Study skills and language support

Southampton Business School students can access a wide range of support to help you to develop study skills, improve your academic English and enhance your employability.

Academic and Professional Skills for Business (S4B)

Academic and Professional Skills for Business’ (S4B) is a specially designed optional support course, which is free of charge and available to all Southampton Business School students.  The course is designed to help you prepare you for success in both your degree and future employment. Study plans are available but it is up to you to decide how you participate in S4B workshops and lectures, S4B tutorials (in which you can discuss your work), and S4B self-study resources. S4B activities include support for writing academic and professional texts, speaking with confidence in presentations seminars and business negotiations, improving your academic and business vocabulary, and preparing for examinations and your future career.

S4B will appear on your homepage at:  and the direct link address is

We hope you find S4B useful. Please feel free to contact us via  or check us out via the ‘Contact’ page on the S4B site.

Library Support

LIBRARY INDUCTION ACTIVITIES: a range of activities are available to help you to use the library. We recommend new students visit this page and complete the activities as this will help you to use the library effectively for your studies.

Siân Furmage is the Academic Engagement Librarian for Southampton Business School. For more information on how to use library resources to support your studies then visit your library subject page:

Or contact the library by email (; phone (023 8059 2180) or Library Chat ( – check opening hours).

You can also refer to this handy library guide; Library_Guide_the basics_17-18

Southampton Academic Skills Hub (SASH)

**The Library  are now offering one-to-one appointments to support academic writing tasks. Appointments will last for half an hour and will be held Monday – Thursday, in the Hartley Library and at Library and Learning Commons on the Avenue Campus.**

Students can check availability, book an appointment and find a whole range of writing resources at

There are also a number of bitesize tutorials available including sessions on the following topics: Academic Writing, Critical Thinking, Proof Reading, Dissertations

These can all be booked at

The library also provide a range of academic skills resources across all subjects. Online resources are available via the website and the hub is staffed regularly for drop-in sessions as well as providing sign-up workshops.

This includes support for writing at any stage of the process and offers focused tutorials, workshops, and materials.

For guidance and advice about planning and writing dissertations and essays, referencing, study skills and research questions then visit the library’s Academic Skills Hub:

Or book a place on a workshop:


Is an online package of materials available through SASH (see above). Skills4StudyCampus is designed to help all students to develop the study skills needed to succeed at university.

English Language Support

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) skills support programme offers academic language support to international students who need to develop their English language and academic literacy skills during their studies. You can find out more about this programme on their website.

Please note: some students may be required to attend additional English sessions as part of their course. is a library of high-quality video tutorials on a wide range of software and business topics. Your University account gives you access to all of it for free.

Southampton Language Opportunity

The Southampton Language Opportunity provides you with the opportunity to study a language free of charge, alongside your degree programme. The scheme is funded by the Southampton Opportunity and managed by Modern Languages and Linguistics. The classes offer no formal qualification or provide any credit, but are perfect for those wanting to start a new language or polish up on previous skills.  To take a step closer to becoming a transnational graduate, you can also take part in our new Intercultural Impact Award Scheme which is being launched this September, more information on this can be found below.


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