography listing helpful references, including relevant websites.


No prior knowledge or experience is required.

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