Aimed at applicants for undergraduate courses or current first year (level 4) students

This free, online course is designed for everyone but especially for those who are about to study as an undergraduate at the University or are in their first year and wish to:

  • improve their study skills
  • develop their academic confidence
  • gain a greater understanding of what is expected of them as they study for a degree
  • learn more about how to learn, and develop greater autonomy as learners
  • achieve better grades in their assignments

In order to do this, the course focuses on improving five specific sets of skills, which are:

  • critical thinking skills
  • research skills
  • referencing skills
  • note taking skills
  • academic writing skills

Each of the activities included in this course are designed to engage you in a specific learning activity. You will have many opportunities to reflect on your learning and to engage with other students through discussion boards and blogs. This is a very interactive and participatory course, and you will find that the more you engage with other learners, the more you will learn.

Participants must either be:

  • a current University of Northampton student enrolled on an undergraduate course (internal delivery via NILE)
  • an applicant for an undergraduate course who has selected the University of Northampton as their firm choice institution (external delivery via Blackboard Open Education)

Special features:

  • dedicated online site
  • access to Skills Hub
  • personal blog
  • wikis
  • improve critical, research and referencing skills
  • develop confidence with academic writing
  • dedicated online resources
  • support from specialist staff in Learning Development

Subject areas:

  • what is critical thinking
  • research skills and referencing
  • academic writing style
  • academic confidence