6.2 Definitions

  • 2.1 Short courses (sometimes referred to as CPD courses) are defined at Brookes as courses leading to the award of less than 60 academic credits, at any level from level 4 to level 7, but which do not lead to a formal University qualification as defined in A1.1.2 of the University regulations. Programmes of study of 60 credits or more should be approved through the normal processes for the approval of programmes leading to University awards, as set out in Chapter 2 of the Quality & Standards Handbook (or, for those delivered through partnership arrangements, Chapter 5).

    2.2 Short courses are most commonly developed in response to a specific market or individual employer demand, but existing modules already approved within a Brookes programme may also be approved for marketing as individual short courses.

    2.3 Students’ access to Brookes learning resources should be equivalent to that of other students studying on an existing module, but, because of the nature of short courses, teams must ensure that access entitlements to other support services for students on these programmes are clear from the start (and factored into business cases). Early discussions with the Student Records & Curriculum Management Team and the APQO, regarding the enrolment of students and access to learning resources and support services, are strongly recommended.

    2.4 Short courses may lead to the award of a certificate of credit alongside the transcript, and may be made up of any number of modules totalling less than 60 academic credits. For single-module short courses, the title will be taken from the module title; and for multiple-module short courses, a title will be assigned during the development process and the title for the certificate (if issued) taken from the programme specification. Students should also be able to use credit from short courses towards a substantive award, either specified at the time of approval, or through the Open Award Scheme. Programme Leads should give due consideration to how students might use the credit gained on short courses.

    2.5 Short courses are categorised on the student records system as follows

    Category Level of Course Module size/Multiples of...
    Undergraduate 4-6 15 Credits
    Postgraduate 7 10 Credits
    (Standard module size is 20 Credits)

    2.6 Although the University awards all credit, it is the Faculty’s responsibility to produce the certificates and transcripts for short course provision if they are to be issued alongside the transcript – advice on format should be sought from the Registry. For short courses being offered in collaboration with a partner organisation, advice should be sought from the Communications Team on the design of the certificate, which should be agreed with the partner organisation prior to formal approval of the course.