Write Ahead: Academic Writing and Study Skills

This micro-credential will unlock the academic skills you need to succeed at uni. Get a head start on your understanding of uni culture, academic writing, time management, memorisation, study practice, reading scholarly papers, and critical thinking.

Upon successful completion of this micro-credential, you'll receive:

  • Two PD Points
  • A Certificate of Achievement
  • A UWA Professional Development Transcript, listing all successfully completed micro-credentials

Delivery mode

10 x asynchronous modules (25 hours)
3 x synchronous sessions (6 hours)
Revision and assessment
Course dates
22 July 2024 - 23 August 2024
Applications close
14 June 2024
5 weeks
Total effort
55 hours
Academic lead:  Dr Adam Nicol, Dr Isabel Rossen


UWA Starter fees  –

$247.50 (inc GST) per micro-credential for students from participating partner schools

$55 (inc GST) per micro-credential for students from participating UWA Broadway Schools

$495 (inc GST) per micro-credential for students from non-partner schools

Critical information summary
PACMM100 Write Ahead  (PDF 249KB)
Female student using a laptop 

What you'll learn

Understand principles for successful university study practice

Basic principles of academic reading

Apply the basic principles of evaluating and using academic sources

Apply the basic principles of academic writing

two girls reading a document 

Why study this course?

When you get to uni it can feel like there are unwritten rules and expectations about how to study, write and research. This micro-credential will introduce you to some of the crucial academic skills you need to succeed in your studies so you will be ready before you even set foot on campus.

How does it work?

This micro credential will involve online learning including:

  • 10 x asynchronous modules
  • 3 x synchronous interactive sessions
  • revision and assessment

What's next after this course?

Future study
Students who successfully complete this micro-credential will: 
  • Receive a UWA Professional Development Transcript at the end of your studies, listing all completed UWA micro-credentials – great for uni entry and your resume!
  • Earn 2  stackable  PD Points -  complete two more UWA Starter micro-credentials to earn 6 PD Points and gain credit for one unit towards selected UWA bachelor degrees.
  • Gain points that can contribute towards admission to UWA via Experience-based entry.


Contact your secondary school for more information or to register for UWA Starter micro-credentials.