Proofreading Basics

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Take steps to become a professional proofreader and ensure engaging, error-free content always, with the Proofreading Basics course. This course is endorsed by ABC Awards – an organisation that ensures professional, reputable certification for further education.

In this course, you will learn how to become an expert proofreader, scanning digital and offline copy, leaving no mistakes unnoticed. You will start by familiarising with the proofreading guideline, moving onto tips and techniques for checking spelling and grammar. Later, you will explore a wide range of methods for proofreading efficiently and with speed. 

This introductory training course will also teach you how to find work as a proofreader and will help you to develop the fundamental skills to succeed in this industry. On successful completion, you will have the practical knowledge and accreditation a explore a wide range of career paths in this field.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain complete mastery of the English language and kickstart your career
  • Familiarise with the proofreading checklist and the responsibilities of a proofreader
  • Discover practical techniques for checking grammatical mistakes & spelling mistakes
  • Explore effective strategies for proofreading text on screen and on paper.
  • Sharpen your eye for detail and learn how to stay focused when scanning sentences
  • Develop the skills to be able to scan text quickly using our professional techniques
  • Be aware of common grammatical and structural mistakes 
  • Learn the correct use of pronouns, adjectives, adverbs and prepositions

Who is this Course for?

This beginners course is suitable for aspiring proofreaders, professionals and students who want to ensure that their content is error-free and of high-quality. There are no entry requirements for this course, however, having good knowledge of the English language would be beneficial. This course can be studied part-time or full-time.

Entry Requirement:

  • This course is available to all learners, of all academic backgrounds.
  • Learners should be aged 16 or over to undertake the qualification.
  • Good understanding of English language, numeracy and ICT are required to attend this course.


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Course Gate has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Course Gate to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications.   ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met.  A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

This course has been endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme for its high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes. This course is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification.  For further information please visit the Learner FAQs on the Quality Licence Scheme website.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales


Endorsed Certificate of Achievement

At the successful completion of the course, the learners can order an endorsed certificate by paying the fee of £68. There is an additional £10 postal charge for international students.

Certificate of Completion from Course Gate

At the successful completion of the course, the learners may order the Certificate of Completion from Course Gate (soft copy) by paying only £2. For the Printed hard copy of the certificate, the learners have to pay £9. There is an additional £10 delivery charge for international students.

Career path

On successful completion of the course, learners will be equipped with the practical skills and knowledge to kickstart a successful career as a qualified proofreader. Career opportunities include freelancing or working in-house in a variety of professional settings. Related professions in this field include:

  • Proofreader
  • Content Editor
  • Copywriter
  • Digital Content Executive
  • Blogger

Course Curriculum

Module 1: Proofreading Basics
Proofreading Basics 00:30:00
Assessment Module 1
Module 01 Final Quiz Exam – Proofreading Basics 00:10:00
Module 2: Applying the Style Guide
Applying the Style Guide 00:20:00
Assessment Module 2
Module 02 Final Quiz Exam – Proofreading Basics 00:10:00
Module 3: Spelling and Grammar
Spelling and Grammar 00:15:00
Assessment Module 3
Module 03 Final Quiz Exam – Proofreading Basics 00:10:00
Module 4: Proofreading on Paper
Proofreading on Paper 00:10:00
Assessment Module 4
Module 04 Final Quiz Exam – Proofreading Basics 00:10:00
Module 5: Proofreading On-Screen
Proofreading On-screen 00:40:00
Assessment Module 5
Module 05 Final Quiz Exam – Proofreading Basics 00:10:00



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