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Micro​credentials

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

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Futureproof your career with a microcredential

Gain specialised skills in just 10–12 weeks with flexible online learning. Created by world-class OU academics and with many endorsed by leading industry partners, microcredentials offer a perfect balance of academic excellence and workplace relevance.

With 10–13 hours of study per week, you can gain:

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

You can typically start your learning in March, June/July and October. Prices from £275. See our FAQs for more about microcredentials.

Some of our industry partners

 

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Some of our industry partners

  • Agile Business Consortium
  • Association for Learning Technology
  • AWS Academy
  • Cisco Networking Academy
  • Mental Health Foundation
  • The Royal Photographic Society

My line manager said that while these courses have greatly enabled my personal and professional development, they have also prepared me for taking on senior management responsibilities, and that the skills I have developed will be invaluable in driving our organisation through a process of digital transformation.

Tommy Breslin, Microcredential Learner

Find a microcredential

Choose from Leadership and Management | Computing and Digital Technologies | Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability | Teacher Development and Inclusive Learning | Health and Social Care
 

Leadership and Management

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Agile leadership and management (TZVM850)

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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Business management: financial accounting for non-financial roles (BZVM306)

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 (BZVM305)

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 (BZVM302)

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 (BZVM301)

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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Business management: people management and leadership (BZVM303)

Gain critical people management and leadership skills to support your organisation and boost your career.

Duration 10 weeks

Level Undergraduate

 
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Business management: project management (BZVM304)

Develop the skills and knowledge you need to lead or contribute to successful projects, and take your career to the next level.

Duration 10 weeks

Level Undergraduate

 
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Management of change: organisation development and design (BZFM802)

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 (BZFM801)

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

Duration 12 weeks

Level Postgraduate

 

Computing and Digital Technologies

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AWS: machine learning foundations (TZFM261)

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 (TZFM361)

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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Cisco: CCNA - introduction to networks (TZFM162)

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 (TZFM362)

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) (TZVM163)

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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Cyber security operations (Cisco) (TZFM862)

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 (TZFM201)

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

 

Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability

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Climate change: transforming your organisation for sustainability (TZVM320)

Develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to lead change for sustainability in your organisation.

Duration 10 weeks

Level Undergraduate

 

Teacher Development and Inclusive Learning

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Developing educational leadership in practice (EZFM803)

Gain critical skills to become a leader in education and put the latest theories and research in the field into practice.

Duration 12 weeks

Level Postgraduate

 
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Mentoring and coaching in professional learning (EZFM802)

Learn how to lead professional learning through effective mentoring and coaching, with The Open University.

Duration 12 weeks

Level Postgraduate

 
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Online teaching: accessibility and inclusive learning (HZFM884)

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 (HZFM881)

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 (HZFM885)

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 (HZFM882)

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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Teacher development: embedding mental health in the curriculum (HZFM883)

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

Duration 12 weeks

Level Postgraduate

 

Health and Social Care

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Mental health: working with children and young people (KZFM801)

Develop critical knowledge to identify and address mental health issues in children and young people.

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 via the OU's platform or FutureLearn. You’ll use a combination of learning materials, videos, and quizzes to develop skills that you can immediately apply. You’ll share ideas and experiences with other learners, building skills, confidence, and knowledge.

You’ll also be supported by a Mentor who has an excellent understanding of the course subject; their role is to guide discussions and answer questions.

Microcredentials are available on The Open University or FutureLearn platforms.

To register for a course on the OU platform, select the course and go to the Register tab. Click on the register button and you will be guided through the enrolment process.

For OU microcredentials on FutureLearn, you’ll register directly with them. You’ll first need a FutureLearn account, which you can create through their website. Once you’ve created your account, you’ll be able to register for your chosen microcredential.

When registering for a microcredential on the OU website, online payments can be made using credit or debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, and American Express). Alternatively, if your company is sponsoring you, an invoicing option is also available.

For microcredentials offered on FutureLearn, payments can be made on their website using credit or debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, and American Express) or through PayPal.

After you have registered on the course, 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.

Potentially, yes. Microcredentials are stand-alone courses designed to meet specific learner and employer needs. Those awarded by The Open University have academic credit value at either undergraduate or postgraduate level, and, if appropriate, this may be used towards selected OU qualifications. For more details, including eligible qualifications, visit Counting microcredentials towards OU qualifications.

The credit awarded may potentially be used at another university, subject to the agreement of the receiving institution.

 
 

Short courses may also interest you

In addition to our microcredentials, we also offer a wide range of short courses. Designed to fit around your life, you can study for as many hours as you like each day, week or month. Choose from subjects to help you build a new skill set, discover a new hobby, or give your career a boost through continued professional development.

Find out more about short courses

 

Business Management: Marketing Principles and Practice

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

View this course on FutureLearn

Business Management: Improving Organisational Practice

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

View this course on FutureLearn

Business Management: People Management and Leadership

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

View this course on FutureLearn

Business Management: Project Management

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

Mentoring and coaching in professional learning

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

View this course on FutureLearn

Developing educational leadership in practice

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

Mental health: working with children and young people

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

Cisco: Linux Essentials (NDG/LPI)

Further details coming soon.

This course will be delivered on our partner platform, 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

Cisco: C++ Programming (OpenEDG)

Further details coming soon.

This course will be delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

Cisco: CCNA - Switching, Wireless and Routing Essentials (SWRE)

Further details coming soon.

This course will be delivered on our partner platform, 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