Getting to Grips with Grammar and Punctuation

Getting to Grips with Grammar and Punctuation is the perfect course for anyone who works with words and wants to develop their knowledge and understanding of the basic rules of English grammar and punctuation.

About the course

The course explains how to use basic grammar and punctuation accurately. It will help you to communicate your message clearly and reduce misunderstanding and misinterpretation.

The course alternates units on grammar and punctuation, with two basic chapters followed by two which go into more detail. Each unit has several sets of short exercises and there are two quizzes along the way to test your knowledge.

The course concentrates on British English, although some differences in American English are highlighted where appropriate. It is ideal for you if:

  • you want a refresher on the basics of English grammar
  • you feel that you have not had the opportunity to learn enough about grammar
  • you want to build confidence in your knowledge and understanding of grammar.

What the course will teach you

By the time you’ve completed this training, you’ll understand:

  • the basic conventions of English grammar, including sentences, verbs and pronouns
  • the building blocks of English punctuation
  • some finer points of usage and misusage
  • the contexts in which these conventions should, or need not, be applied.

Course contents

Unit 1: Introduction

  • Includes a light-hearted exercise to get you started

Unit 2: Grammar – the basics

  • Sentences

  • Verbs

  • Pronouns

Unit 3: Punctuation – the basics

  • Commas

  • Full stops, question marks, colons and semicolons

  • Apostrophes

  • Hyphens and dashes

Unit 4: Grammar – next steps

  • More about tenses

  • More about pronouns

  • Comparison

  • Misplacement

  • Consolidate your grammar learning

Unit 5: Punctuation – next steps

  • Quotation marks and brackets
  • Lists and ellipsis
  • Some finer points of punctuation

Unit 6: Usage and context

  • Examples with exercises and commentary

Unit 7: Final exercises

  • Three longer texts on which to practise everything you’ve learned

What skills and tools do you need?

This course follows British English spelling, grammar and punctuation conventions in the main, although some differences in American English are highlighted where appropriate. You’ll also need:

  • fluency in English
  • familiarity with the functions of word processing programs – this course assumes use of MS Word (Office 365).


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Prices, timescales and upgrade points

  • Member: £170 + VAT
  • Non-member: £280 + VAT
  • Access to course: 6 months
  • Approximate study time to complete: 25–30 hours
  • CIEP upgrade points: 3


Key course features

Structured training

Structured units cover a range of topics relevant to your chosen course.

Self-paced learning

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Training portal

Access your course via our user-friendly online training portal. All e-learning courses are accessible through the portal for six months from the date of enrolment.

Extra help

Additional tutor support is available on our self-assessed courses for a small fee.

Self-assessed exercises

Hone your skills with self-assessed exercises and quizzes, and mark your own work against model answers.


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