Who are they for?

Short Courses are widely used in formal and non-formal settings by 13-19 year olds, as well as by adults and younger learners where appropriate. Because they are multi-level, the focus is on completing challenges and skills development according to individual ability, rather than attainment at a specific level.


They can be used as stand-alone programmes or as progression routes into the Personal Development Programmes or qualifications, such as AoPECoPE or Wider Key Skills.

Short Courses Online

This new online platform offers an easy and paperless way for learners and tutors to access Short Courses – planning, reviewing and recording progress, uploading evidence, monitoring progress and assessing learners’ work.

Learners can upload evidence to their personal e-portfolio to demonstrate what they have done and the skills they have developed. Tutors moderate e-portfolios on screen and then request certification.

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