New Cert HE Applicants
Information for new Cert HE applicants.
The Cert HE is open to everyone with a desire to study for credit and work towards the Certificate. There are no prerequisites.
The Cert HE is a standalone award.
It cannot be used to gain entry to a University of Edinburgh degree programme. The part-time Access programme is designed to help students into degree study, and you can find more details about it on the Part-time Access Programme webpage.
When you apply for the Cert HE and begin taking credit-bearing courses, you will have to formally matriculate as a student of the University of Edinburgh. This is an online process which uses the university’s online systems and tools. When enrolled on a credit course, students will receive details and a step-by-step guide about the matriculation process once you have been enrolled on the Cert HE programme. You will only have to matriculate once.
You will have to submit assessments for your credit-bearing courses and successfully pass the course in order for the credits to count towards your Certificate. Credits will also need to be officially ratified at COL’s Board of Examiners, which happens once per year.
You will be assigned your own Personal Tutor, who will be available to discuss your Cert HE progress, your learning goals and offer academic guidance.
The Cert HE must be completed within a 3 year period. This means you will need to acquire the full 120 credits needed for the Certificate within this timeframe. The majority of our credit-bearing courses are offered for 10 credits (although some are offered at 20 credits across two terms). This means that most students take on average 4 courses per year, across 3 terms. Students have the freedom to take as many courses as they like, when they like, as long as they achieve 120 credits within a 3 year period.
As with all university credit programmes, unpredicted or extenuating circumstances may disrupt studies. Cert HE students are encouraged to speak with their Personal Tutor whent his happens so they can discuss available options.
You will need to take credit-bearing courses from the Short Courses programme.
There are no prescribed courses you must take, so you have the flexibility to choose credit-bearing courses from a range of disciplines which interest you.
Courses can be spread across Terms 1, 2 and 3, as we offer credit-bearing courses throughout the year (September to June).
You must choose all your Cert HE courses in advance for the upcoming year. Due to COVID-19, adjustments have been made to this. Please visit the Cert HE Update - COVID-19 page for more information.
If you have successfully acquired SCQF Level 7 credits already, from credit-bearing Short Courses you have previously taken for example, you may be able to transfer these credits into the Cert HE programme. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
You can transfer a maximum of 40 credits (or one third of the required 120 credits needed for the Certificate). Evidence of qualifications and credits earned will be required to transfer them into the Cert HE. Acceptance of these qualifications is not guaranteed. It is at the sole discretion of the University and conditional on approval from COL’s Board of Examiners.
You can tell us about any credits you wish to transfer in your application form.
We offer concessions on Short Course fees. Please see our Help with Fees webpage for more details about eligibility.
Additionally, as a Cert HE student you may be eligible for SAAS funding in the form of the Part-Time Fee Grant (PTFG). More details can be found on the SAAS website.
You can only submit 1 SAAS application for the Cert HE per year. As such, you must choose all your Cert HE courses in advance for the upcoming year. Due to COVID-19, adjustments have been made to this. Please visit the Cert HE Update - COVID-19 page for more information.
After completing your first year of the Cert HE, your Personal Tutor will contact you July/August to discuss your progress, offer academic guidance, and help you choose courses for the upcoming year. Following this meeting, you can then submit your course choices and let us know if you intend to apply for SAAS funding. COL’s admissions team will then process your enrolments and arrange payment as appropriate.
New Cert HE students can use our online form, which is linked below, to apply.
We open applications each summer (typically July/August) prior to the new academic year commencing.
As a reminder - do not book any Short Courses online or through our reception desk. You will be asked which courses you wish to enrol on in the Cert HE application form, and after submitting your application our admissions team to contact you with next steps.
Use our Online Application Form to apply now.
Yes, to apply for the Cert HE in 20/21, you must submit your application before 31st August 2020.