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Proofreading Diploma Level 3

This comprehensive Proofreading course is ideal for anyone wanting to brush up on their writing skills or explore a career as a professional proofreader/copy-editor for newspapers, blogs and publishing houses.

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Level 3 / Quality Licence Scheme / PI190

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Quality Licence Scheme


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Course introduction

Eligible for an NUS TOTUM Student card with this course.

Do you have a natural passion for the written word? Are you the one everyone goes to to check their work for mistakes in grammar, language and sentence structure? Then pursuing a career as a proofreader may be for you.

This professional proofreading course can provide you with the essential skillset to assist in the writing process and enable writers across numerous genres – novels, screenplays, business reports, newspapers, blogs etc. – to accurately structure their work and ensure that their sentences are interpreted the right way.

To become a proofreader you need to be able to do more than correct mistakes and spot errors. You also need to possess an in-depth knowledge and understanding of language, and be able to concentrate for extended periods of time, paying avid attention to the texts before you. Through this focus, you will be able to edit copy and ensure that any changes, additions or omissions you make do not detract from the original message, tone or feel of the piece.

This exclusive certificate has been split into 5 extensive modules that cover the basics to becoming a proofreader. This includes:

  • An introduction to proofreading
  • Common errors – this module explores common mistakes, involving nouns, adjectives, rules for capitalisation, etc.
  • Sentence structure – examines the grammatical and semantic requirements of sentences.
  • Punctuation guidelines and instructions - covering the correct use of commas, semicolons and apostrophes.

This certificate in proofreading can open doors to a variety of fascinating and rewarding careers. From starting your own freelance business, to supplying proofreading and editorial advice to bloggers, novelists, business owners and corporations; this course can even be used to help train staff and further their development, as they’ll be able to formulate error free letters, reports and emails that are written to the highest standards.

More importantly, this endorsed qualification can help enhance your reputation and boost your client base, as it will act as proof of your skills, knowledge and credentials.

Why study proofreading courses?

Whether you’re a novice to the world of proofreading, or you simply want to bolster your editorial skills so you can produce pristine reports, letters, articles and brochures for your bosses; choosing to learn from home can provide you with the perfect opportunity to progress on your own terms.

Free from the confines of a classroom you can:

  • Pick from our range of paper-based or online learning options
  • Take control of your educational experience, AND
  • Enjoy the flexibility of being able to complete activities/assignments at a time and pace of your choosing

No fixed deadlines. No exams. Just the chance to progress your career and achieve qualifications that will maximise your CV - all from the comfort of your own home.

And this is great news for students trying to juggle their work and social commitments, as home learning allows you to adapt your studies to fit around your needs and requirements.

Following this course, many students go on to become successful proofreaders, offering their valuable services to companies on a freelance or in-house basis. Similarly, many choose to complete other creative writing courses that are capable of supporting and enhancing these proofreading skills further.

NCC offer one of the best proofreading courses in the UK. Enrol online today and start your journey to a new career!

Required knowledge

No previous knowledge or experience in proofreading, copy-editing or publishing is required in order to enrol onto this Proofreading Certificate course. This makes it suitable for beginners looking to explore this unique career niche. If however, you already possess some proofreading experience, then this course may still prove beneficial as it will enable you to refresh your skills, address any areas of weaknesses, bolster your current knowledge base, and put you in a better position to develop your professional skills.

This course can also be treated as a developmental opportunity for anyone working in an office, as it will provide you with the tools to refine your writing skills and produce higher quality work


This is a theoretical based course that is assessed using a series of exercises. Upon completion, these exercises must be submitted for marking to your personal tutor who will not only grade your work but will supply you with guidance and feedback on how to improve your score.

NOTE: No exams are required to complete this Proofreading Certificate course. Theoretical information will be supplied throughout. 


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from Quality Licence Scheme 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 Quality Licence Scheme.The Provider 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 QLS Level 3 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 Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group’s knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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

Course modules

Module 1: An introduction to proofreading
Module 2: Correcting errors involving nouns and adjectives
Module 3: Recognising the criteria for basic and complex sentences
Module 4: Punctuation guidelines I: Correct use of the comma repairing the comma splice error
Module 5: Punctuation guidelines II: Correct use of the semicolon and apostrophe

Learner support

You will be assigned an expert tutor who’ll readily be on hand to answer any questions you may have throughout the duration of your studies.

In addition to our expert tutors, you will also have access to our student support team, whose years of experience will ensure that they are able to answer any other queries you may have.

Our goal is to give you complete peace of mind and ensure that you never feel isolated during your studies.


What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and, therefore, you can study anytime, any place, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a full-time job, or other commitments, that won’t allow them time off to study.

What do I need to do to get started on a course?

You'll need to be able to commit the required time to your studies. We recommend that you choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy now’ button against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone, call 0333 3445 690 and speak to one of our expert course advisors.

How does the distance learning/home study method work?

The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.

Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.

Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.

These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course.

The duration of the course is largely down to you though. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

How quickly will I receive my course material?

We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study pack within our stated period.

How much will it cost?

The cost is largely dependent on the type of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that there may be additional fees required should your course have an external assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

What support will I receive?

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.

Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit an invigilated exams at a registered test centre. You will need to organise and pay for the examinations yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be available from the centre who are delivering the qualification.

If in doubt, please email ‘’, NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows. But we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.

Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 12 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.

How do I enrol?

Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.

Where can I find your Equality and Diversity Policy?

All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing or calling 0333 3445 690.

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