Short courses and CPD

Top up your knowledge or learn something new. Fit your studies around work or other commitments. Gain an internationally-recognised qualification. 

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Courses we offer

The University of Sunderland offers a range of short courses for people who don't have the time or need for a full undergraduate or postgraduate qualification. We also offer a number of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses for working people. Take a look below to find the right course for you.

Arts and Media

Participatory Settings
Part-time

Participatory Settings

Choose the course that fits your career stage, whether you are an aspiring artist just embarking on training or an experienced practitioner looking for a postgraduate qualification.

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Cardiac and Respiratory Health

Spirometry
Part-time

Spirometry

This is a non-accredited Masterclass that is available for Healthcare Assistants who will receive information regarding the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system and the principles involved within Spirometry.

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Undergraduate Certificate of Achievement in CHD & Heart Failure
Part-time

Undergraduate Certificate of Achievement in CHD & Heart Failure

The aim of this short course is to develop the knowledge and skills required to care for patients with CHD and Heart Failure. The course develops theoretical and practical skills relevant for practice whilst promoting a holistic, patient centred approach to management. It is accredited at level 6, which is the same level as undergraduate degree courses.

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Nurse caring for patient
Part-time

Undergraduate Certificate of Achievement in Respiratory Disease

This programme has been developed to be innovative in approach and develop theoretical and practical skills relevant for practice whilst promoting a holistic, patient centred approach to management.

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Chronic Health Conditions

Undergraduate Certificate of Achievement in Diabetes
Part-time

Undergraduate Certificate of Achievement in Diabetes

This module aims to equip those whose work involves managing patients who have diabetes mellitus to develop their knowledge and skills in this area. The assessment for this module will reflect achievement at level 6.

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BSc (Hons) Public Health
Part-time

Working With Chronic Trauma

This programme is suitable for registered healthcare professionals who often work with those who experience chronic trauma and want to understand more about it. Cover a range of subjects including theoretical concepts in trauma, understanding self-harm and suicidal thoughts, post-traumatic stress disorder and more.

Find out more about Working With Chronic Trauma

Dysphagia

Applied Practice in the Management of Dysphagia
Part-time

Applied Practice in the Management of Dysphagia

This short course aims to respond to the evidence that the appropriate identification and management of dysphagia in practice reduces morbidity, mortality and improves quality of life. It has been designed in response to the learning needs of professionals in practice-based settings.

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Dysphagia – MDT Management
Full-time

Dysphagia – MDT Management

This course is aimed at registered health care professionals working in clinical areas with patients receiving care for dysphagia. It is a multi-professional course which is relevant for both primary and secondary care.

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Eating and Drinking Problems in Children
Full-time

Eating and Drinking Problems in Children

Learn about the eating, drinking and swallowing process in children. This course is aimed at registered health care professionals working in clinical areas with patients receiving care for eating and drinking problems in children. It is a multi-professional course which is relevant for both primary and secondary care.

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Ear Care

Ear Care Update
Part-time

Ear Care Update

This is a non-accredited update which is available to both Practice Nurses and Healthcare Assistants. The anatomy and physiology of the ear, common presenting complaints and the management of such complaints will be covered throughout the session.

Find out more about Ear Care Update
Nurses talking to patient
Part-time

Undergraduate Certificate of Achievement in Managing Common Ear Conditions

This module aims to equip those whose work involves managing patients who may present with conditions involving the ear to develop their knowledge and skills in this area. The course is taught at level 6.

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Elderly and Palliative Care

Care for the Older Person
Part-time

Care for the Older Person

In this short course, you will learn about how we age and the issues we face, including some of the common conditions seen in older people and health promotion to support ‘wellness’. Cultural bias and personal values will also be explored.

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Caring for the Patient with Dementia and their Families
Part-time

Caring for the Patient with Dementia and their Families

This short course will help you make a difference to the lives of both dementia patients and their families. It will cover the current incidence of dementia and its impact on NHS resources, as well as which medications are used in dementia care, and much more.

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Getting Older, What’s in Store…
Part-time

Getting Older, What’s in Store…

This workshop explores the changes that occur in later life and what we can do to stay healthy, including how to make the most of voluntary sector support.

Find out more about Getting Older, What’s in Store…
Improving Clinical Practice in Palliative and End of Life Care
Part-time

Improving Clinical Practice in Palliative and End of Life Care

This course considers the many components that contribute to the delivery of quality care. The module will focus on the patient journey, patient choice and preferred place of care.

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Management of the Deteriorating Patient
Part-time

Management of the Deteriorating Patient

If patients suffer from an acute deterioration in their condition, would you know exactly what to do? This part-time course aims to update the knowledge and skills of health care professionals, particularly nurses who are currently working in acute settings.

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Supporting People with Dementia and their Families
Part-time

Supporting People with Dementia and their Families

This short course will provide students with an understanding of the anatomy and pathophysiology relating to common dementia types, as well as considering the holistic implications of dementia, with particular emphasis on the patient and carers’ journeys, experience and input.

Find out more about Supporting People with Dementia and their Families

Education

English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional Course A
Full-time

(Foundation Certificate) English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional Course A

Do you want to advance your English and understanding of UK culture? Do you have an IELTS or equivalent score of 4.0? Then this 20-week course is for you. Improve your English language skills and increase your current IELTS. Develop academics skills such as note-taking, making presentations and writing essays and reports. On completion, you’ll receive a Foundation Certificate of Achievement in English for Academic Purposes and will be able to study your chosen university course.

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language
Full-time

(Foundation Certificate) English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional Course B

Do you want to improve your English? Do you have an IELTS or equivalent score of 4.5? This 15-week course is for you. Our supportive and experienced tutors will help you reach the correct level of English to study your chosen university course. You’ll focus on academic skills such as note-taking, contributing to seminars, making presentations and writing essays.

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English for Academic Purposes University Pre-sessional Course C
Full-time

(Foundation Certificate) English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional Course C

Do you want to improve your English? Do you have an IELTS score of 5.0? Then this 10-week course is for you. You’ll have access to modern resources such as digital language laboratories and an open-access language laboratory for independent study. The course will allow you to improve your English language skills by the University of Sunderland’s equivalent of 1 band of IELTS. You’ll also visit local and national places of interest and put your English skills to the test.

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language
Full-time

(Foundation Certificate) English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional Course D

Do you want to improve your English? Do you need to increase your current IELTS score? Then this 5-week course is for you. Increase your current level of English from an IELTS score of 5.5 to the University of Sunderland IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. Develop academic skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English. Put your English skills to the test as you improve your knowledge and understanding of UK culture through visits to local and national places of interest, and receive a Foundation Certificate of Achievement in English for Academic Purposes on completion.

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language
Full-time

EAP (English for Academic Purposes) and EBS (English for Business Studies)

Improve your English and academic skills with free classes for registered students. The classes include essay and report writing, reading and summarising, listening, note-taking and presentation skills. There is also tutorial time every week for you to gain support with your main studies.

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USELT University of Sunderland course for English Language Teachers
Full-time

University of Sunderland course for English Language Teachers (USELT)

Do you teach English as a foreign, second or additional language? This short course is designed to update your knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Find out more about University of Sunderland course for English Language Teachers

Immunisation

Immunisation and Vaccination Training – Practice Nurse Update
Part-time

Immunisation and Vaccination Training – Practice Nurse Update

The update is only available to practice nurses who have completed the two-day course within the University. Core areas of knowledge is required for nursing wishing to administer immunisations and vaccinations.

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Immunisation and Vaccination Training – Practice Nurse Full Programme
Part-time

Immunisation and Vaccination Training – Practice Nurse Full Programme

Core areas of knowledge are required for nursing wishing to administer immunisations and vaccinations. Explore different types and compositions of vaccines. Cover the storage and handling of vaccines. Learn about national policy and schedules.

Find out more about Immunisation and Vaccination Training – Practice Nurse Full Programme

Investigation

BA (Hons) Applied Investigation
Part-time

BA (Hons) Applied Investigation

The only UK course to provide a degree in Applied Investigation for investigators who can demonstrate competence at PIP Level 2 or equivalent.

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Investigative Management
Part-time

MA Investigative Management

Develop and enhance your professional practice in leading and managing investigations. Study leadership and management theories in the context of work-based investigative practice. On completion, you’ll have a highly relevant Masters qualification which will help you take a leading role in today’s evolving investigative processes.

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Mentoring

Preparation for Mentorship - Level 6
Part-time

Facilitating Learning and Assessment in Practice

Develop your capacity to mentor others and support their progress. Study a course approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Become qualified to sign off the professional development of junior colleagues and students.

Find out more about Facilitating Learning and Assessment in Practice

Prescribing

Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists
Part-time

Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists

Study the only Independent Prescribing course in the North East that is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Provide patients with improved access to medicines. Take on new challenges and opportunities that are unavailable to non-prescribers.

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BA (Hons) Education Studies - PT
Part-time

Non-Medical Prescribing

Non-medical prescribing (NMP) is an area of professional development which may be an essential component of specialist and advanced practice for health professionals. This programme is for post-qualified and registered health practitioners, mainly nurses and midwives.

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Prescribing
Part-time

Prescribing

This is a non-accredited update Masterclass which is available to current Nurse Prescribers. A range of content will be covered throughout the session from the legal issues regarding prescribing to the safety surrounding prescribing.

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Primary Care

Blood Results in Primary Care
Part-time

Blood Results in Primary Care

This is a non-accredited Masterclass which is available to both Practice Nurses and Healthcare Assistants. The Masterclass will cover common bloods taken in primary care and discuss the normal ranges and interpretation of these within a primary care setting.

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Nurses treating patient
Part-time

Certificate of Undergraduate Achievement in Treatment Room Skills

This four-month module aims to equip those who work in general practice/ treatment rooms and who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in this area. The module will cover consultation skills and history taking in a general practice context, and is accredited at the same level as undergraduate degree courses. 

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Minor Injuries
Part-time

Minor Injuries

Cover musculo-skeletal injuries, breaks, fractures and sprains as well as injuries to the eye, head, stomach, respiratory system and a range of other areas. Earn 20 credits at the same level as our undergraduate degree courses.

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Undergraduate Certificate in Clinical Skills
Part-time

Undergraduate Certificate in Clinical Skills

This short course trains you to carry out an in-depth history and conduct systematic physical examinations of different areas of the body including the respiratory system, cardiovascular system and the central nervous system. You will also learn best practice in documenting and communicating your findings.

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Sensory and Cognitive Issues

MSc Environment, Health and Safety
Part-time

Sensory Integration

This course is aimed at nurses and health care professionals working in clinical areas with patients receiving care for sensory and cognitive issues. This is a multi-professional course which is relevant for both primary and secondary care.

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Women's Health

Contraceptive Health
Part-time

Certificate of Undergraduate Achievement in Contraceptive Health

The innovative delivery of this part-time short course will develop the theoretical and practical skills necessary to promote a holistic, patient-centred approach to practice delivery in contraceptive health services.

Find out more about Certificate of Undergraduate Achievement in Contraceptive Health
BA/BSc (Hons) History - Combined Subjects
Full-time

Common Gynaecology Problems In Primary Care

This is an interactive session aimed at practice nurses. It will use clinical cases to explore common gynaecology complaints that present as a “whilst I’m here” situation. This will look at issues such as leaky bladders, genital prolapse and trouble conceiving.

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BSc (Hons) Criminology
Full-time

Contraception – What’s New?

Still prescribing Microgynon for 21 days on and 7 off? Is Cerazette your favourite progesterone only pill? There are plenty of new things on the market including new pills and relaunched intrauterine contraceptive devices. This half-day workshop will update you on any developments in the world of contraceptives.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy
Part-time

Hormone Replacement Therapy

This is a non-accredited update which is only available for Practice Nurses. The session will cover Hormone Replacement Therapy, when and if this can be tested and ways in which it can be recognised.

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MA Social Work
Full-time

Intimate Female Examination

This workshop will cover all aspects of intimate female examinations. You will look at the chaperones as a resource, dignity and medicolegal issues. You will also be covering breast examinations and how to advise patients of self-examination, female genital examinations including use of a speculum.

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BA (Hons) Social Work - PT
Full-time

Intrauterine Contraception Removal

This half-day workshop is designed for nurses and nurse practitioners who are looking to acquire the theoretical skills needed to remove IUC devices.

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BA (Hons) Community and Youth Work Studies - PT
Full-time

Menopause and HRT Made Easy

Have you ever wondered about the menopause and perimenopause? Is HRT dangerous? This workshop has been designed around NICE guidelines and provides an evidence-based look at making a diagnosis without a blood test. You will look at what symptoms are normal, and how to perform a HRT check.

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MA English pt
Full-time

Tests And Treatments For Primary Care Gynaecology – Challenging Practice

What is happening with the cervical smear program? Do you still order triple swabs? When is the appropriate time to do a pregnancy test? These questions and more will be answered in this half-day workshop that will help you challenge common practice in primary care to be even more effective.

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Women’s Health
Part-time

Women’s Health

This is a non-accredited update which is only available for Practice Nurses. The session provides knowledge around the latest NICE guidelines, advice on menopause and ways in which it can be recognised. Testing, swabs and bloods for women’s health are a few of the outcomes that will be achieved from the day.

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BSc (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality (1 Year Top-Up)
Full-time

Women’s health – what’s new?

This masterclass is designed for GPs and ANP who see women in primary care. Using NICE guidelines and local pathways of care, this update will ensure you are confident in the assessment and management of common gynaecology problems.

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Postgraduate Business and Management

MA International Management
Full-time/Part-time

PgCert/PgDip Digital Marketing and Analytics

The course is designed for graduates from looking to pursue careers as digital marketers and business data analysts, managers who have already gained marketing and computing business experience and seek to further their careers as highly qualified digital marketers. They are tailored to those wanting more flexible learning pathways or wishing to pursue part-time study.

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BA/BSc (Hons) Politics - Combined Subjects
Full-time/Part-time

PgCert/PgDip Human Resource Management

The Certificate and Diploma in Human Resources Management, Level 7 course has been designed to develop relevant and essential knowledge and skills in People Management and Learning and Development and are a route into professional membership of the CIPD. We'll prepare you for a future career in HR, and support those who are currently in the early stages of an HRM career to attain a postgraduate qualification.  The courses are particularly suited to those in the workplace, looking for more flexible learning pathways or wishing to pursue part-time study.

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BA/BSc (Hons) Creative Writing - Combined Subjects
Full-time/Part-time

PgCert/PgDip Management Studies

The Certificate and Diploma in Management Studies Level 7 short courses have been developed to provide you with a critical understanding of strategic management and provide a pathway to achievement of an MBA. The short courses enable you to develop key competencies in management through a varied programme of lectures and applied learning through seminars, workshops and corporate engagement. The PgCert/PgDip courses are particularly suited to those in the workplace, looking for more flexible learning pathways or wishing to study on a part-time basis.

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BA/BSc (Hons) English - Combined Subjects
Part-time

Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Change

This course has been designed to help you develop your skills and become a better leader. You will learn how to recognise and apply the theories related to effective management, leadership, and change management.

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BA/BSc (Hons) English - Combined Subjects
Part-time

University Certificate of Postgraduate Study in Leadership and Transformation

This programme has been designed to build confidence and knowledge of effective collaborative leadership in the context of the ever-evolving organisation. Cover a range of topics including principles of leadership, culture and context and leading change and innovation.

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Postgraduate Education

Assessment Only Route to QTS
Full-time

Assessment Only Route to QTS

If you are an experienced graduate teacher and would like to complete a formal qualification to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is a requirement for those who wish to teach in state-maintained schools in England and Wales, this route is one of the fastest ways to gain QTS. 

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Students chatting and smiling
Part-time

University Certificate of Postgraduate Study in Mentoring and Coaching

This Level 7 course is ideal for teachers or other educational professionals who want to develop their careers with a Mentoring and Coaching qualification. You will gain knowledge, understanding and intellectual skills that you can apply to your own teaching position to enhance your career.

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teachers
Part-time

Professional Development for Early Career Teachers

This course has been developed specifically to respond to evidence that highlights the key areas that impact most strongly on teacher recruitment and retention in the first five years. It has been written in response to the Department for Education's priorities for ITT and NQTs.

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education
Part-time

Reflective Practice for Early Career Teachers

This course looks at how reflection and reflective practices are at the heart of both self-improvement and the enhancement of teaching and learning practices. It has been developed specifically to respond to evidence that highlights the key areas of focus that impact most strongly on teacher recruitment and retention in the first five years. It has also been written in response to the Department for Education's priorities for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and Newly Qualified Teacher (NQTs).

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BA/BSc (Hons) Psychology - Combined Subjects
Part-time

Supporting Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs

This unique course is a response to a need in the market to develop knowledge and understanding of evidence-based approaches to support children and families in maintaining good mental health. Study on a part-time basis, one evening a week.

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Postgraduate Health

Advancing Contraceptive Health
Part-time

Postgraduate Certificate of Achievement in Advancing Contraceptive Health

This is a clinically and strategically relevant course for those whose work in delivering contraceptive services. This course mirrors our Contraceptive Health course, but the credits gained are at level 7, the same as our postgraduate degrees.

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Flexible, work-based learning

Some of our courses are work-based learning. Work-based learning means that you enrol with the University and have access to the University's academic and support services, but you study in your own workplace. Assignments and projects are developed jointly by the University and your employer, so you can make an immediate impact in your work while you gain an internationally-recognised qualification.

IT and computer software training with MTC

The University of Sunderland provides IT training through the commercial enterprise company MTC Training. MTC Training is the North East's leading provider of accredited IT training for Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, ITIL®, PRINCE2TM, Linux, A+, Network+, Cisco and EC-Council.

Go to the MTC Training website for a full list of available training courses.

Out of Hospital Care

We offer courses which provide a flexible range of learning opportunities to meet the CPD requirements of those who work in out of hospital care. They support the practitioner working in community, general practice and other out of hospital care environments to consider contemporary evidence and to develop the skills necessary to take a lead role in the organisation, management, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based health care delivery.

For more information, download our Practise Nurse prospectus (.pdf)