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Short courses

You don’t have to study for a degree to learn with us. We have a huge range of options that allow you to study at a time and pace that suits you.

With our short courses, you can learn during the day, in the evening, at weekends or at a Summer School. Courses range from Jewellery Making and Elementary Norwegian to those where you can earn credit towards a qualification. You may also be eligible for support ranging from a Personal Tutor to academic and sometimes financial support. If your company or organisation would benefit from a team-building or training course, the Business School can tailor a bespoke course to meet your needs.

Centre for Open Learning

The Centre for Open Learning offers short courses in subjects from Archaeology, Art and Design and Creative Writing through to History, Psychology and Politics. 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 can try a Saturday taster session, a weekend course or one of our Summer Schools. We may also be able to provide financial assistance such as discounts for alumni or help with fees for those on certain kinds of benefit.

Find a short course to suit you

Learn a language

Courses are available in more than 20 languages from Arabic to Welsh, British Sign Language, Japanese and Swahili. If you just want to brush up on your French or Italian for a holiday, or take a serious interest in Chinese Advanced, we’ve got just the course for you.

Choose a language  

Studying for Credit

Credit Plus courses are short courses with study and essay-writing skills built in. They are designed for students who want to study for credit at university level for the first time, or in a subject they haven’t studied before. This type of course includes subjects such as Film Studies, How Art Works and Introducing Scottish Social History.

These credits count towards a Certificate of Higher Education, a national qualification recognised by employers and other universities. Everyone who takes this route has support from a Personal Tutor who helps you with academic guidance and support.

Study for credit  

Part-time Access Programme

This part-time programme is primarily for adult students who are returning to learning after a break from study.  It has been carefully designed to prepare students with few or no prior qualifications to study for a degree in Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences.

If you are accepted onto the course, you will be a fully matriculated student at the University with access to all the facilities available to other students, including extensive academic and pastoral support.

The programme will be run from late summer 2018 and finish in June 2019, and we will announce the process for applying in early 2018. For further information about the Part-time Access Programme, please email the Centre for Open Learning.

Email col@ed.ac.uk

Education for Business

Our triple-accredited Business School delivers bespoke options for Executive Education which are designed to challenge, inspire and transform your thinking and that of your company. A range of courses is available from two-day Masterclasses to accredited MBA level courses and customised programmes tailored to your company’s needs.

Business Education to suit your needs