Copy-editing 2: Headway

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is for people who have tried their hand at some straightforward copy-editing work and know that they want to continue. It takes you on to the next stage from the SfEP's Introduction to Copy-editing. Specifically designed to sit between CE1: Introduction and CE3: Progress, Copy-editing Headway expands your knowledge and understanding of principles and practice.

At a minimum, before tackling CE2 you should be able to answer 'Yes' to the following questions.

  • Do you understand the basic role of a copy-editor, and what to look out for when copy-editing a text?
  • Can you follow a client's brief?
  • Do you know how to identify the different elements of a document (such as headings and lists)?
  • Do you have a basic working knowledge of Microsoft Word and of how to mark up text on paper using the British Standard symbols for copy preparation and proof correction?

Course description

This course guides you through the technicalities of copy-editing displayed matter and bibliographies, and introduces you to photographs and figures. The exercises cover a variety of texts, from public information to academic books, and give a lot of scope for practice.

CE2 is an assessed course. Two upgrade points are awarded for completing the course, and a further two for passing the final assignment. Achieving a pass indicates that you are ready, should you want to, to move on to the more advanced CE3: Progress.

What you should know after the course

After taking this course you should be confident in your knowledge of how to deal with more complex material that is routinely encountered in the copy-editing world – or should know where to look if something unusual crops up. As a result of your tutor’s marks and comments, you should also know exactly where you need to work hardest to improve.

Availability, prices and upgrade points

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Other price discounts are available. See the fees page.

All workshops take place over 1 day. Online courses take between 10 and 35 hours to complete, but you have access to the course materials for 4 or 5 months (depending on the course).

Workshop course syllabus

This course is not available as a workshop option.

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Online course structure

Time allowed for access: 6 months SfEP upgrade points: completion 2; pass 2
Approximate study time needed to complete the course: 20–25 hours

This is an assessed course. You will be assigned a tutor who will be available for up to 1 hour of support (usually by email), and the tutor will also mark and provide feedback on three assignments. The first two assignments are marked so that both you and your tutor can assess whether you are at about the right level for the course (if you are struggling, you can put the course 'on hold' and come back to it later, after more training or experience).

A further two exercises can be self-assessed against model answers.

Your overall performance on the final assignment determines whether you have passed the course. When you have finished the course you can download and print a certificate that states either that you have 'Passed' the course, or if you are unlucky enough not to have passed, that you have 'Completed' it.


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