Short Courses and Microcredentials

A Short Course is a named programme of study made up of one or more modules that is being specifically marketed as a named Short Course. For example:

  • One, or a collection of, new 15 credit modules, given a specific title and having programme learning outcomes
  • A collection of existing 15 credit modules put together to form a named Short Course and having programme learning outcomes


A Microcredential is a named unit of study, at either 5 or 10 credit value. 

  • Microcredentials can be stacked and recognised as prior learning towards larger awards such as Short Courses or a PGCert
  • A Masterclass is a zero credit bearing unit, short in duration


The Short Courses and Microcredentials Quality Assurance Manual provides guidelines for the development and approval of Short Courses and Microcredentials.


All University Short Courses and Microcredentials are created and edited within the Academic Programme Management System (APMS). Advice on how to use APMS is available from your link Quality Officer, and the system can be accessed via the links below.