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Microcredentials on FutureLearn

Designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries

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    FutureLearn microcredentials are accredited qualifications created by leading universities for learners to build professional skills relevant to their career. They are designed to provide the necessary skills for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Any academic credit earned can be used towards a degree or they can be used as an independent certification. Each microcredential includes a formal online assessment and meets the standards set by the Common Microcredential Framework (CMF).

    The qualification requires 100-150 hours of part-time study, generally over 10-12 weeks. Most microcredentials are worth 10-15 UK credits, 4-6 ECTS credits, or 2-3 US credits.

    Microcredentials are designed to be transferable. You can use the credit as one of the qualifications listed on your application form for any university or course, and you can include it on your CV when you apply for a job. If you can use the academic credits from a microcredential towards a degree program at the microcredential partner university, this will be specified on the description page.

    If you want to use the credits from a microcredential at another university, you should talk to its admissions office or look on the university’s website for information about accreditation of prior learning (APL) or recognition of prior learning (RPL). The decision will be based on the university’s policy on APL and the subject you are applying to study.

    Please note, FutureLearn microcredentials have strict enrolment deadlines - check the course page for details.

    Microcredentials on FutureLearn

    Cyber Security Operations (Cisco)
    By The Open University endorsed by Cisco Networking Academy
    Upskill in cyber security operations and enhance your working knowledge of cyber security with Cisco and The Open University.
    12 weeks | Postgraduate level | £600
    Aimed at anyone who wants to master the skills required for a career in cyber security.
    Learners will develop the professional skills to respond to and prevent cyber attacks and crimes.

    On completion, learners will receive:
    • 15 UK credits at Postgraduate level from The Open University
    • Certificate of Completion from Cisco Networking Academy
    Learners will also have permanent access to the Cisco NetAcad platform and all learning resources associated with the microcredential.

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    Data Science: Data Driven Decision-Making
    By Monash University
    Discover storytelling with data and make better business decisions using data wrangling, modelling, and storytelling techniques.
    12 weeks | Postgraduate | £753
    Aimed at professionals who want to be able to make better business decisions using data wrangling, modelling and storytelling techniques.
    Learners will learn how to interpret and explain data to inform the decision making process. It includes data wrangling, R Programming, interpreting data analysis and designing solutions for big data challenges.

    It is strongly recommended that learners have studied maths or statistics at first-year undergraduate before joining this microcredential.

    On completion, learners will receive:
    • 6 credit points at Postgraduate level from Monash University
    • A Certificate of Completion from Monash University
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    Digital Photography: Creating a Professional Portfolio
    By The Open University endorsed by Royal Photographic Society
    Navigate the fast-moving technological developments in digital photography and build a professional portfolio you’re proud of.
    10 weeks | Undergraduate level | £450
    Aimed at photographers who want to develop their skills and improve their photography.
    Learners will explore the theory and practicalities of digital imaging and use their work to create a photography portfolio for professional work.

    On completion, learners will receive:
    • 10 UK credits at Undergraduate level from The Open University
    • A Certificate in Photography from The Royal Photographic Society
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    FinTech - Financial Innovation
    By Dublin City University
    Investigate the changes brought about by FinTech innovation and harness evolving opportunities in the future of FinTech.
    12 weeks | Postgraduate level | £1,200
    Aimed at financial professionals, or postgraduate students who are transitioning into a fintech role or looking for further career development.
    Learners will explore key elements of the FinTech landscape, the main technologies behind the FinTech revolution, and how technological innovation has benefitted the finance industry.

    To qualify for this microcredential, learners require a honours degree in business, finance, or a related discipline.

    On completion, learners will receive:
    • 5 ECTS credits at Postgraduate level from Dublin City University
    • A Certificate of Completion from Dublin City University
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    Project Management: Managing Front-End Planning
    By Queensland University of Technology
    Build the project planning and management skills to start a career in project management within your chosen professional field.
    10 weeks | Postgraduate level | £990
    Aimed at project management professionals or graduates who are looking to take their project management learning or career to the next level.
    Learners will go through how to plan and manage large-scale projects, using project planning tools and techniques to overcome common project issues and support project delivery.

    On completion, learners will receive:
    • 12 credit points at Postgraduate level from Queensland University of Technology
    • A Certificate of Completion from Queensland University of Technology
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    Research Methods
    By Deakin University & Griffith University in partnership
    Developed by Griffith and Deakin Universities to teach you how to conduct research to a professional and academic standard.
    13 weeks | Postgraduate level | £742
    Aimed at anyone who is currently or planning to conduct quality professional standard research, either in a workplace or academic context.
    Learners will get insight into the real-world application of research methods and techniques through several research case studies.

    On completion, learners will receive:
    • Academic credit at Postgraduate level from Deakin University and Griffith University
    • A Certificate of Completion from Deakin University and Griffith University
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    Teacher Training: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum
    By The Open University
    Develop skills to design inclusive teaching, learning and assessment activities that enhance student mental health and wellbeing.
    10 weeks | Undergraduate level | £450
    Aimed at teaching professionals in schools, colleges, universities and other educational settings.
    This microcredential will take learners through how to embed mental wellbeing in their teaching, discover inclusive teaching strategies and learn how to design learning activities that are conducive to students’ mental health.

    On completion, learners will receive:
    • 10 UK credits at Undergraduate level from The Open University.
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