Short courses

Course overview

All students need to write well to succeed. This course explores the craft of essay writing by considering many of the key skills you need in academic work.You are introduced to planning and designing writing, and how the right style can be adopted for different tasks. You learn ways to minimise mistakes and you become familiar with referencing and constructing a bibliography. You also explore syntax and punctuation through exercises and discussion.

Summer University 2019 has now finished. We will be running a range of short courses as part of Winter University in January 2020. Our Winter University 2020 brochure will be available in November - please register your details here if you would like to receive a brochure when it is available.

Where you study

Middlesbrough campus

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Course details

What you study

Indicative content
Syntax; grammar; spelling; punctuation. Style; academic form; types of essay; appropriate tone.
Essay process; Note-taking; essay planning (structuring, sign-posting).
Essay presentation; plagiarism; paragraphing; editing.
Referencing and creating bibliographies.

How you are assessed

Assessment is an ICA (100%) series of exercises and short pieces of writing, including an essay plan and 1000 word essay.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements needed.



2019 entry

  • Length: Credits: 10, Level: 4, Fees: £50.00
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342291