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marc1972
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Hi, I'm considering changing my career from teaching literature to editing and proofreading/copywriting.

I was wondering if anyone has experience with an online course provider named Course Gate. The course I'm interested in is an ABC Awards Level 5 Endorsed Professional Certificate at a cost of approximately 120 pounds.

It is located here:
https://www.reed.co.uk/courses/proof...e/professional

The other course I'm interested in is offered by The College of Media and Publishing. It's a Level 4 professional course in Copywriting. The course has the following published benefits:
[*]Endorsed by: ABC & Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.[*]Accredited by: ABCC | CPD | EADL | IADL.[*]UKRLP number: 10008168.[*]Available to: UK and international learners.[*]Tutor support: Unlimited support from an expert.


Further, they offer a reference letter upon completion and help getting started in the industry. For example, getting a first post or getting started as a freelancer, although there isn't much information about this aspect of their offering. The course costs 494.50 pounds.

The course can be found here:
https://www.reed.co.uk/courses/copyw...e/professional

I'm interested in your opinion about these courses, especially if you have industry related experience. (If you know of alternatives, or something better, it would be great to know: I've just started my research.)

Thank you!
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I would suggest that you speak to some employers/publishers to ask what (if anything) they recommend.
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(Original post by marc1972)
Hi, I'm considering changing my career from teaching literature to editing and proofreading/copywriting.

I was wondering if anyone has experience with an online course provider named Course Gate. The course I'm interested in is an ABC Awards Level 5 Endorsed Professional Certificate at a cost of approximately 120 pounds.

It is located here:
https://www.reed.co.uk/courses/proof...e/professional

The other course I'm interested in is offered by The College of Media and Publishing. It's a Level 4 professional course in Copywriting. The course has the following published benefits:
[*]Endorsed by: ABC & Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.[*]Accredited by: ABCC | CPD | EADL | IADL.[*]UKRLP number: 10008168.[*]Available to: UK and international learners.[*]Tutor support: Unlimited support from an expert.


Further, they offer a reference letter upon completion and help getting started in the industry. For example, getting a first post or getting started as a freelancer, although there isn't much information about this aspect of their offering. The course costs 494.50 pounds.

The course can be found here:
https://www.reed.co.uk/courses/copyw...e/professional

I'm interested in your opinion about these courses, especially if you have industry related experience. (If you know of alternatives, or something better, it would be great to know: I've just started my research.)

Thank you!
I'd echo PQs comment about contacting industry professionals to find out the entry routes they recommend. I think there are also very few traditional, 9-5 office jobs in this sector. It's more of a piecework, home-working role - which may be part of the reason it interests you. But i'd advise not going into this type of work with a clean break, but searching out small jobs and building a network of contacts, sources, small contracts and build it up in parallel with the teaching and reduce the teaching only if and when sufficient income is coming in from the editing.
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I would recommend you to do it part-time as a freelancer. My friend works in https://wearetextology.com/ as a proofreader. From what she told me sometimes it is hard to make money only by editing and proofreading, first you need to get experiences and then you can think about going deeper into the topic
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All of the advice all of you hae given is well grounded and sensible. Thank you.
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