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Short courses

Ranging from just £150 to £495, these short courses are ideal if you want:

  • to learn informally about a subject for personal or professional development;
  • flexible start and completion dates;
  • to learn entirely online and in your own time;
  • the support of an expert learning adviser to answer your questions;

but don't need academic recognition (credit) or a qualification.

If you're looking to gain a qualification (degree, diploma or certificate), please visit our Undergraduate Prospectus.

If you are not ready for a qualification but you would like to study for credit, you could study one of our modules as a standalone course.


If you are fascinated by science or you are a teacher looking to enrich your students’ science curriculum, look at Science.

Business and Management

If you are in employment and want to update and extend your skills in the workplace, try our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses. We offer courses in Clinical Leadership; Communication and Marketing; General Management Skills; Leadership and Strategy and People Management.

Health and Social Care

If you work in the health sector or care for an individual, look at Health and Social Care for courses to help you transform care and practice.


Effective leadership skills

Are you a good leader?  How can you improve your leadership skills? This course GB003 examines different traits, styles and ways of understanding leadership to improve your own style.

Your questions

Try our frequently asked questions.

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Employers' questions

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