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Develop your career with our brand new degree-level short courses!

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

Delivered over 12 weeks, our short courses are a great way to gain skills and knowledge quickly without having to commit to a full degree programme. 

With topics including mental health, SEND, child development and coaching, our short courses are an excellent choice for anyone who is considering a career change, wants to update their skills and knowledge for their current role, or wants to try out higher education.

Funding is available for applicants who live in England through a Student Finance England loan, even if you have had a student loan for previous university study.
Who are these short courses suitable for?

Our 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 and would like to work within the education sector. Maybe you 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. 

What could I study?
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. 
Early Years 0-8 Supporting communication, speech and language in the early years
Early years curriculum, assessment and planning
Education 0-25
(including Early Years 0-8)
Working with parents to support children and young people's learning
Supporting children and young people's development and learning
Planning for learning
Motivation to learn and learning behaviours
Inclusive approaches to supporting learners with SEND
Psychology of teaching and learning
Children's Services
(including Early Years 0-8,
Education 0-25 and
wider children’s services)
Mental health and wellbeing of children and young people
Creating enabling environments
Therapeutic approaches to supporting children experiencing adversity
Coaching and mentoring
Autism and complex needs
Supporting the mental health of children and young people with SEND
Children and young people, the environment, and sustainable futures
Multi-agency working
How will I be taught?

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.

The conference will be followed by weekly evening live online teaching sessions, 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. 

Where could a short course take me?

These short 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. They have been 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.

What are the entry requirements?
Your application will be considered on evidence of relevant experience and prior learning. We welcome applications from experienced and mature learners who do not have formal GCSE/A Level qualifications.

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 if you are not employed in a relevant field.

How can I finance my studies?

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 may be eligible for a loan if you live in England, even if you have had student loans for university courses in the past.

More information about Higher Education Short Course Loans can be found here.

Find out more
If you would like to find out more about our new short courses, please email us on, call 01726 891807 or 07956 056447 or visit our website.
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