University of Reading program

Writing in English for University Study

Develop English writing skills to help you succeed at university with this flexible program of online courses

Writing in English for University Study

Develop the academic English skills required for writing university essays and projects

The style of English required for university study has its own characteristics and elements that set it apart from English you might use elsewhere. From citations and referencing, understanding plagiarism, and knowing how to effectively construct a sound argument - academic writing can be intimidating. This program will help you feel more familiar with academic English and comfortable that you can use it effectively during your studies.

This flexible program of courses starts by teaching you the basics, helping you learn the fundamentals of constructing an essay and beginner’s academic grammar. As your confidence and skills grow, you will be guided through expanding and developing your writing skills. You will learn more about using appropriate sources and become familiar with different research tools.

The final step offered by the University of Reading is a tutor-marked assessment, for which a fee is payable, which will enable you to revise, practise and then test the knowledge and skills you have gained in the Writing in English for University program. You will submit an essay (of 500 - 600 words excluding a list of references) on either water privatisation, a subject that you will have read about and discussed with other learners during the intermediate level course, or a topic of your choice. It will be marked by the University of Reading’s International Study and Language Institute. They will give you personal feedback to help ensure you can further develop your academic English for study success.

To be eligible to complete the tutor-marked assessment, you must have obtained the Certificate of Achievement on An Intermediate Guide to Writing in English for University Study.

To be eligible for the FutureLearn program award, you must obtain the Certificate of Achievements on both courses and pass the tutor-marked assessment.

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When you complete all courses, upgrade and earn a Certificate of Achievement for each, you will receive a FutureLearn Award as proof of completing the program of study and deeper subject knowledge.

10 weeks recommended learning
2 week assessment course
$118 USD (course costs)
£42 GBP (assessment cost)
2 courses + 1 assessment

How does our pricing work?

Start Learning Free
$118 USD - Course Upgrades
£42 GBP - Final Assessment

Start learning for free

Yes, there's no obligation to upgrade any of the free courses on your program.

If you do choose to upgrade your courses, you'll enjoy the following benefits:

  • Unlimited access to the courses for as long as they exist on FutureLearn
  • Access to tests if the course has any
  • A certificate when you complete the course and score at least 70% on any tests

Please note: In order to take the final assessment and unlock the award or accreditation for the program, you must upgrade and attain a Certificate of Achievement for all of the courses in the program

How do course upgrades work?

Programs are made up of short courses, some of which you can join for free. If you want to spend more time on the material and better demonstrate what you've learned, you may choose to upgrade each course. You can upgrade your courses at any point after you enrol.

When you upgrade a course, you get unlimited access to the course material for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn. This means you can return to the subject whenever you like.

You'll also be granted access to any course tests, and the ability to qualify for a downloadable Certificate of Achievement to show what you’ve achieved.

Please note: In order to take the final assessment, you must upgrade and attain a Certificate of Achievement for all of the courses in the program.

What is the final assessment?

The final assessment is designed to rigorously test your understanding of the subject. This test is marked by experts and enables you to demonstrate your learning to yourself and to employers.

The assessment is summative and may include a multiple-choice test, or tutor-marked assignment.

Passing the final assessment unlocks the academic or professional recognition associated with completing an entire FutureLearn program, plus a FutureLearn Award.

If the program is accredited, you’ll also obtain an academic or professional credential.

Are these the final prices?

Yes. There are no additional fees. The price you see here includes everything - such as test fees, tuition and any additional accreditation provided by the course.

Learn with experts in writing English for University study

This Writing in English for University study program has been developed by The University of Reading and is aimed at anyone interested in undertaking academic study in English, but it may be of particular interest to international students.