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Short courses

Office for Students (OfS) short courses

Funded 12-week Office for Students (OfS) short courses for employed, self-employed or unemployed people looking to upskill.

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Enhance your sector-specific skills

Our 12-week higher education short courses give you flexible opportunities to learn and develop sector-specific skills where there's growing employer demand, and the opportunity to progress to further study.

The blended delivery approach of online and face-to-face tuition means you can fit your learning around your other commitments.

These courses are part of the government's approach to fill the skills gap in the economy by funding lifelong learning. They are designed to break down barriers, whoever you are, whatever your circumstances to get on the higher education ladder and into employment. If you're already in work, they can help you to upskill or develop new sector-specific skills to enhance your career prospects.

Funding for these courses comes from government-financed student loans which are independent of any previous or current education funding you may have. You can apply for short course funding to cover your fees if you're currently in education, or are already qualified to degree, masters or PhD level.

Find out if you are eligible for a short course loan

Entry requirements

Please visit the course page you are interested in for more details on entry requirements.

These courses are ideal if you are:

  • a school or further education college leaver wanting to explore a subject before committing to a full degree
  • unemployed and wanting to develop skills to improve your employability
  • a teacher looking to refresh your knowledge in a subject, or to learn new skills
  • in work and your performance can be enhanced by learning new knowledge and skills
  • returning to education after a break
  • currently in higher education and would like to compliment your skillset with additional knowledge and skills.

Courses in Biosciences

Application of Health Sciences, University Certificate in Professional Development

Gain insight into the breadth of health science, clinical and non-clinical support services within the NHS in the delivery of high-quality, person-centred care.

 

Bioinformatics, University Certificate in Professional Development

You are introduced to bioinformatics concepts around visualising and analysing DNA sequence data, as well as basic molecular data analysis.

 

Cell and Microbiology, University Certificate in Professional Development

You explore how knowledge of the biology of microorganisms, including bacteria and viruses, has informed the identification and control of infectious diseases.

 

Health Technologies, University Certificate in Professional Development

You gain an understanding of the health technologies that are employed within the health sector to prevent, manage and treat diseases.

 

Human Ageing, Disease and Death, University Certificate in Professional Development

Ageing is a major risk factor for a number of diseases, including dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

 

Human Development and Health, University Certificate in Professional Development

Go on a journey through your own life – from fertilisation to infancy, through puberty and beyond into adulthood – and examine what happens when the human reproductive system doesn’t work properly and how advances in reproductive medicine can help.

 
 

Courses in Computing & Cyber Security

AI and Machine Learning for Transforming Businesses, University Certificate in Professional Development

Explore how artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning can be utilised in business forecasting, understanding data and transforming decision-making.

 

Databases and Business Intelligence Solutions, University Certificate in Professional Development

Develop the ability to build and maintain server databases and Business Intelligence (BI) solutions to support the industry including server database design and the querying of data using Transactional Structured Query Language (TSQL). You also investigate data analytics and key performance indicators to develop a BI dashboard.

 

Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security, University Certificate in Professional Development

Develop a detailed understanding of information and network security concepts and principles, as well as the tools and configurations used to defend network technologies.

 

Immersive Technologies and AR, University Certificate in Professional Development

Learn the fundamental concepts and approaches in developing immersive technology and augmented reality (AR) solutions, from exploring existing development tools and environments to designing considerations and deployment platforms.

 

IoT and Cloud Systems, University Certificate in Professional Development

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of objects and people that connect and exchange data. IoT devices are growing at a rapid rate and almost everything is connected to a cloud.

 

Let’s Get Coding with Python, University Certificate in Professional Development

Learn the fundamental concepts of software development, from basic programming to object-oriented techniques.

 
 

Courses in Engineering & Construction

Digital Engineering, University Certificate in Professional Development

Gain hands-on experience of 3D computer modelling, and engineering product and process design as you explore static and dynamic hierarchical assemblies and their value to industry.

 

Engineering Mathematics Applications, University Certificate in Professional Development

Explore the fundamental mathematics skills needed to solve engineering problems, including using different numerical methods and differential calculus.

 

Industry 4.0 and Process Automation, University Certificate in Professional Development

Explore Industry 4.0 together with advancing automation, decentralisation, system integration and cloud computing, which are revolutionising engineering and manufacturing sectors.

 

Innovation to Net Zero, University Certificate in Professional Development

Explore innovation in sustainability, the environmental impacts from industrial and human activities, and the need of a sustainable approach for environmental engineering solutions.

 

Sustainable Engineering Principles, University Certificate in Professional Development

Learn the fundamentals, and importance, of sustainability and its engineering applications. You explore the properties of engineering materials, including the relationships between processing, structure, properties and performance, giving you an understanding of the factors which influence the suitability of materials for various engineering applications.

 

Sustainable Manufacturing, University Certificate in Professional Development

Gain an insight into current manufacturing processes and develop an understanding of relevant technological factors as well as an awareness of working principles and capabilities.