Academic Development for Social Sciences 2 (L0002F)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Spring teaching

This is the second of two compulsory modules that will develop your academic skills necessary for undergraduate study. Successful completion of Academic Development 1 is a pre-requisite for this module.

Building on the research skills you developed in the previous module, you'll work on a piece of independent research. You produce arguments reflecting your point-of-view that are thoroughly evaluated, well-structured and supported with sound evidence.

You’ll notice how expert writers in your chosen subject area convey their arguments. Then, you will produce your own arguments in-line with the expectations of your chosen subject area. Working in this way helps you become a part of a specific academic community. It allows you to effectively communicate your points of view to your tutors and peers.

Through reflective tasks and assessments, the module helps you develop study approaches that will give you an edge in your first year of undergraduate study and throughout the rest of your time at university.


50%: Lecture (Lecture, Online lecture)
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Report)

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: