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Course content

This course is an exciting new qualification for graduates and professionals interested in studying, researching, and teaching writing.

The focus of the course is on writing, rhetoric, and literacies research and on how this research informs the teaching of writing and writing development work. The course programme is based upon Coventry University’s international reputation in the teaching and researching of academic writing at its Centre for Academic Writing.

Why choose this course?

  • Innovative degree course (unique in Europe) exploring the fast-expanding field of Academic Writing Development
  • Focuses on academic writing development for university students (undergraduate through doctoral level) and professional development in writing for publication
  • Provides essential training in how to set up and manage a writing centre or writing programme
  • Analyses the academic writing needs and practices of both native and non-native English speakers


  • Learn about student and professional academic writing pedagogies and research
  • Learn how to apply writing pedagogy and research to support both native and non-native English-speaking students
  • Learn how to develop and manage a writing programme, writing tutoring programme, or writing centre
  • Learn how to assess the writing needs of academics, postgraduates and professionals
  • Learn how to develop academics’, postgraduates’ and professionals’ ability to write for publication

How will this course be taught?

The programme is delivered through a combination of online module materials, optional face-to-face teaching, and independent study, allowing you to fit your studies around other commitments. A wide variety of resources is made available via the online study platform, including: lecture notes, videos, specialist resources from the Centre for Academic Writing library collection, and discussion forums, as well as information on the academic writing research projects and findings produced by members of teaching staff.

Module lecturers will be available to address your questions and to offer guidance relating to your studies. As a student on this course, you will also be allocated a Personal Tutor, who will provide pastoral care and support.

Starting in September each year, the PGCert is designed to be studied over 1 year either by blended learning or distance learning.

At each stage of the programme, you will have the opportunity to attend a short, residential workshop (up to 5 days) to provide core learning. Although these workshops are optional, we strongly encourage attendance to underpin your learning, to meet your cohort and teachers, and to build your professional network. Workshops may be held at Coventry University’s main campus in Coventry, or in another location. (Please note: There is no additional teaching fee for the optional workshops. However, you will need to organise and pay for your own accommodation, food, and travel, including any visa costs). Students who are unable to attend the workshops can study independently using online materials.

Visit the Academic Writing Development- PGCert page on the Coventry University website for more details!




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