Proof Reading & Copy Editing

Proof Reading & Copy Editing

This course has been designed for those who would like to learn and practise some of the skills that you will need if you are to work as a copy-editor or proof-reader, or if you simply want to sharpen your written English for any context. To prepare an author’s manuscript for publication, it needs to undergo a number of processes, and the copy-editor and proof-reader are at the core of these. As a copy-editor, you will prepare the manuscript for design. You will read it to ensure it is appropriate for its intended readership, check that the information in it is accurate and consistent, identify and mark up structural elements for the designer, and check and correct spelling, punctuation and grammar. The designer will then produce proofs in accordance with your instructions. As a proof-reader you will read those proofs, checking the layouts against the author’s original and giving the text a ‘final polish’. This course aims to give you the basic tools to perform these two distinct roles. There is no guarantee that by attending the course you will find work as a copy-editor or proof-reader, but you will have acquired the tools of the trade, and an awareness of what is involved in producing clear, concise English that is suitable for publication.


Learning Outcomes

 By the end of the course, you will have been given the opportunity to:

  • Understand the role of the copy-editor and the proof-reader within the context of the whole publishing process
  • Learn how to tackle a raw manuscript and prepare it for design, examining all elements of a published work from cover to cover
  • Learn the British Standard proof-reading symbols and practise them on a variety of texts and layouts
  • Work closely on different texts, looking at spelling, punctuation and grammar – the essentials of the copy-editor’s/proof-reader’s job  


Your Tutor

Rachel Norridge Rachel Norridge is a highly experienced copy-editor, proofreader and editorial project manager with over 25 years' experience, gained both in-house and freelance. She works in the trade, educational and academic sectors on projects ranging from traditional print to websites and enhanced ebooks.


Tuition fees: £100.00
Materials Costs: £0.00
Total Cost: £100.00


No. of sessions: 8

Day Date Times
Wed 25/09/2019 19:00-21:00
Wed 02/10/2019 19:00-21:00
Wed 09/10/2019 19:00-21:00
Wed 16/10/2019 19:00-21:00
Wed 30/10/2019 19:00-21:00
Wed 06/11/2019 19:00-21:00
Wed 13/11/2019 19:00-21:00
Wed 20/11/2019 19:00-21:00

Your next step

Pay by credit or debit card over the telephone. Please call the Adult Education Office on 01223 278002 Monday to Thursday 9am to 7pm and Friday 9am to 4pm during term time and Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm out of term time.

Pay by cheque, made payable to Hills Road Sixth Form College. Please send you cheque together with a completed enrolment form, which you can find by clicking on ‘How to Enrol’ on the left hand side, to the Adult Education Office, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PE. Please enclose a SAE if you require a receipt.

Please note full refunds can only be made if a class is cancelled or closed at the discretion of the College, or if you cancel your enrolment no less than two weeks before the course starts.

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