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Academic Writing Skills

Academic Writing Skills

The perfect choice for any student looking to add that extra polish to their course work, personal statement or exam essays. The workshop complements any of the morning subjects on the Broadening Horizons course, helping improve students’ writing skills for a broad spectrum of subjects.

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Course Summary

This Academic Writing workshop series as part of ORA’s summer school course is designed specifically for students who wish for support for their morning Broadening Horizons classes.

When they are set an essay (one or more) to do in the morning, this course offers support and guidance to help them complete that writing successfully. Through presentations of different skills, discussion work, exercises and more, students will feel confident in producing a quality piece of writing for their specialist subject. The course will introduce new skills in a non-specialist, straightforward manner, and when students have grasped these skills, they will be invited to try them out in their specialist subject assignment. Tasks will include: writing a diagnostic essay; looking at different types of essay titles; writing paragraphs; linking paragraphs; citing authors and many more.

Take this course if…

Take this course if you want to improve your English writing techniques and styles for future study and academic writing. This course would also suit students wishing to build on their general academic writing skills to complement their chosen subjects in the Broadening Horizons programmes.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have:


Topics Covered

Topics addressed will include planning and structuring an essay, editing and proofreading, and the correct use of footnotes, references and bibliographies. Students will also learn the fine detail of good academic language, and how to use language that sounds sophisticated without obfuscation. Students will also understand the issues of plagiarism and how to avoid plagiarising other’s work.


What to expect from the Academic Writing Summer Course?

During the workshop students will have various assignments and presentations to carry out. The main assignment will be to complete an essay but there will be other assignments such as: analysing titles, planning and research, preparing paragraphs, grammar exercises. In addition students will be asked to prepare a presentation on their essay. It needs to be noted that any work carried out in this workshop series is complementary to the students’ morning workshops. As with all ORA courses, this workshop is based heavily in collaboration, discussion and constructive feedback. Students should be prepared to give helpful feedback to their peers and receive feedback in turn. Understanding how best to implement academic assignment and essay writing, and learn from feedback is a crucial skill for anyone wishing to improve in essay writing, and will be a focus of this course. Students will learn how to give feedback respectfully and how to respond to feedback well.


Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

Cambridge University Accommodation

  • Location Cambridge
  • Ages Ages: 13-15, 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1209 (University of Cambridge)

Imperial College London

  • Location London
  • Ages Ages: 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single
  • Bathroom Type En-suite
  • Year Built Founded in 1907

Further Information

How to Enrol

Academic Writing Skills is part of the Broadening Horizons programme.

To visit Broadening Horizons and take Academic Writing Skills as a course option, just click the button below and follow the instructions.

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