Important Entry Requirement & Application Update

Once you've applied, you will be invited to attend a virtual information event at the beginning of 2021. At this event, you will have the opportunity to find out more about your course, meet the staff and ask any questions that you may have.

Is this course right for me?

This course is aimed at building confidence in academic writing skills and oral presentation prior to progression into higher education or employment.

The course will cover:

  • What are higher level skills and why are they needed
  • Strategies for learning: note-taking, time management, reading for academic study;
  • Accessing, identifying and evaluating relevant sources of information through appropriate resources such as library and ICT;
  • Why does planning and structure matter - structuring essays, reports and presentations;
  • How can you disseminate information - presentation software, word processing, visual aids;
  • What is academic writing – clarity, consistency, jargon free, supported arguments and evidence;
  • Introduction to critical thinking;
  • What is plagiarism and copyright and how to avoid it with citation and referencing;
  • Group dynamics and collaboration, working together towards an end product


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More detailed information on other costs associated with your course and work placements/work experience (if applicable) will be outlined in the programme validation document and explained to you at your interview.

Start date


Entry requirements:

There are no entry requirements for this course.               


On completion of this course, students will:

  • understand the need for planning, structure and academic writing skills in the presentation of views, including how to acknowledge the source of ideas and/or other views.
  • demonstrate skills in accessing, appraising and recording information from a range of sources;
  • adopt appropriate styles of writing and presentation for academic work using conventions for citation and referencing sources
  • adopt appropriate strategies for completing learning tasks both as an individual and working in collaboration with others
  • use appropriate visual aids to support an oral presentation

Lectures/workshops will concentrate on developing knowledge, understanding and skills in a participative and interactive environment. Students will develop their learning through both formal teaching and interactive online activities through 30 hours classroom-based study and further directed learning.


  • A portfolio of tasks (100%) 
  • Group essay (40%), 1000 words in total.  This is a group mark.
  • Group presentation based on essay (20%), 10 minutes, plus 5 minutes for questions in total.  This is a group mark.
  • Individual written summary (40%) 300 to 500 words, demonstrating an understanding of why it is important to plan, structure and use appropriate academic writing and referencing and how this is achieved.  This is an individual mark.


You could choose one of the many different Higher Education courses available at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai.