Flexible Learning Options

Diverse Study Options to Meet Your Needs

From short courses and microcredentials, to professional development modules and fully online Master’s degrees, we offer a range of flexible programmes to suit your individual needs. Our suite of programmes uses a variety of delivery methods, including online only, face-to-face, blended, and distance-learning approaches.

Why Study Flexibly? 

Flexible learning is becoming an increasingly popular way for busy professionals to stay ahead in their chosen field. Studying one of our programmes can help boost your career prospects, give you the opportunity to develop new skills, advance your knowledge in a particular field, or allow you to pursue your passion in an area of personal interest.

Our flexible delivery methods allow you to complete our programmes around your own schedule, whether that be through online learning from home, on-campus delivery with multiple start options throughout the year, or on-the-job learning through a work-based programme or apprenticeship.

Short Courses

We have developed a range of short courses covering a variety of subject areas and disciplines, including business, education, health, languages, media, food, and agriculture. A number of our courses are professionally accredited so you can receive a certificate upon successful completion.

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Online Learning

The University of Lincoln provides a range of fully online programmes designed to help fit teaching and learning around your other commitments. These include our flexible, bite-sized courses, known as 'microcredentials', as well as a range of fully online Master's degrees. These programmes can be studied entirely from the comfort of your own home, with support available from our expert staff.


Microcredentials FAQs

What is a microcredential?

A microcredential is a short, certification-style course that focuses on a specific topic or skill that is designed to help learners gain or update their knowledge and abilities in a particular industry or profession in a short period of time. Microcredentials usually take between 10-12 weeks for a 10-credit course or 5-7 weeks for a 5-credit course to complete. They are often delivered online and can be completed at the learner’s own pace (subject to start dates and submission deadlines). Upon completion, learners receive a digital badge that can be added to their CV or portfolio to demonstrate their competency and achievement.

How are microcredentials different to degrees?

Microcredentials are a short-term, flexible, and more accessible way to develop new skills or even gain experience of a degree programme before committing to a full programme. They are focused and specialised, allowing learners to target the exact skills they need for their career goals, future plans, or personal interests. Microcredentials can be beneficial for anyone who wants to improve their professional development, change their career path, or pursue lifelong learning. They can help learners stay ahead of the changing demands of the workplace, showcase their expertise in a niche area, or explore new topics and fields of interest. Some microcredentials may be used as prior learning onto one of our degree programmes. For further information on courses which are eligible for this, please see our course pages.

How do I study a microcredential?

The study of microcredentials often takes place online. A variety of engaging educational resources, including videos and quizzes, will be used to help you gain practical skills. By exchanging thoughts and experiences with other students, you can develop your skills, self-assurance, and knowledge. A subject tutor will also assist you; their job will be to facilitate talks and provide guidance and feedback on your learning. It is recommended that you study for approximately 7-10 hours per week to complete the course. This includes independent study, self-guided research, and assignments.

Can I study more than one microcredential at a time?

Yes, you can study more than one at a time, but you need to ensure you can study for 7-10 hours per week per microcredential. Please be mindful of the study commitment and be sure you can accommodate this around other commitments.

Will I be a University of Lincoln student?

Yes, once you have enrolled you will become a student at the University of Lincoln whilst this course is running. You will have a University email address which you will use to log into all our learning platforms, including the online library. You will have access to a student Office 365 account so that you can use the software you need to complete the course and we will communicate to you via your University email account.

Students are subject to all relevant University policies including extensions, management of assessment, mitigating circumstances, and resits. However, microcredential students are not entitled to 'interrupt' their course. Once you start the course, you must complete it. Students are only eligible for refunds on microcredential programmes if they withdraw within 14 days of having completed the application/enrolment process.

Do I have to be available at any specific times?

Microcredentials are made to work with your schedule and lifestyle. Your studies may include a live webinar. however, if you are unable to attend the live broadcast, the activities will be recorded and available for viewing at a later time. There will be a final assessment due date which you will be required to meet to complete the course and be eligible for a digital badge. Late submissions will be penalised by deducted marks.

How will I be assessed?

Each microcredential will be assessed by a range of methods including written reports, reflections, action plans, presentations, tests, etc. You should read the assessment information carefully for each course you undertake. You will receive provisional feedback within 15 working days after submission. Your marks will be confirmed once they have been verified the Board of Examiners.

Work-based Learning and Specialist Development

In addition to our regular short course and online programmes, we also offer a range of specialist professional development and training programmes for health and education professionals, business managers, and for former and serving military personnel.

Degree Apprenticeships

Degree Apprenticeships offer students the chance to earn a salary while studying for a Bachelor's or Master's degree without paying tuition fees. They allow you to work as an employee while you study part-time, combining university study with practical on-the-job experience, developing the employment skills needed for a successful career in your chosen field.

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Need Help?

If you're not sure which programme best suits your needs, contact our friendly Enquiries Team at enquiries@lincoln.ac.uk and we'll try to help you find the course that's right for you.