Our range of online short courses are designed to help you in your personal development, whether that’s for your continuing professional development (CPD) or as part of your training and development plan. These online courses can fit in easily around work and family life so you can study at a time and place to suit.

All of our short course are professionally oriented and work-based allowing you to immediately apply your learning to the work place.

Discover Online Short Courses from the University of Derby:

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Introduction to Innovative 21st Century Teaching

Finance for Non-Financial Managers

Leading for Results and Change

Social Pedagogy: Providing Children and Young People with Nurturing Care and Education

The University of Derby Online Learning is recognised for being at the forefront of online learning and people from around the world, who require more flexible study options, are increasingly choosing to study online with us for the quality of our programmes and the high levels of support that we offer.

We have been delivering online distance learning programmes for over 15 years and we’re passionate about making University education accessible to those who are unable to or who prefer not to attend campus based studies. Our expertise lies in ensuring that your student experience, as an online learner of the University of Derby, is enjoyable, stimulating and rewarding.

Our online short courses are self-paced courses which means that you can study them in your own time. We offer two types of short courses:

  • Tutor Led courses – are delivered on set times throughout the year. They involve active group participation through online discussions and exercises along with self-reflection activities to assess subject understanding.
  • Learner Led courses – are open for enrolment and study at any time, allowing you to access and undertake the course whenever you choose. These are self-guided courses which involve reflective activities and can culminate in the development of a work-based project, personal development action plan or a portfolio evidencing learning and reflections.
  • Compliance Training Courses – self-guided online training covering regulatory topics, statutory requirements or areas requiring compliance.

Reasons to choose our short online courses:

  • After completing each unit, you will gain a digital open badge recognising efforts for each stage of the course. Transportable to online CVs and portfolios, these digital open badges are recognised by many employers and educational institutions around the world.
  • Upon completion of the course, you will receive an E-Certificate of Completion to recognise achievement and commitment to continuing professional development (CPD) allowing you to provide evidence to a professional body or for inclusion in their personal development portfolio.
  • Our online short courses cover subjects that we specialise in, making it easy for you to progress to further study with us.
  • Courses are studied 100% online accessible 24 hours a day seven days a week. Course content and learning materials are mobile-friendly so they can be accessed on mobile devices at any time, from any location with internet access.
  • Courses are quality assured – each course is developed and produced by our team of subject and online learning design experts in accordance with University quality procedures.

Short Course Policies

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