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Short courses & CPD

Summer University

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

Our courses

Our courses

All our Summer University short courses will be announced and open for applications from April 2023. Register your interest below to be kept updated

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Conditional offer holders

If you have received a conditional offer that requires you to study a Summer University course, more information will be sent to you soon.

If you have any questions, 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

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

Minimum requirements

As some of 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.
More about student support

How much will my course cost?

Each course costs £50.

Fees are waived if you have been given a conditional offer from Teesside University based on passing a Summer University module.

Fees will be reimbursed if:

  • you pass your module and go on to enrol on a course of over 60 credits in September 2022-23
  • you are a current Teesside University student and you pass your Summer University course.

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 and those under 16 years of age are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. You can download the parental consent form and send to after you submit your Summer University application.

Summer University on campus courses

Details of our on campus courses will be announced soon


Summer University online courses

Animation and Visual Effects (Online), 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 (Online), 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.


Computer Sciences: Cyber Security (Online), Certificate

Cyber security 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 (Online), 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.


Digital Forensic Analysis and Cyber Investigation (Online), 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 (Online), 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.


Games Design and Development (Online), 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.


Introduction to Concept Art (Online), 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 Games Art (Online), Certificate

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


Mathematics (Basic - Online), 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 - Online), 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.

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.

More about our open days

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.

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