Proofreading 2: Headway

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is for people who have some knowledge and experience of proofreading and would like to learn more. It takes you on to the next stage from the SfEP’s Introduction to Proofreading. Specifically designed to sit between P1: Introduction and P3: Progress, Proofreading Headway builds on the basic skills you already have to improve your concentration, focus and judgement.

At a minimum, before tackling P2 you should be able to answer 'Yes' to the following questions.

  • Do you understand the basic role of a proofreader and what to look out for when proofreading a text?
  • Can you follow a client's brief?
  • Can you mark proof corrections on paper using the British Standard symbols?
  • Do you have a basic working knowledge of how to mark corrections on PDF, using commenting tools in Acrobat or similar software?

Course description

This course guides you through common editorial conventions, house styles, layout issues and the basics of dealing with texts involving illustrations, tables and notes. The exercises, which cover a variety of texts, from public information to academic books, provide lots of practice in spotting and marking errors both on screen and on paper and are designed to help you develop strategies for dealing with increasingly demanding texts.

P2 is an assessed course. Two upgrade points are awarded for completing the course, and a further three for passing the final assignment. Achieving a pass indicates that you are ready, if you wish, to move on to the more advanced P3: Progress.

What you should know after the course

After taking this course you should be better at spotting errors, have strategies for dealing with common proofreading problems and be more confident in your ability to judge what must be changed and what is ‘good enough’ to leave. As a result of your tutor’s marks and comments, you should also know what you need to work on to improve your proofreading skills.

I found the course super – well-designed and very interesting. The tutor was excellent. Her comments were extremely useful. I can see very clearly what my strengths and weaknesses are.


A good, effective course, which was quite challenging. For the final assignment, my tutor provided a fully corrected response, which was very helpful.


My tutor always promptly returned my assignments, usually in less than week. Her comments were fair, constructive and positive.


I enjoyed the course and found it quite challenging, particularly with regard to the marking up of PDFs; this was an area unfamiliar to me so I needed to do a lot of extra reading on this.


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 between 4 and 6 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 3
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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