What is a microcredential?
A microcredential is a short, certification-style course that focuses on a specific topic or skill that is designed to help learners gain or update their knowledge and abilities in a particular industry or profession in a short period of time. Microcredentials usually take between 10-12 weeks for a 10-credit course or 5-7 weeks for a 5-credit course to complete. They are often delivered online and can be completed at the learner’s own pace (subject to start dates and submission deadlines). Upon completion, learners receive a digital badge that can be added to their CV or portfolio to demonstrate their competency and achievement.
How are microcredentials different to degrees?
Microcredentials are a short-term, flexible, and more accessible way to develop new skills or even gain experience of a degree programme before committing to a full programme. They are focused and specialised, allowing learners to target the exact skills they need for their career goals, future plans, or personal interests. Microcredentials can be beneficial for anyone who wants to improve their professional development, change their career path, or pursue lifelong learning. They can help learners stay ahead of the changing demands of the workplace, showcase their expertise in a niche area, or explore new topics and fields of interest. Some microcredentials may be used as prior learning onto one of our degree programmes. For further information on courses which are eligible for this, please see our course pages.
How do I study a microcredential?
The study of microcredentials often takes place online. A variety of engaging educational resources, including videos and quizzes, will be used to help you gain practical skills. By exchanging thoughts and experiences with other students, you can develop your skills, self-assurance, and knowledge. A subject tutor will also assist you; their job will be to facilitate talks and provide guidance and feedback on your learning. It is recommended that you study for approximately 7-10 hours per week to complete the course. This includes independent study, self-guided research, and assignments.
Can I study more than one microcredential at a time?
Yes, you can study more than one at a time, but you need to ensure you can study for 7-10 hours per week per microcredential. Please be mindful of the study commitment and be sure you can accommodate this around other commitments.
Will I be a 91快活林 student?
Yes, once you have enrolled you will become a student at the 91快活林 whilst this course is running. You will have a University email address which you will use to log into all our learning platforms, including the online library. You will have access to a student Office 365 account so that you can use the software you need to complete the course and we will communicate to you via your University email account.
Students are subject to all relevant University policies including extensions, management of assessment, mitigating circumstances, and resits. However, microcredential students are not entitled to 'interrupt' their course. Once you start the course, you must complete it. Students are only eligible for refunds on microcredential programmes if they withdraw within 14 days of having completed the application/enrolment process.
Do I have to be available at any specific times?
Microcredentials are made to work with your schedule and lifestyle. Your studies may include a live webinar. however, if you are unable to attend the live broadcast, the activities will be recorded and available for viewing at a later time. There will be a final assessment due date which you will be required to meet to complete the course and be eligible for a digital badge. Late submissions will be penalised by deducted marks.
How will I be assessed?
Each microcredential will be assessed by a range of methods including written reports, reflections, action plans, presentations, tests, etc. You should read the assessment information carefully for each course you undertake. You will receive provisional feedback within 15 working days after submission. Your marks will be confirmed once they have been verified the Board of Examiners.