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Micro​credentials

Upskill yourself with our growing range of microcredentials. These online professional development short courses are designed to help you build in-demand skills and knowledge to help you get ahead.

Created by the OU and endorsed by industry partners they take just 10–12 weeks of online study and offer a perfect balance of OU academic excellence and workplace relevance.

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What are microcredentials?

Relevant to rapidly growing industries, microcredentials allow you to gain specialist knowledge and skills to help advance your career.

In just 10–12 weeks you can gain:

  • cutting-edge knowledge in a specialised subject, informed by our world-class academics
  • practical skills that you can immediately apply to your work, or boost your CV
  • undergraduate or postgraduate credit you could in the future use towards further study.

 

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Upskilling with a microcredential can help ensure that your professional growth continues, and you keep up-to-date with relevant and emerging practices.

Each microcredential includes a formal online assessment and meets the quality standards set by the Common Microcredential Framework (CMF).

Upskilling with a microcredential can help ensure that your professional growth continues, and you keep up-to-date with relevant and emerging practices.

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Each microcredential includes a formal online assessment and meets the quality standards set by the Common Microcredential Framework (CMF).

 

How do microcredentials work?

With microcredentials, all your study is entirely online. You’ll use a combination of learning materials, videos, quizzes and experiences to develop your specialist professional knowledge.

 
 

Learn online with expert study advisors

Complete online courses over 10–12 weeks with guidance from a dedicated group of study advisors.

 

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with weekly quizzes and exercises ahead of submitting your end-of-course assessment.

 

Earn a professional
credential

Finish your studies and pass your assessments to gain a certificate of completion.

 

Advance your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your career.

Microcredentials

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Agile Leadership and Management

Develop Agile Leadership skills to support your professional development and lead highly engaged teams in the 21st century.

Duration
12 weeks

Level
Postgraduate

 
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AWS: Machine Learning Foundations

Develop highly sought-after skills to design and deploy machine learning models on the cloud with the AWS Academy.

Duration
10 weeks

Level
Undergraduate

 
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AWS: Solutions Architect

Learn best practices and strategies to guide the implementation of cloud services on AWS with OU AWS Academy Experts.

Duration
10 weeks

Level
Undergraduate

 
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Business Management: Financial Accounting for Non-Financial Roles

Develop your accounting skills and knowledge to interpret financial statements, measure business performance and assess financial health.

Duration
10 weeks

Level
Undergraduate

 
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Business Management: Fundamentals of Management Accounting

Develop your accounting skills and knowledge to help you make better business decisions and achieve your professional goals.

Duration
10 weeks

Level
Undergraduate

 
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Business Management: Improving Organisational Practice

Grow your management skills, adapt to change successfully, and have a positive impact on the performance of your organisation.

Duration
10 weeks

Level
Undergraduate

 
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Business Management: Marketing Principles and Practice

Learn how to apply key marketing techniques to enhance your performance and make better business decisions.

Duration
10 weeks

Level
Undergraduate

 
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Cisco: CCNA - Introduction to Networks

Build the foundations in infrastructure networking and boost your career as a network engineer with Cisco and The Open University.

Duration
10 weeks

Level
Undergraduate

 
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Cisco: DevOps using DevNet

Gain industry-focused DevOps skills to develop and manage networked systems with this Cisco-endorsed course.

Duration
10 weeks

Level
Undergraduate

 
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Cisco: Python Programming (OpenEDG)

Prepare for a future in programming as you learn from experts at Cisco and The Open University.

Duration
10 weeks

Level
Undergraduate

 
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Climate Change and the Polar Regions: Tools for the Climate Crisis

Develop the skills and knowledge to understand the climate crisis through the lens of changes in the polar regions.

Duration
10 weeks

Level
Undergraduate

 
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Cyber Security Operations (Cisco)

Upskill in cyber security operations and enhance your working knowledge of cyber security with this Cisco-endorsed course.

Duration
12 weeks

Level
Postgraduate

 
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Digital Photography: Discover your Genre and Develop your Style

In collaboration with the Royal Photographic Society, take the next steps in your photography journey by exploring different genres and finding your style.

Duration
10 weeks

Level
Undergraduate

 
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Management of Change: Organisation Development and Design

Discover tools and concepts of human centred management and design, and develop skills to manage and lead in the 21st century.

Duration
12 weeks

Level
Postgraduate

 
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Management of Uncertainty: Leadership, Decisions and Action

Develop greater leadership skills and learn to make effective decisions in conditions of radical uncertainty.

Duration
12 weeks

Level
Postgraduate

 
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Online Teaching: Accessibility and Inclusive Learning

Enhance your online teaching by understanding and improving accessibility for students with disabilities or additional needs.

Duration
12 weeks

Level
Postgraduate

 
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Online Teaching: Creating Courses for Adult Learners

Learn the practical skills you need to build and deliver online courses successfully, and develop your ability to teach adults online.

Duration
12 weeks

Level
Postgraduate

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

Discover how to embed equity in your online teaching and support equitable participation for all students.

Duration
12 weeks

Level
Postgraduate

 
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Online Teaching: Evaluating and Improving Courses

Develop the skills you need to evaluate the success of your online teaching and enhance your students’ remote learning experience.

Duration
12 weeks

Level
Postgraduate

 
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Tackling the Climate Crisis: Innovation from Cuba

Explore Cuba’s unique response to crises and how their “thrifty innovation” can help develop solutions to climate change challenges.

Duration
10 weeks

Level
Undergraduate

 
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Teacher Development: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum

Develop inclusive learning that enhances student mental health and wellbeing using the application of Universal Design for Learning.

Duration
12 weeks

Level
Postgraduate

 

Frequently Asked Questions

You may have some questions about Open University microcredentials. We’ve listed some common questions below, but if you can’t see what you were looking for, please get in touch.

Microcredentials are studied entirely online. You’ll interact with other learners through discussions and collaborative group activities designed to develop knowledge and skills. Each week you’ll have new learning materials, videos, and quizzes to help inform and consolidate your learning.

Open University microcredentials are delivered on our social learning partner platform, FutureLearn. You’ll register directly on the FutureLearn website. You’ll first need a FutureLearn account, which you can create for free.

Once you’ve created your account, you’ll be able to enrol on your chosen microcredential.

Payments can be made by credit or debit card (Visa, Mastercard and American Express) or via PayPal.

After you have registered on the course via the FutureLearn website, you will have 14 days from the day the course starts to request a refund.

Microcredentials are designed to fit around your life and time zone. You can study at your own pace, as long as you complete the final assessment by the specified date.

Microcredentials are designed to be studied from almost anywhere in the world.

Microcredentials are stand-alone products, designed to meet specific learner and employer needs and offer a credential in their own right. Those awarded by The Open University have a credit value at either undergraduate or postgraduate level, and this may in the future be used towards qualifications (for example, an honours degree, diploma of higher education or postgraduate certificate) at The Open University, or potentially at another university (subject to the agreement of the receiving institution).

 

About FutureLearn

FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform formed in 2012 by The Open University with the objective to offer a diverse selection of online courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. It’s now jointly owned by The Open University and The SEEK Group and has 10 million learners signed up worldwide. It partners with over a quarter of the world’s top universities as well as organisations such as Accenture, the British Council, CIPD, Raspberry Pi and Health Education England (HEE). It’s also involved in government-backed initiatives to address skills gaps such as The Institute of Coding and the National Centre for Computing Education.

 

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Business Management: Marketing Principles and Practice

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

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Business Management: Improving Organisational Practice

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

View this course on FutureLearn

Business Management: Fundamentals of Management Accounting

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

View this course on FutureLearn

Business Management: Financial Accounting for Non-Financial Roles

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

View this course on FutureLearn

Management of Change: Organisation Development and Design

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

View this course on FutureLearn

Management of Uncertainty: Leadership, Decisions and Action

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

View this course on FutureLearn

Online Teaching: Creating courses for Adult Learners

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

View this course on FutureLearn

Online Teaching: Evaluating and Improving Courses

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

View this course on FutureLearn

Teacher Development: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

View this course on FutureLearn

Online Teaching: Accessibility and Inclusive Learning

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

View this course on FutureLearn

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

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

View this course on FutureLearn

Climate Change and the Polar Regions: Tools for the Climate Crisis

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

View this course on FutureLearn

Cisco: CCNA - Introduction to Networks

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

View this course on FutureLearn

Cisco: Python Programming (OpenEDG)

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

View this course on FutureLearn

Digital Photography: Discover your genre and develop your style

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

View this course on FutureLearn

AWS: Machine Learning Foundations

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

View this course on FutureLearn

Tackling the Climate Crisis: Innovation from Cuba

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

View this course on FutureLearn

Climate Change: Transforming your Organisation for Sustainability

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

View this course on FutureLearn

AWS: Solutions Architect

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

View this course on FutureLearn

Cisco: DevOps using DevNet

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

View this course on FutureLearn

Agile Leadership and Management

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

View this course on FutureLearn

Cyber Security Operations (Cisco)

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

View this course on FutureLearn