Proofreading Diploma Level 3

NCC Home Learning


£408 inc VAT
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Course materials, tutor support and certificate included in the price

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Study method
Distance learning, self-paced
160 hours
No formal qualification
Additional info
  • Tutor is available to students
  • Certificate of completion available and is included in the price

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This comprehensive Proofreading course is ideal for anyone wanting to brush up on their writing skills or explore a career as a professional proofreader/copy-editor for newspapers, blogs and publishing houses.


Do you have a natural passion for the written word? Are you the one everyone goes to to check their work for mistakes in grammar, language and sentence structure? Then pursuing a career as a proofreader may be for you.

This professional proofreading course can provide you with the essential skillset to assist in the writing process and enable writers across numerous genres – novels, screenplays, business reports, newspapers, blogs etc. – to accurately structure their work and ensure that their sentences are interpreted the right way.

To become a proofreader you need to be able to do more than correct mistakes and spot errors. You also need to possess an in-depth knowledge and understanding of language, and be able to concentrate for extended periods of time, paying avid attention to the texts before you. Through this focus, you will be able to edit copy and ensure that any changes, additions or omissions you make do not detract from the original message, tone or feel of the piece.

This exclusive certificate has been split into 5 extensive modules that cover the basics to becoming a proofreader. This includes:

  • An introduction to proofreading
  • Common errors – this module explores common mistakes, involving nouns, adjectives, rules for capitalisation, etc.
  • Sentence structure – examines the grammatical and semantic requirements of sentences.
  • Punctuation guidelines and instructions - covering the correct use of commas, semicolons and apostrophes.

This certificate in proofreading can open doors to a variety of fascinating and rewarding careers. From starting your own freelance business, to supplying proofreading and editorial advice to bloggers, novelists, business owners and corporations; this course can even be used to help train staff and further their development, as they’ll be able to formulate error free letters, reports and emails that are written to the highest standards.

More importantly, this endorsed qualification can help enhance your reputation and boost your client base, as it will act as proof of your skills, knowledge and credentials.

Why study proofreading courses?

Whether you’re a novice to the world of proofreading, or you simply want to bolster your editorial skills so you can produce pristine reports, letters, articles and brochures for your bosses; choosing to learn from home can provide you with the perfect opportunity to progress on your own terms.

Free from the confines of a classroom you can:

  • Pick from our range of paper-based or online learning options
  • Take control of your educational experience, AND
  • Enjoy the flexibility of being able to complete activities/assignments at a time and pace of your choosing

No fixed deadlines. No exams. Just the chance to progress your career and achieve qualifications that will maximise your CV - all from the comfort of your own home.

And this is great news for students trying to juggle their work and social commitments, as home learning allows you to adapt your studies to fit around your needs and requirements.

Following this course, many students go on to become successful proofreaders, offering their valuable services to companies on a freelance or in-house basis. Similarly, many choose to complete other creative writing courses that are capable of supporting and enhancing these proofreading skills further.


No previous knowledge or experience in proofreading, copy-editing or publishing is required in order to enrol onto this Proofreading Certificate course. This makes it suitable for beginners looking to explore this unique career niche. If however, you already possess some proofreading experience, then this course may still prove beneficial as it will enable you to refresh your skills, address any areas of weaknesses, bolster your current knowledge base, and put you in a better position to develop your professional skills.

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

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 ABC Awards and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.


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