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Essential Academic Skills for Study - 15 credits - 2016/17 Entry

Course Overview

The essential course information

Course Code:
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City South or online delivery

This course runs on the following dates:

Online starting 12 September 2016

Course overview and benefits

This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to develop the academic skills necessary to excel at level 6 study and beyond. There is a particular emphasis placed on developing skills of critical thinking and the use of critical analysis. Other areas covered include styles/ planning and structure of academic writing, strategies for efficiently searching literature databases (and how to evaluate the value of that literature) as well as an introduction to the language of research terminology.

At the start of the module you will be asked to choose an issue or topic of interest from your area of professional practice. This will form a personally relevant thematic focus around which your development of new skills can take place (the idea is for you to choose a topic of genuine interest to you that will be of use to you in terms of your professional development exercise).

As it is an academic writing / critical analysis module the actual assessment is, appropriately enough, a written assignment of 3,000 words in which you present a critical examination of your chosen topic and identify what were the key questions / turning points that enabled you to achieve a deeper understanding of it.

The current iteration of the module is taught entirely online. Action learning sets play a key role in the module's delivery and these will be facilitated through online discussion forums.

This module could count towards a Top-Up Degree

Learn more about our top-up degrees

Application Details

Please read the 'Online application and enrolment process' and 'Method of payment' information below before making your application.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

Online application and enrolment process
  1. Complete an online application form via the link. The form requires you to submit a completed authorised funding form which must be uploaded with the application. Alternatively, you can download a hard copy application form.
  2. When your submitted application form has been processed and approved, details of the module and enrolment details will be sent to the email address stated on your application form.
  3. You will be sent an email asking you to complete your online pre-enrolment. This must be completed before you enrol.
  4. Without proof of funding, you will not be able to complete your enrolment/receive online pre-enrolment email.  The funding form must be received within four weeks of the enrolment date; otherwise you will be withdrawn from the course.

Please submit your application as early as possible. We aim to give you a decision within two weeks of receiving your application. Please note that NHS Trust application deadlines may differ from our own and you should check with your NHS Trust training/education contact for confirmation of their deadlines.

Please ensure that you include full details of your qualifications and relevant work experience as part of your application.

Method of payment

The method of payment of your course fees will differ depending on whether you are a self-funding, sponsored or contracted/commissioned applicant. Definitions are provided below and you must choose the appropriate option when prompted. If you are unsure which funding method applies to you please consult your training/education contact in your NHS Trust prior to applying:

1) Self-funding

You are paying for the course and responsible for the fees.

Select 'Self Funded' when making your application.

2) Sponsored

Course fees are paid directly by the employer/NHS Trust which means we invoice your employer/NHS Trust to obtain payment.

To apply for this course you must download and complete the CPD Sponsorship Agreement Form, and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Sponsored (eg employer, NHS Trust, charity)’ when making your application’.

Download Financial Support Form Instructions

3) Contracted/Commissioned

The NHS Trust agrees with HE West Midlands for your course fees to be paid directly to the University from funds managed by HE West Midlands for pre-agreed programmes.

To apply for this course you must obtain a contracted/commissioned financial support form from your Trust contact and upload the completed form and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Funded by HE West Midlands (Contracted/Commissioned)’ when making your application.


Course Leader - Ethan Connor

Telephone: +44 (0)121 331 6191