Proofreading 2: Progress

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is the gateway to the SfEP's proofreading mentoring scheme. It is suitable for those who already have a good grounding in proofreading, and preferably some experience, who feel ready to advance to the next level. It is also suitable for members who are returning after a break, and wish to update, refresh or check their skills.

It is important to note that you will need to have some further training or experience in proofreading before moving from P1 to P2. You will NOT be able to cope with the exercises in P2 on the strength of what is taught in P1.

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

  • do you understand the role of a proofreader?
  • can you follow a client's brief?
  • do you have a basic working knowledge of Word?
  • can you mark up text on paper using the British Standard symbols?

Course description

This course guides you through both general and scientific texts, and deals with problems of poor typesetting and heavily edited copy. It includes instruction and exercises on slightly more complex material such as references and information presented in tables.

P2 is an assessed course. Passing the final assignment acts as part qualification for acceptance into the proofreading mentoring scheme.

What you should know after the course

After taking P2 you should be confident in your knowledge and use of the BSI symbols – proofreading either against copy or blind, on hard copy or onscreen. You should be capable of proofreading most straightforward documents and, just as importantly, you should have a clear picture of the type of material that suits your proofreading and other skills.

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 syllabus

Length of course: 1 day SfEP upgrade points: 3

The precise syllabus and timings may vary slightly on the day.

Syllabus and timing
Pre-course work
  • exercise: references (with model answer)
  • exercise: business leaflet (with model answer)
9.30 Introductions
9.45 Review of handouts and pre-course exercises
10.00 Two exercises with discussion:
  • heavily annotated hard copy
  • page in an adult education college syllabus
11.15 Break
11.30 Two exercises with discussion:
  • complex technical table
  • article in a law journal
12.45 Zero tolerance exercise. Discussion
1.15 Lunch
2.00 Exercise: page proof of teach-yourself text. Discussion
3.00 Break
3.15 Exercise: proofreading and collating author's amendments. Discussion
4.20 Wind-up; problems; questions; tips
4.30 Close

Online course structure

Time allowed for access: 5 months SfEP upgrade points: 4
Approximate study time needed to complete the course: 15–20 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).

The six exercises in the middle of the course are self-assessed against model answers.

Your 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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