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Course Overview

Make sure you have the critical thinking skills required for university 

Critical thinking is a vital skill at university and later in life. University study introduces you to new concepts, ways of learning and requires you to think critically. You need to know how to question information sources and how to evaluate different arguments. 

Despite critical thinking being so important, students are often unprepared when they start their studies. This course will show you what critical thinking skills you need at university level, how they can be applied to different disciplines and how to use practical strategies to develop these skills for a successful academic life. 

Week 1 

Critical thinking and what it means at university 


What is critical thinking? 

A model for critical thinking 

Why is critical thinking important at university? 


Week 2 

Improving your critical thinking 

Challenges to thinking critically at university 

How can you improve your critical thinking? 

How will critical thinking help you at university? 


This course is for anyone preparing to study at university level or for current university students. You may be an undergraduate or a new taught postgraduate student who might be unfamiliar with studying in the UK. If you want to have a successful academic life, this course will give you the foundations whatever your discipline at university. 

Critical thinking skills are also valued later life by employers, so if you want to refresh your skills, this practical online course is for you. 

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to… 
  • Reflect on your approach and ability to think critically 
  • Explain what thinking critically means at university 
  • Identify potential challenges to thinking critically at university 
  • Develop strategies to improve your critical thinking skills 
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