Academic Development for Social Sciences 1 (L0001F)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Autumn teaching

This is the first of two compulsory modules that develop your undergraduate academic skills.

You’ll be working on a piece of independent research throughout this module, focusing on developing your skills as a researcher. You will develop skills such as:

  • finding, analysing and evaluating source material
  • using this to form and support convincing arguments in undergraduate essays and presentations.

Your work is framed and supported by the online academic writing guide. This resource provides information on research skills, alongside practice opportunities. We enable you to move away from typical of A-level essay writing and start developing approaches expected at undergraduate level.

Through reflective tasks and assessments, you’ll explore the best way to study at university. You focus on time management and developing academic skills to give you confidence throughout your degree.


49%: Lecture (Lecture, Online lecture)
51%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Portfolio, Presentation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 16 hours of contact time and about 134 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: