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Qualification Statement of Attainment

Study ESL by home study. Improve your English grammar and writing skills.

  • Develop your English grammar.
  • Improve your writing for business and study.
  • Strengthen your English language skills, with particular focus on writing skills.
  • Learn by a range of different methods and exercises in each lesson.
  • A must for anyone wanting to improve their writing skills.



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Improve your English writing and grammar with this distance learning course.

This advanced ESL course is ideal for -

  • People who speak English as a second language.
  • People who want to improve their use of written English.



  • There are 12 lessons in course.
  • The course duration is 100 hours.
  • Study is self-paced, so you study how and when you want to.
  • You are supported in your studies by our highly experienced tutors.

The 12 lessons comprise:

Lesson 1. Parts of speech

  • Parts of speech, singular and plural forms, and subject-verb agreement.  

Lesson 2. Verbs

  • Verb tense, infinitives, participles, phrasal verbs. 

Lesson 3. Parts of a sentence

  • Subject and predicate, object, clauses and phrases. 

Lesson 4. Building and combining sentences

  • Structure and meaning, sentence variety, linking words.

Lesson 5.  Vocabulary

  • Related words, word origins, prefixes, suffixes, word combinations.

Lesson 6.  Developing vocabulary

  • Context, formal and informal language, connotative and denotative language.

Lesson 7.  Writing for different purposes Part 1

  • Writing to obtain and clarify information.  

Lesson 8.  Writing for different purposes Part 2

  • Writing to provide information.   

Lesson 9.  Writing for business

  • Writing letters, short reports, submissions.

Lesson 10.  Study skills

  • Understanding concepts, essay structure, addressing all parts of a topic, understanding what is required, referencing.

Lesson 11.  Proof reading and editing

  • Correcting and refining your document, targeting the intended reader 

Lesson 12. Special project

  • Reading, researching and writing for three different contexts – work, study, business.



  • Understand the basic rules of grammar.
  • Apply rules of grammar to construct correct sentences.
  • Identify word parts – word roots, prefixes and suffixes.
  • Use word parts to develop vocabulary.
  • Name the parts of speech.
  • Understand basic principles of correct sentence construction.
  • Understand the nature and purpose of a paragraph.
  • Identify different kinds of language  - formal/informal, direct/indirect.
  • Identify appropriate language for different writing contexts.
  • Use correct formats for business writing.
  • Use correct formats for writing for study.
  • Improve pronunciation.



Students will learn:

  • Basic principles and terms of English grammar.
  • What are the parts of speech in English, and the forms in which they can be used.
  • How to correctly use parts of speech, including as adverbs and pronouns.
  • What are the basic building blocks of English sentences.
  • How to construct correct sentences.
  • How to vary sentence structure.
  • What is a paragraph, and how to construct one.
  • Common work roots and how they are used to create different English words.
  • The role and meanings of suffixes and prefixes.
  • When and how to use direct (denotative) and indirect (connotative) language in business or study.
  • How to write correctly for different purposes.
  • Correct business writing.
  • How to respond appropriately to different study tasks.
  • Different writing formats for workplace and study.
  • How and why to reference.
  • How to edit a piece of writing to improve its organisation and readability.
  • How to proof read a piece of writing to eliminate errors.
  • What to consider when planning a piece of writing.



Good writing doesn't just happen. It needs to have purpose, be meaningful, relevant, and appropriate to its intended readers. It should also be easy to understand.  To satisfy all these criteria, writers must first answer several questions: 

  • What do you hope to achieve with your writing? (ie. its purpose?)
  • Who is likely to read it?
  • What do you want to include and exclude from the content? (What might the anticipated readers need to know, want to know, and like to know?) 
  • How can you communicate intended information accurately and appropriately, to achieve your purpose? (What language, layout and format will be most suitable?)

The purpose of your writing is often given to you by someone else, such as a teacher or employer, who asks you to write something. That person, however, may not clearly state the reasons behind their request. Your first task, therefore, is to ask what that person wants you to achieve with your writing.


You can start the course at any time.

It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies.  Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.

Each lesson includes set tasks, and is completed with an assignment which the student submits to their course tutor.  The tutor will mark the assignment and return this to the student with comments and suggestions for further reading.


Your 'learning package' includes:

  • Course notes.
  • Self-assessment quizzes.
  • Assignment feedback.
  • You can interact one on one with a professional tutor with decades of experience - just email, phone or log on to chat to connect with them.



  • Study to improve your writing and grammar - develop your skills and knowledge to write better for business or for studies.

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Meet some of our academics

Alison Pearce (animal)B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Masters Degree in Ecotourism. P.G.Cert. Ed. (Science). Alison's first job was in 1982 as a stockwoman, working with pigs in Yorkshire. Within a few years she of that she was working for the University of Western Australia as a Research Technician and instructor with their school of Agricultural Science.In 1989 she moved to Melbourne University as Unit Manager and Instructor in Animal Husbandry. By the mid 1990's she moved back to England to work in Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing at Cambridgeshire College of Agriculture. Throughout her career, Alison has developed and delivered courses in veterinary nursing and animal sciences for vocational colleges and universities in Australia, New Zealand and Australia. She has built a high level of expertise and an outstanding international reputation as an expert in animal sciences.
Dr. Gareth PearceGraduated from the University of Nottingham in 1982 with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Between 82 and 85 worked as Research Assistant and Demonstator in Animal Science at the University of Leeds. Over more than 30 years he has furthered his studies, obtaining eight significant university qualifications including degrees in Veterinary Science, Wildlife Conservation and Animal Behaviour. Gareth has significant teaching experience around the world as a faculty member at eight different universities including Associate Professor at Murdoch University and Director of Studies in Veterinary Science at Cambridge University. He has over 100 prestigious research papers published, and enjoys an outstanding international reputation in the fields of animal and veterinary science.
Maggi BrownMaggi is regarded as an expert in organic growing throughout the UK, having worked for two decades as Education Officer at the world renowned Henry Doubleday Research Association. She has been active in education, environmental management and horticulture across the UK for more than three decades. Some of Maggi's qualifications include RHS Cert. Hort. Cert. Ed. Member RHS Life Member Garden Organic (HDRA) .
Tracey Jones (writing)Tracey has enjoyed creative writing since she was a child. She has had several short stories published and a novella. She is also a keen writer of children's stories and poetry. She has also written many academic and non-fiction books in the fields of psychology, sociology, child development, writing and marketing.

Check out our eBooks

English GrammarThe English Grammar ebook can be a great reference for students, people who are learning English and anybody who writes anything- ever. The English Grammar ebook takes grammar back to basics to help confirm correct use of grammar. Topics that are covered within this course include 1/ Introduction- the components of language, 2/ Types of words, 3/ Punctuation, 4/ Upper and lower case, abbreviations, numbers, bullet points and 5/ Using words together.
Getting Work in a Modern WorldGetting Work in a Modern World is a must read; for students, parents, the unemployed, careers advisors or anyone interested in changing or forging a sustainable career. This is realistic guide to getting a job or starting out in business and understanding different industries. Topics covered in this book include 1/Career Myths, 2/ Finding Your Path, 3/ Understanding Employers, 4/ Preparing for a Job, 5/ Jobs to Consider: Looking to the Future, 6/ Information Technology, 7/ Business, Management and Sales, 8/ Health and Wellbeing, 9/ Horticulture, 10/ Wildlife and Environmental, 11/ Animal Care, 12/ Agriculture, 13/ Hospitality and Tourism, 14/ Media and 15/ Education.
Professional WritingProfessional writing is any writing that you are being paid for. It can include fiction writing, a best-selling book, articles in a magazine, articles in a newspaper, blogs for companies, technical manuals or procedure manuals, copy for catalogues, newsletters, text books and other academic material and so on.
Creative WritingThe Creative Writing ebook can be useful for writing students or even professional writers to help improve their writing techniques and skills. The Creative Writing ebook is a fabulous starting point for budding writers. The topics that are covered within this book are an introduction to creative writing, Methodology and technique- the building blocks of writing, Genres, Creative non-fiction, creative writing techniques, developing your skill, building your career and a Glossary.