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Plain English

Course Overview

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On average this
course contributes
1 hours
towards your CPD

The average reading age in the UK is estimated to be that of an educated 9 year old. Within the workplace especially, this can cause problems, as the use of the English language has become complicated and often confuses people. It is therefore important to be able to produce writing that can be read, understood and acted upon first time by its intended audience.

This online course will emphasise how important it is for you to develop your plain English skills and how doing so will help in every aspect of your life. By completing the course, you will know:

  • What plain English really is
  • How to plan communication
  • Plain English techniques
  • How to put plain English into practice

Course Details

Lesson Plan

Areas covered will include:

  • What is Plain English?
  • Poor Communication
  • Planning Communication
  • Plain English techniques
  • Putting Plain English into Practice

Target Audience

This course is aimed at anyone that needs to develop their plain English skills. The information is applicable to any workplace environment, including that of volunteers.


With approximately 49 interactive screens, it is estimated that this course will take approximately 1 hour to complete (depending on learning speed). As an e-learning course you can complete this training in convenient stages and revisit whenever you wish. The system will record your progress throughout.


On completion you will be able to print a Virtual College certificate.

CPD Accreditation

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements.

What our customers have said

I liked the tasks and challenges at the end of each section as they summarised the learning.
14/07/2015 AJ
The way it was presented was very easy to follow
12/08/2015 TE
I like how interactive the system was to use, the colour and layout was good.
19/10/2015 MC
I found it very informative in writing plain English
JC 18/03/2015
Clear, easy and engaging
OJ 03/02/2015
This subject was suited to the online learning environment
AS 12/12/2014
I like the way you can go back and view previous slides to revise
MS 14/08/2014
The information given was easy to read and enjoyable with the different ways of learning
PC 27/06/2014
Very informative, especially highlighting the potential consequences of poor communication. avoiding using jargon and abbreviations etc
NB 05/05/2014
I liked the pop up's they were good and kept you alert and interested
CL 04/04/2014
I was not distracted by nerves, other people etc, whereas in group work etc. I can sometimes get distracted. I also thought it was helpful to go at my own pace and also to be able to return to sections that I did not understand
CK 13/02/2014
The interaction between characters and use of tick boxes for further information keeps you interested and makes learning easier
DJ 07/01/2014div>
Easy to follow the instructions
AM 01/08/2013
Easy to use and follow
LW 25/07/2013
Clear, accessible, engaging
MD 24/07/2013

Cost and Discounts

£30 + VAT - This cost is for a single user.

Discounts are available for multiple users (10 or more) for more information please contact, or telephone Sales on 01943 885085.

How it Works

The information below is specific to this particular course. If you would like a more general guide to how our purchasing and learning works please visit the Four Easy Steps page which should tell you all you need to know.

Alternatively; if you have a specific question or concern why not contact us directly ?


This is an online course, all the training will be taken through your browser window. There will be no face-to-face sessions with instructors nor will you receive any training material through the post. If you wish you may print out any page of the training material, and may also print the notes you took during the training.

You can also revisit the training material at any time, even after you have completed the course.


The material for this course has been broken down into several smaller lessons, each lesson dealing with a specific area of the overall subject.

The lesson consist of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk you through the lesson material at a pace that suits you. Pages may also include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help you keep in touch and interested in the material.

Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be PAUSED and RESUMED at any stage. When all lessons in the course have been completed our system will realise and automatically record that you have successfully completed the course


This course is delivered fully online allowing you to learn at your own pace, however an average duration would be 1 hours.

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