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Editing for Professionals

Acquire the skills to function as a fully equipped editor/proofreader at a high level.

In this course, students are introduced to the principles of systematic and recognised editing procedures governing grammatical, structural and stylistic correctness in a variety of professional text types.

Upcoming course: 01 April - 30 April 2021 

Registration Closes: 20 March 2021 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic upcoming courses may run ONLINE.

Course Fee

The course costs R8 500.


This course consists of a three-day, face-to- face workshop, followed by a second two-day workshop, plus an online learning component, during the eight-week teaching period.


Participants who meet all minimum requirements for the course are awarded a certificate of competence.

Programme Overview

This postgraduate course is aimed at learners who have extensive writing and/or editing experience. Learners are exposed to various editing techniques as well as given instructions on how to use a variety of elements in Microsoft Word to aid in producing high-quality documents. Learners are exposed to techniques for editing, proofreading, copywriting and plain language.

This course is presented as a set of two face-to-face workshops with an online component throughout, where learners are required to complete tasks online.

Intake 1:                                                                                                                                                                                      Online: 01 April 2020                                                                                                                                                                Face-to-face: 15, 16 & 17 April 2020  and 29 & 30 April 2020.                                                                                                  Registration Closes: 20 March 2020                   

Intake 2:                                                                                                                                                                                      Online: 01 September 2020                                                                                                                                                              Face-to-face: 17 & 18 September 2020 and 21, 22 & 23 September 2020.                                                                              Registration Closes: 21 August 2020      

 *Class times: 09:00 - 16:00

Entry Requirements

Please ensure you meet the following requirements when applying for the course:

  • A three-year degree or equivalent (approved by SAQA) OR extensive editing experience.
  • Fluent English.
  • Basic computer literacy.
Career Opportunities

Editors work in a variety of different sectors, including media, government and academia.  Learners who complete this course can also enter the freelance market.