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Proofreading and editing level 4 diploma

An effective proofreading course for individuals and businesses

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Our proofreading and editing course will equip you with the editorial skills you need to become a qualified proofreader and copy editor. This online course will show you how to correct printed documents and webpages, and make them readable and legally compliant.

Many leading corporations including British Gas, Royal Mail and the NHS have used this practical proofreading and editing course to train their writers. And many individuals testify that it is effective and great value for money.

This comprehensive online course is ideal for:

  • Beginners.
  • Proofreaders and copy editors who want a recognised qualification.
  • People who need to proofread documents at work.
  • Students who need to get their assignments and dissertations perfect.
  • Staff training and development.
  • People who want to develop their skills or retrain.

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 qualified proofreaders and copy editors to work on:

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

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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 a freelance business.

If you have a keen eye for detail, becoming a proofreader and copy editor is a great way to earn good money. Click the button below to see exactly what else you’ll get on this course.

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What will I learn?

Our comprehensive proofreading and 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.

You can join the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) as an entry level member.

You will benefit from unlimited tutor support from either Rachel Finnegan or Julian Brouwer, who are both professional proofreaders and copy editors. They will help you every step of the way.

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

When you graduate, you will receive the ABC Awards level 4 diploma in proofreading and editing. It proves you are a qualified proofreader and copy editor. ABC Awards is regulated by Ofqual.


Our proofreading and editing course has been independently endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. So, when you finish, you will receive the ABC Awards level 4 diploma in proofreading and editing, and a learner unit summary. This lists the subjects you have studied.

The ABC diploma guarantees that you have been assessed at level 4 standards, and are competent to practise. ABC Awards is a leading national awarding body, and is regulated by Ofqual.

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

These awards will equip you to apply for proofreading and editing jobs, learn new skills to use at work or find freelance work.

Proofreading and editing course tutors

We have two tutors on our proofreading and editing course. Rachel Finnegan and Julian Brouwer are both professional proofreaders and copy editors.

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 the course.

Tutor 1: Rachel Finnegan

Freelance editor | proofreader

Rachel is a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and the Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers of Ireland (AFEPI). She is often praised for her friendly, approachable and encouraging manner.

She runs her own proofreading and editing business, Irish Academic Editing. Her skills include proofreading, copy editing, substantive editing, editorial training, and academic writing.

She was a lecturer in arts and humanities for 20 years and has published five academic books and numerous journal articles in the area of classics and the history of 18th century travel and collecting.

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Tutor 2: Julian Brouwer

Proofreader | freelance journalist

Julian Brouwer worked as a proofreader for a group of newspapers and a host of other London-based organisations. So, he is used to finding errors that even eagle-eyed subeditors miss.

He still works as a proofreader, and runs a successful news agency Manhattan News, which supplies US-based news and features to national papers in the UK. He used to have his own column in the Daily Express.

He is often praised for his good-humoured and encouraging manner.

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Proofreading and editing course subjects

This course covers everything you need to know to get started in the world of proofreading and copy editing. It is delivered in UK English.

Each assignment will be personally marked and graded by your tutor, so you will receive expert feedback at each stage.

Who is this course for?

Our proofreading and editing course is suitable for over-16s of all abilities.

We regularly work with:

  • Beginners wanting to become professional proofreaders and copy editors.
  • People who need to work accurately, as part of their job roles.
  • 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 and copy editors looking to refresh or upgrade their current skills.

We have an excellent reputation working with disabled learners, and people who are housebound or terminally ill.

Access to our resources library

You will have free and unlimited access to our extensive resources library. It contains downloadable podcasts, videos, ebooks and tips files to help your career.

This is in addition to your comprehensive course materials and tutor support.

International students

You can study this online course wherever you live. We have students in more than 100 countries. And you can trust us, as we are accredited by two international accrediting bodies:

Both organisations promote excellence in worldwide online study, so international students can verify our quality before they enrol.


Accreditation and quality

We comply with the very highest external standards. We are:

Each organisation has its own standards, code of practice and complaints procedure, so you can enrol with complete confidence.

CMP Charter Mark

The Charter Mark is our benchmark of educational quality. We award it to graduates who have also demonstrated they can work professionally in the online environment.

The Charter Mark gives employers the confidence that candidates applying for jobs or freelance work have received accredited training and independent assessment. And it gives learners credibility in the competitive world of proofreading and editing.

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