Editing with Word

Who is this course suitable for?

This course, which replaces our old Onscreen Editing 1 and Onscreen Editing 2 courses, is not only suitable but is really a must for anyone who wants to use computer-aided techniques within Word to make their editing more effective and efficient. It is important to note that this is not a course about how to use Word, but about how to use Word to edit.

If you are a Mac user, you will need to be able to run Parallels or VMware fusion or similar on your computer for three of the ten chapters. For more information, read our blog post Windows options for Mac users.

Please read the FAQs relating to Editing with Word on the Training FAQs page.

Course description

The course helps you to utilise the power of Word to get the computer to do routine, repetitive tasks and leave you to get on with the finer points of editing. It includes chapters on styles and templates, find & replace and wildcards, and macros. Guest chapters have been written by Paul Beverley on FRedit, Daniel Heuman on PerfectIt and Jack Lyon on The Editorium. All chapters contain downloadable study notes, exercises and model answers.

What you should know after the course

By the end of the course you will have several useful tools stored on your computer to help you edit, and the knowledge of how to get hold of more. You will know how to get the computer to do a lot of the heavy lifting of editing so that routine tasks are carried out much more quickly, and much more accurately, than you could have managed them 'manually' before taking this course. You will know a lot more about the software available to help you edit, and have the knowledge to pick and choose what suits you best.

If you are an SfEP member, you will also have access to the SfEP forum 'Editing with Word', where you can discuss the course with fellow students, tutors and course contributors.

Availability, prices and upgrade points

  Workshop Online
Price (members) n/a £149
Price (non-members) n/a £247
SfEP upgrade points n/a 5
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Other price discounts are available. See the fees page.

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 yet available as a workshop option.

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Online course structure

Time allowed for access: 5 months SfEP upgrade points: 5
Approximate study time needed to complete the course: 30–35 hours

This is a self-assessed course. You will be assigned a tutor who will be available for up to 1 hour of support (usually by email), but the tutor does not mark any of your work. When you have finished the course you can download and print a certificate that states that you have 'Completed' the course.

The online course follows the syllabus as described in the screen below.

This course gives you access to some material designed to help you use the program ReferenceChecker, but this is only of use to you if you have the program already on your machine. ReferenceChecker is being discontinued by its owner, and is no longer supported.

Editing with Word

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