Centre for Academic Success - student support

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What is the Success course?

The Success course has been created to help you develop your academic skills.

Whether you are doing your first degree, or your Master's or PhD, we are here to provide support and information to help you achieve your full potential at Birmingham City University.

This course runs in addition to the qualification you are working towards, and allows you to work on key academic skills at your own pace.

Is this course right for me?

The main content of the Success course is based around skills that you may need during your time studying and is designed to enhance your academic and maths skills. It is split into three sections: Study skills, Academic writing and Maths. You can complete any of these topics you think will be useful.

The course also has a section to help you plan your assignment/s and track your progress.

If you feel like you could use any support in the following skills, this course may be for you.

Study Skills

  • Taking care of yourself
  • Lectures - Before, During and After
  • Time Management
  • Exam Techniques
  • Using Word (or similar software)
  • Proofreading and editing

Academic Writing

  • Answer the question
  • Research
  • Using formal language
  • Introduction - Main Body - Conclusion
  • Paragraphs
  • Referencing, Plagiarism and Collusion
  • Critical Analysis


  • Calculation strategies (including long division)
  • Positive and negative numbers
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Rounding and estimation
  • Indices and unit conversions
  • Algebra and using brackets
  • Solving equations and using formulas

What do I need to do to enrol?

All of the content for this course is available through Moodle self-enrolment. If this has been recommended to you, or you think it would be useful, you can access it below.

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