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Higher Education Short Courses

Get ahead in your career by taking one of our flexible short courses.

Staffordshire University and its college partners will be delivering five courses in subjects aligned to digital innovation, healthcare and achieving Net Zero. The courses will enable flexible learning and help you develop skills needed by employers and the economy.

  • Designed with employer partners
  • Sample higher education without committing to a full-time course
  • Study a module, a stand-alone qualification or build credits towards a degree
  • Assessments with real world challenges

What’s more, it’s an affordable way to invest in your future as you won’t have to pay any fees upfront.

What to expect

We’re part of an Office for Students pilot, which is trialling brand new tuition fee loans for higher education short courses. Staffordshire University is one of just 22 institutions selected for the scheme. Each bitesize module is designed with employability in mind and you will gain an accredited certificate and valuable skills which will be widely recognised.

Offered at either Level 4 or 5, the courses are delivered via a mixture of face-to-face teaching on our campus, or through a partner college, and independent learning online. It means you study part-time over 12 or more weeks.

We’ve worked with local employers to design the content and your assessments will include real world challenges. Perfect if you are looking for a new career. And if you already work for a company, you could soon be transforming its day-to-day practices. Whether it’s web development or practical knowledge of how to reduce a firm’s carbon footprint, your skills will be transferable and in high demand.

Why choose us?

So why choose Staffordshire University? With 50 years’ experience in teaching computing, we have always been at the forefront of technological advances.

We can also offer you progression routes on to full degrees once you complete a short course. There are plenty of opportunities awaiting you.

Staffordshire University is an award-winning institution, and we are proud to put students at the heart of everything we do.

Top 5 UK University

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

Top 15 for Student Satisfaction

Complete University Guide 2022

Top 10 for Job Prospects

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022


Each course costs £3,080 and all applicants will be eligible to apply for a Higher Education Short Course Loan from the Student Loans Company.

You could also qualify for a non-repayable bursary grant to help with study-related costs. Anyone applying for a loan for one of these short courses who also faces financial barriers to their learning could be eligible for the bursary, which would cover the cost of learning materials such as books, childcare fees and learning support for disabled students. 

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from people aged 18 and above with a range of educational backgrounds.

Whether you want to see if higher education is right for you, are looking to give your career a boost or looking to reskill, contact our Admissions Team to discuss a place on one of these courses.

Our friendly enquiries team are on hand to answer any questions you may have about our courses and much more.

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