Essential Academic Skills SCQF Level 8

Enhance your writing, literacy and referencing skills.


Why take this course?

If it has been a long time since you wrote an essay or analysed an academic text, then this course is ideal preparation for you - whether you are currently working as a manager, or plan to pursue work at managerial level in the future. 

This is a single unit programme which helps to develop the student’s academic writing, research and presentation skills.  Students will investigate the necessary skills for independent learning and research skills.  ICT will be used throughout the unit to access and present information and students will develop their ability to demonstrate the integration of theory and practice.  On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • Investigate the skills necessary for independent learning
  • Select and evaluate complex information from a range of sources
  • Identify learning strategies which encourage the integration of theory and practice learning 

The content of this course is primarily aimed at anyone working in a care setting. In particular we would recommend it to staff who plan to participate in a higher care subject, such as HNC Care & Administrative Practice (SCQF Level 7) or PDA Childhood Practice Programme (SCQF Level 9)

What you will experience

The aim and purpose of the course is to increase your confidence in literacy, academic writing and referencing. You will develop the critical thinking and analytical skills required to work at SCQF Level 9.

The course is available as a day class or evening class.

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Entry requirements

Candidates should have achieved an English qualification at National 5, Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade Credit level.

What you will need

You will require a laptop for this course.

What you need to know

Anything else?

There is a registration fee for this course, and for the full course fee there are three different funding options available:

1) You may fund the course yourself;
2) You can apply for funding;
3) You can apply to your local authorities Workforce Development Fund. You must be working in a childcare organisation, and applications will be based on personal circumstances therefore the funding cannot be guaranteed.

Next steps



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Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

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