► Course is never followed by ‘of’. Don’t say ‘a course of Business Studies’. Say ‘a course in Business Studies’.
a period of study in a particular subject, especially at university
b) British English a period of study in a particular subject, especially at university SYN program American English a degree course in photography
course on/in a course on architecture I’m taking a course in graphic design.
PERIOD OF TIME
a period of time or process during which something happens
during/in/throughout/over the course of something
During the course of our conversation, it emerged that Bob had been in prison.
Over the course of the next few years, the steel industry was reorganized.
in the course of doing something
In the course of researching customer needs, we discovered how few families have adequate life insurance.
It seems the boom in World Music has run its course.
Relax and let nature take its course .
(= develop in the usual way and reach a natural end )
take/run its course (= develop in the usual way and reach a natural end ) Relax and let nature take its course . It seems the boom in World Music has run its course.
In the normal course of events, a son would inherit from his father.
in the normal/natural/ordinary course of events
in the normal/natural/ordinary course of events In the normal course of events, a son would inherit from his father.
Meeting Sally changed the whole course of his life .
forces that shape the course of evolution
course of forces that shape the course of evolution
the usual or natural way that something changes, develops , or is done
the general plans someone has to achieve something or the general way something is happening
They will go to any lengths to get the White House to
steer a middle course
between pacifism and revolution.
As long as the economy
stays on course
, the future looks rosy.
countable usually singular
an action or series of actions that you could take in order to deal with a particular situation
I agreed that this was the only sensible
course of action
take/decide on a course
The judge took the only course of action open to him.
countable usually singular, uncountable
the planned direction taken by a boat or plane to reach a place
to avoid the storm.
going in the right or wrong direction
The ship was
blown off course
The aircraft was almost ten miles off course.
She tightened the mainsail while
holding the course
travelling in the same direction as planned
one of the separate parts of a meal
three-course/five-course etc meal
The ticket includes entry and a four-course meal.
first/second/main etc course
We had fish for the main course.
an area of land or water where races are held, or an area of land designed for playing golf
course of injections/drugs/treatment etc a course of antibiotics
an amount of medicine or medical treatment that you have regularly for a specific period of time
in (the) course of time
the direction a river moves in
The course of the water was shown by a line of trees.
take a course
do a course
I decided to do a course in Italian.
go on a course
My company wanted me to go on a course in management skills.
pass/fail a course
If you pass the course, you get a diploma in psychology.
apply for a course
The following year she applied for a nursing course.
enrol on a course/put your name down for a course
to arrange to officially join a course
How about enrolling on a sailing course?
attend a course
take part in a course
You’ll have to attend a course on how to deal with customers on the phone.
withdraw from a course/drop out of a course
leave it without finishing it
She had to withdraw from the course because of illness.
teach a course
She is teaching an introductory course in Russian.
run a course
The course is run by the British Council.
offer a course
The course is offered on a part-time basis.
change (your) course
at university or college
Some students choose to change their course after the first year.
ADJECTIVES/NOUN + course
a language/art/design etc course
The school runs ten-week language courses three times a year.
a full-time/part-time course
There are also part-time courses for mature students.
an elementary/intermediate/advanced course
an advanced course in art and design
a one-year/two-year etc course
She did a one-year teacher training course.
a short course
I did a short course on website design.
an intensive course
in which you learn a lot in a short time
An intensive course in Russian is provided for those who do not already know the language.
a crash course
in which you learn a great deal in a very short time
A husband was given a crash course in how to deliver a baby by a midwife on the phone.
a training course
If you are offered the job, you will attend a two-week training course.
a vocational course
that trains you to do a particular job
a vocational course in architecture
a college/university course
students who fail their college courses
a degree course
an undergraduate course
a first course at a university, which usually lasts three years
a three-year degree course
a postgraduate course
one you do after your first degree course
a correspondence course
in which you work at home, sending work to a teacher by post
an introductory course
for people who have never done a particular subject or activity before
an induction course
that you do when you start a new job or position
a refresher course
short and intended to teach you about new developments in a subject
a foundation course
a general course that students do in the first year at some universities
a sandwich course
that includes periods of work in industry or business
a tailor-made course
one that is specially designed for someone
a tailor-made course to help senior staff develop their negotiation skills
course + NOUN
a course tutor
I discussed it with my course tutor.
Teachers are provided with course material.
the course syllabus
the plan of what is taught on a course
The school has recently introduced a new course syllabus.
Don’t say ‘
make a course
take a course
Meaning 5: the usual or natural way that something changes, develops, or is done
something takes a course
develops in a particular way
He felt that events were taking the wrong course.
something takes/runs its course
develops in the usual or natural way
There was nothing we could do except watch the illness run its course.
change/alter the course of something
The incident changed the course of the election.
influence/shape the course of something
The result of this battle influenced the whole course of the war.
determine/decide the course of something
Don’t let chance decide the course of your career.
in the normal/ordinary course of something
His bravery was far more than was required in the normal course of duty.
the course of history/somebody’s life etc
Changing conditions shape the course of evolution.