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Winter University

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

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Winter University applications now open

Find your perfect short course below.

If you have any questions then please contact us.

What is Winter University?

Winter 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). 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

What can I study?

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

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

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty and require support to attend a Winter University course, please email
More information about Disability Services.

How much will my course cost?

Each course costs £50.

Fees will be reimbursed if:

  • you pass your module and go on to enrol on a course of over 60 credits in September 2023 or January 2024.
  • you are a current Teesside University student and you successfully complete your Winter University course.

If you successfully complete an accredited course and enrol on a course of over 60 credits at Teesside University in September 2022 or January 2023 your Winter University course fees are reimbursed.

Age restriction

Due to the content and delivery of our Winter University courses, it is advised that applicants are aged 16+ at the time of enrolment.

If you are applying for an online course and are under the age of 18 at the time of enrolment, you must provide a completed parental consent form. You can download the parental consent form and send to after you submit your application.

If you are applying for an on-campus course - and are under the age of 16 you must be accompanied to your Winter University classes by a parent or a responsible adult to act in the capacity of a parent (in loco parentis). Your designated adult may need to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Winter University on-campus courses

Academic Skills for Higher Education, Certificate

You gain an insight into the core academic skills for future study at University level within a business discipline.


Accounting Essentials for Business Success, Certificate

You will gain an understanding of key financial statements as well as budgeting, and develop an appreciation of the impact of events and decisions on the profitability of any organisation, whether large or small.


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 Fine Art, Certificate

Fine art is a creative exploration of communication and making, by interpreting information and the world around us. You follow the process from interpreting ideas into fine art practice through visualising concepts into art works and communicating an interpretation of the medium, material and context. You are encouraged to explore a range of ideas, processes and methods while completing a negotiated project. No previous knowledge is assumed.


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 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.


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.


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.


Forensic and Crime Scene Investigation, Certificate

This module provides you with an introduction to forensic and crime scene investigation as it applies to the criminal justice system through an understanding of processes and personnel involved from crime scene through to court.


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 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 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 Food & Nutrition, Certificate

Food is complicated. We are bombarded with information about the fat and sugar content of food, its vitamins and minerals and the claimed benefits of new products.


Introduction to People Management, Certificate

One of the most important jobs of a manager is to lead, motivate and inspire others.


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.


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.


Winter University on-line 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.


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.


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.


Why I studied Winter University

How Ruth went from studying a Teesside University Winter University course, to a degree, to a PhD.

What next?

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

Book on 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 Winter 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.