Lifelong Learning

Reasons to Choose a Short Course

Some top tips on why you should take a short course at COL


Short courses at the Centre for Open Learning (COL) are open to everyone. With a wide variety of courses on offer across the full academic year of 2022/23, you’re sure to be spoiled for choice.

The potential benefits of short courses are endless and include; meeting new people, skill development and continuing professional development.


Benefits of short courses at a glance:


  • Academic support

You will be taught by friendly, experienced and supportive University of Edinburgh tutors - our short courses offer the same quality of teaching as any student of the University can expect.

  • Career enhancers

Short courses are a great way to fill the gaps in your knowledge and give you a competitive edge when it comes to career progression.

  • Be curious – unleash your creativity

Taking a short course can help uncover your career interests or hobbies. Imagine finding a hidden talent or interest that inspires you, makes you laugh, challenges you and adds to your life in some way. Open the door to new experiences.

  • Networking

Networking within short course classes provide a great opportunity to make new contacts and also, form new friendships. These relationships can be beneficial in both a professional and personal capacity.

  • Have fun!

Taking a short course can help improve your confidence and increase your knowledge but, above all, we hope that taking a short course at COL is a fun and rewarding experience.


There has never been a better time to #LoveLearning and take a short course. Browse our courses now and take the next step in your learning journey.


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