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Summer University online

A Summer University online course will boost your confidence, may help you change career and could be your first step towards gaining a degree.

Our courses

Now open for applications

Please see all our courses listed below or you can download a copy of our brochure.
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You can apply for up to three courses on one application form. If you would like to change your selections or add additional courses (up to a maximum of 30 credits) please contact us.

What is Summer University?

Summer University could be for you if you would like to:

  • return to study after taking a break from education
  • gain the qualification you need for a promotion
  • change career direction
  • enjoy the personal satisfaction of learning
  • meet the entry requirements for your course
  • revise the fundamental subjects in preparation for your degree studies.

How to apply

You can apply for multiple certificate courses on one application form (up to a maximum of 30 credits). Courses appear as University Certificate of Credit on the apply online tab.

Minimum requirements

As all our Summer University courses are delivered online it is necessary that you have access to a computer and are comfortable using an online learning platform. In addition to this, each course may have minimum hardware or software requirements, or equipment that you should have access to in order to fully engage with the course. Please check the 'entry requirements' tab on each course page before you apply.

What can I study?

Choose from a range of courses across many subject areas. Whatever your interests and ambitions, we have something for you. All courses are delivered online.

We have a range of accredited courses for you to choose from - if you complete an accredited course, you receive a certificate of credit.

What support can I get?

If you choose to study an accredited course, you can access Student Services and receive support with financial matters, health and wellbeing, careers and counselling.
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How much will my course cost?

Each course costs £50.

Fees are waived if:

  • you are a current Teesside University student
  • you have been given a conditional offer based on passing a Summer University module.

If you go on to enrol on a course of over 60 credits in September 2020-21 your Summer University fees are reimbursed.

Summer University online courses

Academic Skills for Higher Education, Certificate

This course provides you with an insight into the core academic skills needed to help future study at University level. It encourages you to identify and develop relevant skills in areas such as using academic research, academic writing, effective learning strategies and presentation skills.


Accounting Essentials for Business Success, Certificate

This course provides you with an understanding of both financial and management accounting. You learn to appreciate the impact and decisions on cost base and the profitability of a business.


An Introduction to Graphic Design and Illustration, Certificate

Graphic design and illustration are the creative visualisation of communication, encompassing the interpretation of persuasion, education, information and entertainment through text and image. This module introduces you to these key principles and language of the subject and follows the process from interpreting the brief to realising and finally communicating creative ideas. No previous knowledge is assumed and you are encouraged to explore a range of ideas, processes and methods while completing a negotiated project.


An Introduction to Housing Design and Interior Architecture, Certificate

Interior architecture encompasses the creative, technical and material creation of primarily commercial interior environments. A growth area is the commercial development of housing for a variety of markets including student accommodation, the elderly and to improve accessibility and sustainability. This course introduces you to the key concepts and language of interior architecture from brief to realisation and methods of visualising and communicating your creative ideas.


An Introduction to Interior Design, Certificate

Interior design encompasses function, fashion, colour, light, materials and decoration. You are introduced to the key principles and language of interior design – from interpreting the brief to realising and communicating creative ideas. No previous knowledge is assumed and you are encouraged to explore a range of ideas, processes and methods while you complete a negotiated personal project.


An Introduction to Pattern Cutting, Certificate

Pattern cutting is an important part of the garment manufacture process, enabling a fashion design to be interpreted from a fashion sketch into a 3D garment. This course is designed to introduce students to the basic techniques and technical aspects for womenswear pattern cutting. Working with basic blocks, students will explore various techniques to create garment styles and develop technical knowledge. Students will develop research enabling them to identify fashion trends to inform garment design sketches and apply knowledge to develop a final design and pattern.


An Introduction to Product Design and Creative Innovation, Certificate

This course introduces you to design thinking and the design process. You follow the process from interpreting the brief to realising innovative outcomes relating to new products and consumer needs. You learn how design can be used to deliver solutions to real-world problems. No previous knowledge is assumed and you are encouraged to explore a range of ideas, processes and methods while completing a negotiated project.


Animation and Visual Effects, Certificate

This module is an introduction to animation and visual effects for people with little or no previous experience. You will be introduced to the 3D animation and visual effects process: animation, modelling, texturing, lighting, rendering and compositing.


Artificial Intelligence and Data Science Foundations, Certificate

This course introduces core artificial intelligence (AI) and data science concepts and tools, focusing on real-life scenarios with practical exposure to relevant software. Various topics such as preparing and working with data, data analysis, problem solving with AI are covered.


Business Enterprise and Creativity, Certificate

Gain insight into the core aspects of business planning, considering innovative learning experiences that focus on business planning as a process and the creativity needed to develop a unique proposition and meet customers’ needs. You are challenged to consider examples of enterprising organisations of varying sizes, and engage in interactive workshops and discussions.


Computer Sciences: Cybersecurity, Certificate

Cybersecurity is now a critical part of all areas of industry. This course covers a range of issues concerned with information and computer security, and is aimed at non-specialists. It includes identifying a systematic approach to managing security risks, looks at how computers are compromised, what the concept of risk is, and introduces the security triad ofconfidentiality, integrity and availability.


Computer Sciences: Programming, Certificate

This course is for those who have little or no experience of any programming. You are introduced to the core structures needed for programming and your programming skills are developed using tools that are easily available, easy to use, and familiar to anyone who has used a computer.


Contemporary Art, Certificate

This course is an introductory level exploration into contemporary art through eight topics that inspire, reflect and engage with the subject. This is a journey into the international art and exhibitions of today that investigates all aspects of the world around us, starting with how we view ourselves through self-portraiture and the wallpaper in our rooms. How do artists engage with pop culture and sport in their work? Looking beyond, into the ocean, we find environmental issues and the effects of climate change, before returning closer to home to survey cats and dogs in contemporary artwork. We discuss work, labour and the art industry, ending on visions of the future in science fiction. Through the work of contemporary artists, this module introduces the variety of materials, media, techniques and technology used, often at the same time, including painting, sound, sculpture, film, digital and performance. This course is led by Mikhail Karikis, Simon McKeown and Sarah Perks from MIMA School of Art & Design.


Digital Forensic Analysis and Cyber Investigation, Certificate

As part of this course you will discover what it is like to be a digital forensic practitioner and the role they play in criminal investigations where digital devices have been involved. You will be introduced to the concept of digital evidence: what it is, where it can come from, and how to analyse it.


Engineering Principles SU, Certificate

You explore a range of topics in electrical/electronic technology, chemical science and mechanical principles. You develop basic engineering knowledge and problem-solving skills which will help you in your preparation for study on a University engineering degree. Ideally you will have at least grade C / 4 in GCSE mathematics, or equivalent, before enrolling on this course.


Exploring Childhood and Youth in Society, Certificate

You are introduced to the debates surrounding the role of digital and social media in the lives of children and young people in contemporary society. Our children and young people no longer experience the world without the internet, and this raises questions regarding their development, understanding and interactions.In our fast-changing technological environment is it reasonable to accept electronic communication as a part of life, or should adult carers still maintain caution with regards to its influence and the potential for a ‘toxic childhood’?


Exploring Psychology, Certificate

Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour. Explore the ways that psychologists study how people think, remember, develop and behave. Learn how psychologists apply their knowledge to understand, predict and sometimes control, human behaviour.


Foundation Biology, Certificate

If you’d like to study for a course in science and need to refresh or update your knowledge of biology then this course is a great starting point. You study cellular biology, human biology, disease, evolution and investigative biology.


Foundation Chemistry, Certificate

This course helps you into the first year of an undergraduate degree at Teesside University that includes level 3 chemistry as an entry requirement. You study atoms and molecules, bonding and chemical reactions, quantitative chemistry and basic organic chemistry.


Games Design and Development, Certificate

You are introduced to Unreal Engine with a focus on level design and effects to create a stimulating and aesthetic environment. You will be able understand the general production pipeline processes and be confident in creating your own scenes to interact with.


Into History, Certificate

This series of interactive workshops stimulates debate, excites your curiosity and challenges the way you think. You are introduced to primary and secondary sources and to the methods of historical enquiry required at degree level. The course provides a springboard into undergraduate study with topics explicitly linked to the core subjects of the first year of our BA (Hons) History. You examine the plight of internal refugees in Nazi occupied France, explore the impact of Luther and the European reformation, and consider the significance of documents and photographs in helping us to understand how ordinary people lived.


Introduction to Comics and Graphic Novels, Certificate

This course allows you to explore the richness and diversity of the comics medium, through discussions of its most significant works and creators, as well as through practical drawing exercises, recognising how your own creative practice can be developed.You are encouraged to think critically, to expand your understanding of what comics are and can do, and to recognise new examples of the form to inspire, influence and educate your own practice.


Introduction to Concept Art, Certificate

Had a good idea for a game, animation, film or television programme and didn’t know how to develop it? This course helps you to explore your creative skills and you learn how to take your initial idea and develop it into final images suitable for presentation.


Introduction to Counselling Skills, Certificate

This course introduces you to counselling and communication skills. It includes basic questioning and listening skills and outlines how these abilities can be used in training for counselling.


Introduction to Creative Writing, Certificate

Have you ever wanted to write a novel or short story? This course offers individual and group writing activities to broaden your awareness of the approaches, techniques and forms available to writers.


Introduction to Criminal Law, Certificate

Perhaps the best known aspect of the legal system, criminal law presents an interesting and challenging area of study. This is an exciting introduction to criminal law – covering the law of theft, murder, manslaughter and non-fatal offences.


Introduction to Criminology, Certificate

Why do people commit crime? This course focuses on two main areas of criminology – criminological theory and criminal justice. You explore why people commit crime and examine the different groups involved in crime, followed by an overview of the criminal justice system in England and Wales.


Introduction to Digital Marketing, Certificate

Gain vital insights into the core principles, concepts and practical applications utilised within the fastest growing area of marketing; digital marketing. You engage with principles of marketing planning within a digital context, including a range of paid, earned and owned marketing channels and techniques.


Introduction to English Studies: Literature and Culture, Certificate

This course is for anyone interested in literature, film and television and discussing their cultural and political importance. This is a skills-based module which seeks to develop your knowledge of literary and cultural sources and methods of analysis, aimed at anyone interested in practising such skills and honing their abilities to analyse cultural representation. The module can be used to prepare you for level 4 undergraduate study, subject to a successful application after completion.


Introduction to Media Production, Certificate

Through a dynamic and exciting learning experience, this course enables you to create and develop a portfolio of developmental content and provides the opportunity to learn through doing. You work across two strands – video and audio – providing you with an introduction to content creation for a range of media formats. The course provides opportunities to acquire basic practical experience of concept generation, production planning and project development alongside the relevant technical skills and essential techniques for media production.


Introduction to People Management, Certificate

One of the most important jobs of a manager is to lead, motivate and inspire others. This course introduces you to the key principles and practices of effective people management. It includes sessions on the role of a manager, key human resource management processes, effective communication, and managing performance and change.


Introduction to Photography, Certificate

Whether you are new to photography or want to improve your existing skills, this course will develop your ability to create and share photographs of which you can be proud. The course will develop your technical and visual skills as you learn the principles of photography and image editing. Online lectures will introduce new concepts to students, while a series of weekly hands-on assignments will allow you to practice the skills you learn. Together these activities form the basis of your portfolio that you will draw upon for your end-of-module assessment.


Introduction to Policing and Investigation, Certificate

You will explore the development of policing, crime and investigation. The rise in popularity of crime fiction and TV dramas and fly-on-the-wall documentariesdemonstrates an ever-growing interest in policing, crime and investigation. You look at the development of the modern police service, and the growth of investigativeroles, both policing-related and private, to assist in the appreciation of the realities of policing and investigation. The use of a range of both historical and more recentcases will explain the impact of lessons learned upon today’s policing and investigation methods. You also explore the significance of the casual witness and their observational skills.


Mathematics (Advanced), Certificate

This course refreshes and enhances your knowledge in mathematical topics to prepare you to enter the second year of an undergraduate engineering degree. You must already have an understanding of these concepts from completing an HNC/HND (or equivalent). You study algebra and calculus.


Mathematics (Basic), Certificate

This course improves your understanding of basic mathematical concepts to prepare you for a university course. You study arithmetic, percentages, decimals and equations, and go on to algebra and graphs. It is crucial to master these skills if you intend to further your education at degree level.


Mathematics (Intermediate), Certificate

This course helps you into the first year of an undergraduate degree at Teesside University that includes level 3 mathematics as an entry requirement. You study algebra, trigonometry and calculus.


Preparing for Your Dissertation or Major Report, Certificate

Designed for Teesside University students progressing into their final year of study, this course helps you produce an effective dissertation or major report. We deal with the demands made by various types of dissertations, considering different structure and styles. We help you organise a literature search for a dissertation and you learn how to use a range of information sources to locate books, academic journals and other materials. This course is best suited to degree students – preparing you for your final year of study.


Understanding Children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, Certificate

You consider what it means to be a child growing up in a challenging environment including homes where there is poverty, mental illness, domestic violence, abuse and neglect. You examine the impact of these circumstances on children’s physical and mental health, social and emotional development, behaviour, relationships, educational outcomes and life chances. You are introduced to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma, and discuss some strategies for managing and beginning to address and heal the difficulties. You also consider the rewards and challenges of working with these children.


Writing and Essay Skills, Certificate

All students need to write well to succeed. This course explores the craft of essay writing by considering many of the key skills you need in academic work. You are introduced to planning and designing writing, and how the right style can be adopted for different tasks. You learn ways to minimise mistakes and you become familiar with referencing and constructing a bibliography. You also explore syntax and punctuation through exercises and discussion.

Maria Eerolainen

'I came from the US to work in Middlesbrough, and since I had some extra time on my hands I thought it would be nice to learn something new.'

Maria Eerolainen

What next?

Studying doesn't have to stop when your course ends. We hope our Summer University courses inspire you to continue your studies.

Come to one of our open days to find out what you can do after your course has finished.

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Changes to courses

Teesside University reserves the right to change the advertised programme without notice. Running or continuing any course or class depends on having enough students enrolled and attending.


This is a general guide to Summer University and its courses and considerable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of information provided. Applicants are advised that developments after the guide has been published and the programmes have been completed may lead to omissions and inaccuracies in the course guide, for which the University disclaims legal liability. The information given in the course guide does not impose on the University any obligation to provide or to continue to provide, any course, module, tuition, assessment or amenity described in the course guide. For example, the University is under no obligation to offer a programme which has enrolled a small number of students. Similarly, the University retains the right to make reasonable changes in the curriculum content, method of teaching, form of assessment and location of some or all elements of a course. However, as far as possible, the University will consult the applicants or students affected before implementing significant changes; and although the University will not accept liability for any disruption to applicants or students caused by circumstances beyond its control, including but not limited to fires, strikes (of its own or other employees), insurrection or riots, embargoes, requirements or regulations of any civil or military authority (as 'event of force majeure'), the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the impact of such interference with its ability to provide educational or other services.