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What makes our Education short courses special?

The University of Worcester, in partnership with The Learning Institute, is offering 16 new short courses for those who work or want to work with children and young people in education and children’s services. 

These courses are an excellent choice if you are considering a new career or a career change and are designed with employers to help you learn new skills and gain professional knowledge. The collaborative nature of the courses encourages you to develop networks with other professionals in the education and children’s services sector while gaining a University of Worcester certificate of credit that you could potentially use towards a degree if you do one in the future.

The courses also allow you to try out higher education without committing to a full degree whilst building your portfolio and CV.

The Student Loans Company contact centre has opened a Higher Education Short Course telephone line for students on 0300 100 0085 so that they can speak to an Adviser about any Higher Education Short Courses query they may have – this line will be open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

We are now accepting applications for a January 2023 start.                

 You can apply for Student Finance for an Education Short Course here.  

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • The use of regular live-online learning sessions enables you to balance study, work and home demands.    
  • You will be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor to support your needs and you will have access to a full range of support services.
  • A face-to-face Saturday conference to launch the short course is used to support your enjoyment and networking with other students and tutors on your course and related courses.
  • Opportunities to develop networks across the education, early years and children’s services sectors through meeting a wide range of student practitioners studying short courses.
  • If you have not previously studied a short course, a pre-course workshop (with some in-person and live-online options) will be offered to introduce you to HE study skills, our virtual learning environments (VLE), and each other, so you can begin to develop a community of practice as a HE student.
  • Loans will be available to pay for this short course, accessed through the Student Loans Company.  
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Education Short Courses

Our courses have been designed in collaboration with employers to ensure that they are relevant and address the knowledge and skills needs of the sector. You will benefit from strong practice links already established across The University and The Learning Institute as well as with professionals, practitioners and service managers in these sectors.

Support is available to find an optional voluntary work placement if you are not currently employed.

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Education Short Courses Virtual Information Events

If you want to brush up on or learn new educational skills, are considering a new career or a career change, or want to try out higher education without committing to a full degree, we would love to meet you at one of our Virtual Information Events.

We have events on the following dates:

Thursday 10th November 6.00pm

Tuesday 6th December 6.00pm

 

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

The University of Worcester and the Learning Institute are committed to providing education to all those who can demonstrate the potential to benefit and succeed. Applicants will be considered on evidence of relevant experience and related prior learning provided in their application and personal statement.

Normally applicants with no prior HE credit will start with a level 4 course. 

Applicants who do not have formal post 16 qualifications or equivalent should contact Mandy Duncan via email: a.duncan2@worc.ac.uk to discuss their application.

As the courses offered are intended to have a strong focus on developing practice, we would encourage you to do some voluntary work (which we could support you to find) if you are not employed in a relevant field.

Live-online induction sessions will introduce students to higher education study skills and our virtual learning environments.  

 

Course content

What will you study?

Our short courses are informed by research, employers, and current developments in the discipline and by feedback from students and external examiners. These short courses will therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the courses relevant and reflecting best practice.

The most up-to-date information about the courses will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in a short course this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative.  

Frequently Asked Questions

I’d like to speak to someone about short courses – how do I get in touch?

For short course enquiries please email: Dr Mandy Duncan a.duncan2@worc.ac.uk or Anne Petherick-Davies anne@learninginstitute.co.uk

The Student Finance England contact centre has opened a Higher Education Short Course telephone line for students on 0300 100 0085 so that they can speak to an Adviser about any Higher Education Short Courses query they may have – this line is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

What is a short course?

A short course is a course that doesn’t take long to complete! Our short courses run over 12 weeks and are a great way to gain skills and knowledge quickly without having to commit to a full degree programme.

Our short courses are all credit bearing. This means you will be awarded a certificate of academic credit on passing the course which could potentially be used towards degree study in the future. Each course is worth 30 credits at Level 4, Level 5 or L6. To put this in perspective; a total of 360 credits would be needed for a full honours degree (120 credits at L4, 120 credits at L5 and 120 credits at L6).

Our short courses have all been designed with employers to ensure that they provide the knowledge and skills needed in the education, early years and children’s services sector.

How will I study?

All of our short courses begin with a full day in-person launch conference where you can meet the other students on your course and related courses. We aim to locate the conference at a venue convenient for most students, however, should you need to travel the night before you will need to source and pay for Friday nights’ accommodation and breakfast for the Saturday.

For Semester One courses the launch conference is on Saturday 17th September 2022

For Semester Two courses the launch conference is on Saturday 28th January 2023

This is followed by weekly evening live-online teaching sessions in the virtual classroom each lasting 2 hours 15 minutes (times and days vary among courses).

You will also complete weekly online learning activities which are designed for you to access flexibly to fit around your work and commitments.

Who are short courses for?

Anyone aged 18 or over; there is no upper age limit.

Education short courses are particularly suitable for those employed in education settings such as schools, further education colleges and early years settings; and children’s services such as family support and youth services. Short courses can help you to upskill in a new area or refresh knowledge and skills you have not used for some time.

If you are already a qualified professional such as a teacher, short courses offer continuing professional development opportunities to help you build your portfolio and progress in your career.

The courses are also suitable for those considering a change of vocation or a totally new career. Perhaps you are part of the wider school community; a parent or a childminder and would like to work within the education sector. Maybe you intended to stop studying at L3 but are now tempted to ‘dip your toe into the water’ of higher education. Short courses allow you to try out a new subject without having to commit to a full degree.

If you are unsure whether a short course is right for you please contact us:

Dr Mandy Duncan a.duncan2@work.ac.uk

Anne Petherick-Davies anne@learninginstitute.co.uk

Do I need to be employed in education or children’s services to do an education short course?

There is no requirement to be employed in the sector to enrol on a short course. However, as the courses offered are intended to have a strong focus on developing practice, we would encourage you to do some voluntary work (which we could support you to find) if you are not employed in a relevant field.

What qualifications and experience do I need to do a short course?

We are committed to providing education to all those who can demonstrate the potential to benefit and succeed.

Applicants will be considered on evidence of relevant experience and related prior learning provided in their application and personal statement.

Normally applicants with no prior higher education credit will start with a Level 4 course.

Applicants who do not have formal GCSE/A Level or equivalent qualifications should contact Dr Mandy Duncan a.duncan2@worc.ac.uk or Anne Petherick-Davies anne@learninginstitute.co.uk to discuss their application.

Who teaches on short courses?

Our short courses are of high quality and taught by academic staff who are experts in their field and who have backgrounds in or are currently working on the frontline of education and children’s services. This ensures the courses are informed by research, employers, and current developments within the discipline.

As well as the opportunity to explore and discuss a subject of your choice, you will have access to appropriate materials for your courses including our vast digital resources. You will also be able to use The Hive library and borrow books as well as other resources if you wish.

What technologies are used to deliver the course?

Blackboard Collaborate® is used to deliver the online sessions. It is a licensed 'online classroom' and encompasses web conferencing, mobile collaboration, instant messaging, and additional features relevant to your course.

It is expected that you will have access to your own computer. As much of the learning is online it will be necessary for you to have a secure internet connection and an up-to-date web browser to enable you to access materials and engage with the virtual learning environment.

IT support is available here

How will I be assessed?

Our courses have one or two formal assessments such as essays, presentations or portfolios. There are no exams on any of our short courses. If you satisfactorily complete the assessments, you will be awarded 30 higher education credits at the relevant level.

Our courses also include formative assessments which provide you with opportunities to receive feedback on your work to help you understand your strengths and areas for development before you submit your formal assessments.

What support is available to help me succeed on my short course?

If you have not previously studied a short course, a pre-course workshop (with some in-person and live-online options) will be offered to introduce you to higher education study skills, our virtual learning environments (VLE), and each other, so you can begin to develop a community of practice as a HE student.

Self-directed study resources are interwoven into all our short courses and will enable you to explore higher education study skills independently to support your own academic development. You will be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor to support your needs and you will have access to a full range of support services.

We want to provide an inclusive learning experience and have worked hard to provide a digitally accessible experience for all students. Within our Virtual Learning Environment, you can download content in a range of alternative formats. This is available for all students regardless of whether you have a specific learning difficulty – just select a format that works for you at the time you need it.

How much does a short course cost?

The Course fee for a one of our short courses is £2,312 for the year 2022/23.

You will be not expected to purchase any key texts for your short course as they will be available via the online library services. You might choose to purchase some texts as you become familiar with your area of interest.

It will be necessary to provide your own personal stationary throughout the course however, printed handouts will be provided at the in-person Saturday launch conference.

We aim to locate the Saturday conference at a venue convenient for most students, however, should you need to travel the night before you will need to source and pay for Friday nights’ accommodation and breakfast for the Saturday.

Can I get a tuition fee loan for the short course?

These short courses are part of the government’s pilot of the Lifelong Learning Entitlement which is a new student finance product. Therefore, they are eligible for Higher Education Short Course Loans.

You must normally live in England to be eligible for a Higher Education Short Course loan.

You may be eligible for Higher Education Short Course Loans even if you have had student finance for degree level study in the past.

Taking a Short Course Higher Education Loan as part of the pilot will not affect your eligibility for higher education loans in the future if you decide to do a full degree.

You do not have to borrow the full cost of your course; you can pay for some of it yourself or ask your employer to fund some of it.

You can receive up to a maximum of four Higher Education Short Course Loans and you can get more than one at the same time.

You will be due to start repaying your loan the April after you finish your course. However, you’ll only start making repayments if your income is over the repayment threshold, which is currently £27,295 a year.

The Student Finance England contact centre has opened a Higher Education Short Course telephone line for students on 0300 100 0085 so that they can speak to an Adviser about any Higher Education Short Courses query they may have – this line is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

The University’s Money Advice Service can also provide information about student money; this can be accessed through firstpoint.

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Each short course follows the same structure to enable consistency and involves students in learning new content and discussing this to deepen understanding and review knowledge.

Through blended learning students will access the short course via an in-person full day conference, weekly live-online study sessions and tutor mediated online study. The virtual learning environment (Blackboard) will be the basis for working with online materials used to facilitate tutor mediated online learning prior to and following each live-online study session.

A range of digital learning and teaching technologies are used to support learning throughout these short courses, they provide additional resources and a forum for communication with staff and other students. New technologies will be introduced when available and where appropriate.

 

Teaching and Learning

The conference and live-online learning, both synchronous elements of learning, will comprise of a range of teaching and learning strategies. Peers alongside the module tutor are seen as resources to support the learning process. Synchronous teaching and learning activities may include:

  • whole group lectures
  • tutor led seminars – whole & small group discussion
  • peer group learning including
    • peer discussion
    • peer reviewed presentations
    • peer led seminar groups
  • visiting speakers
  • group tutorials
  • assessment practice and production

Tutor mediated online learning, guided independent study and preparations for assessment, the asynchronous elements of learning, will comprise of a range of teaching and learning strategies which could include:

  • engagement with Blackboard
  • self-directed and tutor directed
    • reading and learning activities
    • activities designed to develop and extend skills in evaluation and reflection
  • the use of visual, auditory technologies and electronic VLE platforms

To ensure inclusivity, the short course’s structure encourages individual engagement through the guided development of knowledge and skills in a supportive manner. Reasonable adjustments will be made for students who disclose their disability and the tutor will discuss how best to address individual needs. The short course supports employability through developing the knowledge, skills and understanding of the student.

Careers

Where could it take you?

These courses is part of a suite of courses available from the University of Worcester and the Learning Institute.

The courses place emphasis on enabling you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. The courses are designed to help you upskill and gain the knowledge you need to support some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children in our society.

Graduate attributes are embedded within the short courses. As a result, you will be supported to build the workplace skills, attributes and qualities that enable you to be a confident practitioner within a setting. This will help you to develop practices that will meet the needs of children, young people, and families and may enhance your career prospects within those areas.

 

Costs

How much will it cost?

Course Fees

The Course fee for a one of our short courses is £2,310 for the year 2022/23. These short courses are eligible for Higher Education Short Course Loans.

Course-related costs not included in the fees

You will be not expected to purchase any key texts for your short course as they will be available via the online library services. It is likely that you will choose to purchase some texts as you become familiar with your area of interest.

It is expected that you will have access to your own computer. As much of the learning is online it will be necessary for you to have a secure internet connection and an up-to-date web browser to enable you to access materials and engage with the virtual learning environment. A technical specification is available on request from the Admissions officers, see contacts below.

It will be necessary to provide your own personal stationary throughout the course however, printed handouts will be provided at the face-to-face Saturday conference.

We aim to locate the Saturday conference at a venue convenient for most students, however, should you need to travel the night before you will need to source and pay for Friday nights’ accommodation and breakfast for the Saturday conference.

Sources of financial support

These short courses are eligible for Higher Education Short Course Loans from Student Finance England. You can apply for an Education Short Course Loan here.

The University’s Money Advice Service can provide information about student money; this can be accessed through firstpoint.

How to apply

How do you apply?

You can apply for our Education Short Courses using the Direct Entry Application links below.

Get in touch

Dr Mandy Duncan

Short Courses Programme Leader