Digital Learning Design
Duration & study mode
1 year full-time, typically 2 years part-time
Course starting dates
The Certificate HE Digital Learning Design is aimed primarily at working professionals who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of digital learning design. It will enable you to develop an understanding of learning technologies and their application to effective learning, as well as acquire and critically apply knowledge and skills in digital learning development and implementation.
The course is primarily targeted at working professionals in learning and development roles who have a recognised professional qualification for their sector (e.g. Social Work, Social Service, Health, or Education) and experience in delivering learning. The programme addresses a specific skills gap identified by our partners in Health, Social Care, and Education, and has endorsement from industry partners in these sectors.
The course is delivered entirely online and the content is agnostic and applicable to any professional who has a requirement to create online content for learning. The activities and assessments will focus on the application of learning in the workplace and will draw on learners' work experience and practices.
We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.
The University’s general requirement for entry to a programme of study leading to an award of a Certificate of HE shall be that an applicant who satisfies one of the following requirements shall be eligible for selection for admission. Competitive entry will stipulate grades for certain subject areas:
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.
General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*
*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:
The CertHE embraces multi-media and e-pedagogies, demonstrating new and established online approaches including synchronous and asynchronous activities, independent and online group work, and a variety of assessment methods.
A variety of assessment methods are used throughout the programmes. These range from the creation of digital portfolios and online presentations to reports and essays. The aim is to embed the application of theory into practice and encourage ongoing reflection and self-development. The standard VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) within the University is Moodle but the course employs a range of online tools to develop digital confidence and fluency.
The course entails 120 credits which can be undertaken over 3 trimesters or 1 year, full-time. Alternatively, the course can be undertaken over 6 trimesters, or 2 years, part-time.
The main subjects covered in the CertHE are:
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.
£305 per module (20 credits)
£1,550 per module (20 credits)
£1,550 per module (20 credits)
£2,100 per module (20 credits)
All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)
The on-time application deadline for 2019/20 entry is 15 January 2019, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications via UCAS is 30 June 2019, 18:00 (UK time). Beyond this deadline, you may be able to apply via ‘UCAS Clearing’ if the course you are interested in has remaining places.
Please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide for domestic & EU/EEA to find more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS.
Students from non-EU/non-EEA countries can apply directly to UWS via our dedicated online application system. The latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date to allow for visa processing times. For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our International Undergraduate Application Guide.
For part-time & online study, you should apply directly to the University through our online application system, not through UCAS. Please select the part-time mode of study when submitting your application. Before you begin your application, it is important to read the part-time application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.
To come to UWS as a visiting student on a study abroad or exchange programme, you must apply entirely through our online system.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
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