Study Skills (Online)

Course details

From £150.00
5 CATS points

Wed 11 Sep 2019 - Fri 22 Nov 2019

Study Skills (Online)


Studying at undergraduate level is an exciting and rewarding experience, but if you are new to higher education, or have not studied for some time, you may find it useful to brush up your reading, note-making and essay-writing skills, and to revisit the basic rules of punctuation and grammar.

This interactive course has been designed to provide introductory study skills guidance to students from a wide range of subject disciplines. It identifies common study problems, provides information and techniques to overcome them, and includes a wide range of practice activities.

This course does not teach English as a second language.
[In the case of those whose first language is not English, it is assumed that applicants will have TOEFL 600, Computer Based TOEFL 250, Internet Based TOEFL 100, Cambridge CPE (grade C or above), or IELTS 7. Applicants without one of these qualifications must explain why they believe their fluency in English is sufficient to enable them to participate in the course without disadvantage.]

For information on how the courses work, and a link to our course demonstration site, please click here.

Programme details

The course consists of five units focusing on the following skills:

• Reading
• Notemaking
• Punctuation and Grammar
• Basic Essay Writing Skills
• Advanced Essay Writing Skills

There is also an introductory unit outlining the content of the course and explaining the on-line mode of study. The course is non-subject specific and draws material from many subject disciplines. It is interactive and provides regular opportunities for you to practise the study skills covered in a variety of activities and exercises. Each unit will require up to ten hours study time spread over a two-week period. The duration of the course is ten weeks.

We strongly recommend that you try to find a little time each week to engage in the online conversations (at times that are convenient to you) as the forums are an integral, and very rewarding, part of the course and the online learning experience.

Recommended reading

There are no required textbooks for this course.


To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online. If you do not register when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to register and pay the £10 fee.

For more information on CATS point please click on the link below:

Coursework is an integral part of all online courses and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.

Assignments are not graded but are marked either pass or fail.

All students who successfully complete this course, whether registered for credit or not, are eligible for a Certificate of Completion. Completion consists of submitting both course assignments and actively participating in the course forums. Certificates will be available, online, for those who qualify after the course finishes.

IT requirements

This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.


Home/EU Fee: £150.00
Non-EU Fee: £175.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00


Mrs Billie Tweedy

Billie has taught in health care and education fields for the past seventeen years, for Abingdon & Witney College, Oxford Brookes and the University of Oxford. She has been teaching the online study skills course since 2010. 

Ms Ros Wilson

Ros Wilson has written and taught Academic Literacy Skills for many years, including writing and presenting professional development for tutors, under- and post-graduate students. She has worked at universities in the UK, Belgium and New Zealand.

Assessment methods

Assessment for this course is based on three written assignments -  two short assignments of 350 words due part way through the course and one longer assignment of 1000 words due at the end of the course.

Assignments are not graded but are marked either pass or fail.


Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.

Level and demands

FHEQ level 4, 10 weeks, approx 10 hours per week, therefore a total of about 100 study hours.