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Advanced Writing Skills


The Advanced Writing Skills short course gives you the opportunity to apply yourself in attaining higher levels of skill in accurate and correct writing. It is based on practical hands-on development, relying predominantly on the close interaction between lecturer and student.

The course is specifically designed for:

  • Students who have already completed the Advanced Business English or Advanced Legal English short course (or equivalent), and would like to develop their skills to a higher level.

Most of the assignments undertaken in the ‘Advanced Writing Skills’ course are similar to those in the Advanced Business English course, but they are more extensive and a considerably higher level of mastery is expected. Aspects of style, register and tone can also be more closely addressed.

There are four major assignments (contributing 15% each to the final course mark):

Assignment 1 involves carefully criticising (and correcting) a few pages of your own writing, after the lecturer has provided some guidelines relating to the writing.
Assignment 2 requires accurately editing two pieces of complex writing (provided by the lecturer).
Assignment 3 entails critically analysing extracts from a book on grammar, usage and effective writing.
Assignment 4 involves accurately using a selection of words in a piece of your original writing.

To pass the course, you must also successfully complete a final practical examination assignment (contributing 40% to the course mark). Success will earn you a certificate affirming that you have successfully completed the short course in ‘Advanced Writing Skills’ through Cranefield College.

All short courses are completed individually through technology-enhanced distance learning. You do not need to attend any classes. You have access to your lecture videos and other material on a weekly basis, and all your assignments are submitted online.

The 2017 fee is R 10, 500.00. Persons based outside South Africa are charged the equivalent of the fee amount in GBP (pounds sterling) at current exchange rates. Payment of fees must be effected before access to the course. In special cases, an arrangement can be made for payment in two to three instalments.

Short courses are available internationally. A new cycle of short courses starts every quarter (i.e. January, April, July, and October). Please see the top right of the current page for the next start date of this short course. Although it is best to register as soon as possible before the start date, you may still join the course up to one week following the start date. If you miss that latest intake date (i.e. one week after the start date), you will be able to join the next cycle in the following quarter.

You will complete weekly exercises in preparation for your final examination. The questions may involve multiple choice, a brief discussion of an important issue, or solving a short case study. Your final course mark will be based on the score achieved in your final examination (at least 50% in order to pass). A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the course. Should you achieve a distinction (75% or higher), this will be so indicated on your certificate.

The distance learning approach requires a student only to have basic Internet and email access.