Free places on microcredential courses

Supported by the Scottish Funding Council Upskilling Fund, we’re offering the opportunity to study a fully-funded microcredential course in a variety of subject areas.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for developing key skills in the workforce. The OU are committed to supporting the upskilling and reskilling of individuals and organisations by offering a limited number of free places.
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How to apply

You can apply for a place on one microcredential by completing our application form. You can only apply for a funded place through this page. There are a limited number of places available.

To apply you'll need to be:

  • resident in Scotland
  • a UK citizen or have the legal right to live and work in the UK
  • 18+ years of age.
The final deadline for applications is 11:59 on Sunday 12 September 2021.

What you can study

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AWS: Machine Learning Foundations (TZFM261)

Machine learning is one of the most rapid and evolving growth areas in technology today. It’s becoming increasingly important to businesses and in our everyday lives, creating a huge demand for skilled professionals. On this microcredential, you’ll learn the fundamentals of machine learning to help you keep pace with this growth, upskill, and help advance your career.

Level: Undergraduate
Start date: 25 October 2021
Study duration: 10 weeks (approximately 10 hours of study a week)
On completion: Gain 10 credits at SCQF level 10

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AWS: Solutions Architect (TZFM361)

Designing available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, and scalable cloud solutions is a valuable and highly sought-after skill. On this microcredential you’ll learn best practices and strategies to guide the implementation of cloud services on Amazon Web Services (AWS) technologies. This course will enable you to prepare for one of the highest paying IT certifications, the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate.

Level: Undergraduate
Start date: 25 October 2021
Study duration: 10 weeks (approximately 10 hours of study a week)
On completion: Gain 10 credits at SCQF level 10

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Business Management: Financial Accounting for Non-Financial Roles (BZFM306)

Designed for non-financial professionals, this course will give you the confidence to analyse financial information and understand accounting terminology effectively. You’ll learn how to interpret the financial data of any limited company, empowering you to make well-informed decisions on whether a particular business might be a dependable customer, a consistent supplier, a responsible employer, or a sound investment.

Level: Undergraduate
Start date: 25 October 2021
Study duration: 10 weeks (approximately 10 hours of study a week)
On completion: Gain 10 credits at SCQF level 10

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Business Management: Fundamentals of Management Accounting (BZFM305)

Learn the skills to interpret information, calculate costs, prepare a budget for planning and control purposes, and evaluate costing methods to make financial decisions. Designed for non-financial experts, you will gain confidence in understanding and using management accounting terminology. You’ll study critical business problems from a wide range of sectors and contexts to help you prepare for challenges you may face.

Level: Undergraduate
Start date: 25 October 2021
Study duration: 10 weeks (approximately 10 hours of study a week)
On completion: Gain 10 credits at SCQF level 10

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Business Management: Improving Organisational Practice
(BZFM302)

Organisational practice is the examination of how the structures and culture of a company shape the actions and behaviours of its workforce. On this microcredential, you’ll learn how to become a manager who can increase productivity and efficiency to empower your workforce and benefit the broader environment. You’ll achieve this by exploring different organisational structures and learning how to adapt to change.

Level: Undergraduate
Start date: 25 October 2021
Study duration: 10 weeks (approximately 10 hours of study a week)
On completion: Gain 10 credits at SCQF level 10

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Business Management: Marketing Principles and Practice (BZFM301)

This microcredential introduces you to the core principles of marketing. You’ll cover digital and non-digital perspectives that will inform your professional decision-making, improve your effectiveness and adapt your approach to solving business challenges. Using practical examples of marketing in action, you’ll build a toolkit for creating products and services that meet your customers needs and that differentiate your product or service from your competitors.

Level: Undergraduate
Start date: 25 October 2021
Study duration: 10 weeks (approximately 10 hours of study a week)
On completion: Gain 10 credits at SCQF level 11 

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Cisco: CCNA - Introduction to Networks (TZFM162)

Networked systems form the backbone of modern information systems. As networks expand, so has the demand for people with infrastructure networking expertise within computing, digital technologies, and infrastructure engineering.On this microcredential from Cisco and The Open University, you’ll lay the groundwork for the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification, building your knowledge and skills in infrastructure networking.

Level: Undergraduate
Start date: 25 October 2021
Study duration: 10 weeks (approximately 10 hours of study a week)
On completion: Gain 10 credits at SCQF level 11 

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Cisco: DevOps using DevNet
(TZFM362)

Cloud computing, the internet of things, cybersecurity and infrastructure networking have become more complex. The disciplines of coding and network engineering have converged to offer a route for either ‘network engineers’ or ‘coders’ to develop DevOps focussed skills. Within the course, you will develop industry-focussed skills, knowledge, and experience using Python to code a range of data formats, using code, the DevOps methodology, and various micro services deploying applications.

Level: Undergraduate
Start date: 25 October 2021
Study duration: 10 weeks (approximately 10 hours of study a week)
On completion: Gain 10 credits at SCQF level 10

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Cisco: Python Programming (OpenEDG) (TZFM163)

Ready to upskill and learn one of the most in-demand and fastest-growing programming languages? Python is a popular programming language used for everything from web and software development to scientific applications across every sector and industry. On this microcredential, you’ll gain a solid understanding of the Python programming language as well as gaining hands-on experience and practical skills.

Level: Undergraduate
Start date: 25 October 2021
Study duration: 10 weeks (approximately 10 hours of study a week)
On completion: Gain 10 credits at SCQF level 10

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Tackling the Climate Crisis: Innovation from Cuba (TZFM310)

An unexpected source for inspiration, Cuba has had no choice but to find low-cost ways of dealing with decades of crises, disasters, and emergencies, leading to a unique “thrifty innovation” approach that has achieved remarkable results. This course explores a new take on innovation to tackle the climate crisis, tracing the evolution of Cuban science and unique solutions through resourceful resilience.

Level: Undergraduate
Start date: 25 October 2021
Study duration: 10 weeks (approximately 10 hours of study a week)
On completion: Gain 10 credits at SCQF level 10

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Agile Leadership and Management
(TZFM850)

Designed by The Open University and the Agile Business Consortium, this course combines research and evidence-based training with good practice principles and tools to provide a solid foundation and introduction to agile leadership and management. The course will equip managers, leaders, and those aspiring to move into leadership roles with strategies and tools to support team development at all levels.

Level: Postgraduate
Start date: 11 October 2021
Study duration: 12 weeks (approximately 13 hours of study a week)
On completion: Gain 15 credits at SCQF level 11

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Cyber Security Operations (Cisco) (TZFM862)

Learn how cyber security professionals respond to an imminent, active or recent cyber threat. You’ll explore how to go about resolving attacks and how to complete legal investigations of any potential cybercrime. Gain the skills and knowledge required to pass the Cisco-certified CyberOps Associate certification, which prepares candidates to work with associate-level cyber security analysts in security operations centres.

Level: Postgraduate
Start date: 11 October 2021
Study duration: 12 weeks (appproximately 13 hours of study a week)
On completion: Gain 15 credits at SCQF level 11

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Management of Change: Organisation Development and Design (BZFM802)

With increasing digitalisation, it is essential that you and your organisation are equipped with the right tools, skills and understanding to effectively manage and lead organisational development. You’ll learn how to design a people centred strategy for change as well as implementing professional strategies to address the challenges of developing organisations and teams in changing environments.

Level: Postgraduate
Start date: 11 October 2021
Study duration: 12 weeks (approximately 13 hours of study a week)
On completion: Gain 15 credits at SCQF level 11

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Management of Uncertainty: Leadership, Decisions and Action (BZFM801)

In a world of radical uncertainties, develop the skills and perspectives needed on this 15-credit microcredential. You’ll learn new ways of engaging with uncertainties, thinking critically about how they’re distributed in societies and organisations. In growing your resilience in the face of radical uncertainty and unexpected events, you’ll enhance your own capacity for leadership and action.

Level: Postgraduate
Start date: 11 October 2021
Study duration: 12 weeks (approximately 13 hours of study a week)
On completion: Gain 15 credits at SCQF level 11 

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Business Management: Marketing Principles and Practice

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Business Management: Financial Accounting for Non-Financial Roles

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Management of Change: Organisation Development and Design

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Business Management: Improving Organisational Practice

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Cisco: CCNA - Introduction to Networks

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Cisco: Python Programming (OpenEDG)

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Cisco: DevOps using DevNet

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AWS: Solutions Architect

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AWS: Machine Learning Foundations

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Business Management: Fundamentals of Management Accounting

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Management of Uncertainty: Leadership, Decisions and Action

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Global Development in Practice: Designing an Intervention

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Online Teaching: Creating courses for Adult Learners

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Online Teaching: Evaluating and Improving Courses

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Teacher Development: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum

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Online Teaching: Accessibility and Inclusive Learning

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Online Teaching: Embedding Social, Race and Gender-Related Equity

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Digital Photography: Creating a Professional Portfolio

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Tackling the Climate Crisis: Innovation from Cuba

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Agile Management and Leadership

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Cyber Security Operations (Cisco)

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Business Management: Marketing Principles and Practice

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