Short courses

We provide short courses and continuing professional development (CPD) to individuals and businesses in various sectors to meet their training needs and facilitate growth.

Health courses

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Part-time

Academic Recognition of Continuing Professional Development

The aim of this short course is to recognise, give academic credit for and promote Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The course will enable any healthcare professional to utilise their own clinical experience, to gain academic credit and development at Level 6. It is suitable for all registered healthcare professionals to apply.

Find out more about Academic Recognition of Continuing Professional Development
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Part-time

Advanced Clinical Management of Chronic Disease

Develop the ability to critically analyse, synthesise and review care decisions in relation to chronic disease management. Discuss, debate and review alternative approaches to care delivery. Meet the medico-legal requirements for advanced practice with teaching of ethical and moral principles embedded.

Find out more about Advanced Clinical Management of Chronic Disease
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Full-time

Advanced Clinical Management Skills

Work at an advanced level of clinical practice. Develop the ability to critically analyse, synthesise and review care decisions by discussing, debating and reviewing alternative approaches to care delivery. Meet the medico-legal requirements for advanced practice and have ethical and moral principles embedded throughout your learning. 

Find out more about Advanced Clinical Management Skills
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Part-time

Advanced Paediatric Clinical Management Skills

This module is a core module embedded in clinical practice in preparation for a Paediatric Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) role and will offer students the opportunity to develop their advanced communication, clinical assessment, examination and clinical decision making and management skills in their field of practice.

Find out more about Advanced Paediatric Clinical Management Skills
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Part-time

BSc (Hons) Professional Practice

Take your career to the next level by building on your health profession knowledge and skills in our state-of-the-art clinical and simulation facilities.

Find out more about BSc (Hons) Professional Practice
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Full-time

Certificate of Higher Education - Health

This course is delivered 100% online and can be accessed from anywhere in the UK and around the world. Designed with military personnel, their families and veterans in mind, the Certificate in Higher Education programme develops further skills to enable this body of people to undertake a course which will prepare them for studying a degree programme.

Find out more about Certificate of Higher Education - Health
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Part-time

Developing Practice in the Management of Asthma and COPD in Adults

This short course will enable qualified secondary care nursing staff to gain the knowledge and skills required to manage patients with common respiratory conditions, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Find out more about Developing Practice in the Management of Asthma and COPD in Adults
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Part-time

Enhanced/Prescribing for Health Professionals

Prescribing is an essential component of specialist and advanced practice for health professionals. In this level 6 course, you'll work in practice with an assigned practice assessor who is also a registered healthcare professional and experienced prescriber.

Find out more about Enhanced/Prescribing for Health Professionals
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Full-time

Explore Learning Responses within the PSIRF

This masterclass is aimed at matrons, governance leads, managers, and those working in/leading a multidisciplinary team (NHS and independent) who are expected to facilitate systems-based learning responses. The day provides an opportunity to network across the Integrated Care Board (ICB), share experiences, ideas, and learning since the inception of The Patient Safety Incident Response Framework.

Find out more about Explore Learning Responses within the PSIRF
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Part-time

Health Professions Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Take your career to the next level by building on your health profession knowledge and skills in our state-of-the-art clinical and simulation facilities.

Find out more about Health Professions Postgraduate Certificate in Education
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.

Find out more about Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists
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Part-time

Neurodiversity Workshop

This workshop is aimed at Local Authorities, particularly for social work/education/community work/health but also open to any organisation that would find the workshop beneficial.

Find out more about Neurodiversity Workshop
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Part-time

PgCert in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement

Gain knowledge and critical understanding of quality improvement methodology and methods and their use in the wider political contexts within the NHS. Explore leadership and management skills for roles in strategic, tactical and operational healthcare provision. Improve the experience of service users, clients and their families/carers.

Find out more about PgCert in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
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Part-time

Postgraduate Certificate in Tissue Viability

This short course has been designed for healthcare professionals working with patients who have tissue viability needs. The course builds knowledge and skills in anatomy and pathophysiology and aligns them with enhanced clinical assessment and management skills, including the exploration of theoretical and contemporary issues in wound care.

Find out more about Postgraduate Certificate in Tissue Viability
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Part-time

Preparation for Academic Study: Progression to Level 6

This short course will help you develop the academic knowledge and skills required to progress to Level 6 study at the University of Sunderland. This may include qualified healthcare professionals who've achieved a diploma in Higher Education or an equivalent to a UK diploma level award.

Find out more about Preparation for Academic Study: Progression to Level 6
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Part-time

Trainee Pharmacist Foundation Programme

Further your skills and develop your undergraduate knowledge on the Trainee Pharmacist Foundation Programme. We'll support you with specialist training and provide opportunities for you to network with fellow trainee pharmacists.

Find out more about Trainee Pharmacist Foundation Programme
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Part-time

Undergraduate/Postgraduate Certificate of Achievement in Care of 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.

Find out more about Undergraduate/Postgraduate Certificate of Achievement in Care of the Older Person
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Part-time

Undergraduate Certificate of 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 Undergraduate Certificate of Achievement in Contraceptive Health
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Part-time

Undergraduate Certificate of Achievement in Coronary Heart Disease and Heart Failure

The aim of this short course is to develop the knowledge and skills required to care for patients with coronary heart disease 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.

Find out more about Undergraduate Certificate of Achievement in Coronary Heart Disease and Heart Failure
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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.

Find out more about Undergraduate Certificate of Achievement in Diabetes
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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.

Find out more about Undergraduate Certificate of Achievement in Managing Common Ear Conditions
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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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Undergraduate Certificate in Clinical Skills
Part-time

Undergraduate/Postgraduate Certificate of Achievement in Developing Practice 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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Education courses

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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. 

Find out more about Assessment Only Route to QTS
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Part-time

Gender and Diversity

This short course is ideal for teachers, SENCOs, or other educational and care professionals who want to develop their knowledge and understanding of gender and diversity within educational contexts.

Find out more about Gender and Diversity
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Part-time

Supporting Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs

This short course is ideal for teachers, SENCOs, or other educational and care professionals who want to develop their knowledge of how to support children and families in maintaining good mental health.

Find out more about Supporting Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs

Leadership courses

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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.

Find out more about Leadership and Change

Social Work courses

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Part-time

Advanced Safeguarding Adults

This short course will help you to develop an advanced understanding of social work practice in the area of adult safeguarding. Successful completion of the module will help you to evidence development along the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) for social work (BASW, 2018), from Newly Qualified Social Worker to Experienced Social Worker.

Find out more about Advanced Safeguarding Adults
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Part-time

Advanced Safeguarding Children

Aimed at current practitioners, this short course will help you to develop an advanced understanding of social work practice in the area of child safeguarding.

Find out more about Advanced Safeguarding Children
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Part-time

Certificate of Higher Education: Preparation for Social Work

This short course has been designed to enable employees with our partner agencies who would like to become social workers to develop the required academic skills to progress to the full professional qualifying BA (Hons) Social Work (Integrated Degree Apprenticeship) course.

Find out more about Certificate of Higher Education: Preparation for Social Work
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Part-time

Practice Education for Social Work - Stage 1 and Stage 2

Practice Education for Social Work is an important area of career development for experienced social workers and demonstrates that social workers are practicing at the experienced social work level of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF). This qualification will prepare registered social workers for a role as a Practice Educator for pre-qualifying Social Work students. It will enable registered social workers to demonstrate that they are working to the requirements of the Practice Educator Professional Standards for Social Work (PEPS).

Find out more about Practice Education for Social Work - Stage 1 and Stage 2

Investigation courses

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Part-time

Advanced Diploma in Investigations of Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO)

This module will focus on the development of an investigative mindset to improve the management of Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) investigations. Reflect on your own workplace practice and consider how to improve investigation outcomes.

Find out more about Advanced Diploma in Investigations of Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO)
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Part-time

University Advanced Diploma in Management and Coordination of Family Liaison

This module focuses on the management and coordination of family liaison for serious and complex investigations or major incidents. You'll explore the roles and responsibilities of the family liaison coordinator and develop your existing skills and knowledge to enhance your own practice.

Find out more about University Advanced Diploma in Management and Coordination of Family Liaison
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Part-time

University Advanced Diploma in Management and Coordination of Investigative Interviews

This module focuses on the management and coordination of investigative interviews for major and complex investigations, helping professionals to develop their skills and knowledge of the interview process from start to finish.

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Part-time

University Advanced Diploma in Investigative Interviews with Vulnerable Victims and Witnesses

This module will focus on planning and conducting investigative interviews with vulnerable victims and witnesses. Reflect on experiences from your own workplace practice and gain the skills needed to facilitate access to justice.

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Part-time

University Advanced Diploma in Specialist Suspect Interviewing

Designed for those who have been assessed as competent within the role of specialist suspect interviewer, this module focuses on planning, conducting and evaluating suspect interviews for serious, complex and major investigations.

Find out more about University Advanced Diploma in Specialist Suspect Interviewing
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Short courses and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

We offer short courses spanning across a range of subject specialisms, that support continuing professional development, allowing you to top up your knowledge or learn something new while fitting studies around work or other commitments.

We are committed to lifelong learning and upskilling to allow you to progress and achieve your potential. We offer both accredited and non-accredited courses enabling individuals to use academic credits towards further study within five years.

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Why study with us?

As a University we are internationally recognised for the quality of our teaching and research. We're an ambitious professions facing university with a global reach. We provide uniquely tailored solutions for individuals wanting to upskill, as well as employers wanting to achieve their business goals and gain the maximum value from investing in short courses and continuing professional development (CPD). By studying with us, you can:

  • Receive access to world-class facilities and expertise
  • Have the flexibility to choose from our wide-ranging courses
  • Gain academic credits to use towards further study
  • Benefit from exceptional support throughout your studies from a dedicated team focused on your needs
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The Sunderland Skills and Inclusion Programme (SSIP) funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF)

The University has been awarded £2,566,930 from the ‘People and Skills’ priority of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) programme to lead a consortium of training providers, delivering funded training to Sunderland employees and businesses. The University is offering fully-funded training courses, from one-day masterclasses to accredited provision, with a mixture of face-to-face training and online delivery shaped by the required provision and needs of the business.

The aims of the SSIP programme are to:

  • Respond to employer skills needs across priority areas identified in the Local Skills Improvement Plan, driving productivity and competitiveness in key sectors for the Sunderland economy
  • Develop business management skills among SMEs in particular, and especially focusing on digital technologies, supporting SMEs to develop and grow
  • Support the inclusion of diverse groups within the economy, through support for employers and employees to maximise the benefits of a diverse workforce.


Beneficiaries of the project will be:

  • Businesses within the City of Sunderland
  • Employees of Sunderland-based businesses
  • City of Sunderland’s economy through a highly-skilled workforce
  • The wider north-east region through a dynamic and vibrant Sunderland contributing to regional priorities


The programme will be evaluated through the University’s Institute for Economic and Social Inclusion, feeding into the next steps for Sunderland and the wider region.

Contact us

To find out more information please email skills@sunderland.ac.uk.