The 301 Academic Skills Certificate

The 301 Academic Skills Certificate provides an opportunity for you to gain recognition for attending our academic skills workshopsinformation and digital literacy workshops and/or maths and statistics workshops and reflecting on this experience. Through this reflection you will be able to identify changes and improvements to your academic skills that will lead to long-term benefits to your studies. The 301 Academic Skills Certificate acknowledges your commitment to enhancing your academic and employability skills and personal development.

Important information regarding 2018/19 submissions

Deadline for undergraduate students: May 2019
Deadline for postgraduate students: June 2019


Click here to complete your Academic Skills Certificate


What do I need to do?

To qualify for the Academic Skills Certificate, you need to:

  • Complete the skills audit
  • Participate in a minimum of 4 workshops in the 2017/18 academic year
  • Complete a 2,500 word piece of reflective writing (500 words on each workshop you attended and a 500 word overall summary) and submit online


Our Academic Skills Certificate Pathways enable you to develop and reflect upon your skills in a specific study skills area.
Our pathways provide a thorough exploration of a particular study skills theme (such as Communication Skills), and highlight the different skills and knowledge required for academic development and success. Choosing a specific pathway demonstrates your commitment to developing and reflecting on your skills in a structured and considered way.
Both your certificate and your HEAR recognition will state which pathway you have chosen to take when completing the Academic Skills Certificate.

Personal Pathway

Choose ANY 4 workshops from the 301 Academic Skills Workshops, MASH Workshops or Library Information and Digital Literacy workshops.

Writing Skills

Academic Writing Overview

Academic Writing Essays

Academic Writing Flow

From Evidence to Arguement

Critical Thinking

Dissertation Planning


Plagiarism & Referencing

University Study Skills

Independent Study

Critical Thinking

Speed Reading


Notetaking in Lectures

Plagiarism & Referencing

Seminars and Group Work

Searching for Researching

Reflective Practice

Getting Started with Finding Information

Time Management

Finding Information for Your Assignment

Evaluating Information

Assessment Skills

Exam Technique

Exam Revision

Academic Writing Essays

Making the Most of Feedback

Dissertation Planning

Reading for Memory

Communication Skills

Reflective Practice

Critical Thinking

Presentation Skills

Seminars and Group Work

Poster Presentations

Making the Most of Feedback

Numerical Literacy

Coming soon!

Quantitative Research Skills

Getting Started with Statistics & SPSS


Introduction to Hypothesis Testing

Regression in Excel

Correlation & Regression in SPSS

Choosing the Right Statistical Analysis for Your Project

You are welcome to complete the certificate multiple times, choosing a different pathway each time you do so (however, you may not write about the same workshop more than once in your submissions).

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HEAR Recognition

The 301 Academic Skills Certificate is one of many extra-curricular activities and awards that the University can include in your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) – a comprehensive record of your university achievements, which recognises extra-curricular achievement as well as academic learning.

Find out more about HEAR.