Key information

  • Delivery

    Online, Self-Study

  • Estimated study time

    12 hours

  • Length of access

    6 months

Finetune your Academic Writing

This Academic Writing course is indispensable for all vocational (VET) students and particularly for those studying VET as a pathway to University. It teaches students to write formal academic texts, and apply critical thinking.

What you'll learn

This course has been developed to prepare you to write essays and research reports at a university level. It focuses on developing the communication and written skills necessary to succeed in university environments.

  • What Academic Writing is (including Academic versus Colloquial Language; Critical Essays; Paragraph writing)

  • Grammar and Vocabulary for Academic Writing (including nominalisation and Passive Voice; Essay Writing Tips)

  • How to write a good essay (including Essay Writing Steps)

  • Writing the Final Copy (including Proofreading, Referencing, Plagiarism; Essay Checklist)

How you'll learn

This course is fully online and self-paced, allowing you to study when it’s convenient for you. We expect this course to take a minimum of 12 hours to complete. Learning content includes comprehensive explanations, activities and short videos. There are no formal assignments required for this course, however, all participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Course Contents

  • 2

    What is Academic Writing?

    • What is Academic Writing?

    • Academic and Colloquial Language

    • Word Families and Formal Language

    • Formal and Informal Comparisons

    • Academic Writing, Critical Essays and Plagiarism

    • Paragraph Writing

    • Quiz: What is Academic Writing?

  • 3

    Grammar and Vocabulary for Academic Writing

    • Grammar and Vocabulary for Academic Writing

    • Nominalisation and Passive Voice

    • Linking Words and Transitions

    • Essay Writing Tips

    • Quiz: Grammar and Vocabulary for Academic Writing

  • 4

    How to Write a Good Essay

    • How to Write a Good Essay

    • Essay Writing Steps

    • Writing an Essay

    • Essay Sample

    • Quiz: How to Write a Good Essay

  • 5

    Writing the Final Copy

    • Writing the Final Copy

    • Essay Checklist

    • Proofreading, Referencing and Plagiarism

    • Quiz: Writing the Final Copy

  • 6


    • Survey: Please Complete