Part-time Certificate in Combined Studies (CertHE)

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Our part-time Certificate in Combined Studies (CertHE) is a two year course which is ideal for students looking for a flexible part-time programme of study. This course is equivalent to studying for the first year of a degree.

This course can be studied with or without a foundation year, and we recommend applicants discuss their options with us before applying. Find out more about the CertHE Combined Studies with Foundation Year

Students enrolled on the Certificate in Combined Studies study 120 credits over two years (typically six different modules). These modules are chosen from core modules offered by the Department for Lifelong Learning and a variety of Level 1 modules from across the University. In addition, we ask students to engage in a range of learning activities outside of class time which are designed to develop and assess your learning over the duration of the programme

The programme as a whole enables students to develop academic and transferable skills which can help both with career development and progression to further HE study.

The programme will suit applicants who:

• Have a general interest in developing their academic skills
• Are looking to gain a University award which can help with career prospects or progression
• Want to try out higher education study without committing to a full degree
• Would like to spend more time familiarising themselves with a range of subject areas before committing to a specific degree programme

If you wish to find out more about this course, or discuss your suitability, please get in contact with us at

Attendance and length of programme

Attendance on this course will be part-time for two years with the Department for Lifelong Learning (DLL), or 4 years part-time if studied with the foundation year element.

Modules are taught predominantly in the day time with the possibility of very occasional weekend field trips.

Teaching and learning methods

During the course a number of teaching methods may be used, including:

  • Seminars

  • Tutorials

  • Independent study

  • Group work

  • On line activities

  • Revision workshops

  • Field trips

Next steps

If you wish to find out more about this course, or discuss your suitability, please get in contact with us at