Academic Communication and Study Skills

As UC@Hagley, we teach Academic communication and study skills, which is the compulsory paper (BRDG006) of the Certificate in University Preparation (CUP).

If you are wanting to develop skills and confidence in reading and writing for tertiary study but do not want to undertake the full-time CUP course, the ACS paper may be the right option for you. The course offers an introduction to tertiary study including familiarisation with UC learning systems. Taught on the UC campus, there are classes on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The daytime course of quality face-to-face teaching is structured around whole classes, small group classes and individual mentoring. It covers:

  • reading strategies
  • essay planning and writing
  • academic evaluation
  • citations and referencing
  • study and exam strategies
  • positive education approaches


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We offer two intakes: Mid-February to mid-June (preparing for university entry in Semester 2, 2019); and mid-June to mid-October (preparing for university entry in Semester 1, 2020).

A pass result in Academic communication and study skills (BRDG006) can be credit transferred to the University of Canterbury.

There is also a full-year option, running from mid-February to late October, in our After 3 programme.
Contact the Enrolments Centre or the Hagley Transitions Team if you are interested in the ACS course.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Hagley Tertiary Pathways Programme

03 379 3090