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Self-study courses

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Whether it is gaining a professional qualification in proofreading, copy-editing or copywriting, or building on your current editorial skill set, there is likely to be a PTC self-study course for you.

The PTC offers two styles of self-study: tutor-guided courses and e-learning modules. Each has its own way of helping you learn.

Tutor-guided courses

Over the 12 months of study on a tutor-guided course each student has the support of a personal tutor. In the case of Essential Proofreading, Essential Copy-Editing and Creative Copywriting, the courses are fully assessed and lead to the award of a certificate of achievement from the Publishing Qualification Board (PQB).

The PQB is a subsidiary of the PTC. PQB/PTC are the publishing industry’s recognised training and certification bodies.

e-learning modules

Our core programme of e-learning modules are concentrated, online courses that focus on specialist topics relevant to an editor's working life. They are designed to build on a foundation of existing skills and experience. Typically access to e-learning modules is for eight months. In addition, we are developing a programme of “introductory” modules that are intended to make sure everyone new to the world of publishing understands key aspects of the industry.  PTCs e-learning modules were developed with the support of the Unwin Charitable Trust.



e-Learning Modules (15)

A Commissioning Editor's Guide to Working with Authors

A module for new commissioning editors who want to get the best from their author relationships.

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A Copy-Editor's Guide to Working with Authors

Understand and prepare for the ways in which your relationship with an author will develop and change throughout the lifespan of a project.

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A Copy-Editor's Guide to Working with Typesetters

Gain an understanding of how layout and typesetting is carried out, and how to mark up and prepare typescripts to help typesetters – and avoid hindering them.

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Adobe Tools for Editors

Acquire the skills needed to work efficiently with PDFs.

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Author Queries

Learn how to manage and communicate the detail of your copy-editing so that you create a positive relationship with your author.

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Copyright Essentials

Know how to acquire and protect the content you need to be a successful publisher.

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Editing Fiction

Expand your copy-editing practice to include fiction.

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Editing Illustrations

Understand how to process and mark up drawings for a publication.

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Editing References

Upgrade your editing skills with this e-Learning Module focused on the three main systems of including references for cited work.

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Editorial Style

Understand the power of editorial and house style for executing effective copy-editing.

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Essential Editorial Project Management

Learn how to guide a publication through its production, whether print or electronic, by using appropriate tools and approaches to track the project and keep those involved informed.

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Introduction to Marketing

An introduction to the roles, functions and terminology involved with marketing in the publishing industry.

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Introduction to Publishing

An introduction to the departments, roles, functions and processes that make up the UK book and journal publishing industry.

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What is Copy-Editing?

An introduction to the work of a copy-editor, where it fits in to the publishing process and different ways of working.

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What is Proofreading?

An introduction to the work of a proofreader, whether dealing with books and journals or company reports and brochures.

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Tutor-Guided Courses (5)

Essential Proofreading: Editorial Skills One

The PTC’s most popular distance-learning course. The only self-study course that takes you from complete beginner to qualified proofreader in one step. Gain the skill, judgement and understanding of the publishing process needed to be a successful, market-ready proofreader. Find out more here 

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Essential Copy-Editing: Editorial Skills Two

This computer-based course covers the entire copy-editing process and trains you to work as a professional copy-editor. Gain the fundamental skills, theoretical knowledge and in-depth experience to tackle more challenging editorial tasks. Prior experience of proofreading is recommended. Find out more here

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Essential Grammar

Good grammar is essential for effective communication. This online course takes you from the most basic through to the more complex elements of English grammar. The result? A good grasp of English grammar and the ability to communicate accurately and professionally. Find out more here.

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Successful Editorial Freelancing

If you’re thinking of going it alone, this course will provide the practical nuts and bolts of what’s required to set up as a freelancer in the publishing industry today. It will equip you with the confidence and business sense to create a successful and sustainable freelance income. Find out more here.

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Creative Copywriting for Publishers

A copywriter has the power to influence what actions people take next. Learn how to connect with potential customers, overcome any doubts they might have and win them over. Packed with practical tips, and backed up by tried-and-tested techniques, this course will give you all the tools you need for a successful career in copywriting. Find out more here.

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