Online subediting course (level 4 diploma)
An accredited subediting for individuals and businesses
Practical and engaging assignments | Unlimited tutor support | Recognised qualification
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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 has also been used to train staff from some top organisations, including Archant, Essex county council, and The Kent and Sussex Courier.
This course is ideal for:
- Beginners who want 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.
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 a recognised level 4 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.
What will I learn?
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.
You will benefit from unlimited tutor support from Ian Campbell, who is a professional subeditor and journalist. He will help you every step of the way.
He 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 and Certa Awards level 4 diploma in subediting. It proves you are a qualified subeditor. ABC Awards and Certa Awards are leading national awarding bodies that are both regulated by Ofqual.
Our subediting 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 subediting, 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 subediting, which is recognised in the UK and beyond. It proves you are a qualified subeditor.
These awards will equip you to apply for subediting and writing jobs, learn new skills to use at work or find freelance work.
Subediting course tutor: Ian Campbell
Editor | subeditor | freelance journalist
As a subediting course learner, you will work 1-2-1 with Ian Campbell, who is a professional subeditor and journalist.
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 the editor of a local newspaper and website within the M.E.N. Media group.
He will mentor you, mark your assignments, and give you expert advice.
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Subediting course subjects
This vocational course covers every aspect of subediting. Each lesson includes a practical assignment, based on real-world subediting.
Every assignment is personally marked and graded by your tutor, so you’ll receive expert feedback on your progress.
This course costs £494.50 including VAT. This is all you pay. There are no hidden charges, and we have a range of payment methods, so you can purchase your course wherever you live.
You can either pay the fee in full, or with four monthly instalments of £123.62 including VAT.
What happens when I enrol?
There are no set enrolment dates. You can begin studying when you want to.
Once you have completed your enrolment form and paid your fee, you will receive a login to our Online Learning Area.
There, you will find your learning materials and other resources. You can start studying when you want to.
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 subediting.