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Short courses

We have developed a range of innovative short courses to offer flexible, personalised and modular learning.

Our short courses meet the needs of modern learners, providing flexibility and choice. They are a great way to get the skills boost you need and to get to where you want to be, faster.


Flexible study

If you’re looking to reskill, upskill or just study something you love, a short course gives you the opportunity to study in smaller bite-size units. Our short courses allow you to work around existing commitments, offering flexible study options such as online learning or long weekend intensive block learning.

Which type of short course should I study?

There are typically 3 different types of short course you can study with us:

  1. Bootcamps: We offer a range of flexible Skills Bootcamps that allow you to gain skills for life alongside your existing commitments. Some of our Skills Bootcamps are free to study, allowing you to upskill to progress your career.
  2. Microcredentials: Microcredentials are short courses that, on successful completion, will provide you with a number of academic credits. You can use these credits towards further study at postgraduate level.
  3. Continuing professional development (CPD): Non credit-CPD courses can help you stay up to date in your current field or for you to study something that has always interested you.

Supporting your studies

There is a range of support available for our short course students, including experienced academic staff, tutors, support staff and our wellbeing resource, which includes 24-hour online support through UBHeard. Students also have access to our Careers Network teams, which help to prepare them with the skills they need to compete for jobs.


Coming from a life science and health care background, learning to code was a huge challenge for me, but it was totally worth it. I couldn’t be happier in my new role with Gymshark and I have the advice and support of the course leaders during and after the course to thank for that. It’s been brilliant putting what I learnt into practice at my new job.

Sumaya, Skills Bootcamp in Coding
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How to apply

Applying to a short course is a simple 4-step process and is similar to applying to an undergraduate or postgraduate course.

Helping your organisation

As well as providing a range or ready made courses for our students, we can also co-develop customised courses based on the objectives you want to achieve as an organisation. Contact us now to speak to us about developing a custom course for your team or organisation.

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