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Accredited subediting diploma

Subediting level 4 diploma

Course summary

£294.50 incl VAT. Payment options
3 x monthly payments of £98.16. No charges, interest or credit checks.
Ian Campbell
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Duration / hours:
Approximately 60-80 hours of study. You work at your own pace
ABC Awards level 4 diploma
Awarding body:
ABC Awards

Course review

Terry Mitchinson: subediting course

I am editor of the Welwyn and Hatfield Times, and CMP provided subediting training to several of my journalists.

The training was thorough and up-to-date and the attendees really enjoyed it. They left with all the skills they needed to works as subs.

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Giles Broadbent: subediting course

CMP trained a number of journalists at the Kent and Sussex Courier in subediting skills over a three year period.

The training was practical and relevant ... really high quality courses that benefited everyone who attended, and our operation overall.

Giles Broadbent: subediting course

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Katie Fremantle: subediting course

I had worked with a magazine before and realised I wanted to know more about the production side of things. The course more than met my expectations. The tutorial support was good and the content was good, too, with plenty of detail.

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Course overview

Our subediting course will equip you with the skills you need to work in newspaper and magazine production as a freelancer or employee.

As well as helping many individuals become successful subeditors, this course is also used to train staff from some top organisations, including Archant, Essex county council, and The Kent and Sussex Courier. See our other clients

Subeditors undertake a range of production duties, including:

  • fact-checking, editing and rewriting copy
  • writing compelling headlines and standfirsts
  • working with images and designing pages using desktop publishing software

Our online subediting course will train you in all these areas. And when you graduate, you will receive the respected CMP Charter Mark as well as an accredited diploma.

We also teach you the essentials of media law and techniques for meeting tight publishing deadlines.

You will benefit from full tutor support throughout and personal feedback on all your assignments.

On completion, you will be qualified to work on both print and online publications.

Our comprehensive subediting course will teach you how to:

  • edit copy to a professional standard, including using correct grammar and punctuation
  • ensure copy is consistent and factually-accurate
  • avoid issues relating to copyright, libel and data protection
  • get to grips with Dreamweaver, HTML, Photoshop and Quark Xpress
  • secure paid subediting work as an employee or self-employed freelancer

When you graduate, you will receive the respected CMP Charter Mark as well as an accredited, industry recognised diploma.

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ABC awards logoAt the end of this course, successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards, and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the subjects you have completed as part of the course.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme

We will also email you the fully accredited CMP diploma, which is recognised throughout many different industries, and will enable you to apply for jobs, or gain regular freelance work.

Who is this course for?

Our webwriting course is for people of all ages and abilities. We've worked with:

  • beginners wanting to become professional subeditors
  • journalists looking to sharpen their writing and editing skills
  • magazine and newspaper staff who need additional training
  • freelance writers looking to update their skills
  • people who work with printed and online publications


It's important to study online with a provider you can trust. You will be in safe hands studying with us. We have been running our online courses since 2003. 

We are listed on the government's UK Register of Learning Providerswhich is run by the Department for Education. 

We are fully accredited by three recognised organisations:

Our accrediting bodies have reciprocal arrangments with other countries, meaning you can study this course from anywhere in the world. We have students in more than 100 countries.

Duration and hours

The duration of this course is approximately 60-80 hours. You fit these hours in whenever is best for you. We offer complete flexibility, with no deadlines or time limits. 

This means you can study at a pace that suits you, and fit the course around your lifestyle.

On average, people take around three months to complete the course, but it doesn't matter if you take longer. The course doesn't have an expiry date.

There are no set enrolment dates. You can enrol and begin studying whenever suits you.

Price and payment

The price of our subediting course is £294.50 (incl. VAT). This fee can either be paid in full, or over three interest free monthly payments of £98.16. 

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Student discount card

Our subediting course enables you to get an NUS student discount card, enabling you to save money on more than 170 brands across the UK.

You can get 10% off at the Co-op, 5% off at Amazon, 10% off at Superdrug, 10% off at New Look, and 20% off at WH Smith. Plus many more. 


Course tutor: Ian CampbellSubediting course tutor: Ian Campbell

Editor | subeditor | freelance journalist

MEN Media |Trinity Mirror |Liverpool Daily Post 

We provide you with a personal tutor who will mentor you through the course, mark your assignments, and give you expert advice whenever you need it.

All our tutors are professionals who are still working in their sectors. They will be there to help you every step of the way. And you can contact them whenever you need to.

Our subediting course tutor is Ian Campbell.

Ian has been a journalist for 25 years, and worked for the Daily Post in Liverpool, and the Manchester Evening News as a page designer and subeditor.

He was also editor of a local newspaper and website within the M.E.N. Media group.

Ian will mark your work, answer your questions and give you friendly help and advice.

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Course subjects

This course covers everything you need to know to get started in the world of subediting.

Lesson 01: The basics

This lesson explains what a subeditor does, shows where they fit in the new magazine / newspaper / web publishing process and defines the qualities of a good subeditor.

Lesson 02: Terminology and client briefs

This lesson explores subediting terminology, discusses the importance of briefs and design style guides and explains what it means to edit for an intended magazine or newspaper's reader and purpose.

Lesson 03: Applying style

This lesson explains what newspaper, magazine and website house style is and discusses why it is important for a subeditor to follow it.

Lesson 04: Spelling, punctuation and grammar

This lesson explains why the subeditor should use accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar, and how to achieve it.

Lesson 05: Avoiding jargon

This lesson defines what jargon is and explains how a subeditor can edit jargon out, to improve readability for the magazine, newspaper or web reader.

Lesson 06: Editing with clarity

This lesson explains how subeditors should edit copy so the magazine, newspaper or web reader can read it quickly and easily.

Lesson 07: Common pitfalls

This lesson explains how subeditors can edit text to remove clichés, slang and offensive or inappropriate material for journalists' copy, as well as how to edit for a global audience.

Lesson 08: Accuracy

This lesson explains why subeditors must make sure that the meaning in copy is accurate and shows how to edit accordingly.

Lesson 09: Summarising

This lesson explains the techniques subeditors can use to summarise pieces of copy for a magazine, newspaper or website.

Lesson 10: Checking facts

This lesson explains why subeditors should edit for factual accuracy, what to look out for and techniques.

Lesson 11: Media law basics: Part A

This lesson explores why and how subeditors should edit to avoid copyright, trademark and libel issues that could land their publication in trouble.

Lesson 12: Media law basics: Part B

This lesson explains how and why subeditors should check for issues like contempt of court, data protection, sexual offences and youth anonymity - laws which are strictly applied to the media.

Lesson 13: Doing multiple checks

This lesson explains how to apply all the subediting techniques you have learned so far in the course, when editing copy.

Lesson 14: Headlines

This lesson explains the different types of headlines and how a subeditor can write them effectively.

Lesson 15: Page design and desktop publishing

This lesson explores how magazines, newspapers and webpages are designed to accommodate stories, headlines and page furniture, the use of fonts, colour, shading and white space and how the subeditor can use software to achieve these.

Lesson 16: Subbing listings

This lesson explains what subbing magazine, newspaper and website listings involves and what the subeditor needs to know about subbing them for accuracy and fitting them into the available space.

Lesson 17: Working to tight deadlines

This lesson shows you how to develop techniques for working quickly and accurately against tight media deadlines.

Lesson 18: Proofreading

This lesson explains why subeditors proofread and edit copy on screen. It teaches you how to use the main on-screen proofreading and editing techniques and shows what you need to watch out for.

Lesson 19: Software tutorials

This lesson introduces you to various website and page building software programmes used by the media. They will help you understand how they work when subediting.

Lesson 20: Finding work and developing your career

This lesson explains how to promote your web profile, find work and set up and negotiate fees and details when taking on subediting work. 

Course delivery

Online courses are different. But most people find they are more effective and convenient than face-to-face study.

You study when, and where you want to.

You’ll have access to our Online Learning Area where you can access course material, submit assignments, and use our extensive library of resources. You can also connect with other students if you want to.

We provide you with a personal course tutor who will mentor you through the course, so you will not be studying on your own. You can contact your tutor as often as you need to.

We usually provide same-day tutorial support on weekdays.

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What will I need to study this course?

In order to study our subediting course, you will need the following:

  • access to a computer, tablet or similar device
  • internet access
  • Microsoft Word or equivalent: OpenOffice, iWork pages
  • an email account

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Where you could fit in as a subeditor

Because it is such a crucial part of newspaper and magazine production, fully trained and qualified subeditors are very much in demand.

Our subediting course prepares you to undertake this important and varied role across a range of print and web titles.

To be successful, you will need to master many different skills – from journalism to desktop publishing.

Through our online subediting course, you will develop all the skills you need at your own pace and with our full support.

As an accomplished ‘sub’, you could be:

  • working to tight deadlines, ensuring a daily national or local newspaper goes to print on time
  • laying out the pages of your favourite glossy magazine
  • getting your foot in the door of a major media group or publication
  • enjoying the variety and flexibility of a freelance subediting career

Former student, Katie Fremantle, found our course more than met her expectations.

She learnt a ‘huge amount’ about newspaper and magazine production. See her review

If you would like to start a new career or move into a production role, our comprehensive subediting course prepares you for success.

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CMP Charter Mark

CMP charter markThe Charter Mark is our assurance of accredited educational quality.

We award it to students who have graduated from one of our courses or training programmes. It helps them to find work.

Holders are licensed to use it on their websites, stationery, and social media profiles.

The Charter Mark guarantees that holders have achieved set standards of competence in a given field.

It gives employers confidence that applicants for staff positions or freelance work have received accredited training and independent assessment.

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This course gets results

Individuals and businesses across the UK and beyond testify that this course met their needs. 

And don't take our word for it: 

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When you finish

When you complete the course, you will receive two respected qualifications:

These recognised awards will add value to your CV, and help when you apply for subediting jobs or freelance work.

We go the extra mile

We will still be here to help you, even after you have completed your course. There’s no cut-off point.

We provide:

  • personal careers advice
  • help with your CV
  • help looking for work
  • a reference when applying for jobs

What happens when I enrol?

Once you have completed your enrolment form, and have paid your fee, we will be in touch very quickly via email, usually within 15-20 minutes, during office hours. We will send your introductory materials so you can get started. 

There are no set enrolment dates. You can enrol and begin studying whenever suits you.

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Course reviews

I had worked with a magazine before and realised I wanted to know more about the production side of things. The course more than met my expectations. The tutorial support was good and the content was good, too, with plenty of detail. Katie Fremantle

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