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 0, 5 or 10 PGT credit value. 

  • Microcredentials can be recognised as prior learning towards larger awards such as Short Courses or a PGCert
  • Microcredentials can be stacked up to a maximum value of 60 credits i.e. to the award of a PGCert


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


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.