FP3001 - English and Academic Skills


English and Academic Skills


40 CC   20 ECTS

Centre for Foundation Studies


Tutor contact: 120 hours

Self directed activity: 280 hours

Seminars, workshops, lectures.

Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
120 0 280

Students are expected to attend all timetabled classes.

  • Introduction to reading at university: analysing purpose, matching reading strategy to purpose, evaluating source material, recording sources.
  • Accuracy and clarity of writing: the word, the sentence, the paragraph, tenses, abbreviations, visual data.
  • Writing critically.
  • Listening skills.
  • Introduction to seminar skills.
  • Reading critically.
  • Note-taking techniques for reading and listening.
  • Understanding plagiarism and using Turnitin/ Grademark
  • Preparing for, and delivering, PowerPoint presentations.
  • Referencing and citation.
  • Paraphrasing and summary writing.
  • Planning and writing academic essays or reports.

1. To develop English communication skills for clarity and accuracy at word, sentence, paragraph and short text level.

2. To raise awareness of the range of study skills required for successful UK higher education study, including the process of writing, reading strategies, seminar skills, organisation of time and materials, meeting deadlines and responding to feedback.

3. To present note taking strategies and engagement with texts on a variety of levels.

4. To encourage students to build on the progress they have made in all areas of communication. This includes academic style, cohesion, clarification and definition.

5. To introduce students to academic concepts such as plagiarism and academic integrity.

6. To improve English language proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening to a level equal to 6.0 IELTS, with a minimum of 5.5 IELTS in each skill area

7. To apply academic and study skills to a standard effectively preparing students for entry to undergraduate provision.

Lectures accompanied by workshops, seminars, group work, presentation, listening and note-taking exercises. Formative assessment will be ongoing and will comprise activities that enable a student to appraise their own learning and guide them towards the development of self-study.

LO1 Write well-structured paragraphs using a mix of simple, compound and complex sentence forms and using cohesive devices effectively.

LO2 Identify main and supporting points in written and spoken form, using an understanding of patterns of text organisation.

LO3 Deliver a presentation and participate actively in follow-on discussions, supporting own ideas and arguments with relevant examples.

LO4 Engage with appropriate source material by distinguishing fact from opinion and evaluating content.

LO5 Compare and evaluate information and ideas from lectures and written texts.

LO6 Take retrievable notes from a variety of sources and prove their usefulness through summary and paraphrase.

LO7 Select and use appropriate information from source material, supporting own ideas with the conventions for avoiding plagiarism.

LO8 Write a clear, detailed essay or report, evaluating information and arguments from a range of sources.

LO9 Speak with a degree of fluency and spontaneity, expanding and supporting ideas with subsidiary points and relevant examples.

LO10 Demonstrate via formative and summative assessment the development of academic and independent study skills.

LO11 Use a sufficient range of spoken language to convey precise meaning with a degree of accuracy.

LO12 Understand and take notes on the main and supporting points of academic lectures.


Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
1Independent written project 1000 words25%1,4,5,6,7,8 and 10Coursework
2Listening In Class Test 1 hour25%2,5,6 and 12Written Exam
3Integrated reading and writing In Class Test 1 hour25%1,2,4,5 and 6Written Exam
4Individual presentation with Q and A 15 minutes25%3,9,10 and 11Coursework

There are a high level of learning outcomes for this module due to the need for students to demonstrate proficiency in English language to include the four skills: reading, writing, speaking, listening. This is to ensure there is compliance with UKVI requirements.

There are instances where learning outcomes are assessed more than once. This is a skills based module and students are required to present continuous ability in language skill.

Reassessment will use the same mode of assessment.

  • Bailey, S. (2011). Academic writing. London, United Kingdom: Routledge
  • Cottrell, S. (2013). The study skills handbook. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan
  • de Chazal, E., & Rogers, L. (2013). Oxford EAP: A course in English for academic purposes: intermediate / B1+. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press
  • Gillet, A. (2015). Using English for academic purposes. A guide for students in higher education. Retrieved from http://www.uefap.com/index.htm
  • Thaine, C. (2012). Cambridge academic English. Intermediate. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
  • Wyatt, R. (2012). Check your English vocabulary for IELTS: Essential words and phrases to help you maximise your IELTS score. London, United Kingdom: Bloomsbury





Dave Price-Williams

Centre for Foundation Studies

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