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Critical thinking for university (Online)

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Learn to question and learn with an open mind. 

Developing critical thinking skills is essential to your success at university and future career. We all need to be critical thinkers to help us navigate our way through an information-rich world.

This course is the perfect introduction to different approaches to applying critical thinking in an academic context – including your research analysis and literature review, forming an argument in your essays or presentations, or listening and reflecting on key talks and lectures.

This two-week online course will not only provide an overview of the tools you need to get into your chosen university, but give you a good understanding of what it takes to achieve success during your studies and final thesis or research project.


Minimum age
Minimum language level
Upper Intermediate B2 (IELTS 5.5 or equivalent)
Maximum class size
Weekly hours
15 hours
Course length
2 weeks
Course start date
22 March 2021

Course overview

On this course, you will:

  • Draw on research-based evidence to build and justify your arguments and ideas
  • Present your views clearly and tactfully
  • Approach academic problems in a consistent and systematic way
  • Reflect on the justification of your own assumptions, beliefs and values
  • Learn how to apply creativity and initiative in academic contexts
  • Collaboratively work with others online

Who is this for?

This is an ideal for students aspiring to study at university – at both undergraduate or postgraduate level. Students should have Upper Intermediate B2 language level and an interest in developing their academic writing skills to help them excel at university and stand out from the crowd.

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Develop your skills toolkit.

Studying at university will be incredibly rewarding. Prepare for different styles of assessment and academic research by strengthening your advanced-level academic language skills.

Applying critical thinking into your studies and assignments will likely be rewarded in higher marks at universities because it shows you understand the topic well enough to evaluate it from many perspectives.

We will support you to understand and practise using this skill in different contexts. You will also learn to use a variety of interactive tools to work collaborative with other students to apply these skills in real-life situations.

Topics covered:

Your course will be tailored to focus on the specific needs and priorities of the group so content may be adapted to best suit your and the group.

Questioning issues and research arguments
Debate and expressing opinions tactfully
Forming evidence-based views and ideas
Beliefs, values and assumptions
Observation, reading and experimentation
Analysis and evaluation techniques
Decision making
Qualitative and quantitative reasoning
Effective problem solving
Critical thinking & writing
Creativity, novel and adaptive thinking
Communicating with others online

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Student collaborating with others to practise English

Critical thinking for university (Online)

22 March 2021
  • Learn approaches to critical thinking and writing
  • Use evidence to build arguments and ideas
  • Present your views clearly and tactfully
  • Reflect on your assumptions, beliefs and values