What is the course about?
This course is a practical, step by step, guide on how to write an academic essay for Humanities/Social Science undergraduate degrees or A Level/Access courses.
It is NOT a spelling, punctuation or grammar course (see the English, Maths and ESOL Department if you need help with spelling, punctuation and grammar).
Students say: "It was very comprehensive - I learnt more than I expected"; "It was helped me prepare for my studies"; "The tutor was super-friendly and offered so much support"; "It was interactive and everything was explained well and in detail.".
What will we cover?
Amongst the topics covered are: time management, interpreting the essay question, essay and paragraph structure (beginnings, middles and ends) and academic style.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Interpret an essay question
Apply essay structure (introduction, main points and conclusions)
Produce a persuasive argument based on good essay/paragraph structure.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is appropriate for those students preparing for, or in the process of completing, undergraduate study in Humanities or the Social Sciences. The course will have more limited use if you are preparing for, or completing, other degree studies. Although aimed at a higher level, it could also be of use for those studying A levels or Access courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
While basic essay writing is taught in this course you will need a good level of written English in order to complete university level assignments. As stated above this is not a spelling, punctuation or grammar course. You should also be able to read and comment upon short texts aimed at undergraduate Humanities and Social Science students.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Tutor input, group activities and independent work in the class. Students are encouraged to ask questions in every session.
All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Just paper and pens.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to consider a course in your area of interest in the Humanities Department or focus on your grammar (see Brush Up Your Grammar).
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details