Communication Skills

Accredited by the British Council for the Teaching of English

Information about the programme

  • Teaching hours per week: Each first year student takes three hours weekly
  • Timetable: 1 x two hour class according to the needs of degree subject assessments, plus a one hour CS Plenary lecture every Wednesday
  • Maximum class size: 25 students

At the University of Bedfordshire, we want you to get the most out of your time with us. That's why the University has created a core programme of timetabled communication skills classes, which all EU and international students are required to attend.

We know how important it is, both during your time at University and in your career afterwards, to continually develop and enhance your intercultural communication skills.

Many employers and visa sponsors will look for evidence (in addition to your academic achievements) of excellent English language proficiency and career skills.

In Communication Skills we learn how to write academically, how to summarise, how to paraphrase, how to avoid plagiarism. So it's very helpful.

Writing at an academic level is very difficult. CS helped me to create my own analysis, evaluation and synthesis.


Communication Skills is designed to help you boost your course grades and become an effective communicator. This core unit consists of three parts:

Academic skills

  • Preparing your assignment from task to task submission
  • Paraphrasing, summarising, synthesizing and referencing
  • Listening and note-taking skills
  • Dissertation writing

British university culture

  • Awareness of British university interaction and practice
  • Seminar skills
  • Approaches to independent study
  • Avoidance of plagiarism

Communicating effectively within your subject area

  • Presentation technique
  • Appropriate formats and language for correspondence
  • Subject-specific vocabulary
  • English language improvement

Find out how Communication Skills Classes helps our Students with their studies:





As part of the communication skills programme, all international students can benefit from attending plenary lectures every Wednesday evening. You will be asked to take notes during the lectures by inspirational speakers, and then write an essay on the lecture theme. Valuable feedback will be provided from which you will be able to recognise your improvements during the course of the year.

Below are the remaining Plenary lectures for this academic year, taking place at 5pm and again at 6pm.

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No Lecturer Lecture Title Date Time
1 Bruce Mortimer Developing your professional ethics 02 Feb 2022 5pm & 6pm
2 Rafael Cloete Debate: What makes you employable? 09 Feb 2022 5pm & 6pm
3 Dr Desmond Skeel Analyse this! 16 Feb 2022 5pm & 6pm
4 Paul Owen Soft skills training 23 Feb 2022 5pm & 6pm
5 Leonidas Tzampazis Motivation for success 02 Mar 2022 5pm & 6pm
6 Theo Maniski The advantage of happiness 09 Mar 2022 5pm & 6pm
7 Kate Tame How do we communicate? 16 Mar 2022 5pm & 6pm
8 Dr Nuzhat Jafari Research issues 23 Mar 2022 5pm & 6pm
9 Theo Maniski vs John Lapwood Debate: Is Technology dumbing us down? 30 Mar 2022 5pm & 6pm


Communication Skills Plenary Lecture Benefits

  • Targeted feedback from essays
  • Listening skills
  • Note-taking practice
  • Observing and interacting
  • Writing and reporting skills
  • Cultural awareness
  • Interesting and varied topics
  • Submission of task answers via Turnitin - see your CS Unit on BREO

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