Editing II

Editing II

Course Code BWR302
Qualification Statement of Attainment
Payment Options Upfront & Payment Plans
Delivery Online & Correspondence
Duration 100 Hours

Writing Courses - Editor,Proof Reader - Advanced Editing Distance Learning, online course

This course provides a solid foundation to become a freelance editor, or to seek work as a proof reader.

Good editors are always in demand and with greater access to the internet you can work from virtually anywhere in the world.

Graduates of this course may well start with part time work editing web sites, newsletters or low circulation magazines; but over time (and perhaps with further study) can work up to full time employment as a proof reader, sub editor, book or magazine editor, copy editor, freelance editor, or even publishing assistant or publisher.

Editors work for publications both in house (eg. in a magazine, newspaper or web development office), or outside as contractors (eg. self employed from home).

Alone, this course does not make you a professional editor, but it can lead to valuable career opportunities when combined with other courses that develop your knowledge and skills in publishing and journalism.

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction to Editing

    • The role and scope of editing
    • Tools for editing
    • Editing skills
    • The production process
    • An overview; who does what in publishing
  2. The Mechanics of Clear Writing

    • Spelling
    • Punctuation
    • Grammar
    • Language
    • Style
    • Tense
  3. Assessing Manuscripts

    • Readability
    • Word length
    • Structure
    • Consistencies and inaccuracies
    • The reader’s report
    • Substantive editing
    • The author’s responsibilities
    • The author/editor relationship
  4. Copy Editing I

    • What the copy editor does
    • The procedure
    • House style
    • Style sheets
  5. Copy Editing II

    • Marking up
    • Parts of a publication
    • Editing non-text material
    • Illustration.
  6. Preparing Copy for Printing

    • Type design
    • Page layout
    • Proof stages
  7. Proof Reading
  8. The Final Stages

    • Indexes
    • Blurbs
    • Checking final proofs

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • To gain an understanding of the role and scope of editing.
  • Explain the importance of clear, effective writing, throughout all stages of the publishing process.
  • Describe the procedure of manuscript assessment.
  • Describe the procedures used by copy editors.
  • Explain procedures used to prepare copy for printing.
  • Describe the checks and procedures used in the final stages of preparing and printing publications.

For more information on this course, please request your free course information pack.

Finance options

If you are an Irish citizen you may be eligible to receive financial support, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Additionally, if you are a resident of Ireland, you may also be eligible to receive a student grant under the Student Grant Scheme

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How will this course advance my career?

Learning Cloud programs have been developed in response to industry demand and are specifically designed to equip graduates with work-ready skills. Each participant will be trained and assessed in theory and in practical tasks and Real-world exercises are used throughout the program.

Studies prove, time and again, that college-educated workers earn more than those with only a high school qualification. College graduates often enjoy additional benefits, including greater job opportunities and promotions. Though the proof for greater earning potential exists, some might wonder whether the cost of the education warrants the overall expense in the long run.

College Graduate vs. Non-Graduate Earnings

The National Centre for Education Statistics (NCES) analyses employee earnings data biennially, according to education level. Findings indicate that workers with a qualification earn significantly more than those without. Since the mid-1980s, education has played a large part in potential wages, with bachelor's degree holders taking home an average of 66% more than those with only a high school diploma do. While college-educated workers' wages have increased over the past two decades, those with only a high school education have seen decreases in annual salaries in the same time period (nces.ed.gov).

How else will I benefit from studying with Learning Cloud?

  • Studying online or distance means you can study where you want and at your own pace.
  • Receive career-focused training with practical, hands-on learning.
  • All course materials are provided and all digital platforms are interactive, work on any device and designed to be fun.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning or Skills Recognition may be available for previous work experience, formal training or qualifications in this field.