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May 2—Jul 31
ZAR 13500 ≈USD 953


The success of any piece of published writing can be enhanced by the editing and proofreading work of a great copy-editor.

Whether you’re in the writing industry and want to boost your skill set; or are looking to move into a freelance copy-editor or copywriting role - your ability to proofread proficiently is a copy-editing skill worth recognising.

In 10 weeks, this copy-editing course will help you turn your love for correct grammar and perfect punctuation into a copy-editing career. Armed with a certificate from UCT and the ability to critically assess copy, you’ll become an invaluable editing asset.

What will set you apart

This copy-editing course will give you the confidence to:

  • Assess and critique the underlying structure of chapters, documents or manuscripts
  • Identify and correct spelling or punctuation errors
  • Prepare a manuscript for typesetting and write a design brief
  • Investigate the various elements of a book and the role of an copy-editor in getting a book ready to be published
  • Deal with plagiarism and copyright infringement appropriately

Course curriculum

This copy-editing course is designed to give you the practical skills and expertise you need in the copy-editing field. With a personalised and supported framework, you’ll study in your own time, guided by industry experts and a dedicated support team. Here’s what you’ll cover in your copy-editing course:

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Course Module 1: Introduction to editing
  • Course Module 2: Spelling
  • Course Module 3: Punctuation
  • Course Module 4: Grammar and style
  • Course Module 5: Working with authors
  • Course Module 6: Quotes and sources
  • Course Module 7: Structural editing
  • Course Module 8: Editing creative works
  • Course Module 9: Elements of a book
  • Course Module 10: Working as an editor or proofreader


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