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English for Academic Purposes Online, Short Course

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You'll find this English for Academic Purposes Online course offered at The Open University UK useful if you have International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores in the range of 5.0–5.5 and want to raise your scores for entry into university or want to improve your existing competence in academic English while studying. 


On passing the module, we’d expect your IELTS scores to be in the range of 6.5–7.0. Aimed at those studying (or planning to study) internationally or in the UK, this online module will improve your performance in English-taught university study. It will develop your academic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, enabling you to study successfully.

At the end of the English for Academic Purposes Online course offered at The Open University UK, you’ll have developed your understanding and practice of:

  • using language for a range of academic purposes, including: description; comparison; explanation; evaluation; persuasion; problem solving; cause and effect; and argument
  • selecting information and ideas from different sources and using this to support an academic argument
  • reflecting on and critiquing academic texts
  • communicating more effectively in a global and academic environment
  • developing understanding of the conventions of good academic practice

You’ll have a tutor to help you with the study materials and to mark and comment on your work. You’ll be able to ask your tutor for advice and guidance and, if you’re new to The Open University, help you with study methods. 

An important element of the module is the feedback you receive from your tutor on the work you do as part of the module. Feedback provides the basis for your development as a student, and you will be able to contact your tutor by email or phone throughout the module.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

  • You’ll work with authentic materials from a range of Open University modules which cover areas of academic study such as: science, the arts, humanities, social sciences, business, and health studies. 
  • You’ll look at the similarities and differences in language across these areas. This will give you the chance to develop the particular language and skills you need for your own chosen areas of study.
  • The module is made up of 40 per cent reading, 40 percent writing, 10 per cent listening and 10 per cent speaking. 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • This is an OU level 1 module. OU level 1 modules provide core subject knowledge and study skills needed for both higher education and distance learning, to help you progress to higher levels.
  • There are no academic entrance requirements for this module but a certain level of English is recommended, though not compulsory.

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