Academic Literacy Skills

This course has been developed to prepare you for writing assignments at a tertiary level. Some Universities accept this course as equivalent to year 11/12 English. Please check with your university first before enrolling. This course is registered with QCAA as a preparatory course and can give you 3 credits towards your QCE.

This course covers:

  • what academic writing is, and what makes it different from other kinds of writing
  • what the main ideas are, why they are important, and how they can be recognised
  • how to organise ideas and communicate them clearly
  • how to summarise and note down accurately the information required
  • how to research, write, reference and present essays.

For more information please download the Course Outline.

The course materials include:

  • Student welcome email
  • Electronic course guide book
  • Online textbook
  • You will also receive instructions on how to access your Online Classroom to submit your assignments online.

This course does not assume that you have any prior knowledge beyond general reading and writing skills. It does presume you will be self-motivated and capable of self-directed learning (within the guidelines provided by the course materials). Since this is an online course, it is presumed that you have adequate computer skills and can use the main Windows Office programs efficiently.

Australian students: $820
International students: $970

The course cost covers the online classroom content as well as the Statement of Achievement via express post, but does not cover the fee for sitting the final exam.

Final exam cost

$75 for students sitting their online exam within Australia

$125 for students sitting a paper-based exam within Australia

$150 for students sitting their online exam outside of Australia

$200 for students sitting their paper-based exam outside of Australia

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You have 12 months to complete this course; however, it may be completed sooner. Need an extension?

This course requires a minimum of 180 hours or 13 weeks to complete.

Note: Most students take 360 hours to complete the course as the 180 minimum hours is the learning in the textbook only and does not take into account completing homework, reading time, tutorial help and turning in draft work. Please keep this in mind when nominating to complete the course in 13 weeks.

Tutorial support is provided by our experienced and qualified educator, Kelly Lofthouse.

Before enrolling in this course, you must check with the university you plan on attending to ensure the course meets their requirements for English. (For example: some universities require you to receive at least 75% on your final exam before it will be accepted.)

Enrolments take approximately two days to be processed, but may take longer during our peak times.

As soon as payment is confirmed you will receive an email inviting you into the online classroom.