Editing and Proofreading Course

Editing and Proofreading Course

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Written communication is a vital part of the modern business world, whether to sell, lead or inform. Those who write, or oversee the writing of others, need to ensure that it is polished and error-free. Text that is clumsy in any way could harm the image of the person writing it and their organisation and might fail to achieve its objectives. A strong knowledge of editing and proofreading is required to turn early drafts into a perfect finished product.

Learning Aims

The editing and proofreading course aims to give you a thorough grounding in the three-part editing process, from structural editing through copy editing to proofreading. This editing and proofreading course also aims to equip you with the grammar and punctuation skills needed for this task, and to provide you with a strong sense of good business style and the editing steps needed to achieve this. This interactive editing and proofreading course will help you to develop a new enthusiasm for the editing process and its important role in good communication.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this editing and proofreading course you will be able to:

  1. Optimise the structure of any document for maximum effect.
  2. Set the right tone for your audience.
  3. Use headings and sub-headings to guide the reader through the structure.
  4. Check the document against a style guide.
  5. Correct grammar, punctuation and spelling.
  6. Check that the appropriate wording has been used at all times.
  7. Cut out deadwood, removing unnecessary verbiage.
  8. Edit for style, cutting out pompous language and cliches.
  9. Ensure that all sentences are clear and compelling.
  10. Check that all statements are backed up properly.
  11. Understand proofreading techniques.
  12. Use proofreading marks.

Course Content

The following topics will be covered in this editing and proofreading course:

Structural or substantive editing

  • Focusing on the big picture, which is about seeing the wood rather than the trees.
  • Assessing the content to fill gaps or cut out unfocused material and make sure that everything fits logically into the overall structure.
  • Assessing whether the tone of the document is correct for its theme and audience.
  • Checking the paragraph structure and flow and where necessary introducing transitional words or phrases to assist the reader to follow the thread of the narrative or argument.

Copy editing

  • Making sure all sentences are structured for maximum readability and impact.
  • Checking all wording against a relevant style guide.
  • Mastering the tricky points of grammar, punctuation and spelling so as to be able to correct errors.
  • Checking all word choices.
  • Cutting out redundant words and cliches.


  • Understanding the techniques involved in this final, quality-control stage of editing.
  • Checking for accuracy and consistency.
  • Using proofreading marks.

Intended Audience

This editing and proofreading course is suitable for anyone who writes at work or needs to edit the work of others.

This editing and proofreading course is part of a series of courses, focusing on business communication. Other Communication courses include; Business Writing Course, Grammar and Punctuation Course, Communication Course: Difficult Conversations in the Workplace and Presentation Skills Course. Those writing business cases or proposals may also have an interest in our Business Case Course: Prepare an Effective Business Case.

Delivery Style

This editing and proofreading course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows you to work through concepts introduced by the instructor in an application-focussed teaching environment. You will challenge your understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in your individual workplace.

Course Prerequisites

This editing and proofreading course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.

Course Features

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