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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.

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Apply now for Summer University 2021

Our courses

All our Summer University courses can be found below. You can apply for up to three courses from the apply now link on the course page.

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Conditional offer holders

If you have received a conditional offer that requires you to study a Summer University course, you can apply for the relevant course through the apply now link on the course page.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

summer.university@tees.ac.uk

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

Click apply now on the course page. You can apply for multiple certificate courses on one application form (up to a maximum of 30 credits) - if you wish to study multiple courses please check delivery times and dates to ensure there are no clashes. Courses appear as University Certificate of Credit on the apply online tab. If you would like to change your selection or add additional courses after you have submitted your application, please email summer.university@tees.ac.uk

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. You also need to have a strong internet connection. 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 studying a course of over 60 credits.
  • you have been given a conditional offer from Teesside University based on passing a Summer University module.

If you go on to enrol on a course of over 60 credits in September 2021-22 your Summer University fees are reimbursed.

Age restriction

Due to the content and delivery of our Summer University courses, it is advised that applicants are aged 16+ at the time of enrolment. All applicants under the age of 18 at the time of enrolment must provide a completed parental consent form. You can download the parental consent form and send to summer.university@tees.ac.uk after you submit your Summer University application.

Summer University online courses

Academic Skills for Higher Education, Certificate

You gain an insight into the core academic skills for future study at University level. You develop relevant skills in areas such as using academic research, academic writing, effective learning strategies and presentation skills.

 

Accounting Essentials for Business Success, Certificate

You gain 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 Fashion Design, Certificate

You gain an understanding of the skills and practices in the process of womenswear fashion design. You explore trend, research, design development, visualisation and pattern cutting.

 

An Introduction to Fashion Styling, Certificate

You are introduced to the principles of fashion styling. You explore the practical representation of fashion and investigate approaches to fashion styling through a fashion editorial and/or a styling portfolio.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

An Introduction to Product Design and Creative Innovation, Certificate

You explore 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.

 

Animation and Visual Effects, Certificate

This is an introduction to animation and visual effects if you have little or no previous experience. You explore 3D animation and visual effects process: animation, modelling, texturing, lighting, rendering and compositing.

 

Artificial Intelligence and Data Science Foundations, Certificate

You explore core artificial intelligence (AI) and data science concepts and tools, focusing on real-life scenarios with practical exposure to relevant software. You cover various topics such as preparing and working with data, data analysis, data visualisation, and problem solving with AI.

 

Business Enterprise and Creativity, Certificate

You 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.

 

Computer Sciences: Cybersecurity, Certificate

Cybersecurity is now a critical part of all areas of industry. You explore a range of information and computer security issues. This course is suitable for non-specialists.

 

Computer Sciences: Programming, Certificate

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

 

Contemporary Art, Certificate

You explore contemporary art through eight topics that inspire, reflect and engage with the subject. You go on a journey into the international art and exhibitions of today that investigates all aspects of the world around us, starting with how we you view yourself through self-portraiture and the wallpaper in your rooms.

 

Digital Forensic Analysis and Cyber Investigation, Certificate

You 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 explore 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 to 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 role of the digital world, such as the experience of information technology and social media, in the lives of children and young people in contemporary society.

 

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 understand the general production pipeline processes and become confident in creating your own scenes to interact with.

 

Into History, Certificate

This interactive course stimulates debate, excites your curiosity and challenges the way you think. You explore primary and secondary sources and methods of historical enquiry required at degree level.

 

Introduction to Comics and Graphic Novels, Certificate

You explore the richness and diversity of the comics medium. You discuss significant works and creators, as well as through practical drawing exercises, and develop your own creative 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

You explore counselling and communication skills. You learn 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? You focus 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

You explore literature, film and television and discussing their cultural and political importance. You develop your knowledge of literary and cultural sources and methods of analysis, honing your abilities to analyse cultural representation.

 

Introduction to Games Art, Certificate

You explore the fundamental principles used in the production of 3D models and 2D textures for use within a game environment.

 

Introduction to Journalism, Certificate

You are introduced to the core journalistic skills of news gathering and reporting in the digital landscape.

 

Introduction to Media Production, Certificate

Through a dynamic and exciting learning experience, you create and develop a portfolio of developmental content and learn through doing.

 

Introduction to People Management, Certificate

One of the most important jobs of a manager is to lead, motivate and inspire others. You explore the key principles and practices of effective people management. You look at 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 develops your ability to create and share photographs of which you can be proud. You develop your technical and visual skills as you learn the principles of photography and image editing.

 

Introduction to Policing and Investigation, Certificate

You explore the development of policing, crime and investigation. The rise in popularity of crime fiction and TV dramas and fly-on-the-wall documentaries demonstrates an ever-growing interest in policing, crime and investigation.

 

Mathematics (Advanced), Certificate

You refresh and enhance your knowledge in mathematical topics to prepare you to enter the second year of an undergraduate engineering degree.

 

Mathematics (Basic), Certificate

You improve 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.

 

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

If you are a Teesside University student progressing into your final year of study, this course helps you produce an effective dissertation or major report.

 

Social Media Entrepreneurship, Certificate

Social media digital content creation in recent years has become pivotal to the successful marketing and growth of brands worldwide.

 

Study Skills for University, Certificate

You explore a range of fundamental and discipline-focused study and learning skills to prepare you for undergraduate level study at university.

 

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.

 

Writing and Essay Skills, Certificate

All students need to write well to succeed. You explore 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.

 
 
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.

Disclaimer

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.