Copy-editing online short course

Starts on 6 April 2017
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Course information

10 weeks online
7-10 hours per week
R11,900 | Options available
University of Cape Town (UCT)

Course Information

10 weeks online
7-10 hours per week
R11,900 | Options available
University of Cape Town (UCT)


The success of any piece of published writing can be enhanced by the work of a great copy-editor.

Are you gifted with a sixth sense for good grammar and syntax?

In 10 weeks, you’ll be able to turn your love for correct grammar and perfect punctuation into a copy-editing career. Armed with a certificate from UCT and the ability to critically assess copy, you’ll be an invaluable asset to the writing industry.

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What will set you apart

Whether you’re in the writing industry and want to boost your skill set; or are looking to move into a freelance copy-editing or copywriting role, this short course will give you the confidence to:

  • Assess and critique the underlying structure of a chapter, document and manuscript
  • Identify and correct spelling and punctuation errors
  • Prepare a manuscript for typesetting and write a design brief
  • Deal with plagiarism and copyright infringement appropriately

Course curriculum

This online short course in social media is designed to give you the practical skills and expertise to get your business noticed online. With a personalised and supported framework, you’ll study in your own time, guided by industry experts and a dedicated support team. Here’s what you’ll cover:

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Course Module 1: Introduction to editing
  • Course Module 2: Spelling
  • Course Module 3: Punctuation
  • Course Module 4: Grammar and style
  • Course Module 5: Working with authors
  • Course Module 6: Quotes and sources
  • Course Module 7: Structural editing
  • Course Module 8: Editing creative works
  • Course Module 9: Elements of a book
  • Course Module 10: Working as an editor or proofreader

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

On completion of this course you earn a certificate from a top-tier university as powerful proof of your new competencies and use it to set yourself apart from the rest and get recognised in the job market.


Your success team

In collaboration with the world's top-tier universities, we design online short courses around the insights of experienced faculty members and authoritative industry experts. On the course, you can expect to learn from these specialists via online video lectures, which will be accessible to you anywhere, any time.

When do I start?

Our next available short course starts on 6 April 2017.
Too soon for you? Register now for the next presentation that starts on 8 June 2017

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GetSmarter’s learning model is designed to help you as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

At the beginning of each week you’ll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion.

You also have access to your Course Coach who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses shorter than nine weeks. For courses nine weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available.

If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for, please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you’ll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

Why wouldn’t you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if itʼs going to have an impact on the way you do business?

37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how.


The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you’ll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

On the Online Campus, you’ll also be able to ask questions, interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you’re experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Course Coach, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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