Taught course

Essential Copy-Editing: Editorial Skills Two

The Publishing Training Centre
Publishing Qualifications Board (PQB)

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements. However, experience of proofreading principles and symbols and an understanding of the publishing process are strongly recommended.

It will help to have an eye for detail, the ability to concentrate, a good command of UK English grammar, spelling and punctuation, an enquiring mind and reasonable general knowledge.

Months of entry


Course content

The copy-editor’s role is to make the author’s message clear and accessible to readers and to mark up the manuscript for the typesetter. It’s a complex job, which requires an understanding of language and grammar, and of production processes, typography and design conventions.

This computer-based course covers the entire copy-editing process and trains you to work effectively as a professional copy-editor.

Gain the fundamental skills, theoretical knowledge and in-depth experience to work on fiction and non-fiction, and requirements of the wider business world.

Learn how to work on screen and on paper, brief a typesetter, manage more complex non-fiction projects and deal efficiently with detailed tables, technical drawings, figures and endmatter.

Study from home, in your own time, at your own pace, with the support of a personal tutor.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The Book Trade Charity, BTBS, offers funding to people who have worked in publishing or bookselling but are currently unemployed.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Publishing Qualifications Board (PQB)
    Up to 18 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

The PQB is responsible for the development, delivery and assessment of this self-study tutor-guided course. Detailed and carefully moderated performance evaluation and reporting ensures that trainees and employers can accurately assess levels of knowledge and skill. Qualifications are awarded at pass, merit or distinction.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
There are seven units, with self-check exercises and a longer assignment. The final assignment consolidates work done in previous units. Qualifications are awarded at pass, merit or distinction.100

Course contact details

Natasha Hemburrow
+44 (0)20 8874 2718