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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 to stay up to date with relevant and emerging practices, progress in growing industries, 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 delivered on our co-owned social learning platform, FutureLearn.

Created by world-class OU academics and endorsed by leading industry partners, microcredentials offer a perfect balance of academic excellence and workplace relevance.

With 10–13 hours of study a 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.

You can start your learning in March, June/July or October. Prices from £250. See our FAQs for more about microcredentials.

 

Delivered in partnership with FutureLearn

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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

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

Leadership and Management

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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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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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Business Management: People Management and Leadership

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

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

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

 

Computing and Digital Technologies

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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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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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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

 

Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability

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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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Climate Change: Transforming your Organisation for Sustainability

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

Duration 10 weeks

Level Undergraduate

 
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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

 

Teacher Development and Inclusive Learning

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Developing Educational Leadership in Practice

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

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

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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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.

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 16 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.

Microcredentials are studied entirely online. 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.

As microcredentials are offered by our partner, 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.

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

After you have registered on the course with FutureLearn, 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. There may be live events as part of your studies, but these will be recorded and can be watched afterwards, if you aren’t able to participate in the live broadcast.

Everything else can be studied 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).

 

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Business Management: Marketing Principles and Practice

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Business Management: Improving Organisational Practice

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Business Management: People Management and Leadership

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Business Management: Project Management

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

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Business Management: Fundamentals of Management Accounting

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

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Business Management: Financial Accounting for Non-Financial Roles

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

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Management of Change: Organisation Development and Design

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

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Management of Uncertainty: Leadership, Decisions and Action

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

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Mentoring and Coaching in Professional Learning

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

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Developing Educational Leadership in Practice

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

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Online Teaching: Creating courses for Adult Learners

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

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Online Teaching: Evaluating and Improving Courses

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

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Teacher Development: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

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Online Teaching: Accessibility and Inclusive Learning

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

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

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

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

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

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Cisco: CCNA - Introduction to Networks

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

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Cisco: Python Programming (OpenEDG)

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

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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.

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AWS: Machine Learning Foundations

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

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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.

Tackling the Climate Crisis: Innovation from Cuba

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

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Climate Change: Transforming your Organisation for Sustainability

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

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AWS: Solutions Architect

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

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Cisco: DevOps using DevNet

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

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Agile Leadership and Management

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

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Cyber Security Operations (Cisco)

This course is delivered on our partner platform, FutureLearn.

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