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Short courses

The Centre for Open Learning offers short courses on a variety of interesting subjects.

The Centre for Open Learning offers many different short courses in all kinds of subjects from Archaeology, Art and Design, and Creative Writing through to Film Studies, History, Psychology, and Politics – and much more.  And everyone, from beginners through to advanced learners, will find something of interest.

All the courses can be taken for fun, in your leisure time, and no prior knowledge of the subject is usually required.  

If you can’t commit to a weekly slot over five or 10 weeks, then you might want to try a Saturday taster session, a course which lasts just a day or two, or one of our Summer Schools.  These are sometimes run in conjunction with partner organisations such as National Museums Scotland or the National Galleries of Scotland.

Short courses

Centre for Open Learning