The effectiveness of any published piece of writing can be significantly enhanced by the work of a skilled copy-editor. It’s the editor’s job to ensure that written material is clear, concise, compelling and error free, and the University of Cape Town (UCT) Copy-editing online short course is designed to prepare you for this task.
Guided by an expert, you’ll learn how to apply the complex rules of grammar, restructure text for improved flow, and correct errors through proofreading. You’ll also discover more about book editing and working with authors, and you’ll improve your knowledge of the book publishing process.
Armed with the ability to critically review copy, you’ll have the foundation to become an invaluable asset to any company that works with words.
On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:
The ability to assess and critique the underlying structure of documents, manuscripts, and book chapters
The skills to identify and correct spelling, punctuation, grammar, and style errors in text
An understanding of the various elements of a book, and the tools to prepare a manuscript for typesetting
The expertise to recognise copyright infringement and cases of plagiarism, and handle these appropriately
Is this course for you?
This course is suitable for aspiring copy-editors, proofreaders, and writers looking to move into a new in-house or freelance role. The content is also designed for publishing professionals who want to update their editing knowledge, and those in related professions who are eager to expand their current skill set and improve their understanding of English grammar and syntax.
Students must have a working knowledge of Microsoft Word to complete this course.
Learn how to improve and structure copy as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.
Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
Module 1 Introduction to editing
Module 2Spelling, consistency and style
Module 3 Punctuation
Module 4Grammar, usage and style
Module 5 Working with authors
Module 6 Quotes and sources
Module 7 Structural editing
Module 8 Editing creative works
Module 9 Elements of a book
Module 10 Working as an editor or proofreader
Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)
Develop your copy-editing skills and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town.
Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.
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Freelance Copy-Editor and Proofreader
When do I start?
Our next available short course starts 4 February 2021.
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 nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.
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 Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.
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 and 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 Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.