Total cost of course
UK/EU: £815*
INT: £815*

*Prices correct for 2019/2020 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.

Course length
10 weeks of part time study
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Pace of study

We recommend around 20 hours of study per week, per 20 credit module.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Course code: OLUAX      Level 3 qualification

The Technical English Certificate of Credit is a level 3, 20 credit course designed to help you develop the technical English language skills required in order to study within higher education. It will provide you with the skills to write clearly and coherently, providing you with an understanding of essay writing, report writing and how to interpret questions, which are required for students to participate successfully and engage fully within Higher Education.

Why should I take this technical English language course?

This course will introduce you to the transferable English language skills, knowledge and terminologies required to study at a Higher Education level, while providing you with the opportunity to progress on to courses that require a higher level of English.

It bridges the gap for any students who do not currently hold a suitable level or traditional entry qualification in English to access Higher Education. It is also ideal for those who already have a range of qualifications or experience but may not have previously studied at university level. This course provides you with an opportunity to learn the skills taught at English GCSE/AS level or equivalent, as well as introducing you to academic study skills that will help you with future higher educational courses.

You may also be looking to refresh your technical English skills as part of your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or to enhance your career employability and writing skills.

What skills will I develop?

Tailored to meet your individual needs the Technical English Certificate of Credit will enable you to recognise, interpret and use appropriate written and spoken language terminologies within your work. The course content will seek to enhance and support your preparation for further undergraduate or postgraduate studies, allowing you to recognise and produce spoken and written language to function and write effectively when studying within a specific subject area.

This course will enable you to:

  • Develop an awareness of specific terminology and vocabulary
  • Build your grammar, writing and listening skills
  • Communicate effectively using a range of written and verbal formats
  • Demonstrate analysis, problem-solving and reasoning
  • Feel comfortable with assignments, reports and specific technical writing
  • Improve your self-confidence and approach to learning

Upon completion of this course you will be able to produce clear, coherent written texts with a high level of accuracy to GCSE and A Level standards that are required at university level. You will also be able to demonstrate the ability and skills needed for Level 3 studies.

In addition to improving your academic knowledge, you’ll gain a range of technical skills which will help you in undergraduate and postgraduate studies, job related skills and Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Access to UDOL’s undergraduate and postgraduate courses

If you wish to take the next step and complete a University of Derby Online Learning undergraduate or postgraduate course, we will accept this Certificate of Credit in Technical English as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0 which will improve your eligibility for a number of our courses, providing you have IELTS 4.5 and meet all additional entry criteria.

Although this course is not classed as a GCSE equivalent, completion of this course will demonstrate your ability to study at English GCSE level. The University of Derby Online Learning recognise upon successful completion of this course that you are able to meet the academic requirements needed to study at higher education level for many of our higher educational courses, providing you meet additional criteria.

Preparing you for IELTS

If you are an International student, this course will provide you with the opportunity to develop the appropriate academic English Language competences needed at Level 3, giving you ideal preparation for undertaking IELTS 6.0 testing at a local centre in your country. Although this course will not provide you with an IELTS qualification, you will have an opportunity to underpin your knowledge to complete the IELTS test.

Gain further skills with the Foundation Certificate in Higher Education

If you are also interested in improving your general English, Maths and study skills for entry into Higher Education, you may look to take this course as part of the Foundation Certificate in Higher Education. The Foundation Certificate in Higher Education is an online 60 credit, Level 3 foundation course designed to provide you with the English, Maths and Study skills required in order to study at a higher education level.

You can study all of the 20 credit modules individually if you chose to, but together they cannot be classed as the Foundation Certificate. Each 20 credit module can be completed as a standalone award and you will receive a Certificate of Credit upon completion of any one of the following courses:

Programme Specification

Image: PDF opens in a new window Technical English Certificate of Credit programme specification