Friday, 30 October 2009

Short online courses for the general public

We offer an increasing range of accredited undergraduate level one 10-week online courses for the general public. We currently have courses in archaeology, art history, creative writing, economics, English literature, history and philosophy.
Online short course demonstration click here

New courses are being added each term so join our mailing list here to ensure you are kept up-to-date with our latest news and discount offers. Most courses have waiting lists so do enrol early.

There are no formal entry qualifications for our short introductory courses, all you need is enthusiasm, commitment, a high degree of motivation and a willingness to engage in discussion with others. However, to ensure that you can participate fully in a course you must meet the following requirements for English language and computing skills.

English language requirements

A good standard of written English is required for participation in any of our courses. Applicants whose first language is not English should be aware that proof of their English language ability may be required and must consist of one of the English Language qualifications listed below:

# British Council IELTS English Language at 7 points (academic module)
# TOEFL English Language at 600 points
# Computer-based TOEFL 250 points
# Internet-based TOEFL 100 points
# Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (grade C or above)

Applicants without one of these qualifications are also welcome to enrol but should be aware that they may be at a disadvantage if their English language proficiency is not of a comparable level.

Computing skills
You must be familiar with the use of computers for purposes such as email and searching the Internet. If you want to brush up your computing skills before coming on the course, we suggest that you try out the free BBC Webwise Online Course.

We also have an online study skills course if you are new to studying at the higher education level or want to refresh your skills.

To contact the Online Courses Office, please email us at