Copy Editing (ED01) 


Duration: 1 Day 10.30am – 3.30pm
Award: Certificate
Location: 118a Kensington Church St. London W8 4BH
Price: £490

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Duration: 10:00am - 2:00pm BST
Award: Certificate
Location: Remote
Price: £440

The 1 day Copy Editing certificated course is highly practical, very thorough and specific in its content and delivery.

Through a series of practical exercises, you will learn to approach the printed word in a more analytical and critical way, allowing you to spot errors quickly and have the confidence to rewrite everyday text into concise, precise and compelling editorial copy at high speed. 

The course will cover the basics of copy editing, the flow of work from start to end, grammar, tricky spelling, common mistakes in punctuation, working to house style, essential typography, writing compelling copy, interesting headlines and working with figures. 

The Copy Editing course is suitable for anyone who is a proofreader looking to enhance their freelancing opportunities, someone within a publishing house, or working in communications and producing content, or if you are someone who has some editing work but lack formal training. The Copy Editing course will provide you with the specific knowledge and practical skills needed to work successfully as a copy-editor in the publishing industry, in-house in your organisation, working in communications and needing to produce high end content and beyond.

On This Course You Will Learn

Introduction to:

  • Copy-Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Workflow from raw copy to published material


  • Common mistakes
  • Awkward challenges and how to meet them
  • Proofreading techniques


  • Common mistakes
  • Awkward challenges and how to meet them


  • Common mistakes
  • Awkward challenges and how to meet them
  • Proofreading techniques

House Style

  • What should a house style achieve?
  • Style guide components
  • How to establish and maintain a style guide
  • Essential typography

Elements of Style

  • Making dense copy easy to read
  • Making dry copy compelling to read
  • Writing catchy headlines, intros, captions
  • Rogues’ gallery: from clichés to mixed metaphors

Figures (Consistency)

  • Handling numbers within text copy
  • Statistics
  • Tables and graphs

Q & A


The Certificate is approved and recognised by the: Continuing Professional Development (CPD):


CPD-Approved LSPR Professional Development Certificate: Copy Editing. The Certificate is awarded with a Pass, Merit or Distinction.


The final Certificate award will be based on the following:

Critical Thinking Exercises set and completed during the training - a series of practical exercises are set for each session for the delegates to work on during their training. This is an effective way to try out what you have been learning and gain insight and feedback, as you progress with each session during the course.

Bespoke Availability 

To meet your team’s specific needs, this course is also offered as a bespoke exclusive programme. It is also offered on a one-to-one tailored basis. Delivery options are either in-house, or at the LSPR premises in Kensington. Please contact LSPR for a quote.

Need more information about this course?
Call us on 020 7221 3399 or Email Us.

*One-to-one and small groups training sessions: duration may be subject to minor time alterations

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I found the course interesting and well structured. I found my tutor very engaging and knowledgeable.

— Georgina Holland | Senior Content Strategist, Abel & Cole | Copy Editing

The examples and exercises provided were great and really helpful! This was a very enjoyable course, which provided useful tips for now and the future!

— Marta Skorupinska | Senior Marketing Officer, The Oxford Bus Company | Copy Editing

The Copy-Editing course gave a really solid overview of how to identify errors and improve copy in many ways, which will be very useful in my career.

— Chloe Knight | 1000Heads/Senior Social Executive | Copy Editing

I really enjoyed the course, my tutor was great and very knowledgeable.

— Nikki Withers | Editor, Russell Publishing | Copy Editing

The course was great, really helpful and it was a good reintroduction to copy editing.

— Chris Hawes | Editor, The Economist | Copy Editing

It was a helpful reminder about the basics of Copy-Editing. The tutor covered a wide range of examples which I found very useful.

— Daniel Byrne | Editorial Assistant, Dorling Kindersley | Copy Editing

The Copy-Editing course at LSPR was fantastic. The tutor was a great, knowledgeable, engaging and had a lot of useful hints and tips. I would highly recommend.

— Poppy Crispin | University of Westminster/Head of Communications | Copy Editing

I learnt many tips on copy editing and I feel more confident. The tutor was very interesting, patient and competent. I would definitely recommend this course.

— Laurene Gymere | University of Westminster, PR Officer | Copy Editing

Excellent session, wonderful, helpful and knowledgeable trainers that made it fun. Fantastic course for any budding editor. I will recommend to all my colleagues.

— Leah Morton | Client Relations, Impact Factory | Copy Editing

A useful introduction to the essentials of Copy-Editing. Plenty of tips to take back to work and apply!

— Jack Procter-Blain | Content Executive, Optimus Education | Copy Editing