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Short Courses

Explore a subject without the time commitment with a short course from The Open University. Choose from courses in Business, Health, Languages, Science, or Technology.

Choose from a range of subjects that can help you build a new skillset, delve into a new hobby, or offer continued professional development in your career.


Whether you’re working your way up the corporate ladder or running your own company, we can help you develop the skills and attributes to get ahead in the world of business.

Choose from a range of short courses, including in-demand and transferable professional skills such as project management and finance.

Health and Social Care

If you want to develop in the areas of health and social care, professionally or personally, a short course can help you make a difference to the lives of others.

Explore our short courses which are developed with a wide range of people in mind, from carers and support workers to senior practitioners.


Want to learn a new language, but never have the time? You do now! Our new 16-week language courses take just 3–4 hours study each week.

Designed to fit around your life, you can choose from beginners short courses in Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish.


Explore the fascinating subject of science and how it makes up the world around us and beyond, from the smallest microbes to infinite galaxies.

Our short courses are designed for beginners so you won’t need a background in science to study them, just an enquiring mind and a few hours a week.


You can build your confidence in technical areas, such as computing and digital, as they continue to play a vital role in transforming our personal and professional lives.

Whether it’s learning Linux or exploring digital photography, our short courses are delivered completely online with the expert teaching of The Open University.