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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 will run throughout June and July 2020. You can register your details here if you would like to receive a course brochure when applications open in early-mid April 2020. If you have any questions then you can reach us at

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.



2020 entry

  • Length: Credits: 10, Level: 4, Fees: £50.00
  • Enrolment date: To be announced early-mid April 2020