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About short courses

All our short courses focus on changing practice in health and social care – providing learners with the insight and skill to tackle the most pressing issues in the field. Students can study whenever they want, wherever they have access to a computer.

Our short courses are all part time. They are aimed at practitioners, carers or service users in health and social care, as well as those who are simply interested in the topic.

Bringing today’s care issues to life

Learners will develop skills and knowledge through fully online interactive and multimedia materials that bring together the latest research, policy and practice. Our learning guides provide a structured programme of study activities guiding students through audio-visual case study material and topical discussion.

Learning that fits around your timetable

  • Students can start our short courses at any time as they’re designed to fit around work and family life.
  • No need to take time away from the workplace to study.
  • Students complete a small task such as an online quiz or short writing task at the end of the course.
  • Each student receives a statement of participation or certificate of completion once they have finished the course.
  • Only basic computer skills are needed to use the study materials. Free IT helpdesk support is available.
  • All courses are between 25 and 50 hours long.

All study is self directed. There are no tutorials to attend or online forums to participate in.

The experience of a former student

In the video below, a former student describes her experience of studying a short course.

Developing careers and supporting lifelong learning

All our health and social care short courses are developed with reference to the current agenda and equip students with new skills and knowledge for the latest professional challenges.

Statements of participation for a CPD portfolio or CV are available upon completion of the course. Learners who have studied enough short courses may decide to complete an assessment module to receive university credit for their course work.

Most students on our short courses are sponsored by employers from either NHS Trusts or Local Authorities.