University of Sheffield external courses

Find out how to sign up for, and access University of Sheffield courses that facilitate non-enrolled students, such as pre-enrolment tasks or admissions tests.

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About Training and Development Manager

The University of Sheffield is able to provide Blackboard courses to students that are either external students or who are not yet university students using an additional tool called the Training and Development Manager (TDM).

This may be to undertake a short course at the university or to complete a pre-enrolment task such as an admissions test.

Your external courses account is separate from your regular university account and is only needed where a tutor has advised you to sign up for one.

Training and Development Manager


Sign up for Training and Development Manager

  1. First access the Training and Development Manager to sign up for an account.

  2. In the top right corner, click on Sign Up to set up your account.

    Screenshot of the sign up page for TDM
  3. Enter your email address in the box provided and toggle that you agree to the terms of service. Click Submit.

    Screenshot of the email entry form on TDM
  4. A security token will be sent to your email address. Copy this token into the pop-up box, and click Submit.

    Screenshot of a security token being entered on TDM.
  5. Enter your First Name and Family Name into the boxes provided and create a Password for your account.

    Screenshot of the personal information screen on TDM
  6. Once you click Create Account you will be directed to a Blackboard login page.

  7. Sign in with the email address and password you used to create your account.


Enrol on courses

Once you have logged in you will be able to see all the courses offered by the University.

  1. Click into the course you need to enrol on (your tutor will have advised which one) by clicking its thumbnail image.

    Screenshot of a list of courses on TDM
  2. Click the purple Enroll Now button to enrol on the course. A pop up will confirm your successful enrolment: click Go to My Dashboard

    Screenshot highlighting the 'Enrol now' button on TDM
  3. You can then click into the Blackboard course to access the course materials and any related activities like tests.

    Screenshot of a TDM page with the 'Continue course' button highlighted

Help and support

For more information about how to use Blackboard, read the user guide below. You will always need to access the course via the University external courses link.

Blackboard: Getting started guide

If you experience any issues whilst using Blackboard, have trouble logging in, or have forgotten your password, contact digital.learning@sheffield.ac.uk