Continuing professional development

We offer a series of high-quality online courses, especially designed for professionals, that may lead to formal continuing professional development (CPD) accreditation.

Studying CPD courses means both academic and practical qualifications do not become out-dated, allowing you to continually up-skill, regardless of your occupation, age or educational level.

These courses are designed to be flexible so you can study at a time convenient to you.

Our online CPD courses

Incarceration: Are prisons a suitable punishment?

England and Wales have the highest incarceration rate in Western Europe. On this course, you will take a look inside the prisons of England and Wales, explore the ethics of imprisonment and identify prison alternatives.

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Business Ethics: Exploring Big Data and Tax Avoidance 

Learn why big data and tax avoidance are some of the biggest ethical issues facing businesses today. On this course, you’ll examine the benefits and ethical challenges inherent to big data, including the issues of privacy and data security. You will also learn what tax avoidance is and discover how globalisation is increasing the likelihood of its occurrence. 

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A series of online courses focusing on MedTech

Discover different aspects of medtech with this brand new series of online courses. Ranging from Digital Health and wearable Technology to AI and Robotics these courses explore the opportunities and challenges this new technology offers. These courses are ideal for professionals interested in Medtech or product design.

Medtech: Trends and Product Design: Explore the product design process of medtech devices and examine future trends in healthcare technology and the medtech industry. Sign up now

Medtech: Digital Health and Wearable Technology: Discover digital health and learn how wearable technology is transforming healthcare. Sign up now

Medtech: Orthopaedic Implants and Regenerative Medicine: Explore the applications of regenerative medicine in medical practice and learn how medtech is revolutionising orthopaedics. Sign up now

Medtech: AI and Medical Robots: Explore human robot interaction and enter the fascinating world of robotics and artificial intelligence in healthcare. Sign up now

Medtech: Exploring the Human Genome: Discover how advances in genomics are transforming medtech for healthcare with this online genomics course. Sign up now

Transport Systems: Global Issues and Future Innovations

Join this online course and discover how the transport sector can develop infrastructures that meet the needs of a 21st century population. In this course you will learn about the challenges faced by the transport sector and learn how emerging technologies can address global issues. 

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Effective fundraising in Arts and Culture

In this course, funded by Arts Council England, you will learn about the importance of developing organisational resilience through effective leadership and management. You'll also learn how to diversify income streams by becoming more entrepreneurial. Explore different leadership styles, change management and entrepreneurship, so you’ll be in a better position to lead your organisation’s fundraising strategy and offer better value to your audiences.

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Innovation Management: Winning in the Age of Disruption

Learn how to manage innovation in this course developed by world-renowned academics in strategy and innovation from the Leeds University Business School and IBM. Understand why organisations need to establish an innovation process and manage innovation systematically.

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Exploring Anatomy: the Human Abdomen

Explore the human abdomen and its many complex structures through stimulating discussions on surgical procedures. This will help you to apply your understanding of basic anatomy to common clinical scenarios and introduce you to research being undertaken at the University.

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Blended Learning Essentials: Getting Started

This course is designed to help anyone teaching or supporting learning in the vocational education and training sector understand the benefits of blended learning and how to use technology effectively to support learners.

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Blended Learning Essentials: Embedding Practice

This is the second of the Blended Learning Essentials courses. This course covers issues such as learning from experience, tackling difficult challenges with the help of blended learning, and making blended learning affordable.

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Blended Learning Essentials:  Developing Digital Skills 

A course for the Vocational Education and Training sector to support the development of learners' digital skills in the workplace. 

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Blended Learning Essentials: Digitally-Enriched Apprenticeships

Discover how using digital technology can enrich your apprentices’ experience and open up opportunities for your organisation with this online course.

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Introduction to Intercultural Studies: Defining the Concept of Culture

Explore some of the meanings associated with the term ‘culture’ and examine their problematic nature.You’ll also examine the theories that underpin intercultural interactions and broaden your understanding of culture and intercultural communication.

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Introduction to Intercultural Studies: Intercultural Contact

Learn how the principles of intercultural contact may challenge the way in which you think about social interaction.

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Introduction to Intercultural Studies: Language and Culture

Explore intercultural communication by understanding the relationship between language and cultural identity.

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Introduction to Intercultural Studies: Crossing Borders

Take a closer look at geographical and cultural borders and understand their effects on people who occupy them or cross them.

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Introduction to Intercultural Studies: The Branding of Culture

Learn how products move across borders and how branding problematically draws on narratives of culture and place.

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How do these courses work?

These courses can be accessed for free on FutureLearn and no previous knowledge or experience is required.

There are extra benefits by upgrading this course, including:   

  • Go at your own pace with unlimited access to the course. Organisations can also use the course material as a staff development resource.
  • Ensure you’ve mastered the material with access to tests on the course.
  • Evidence your professional development when you complete the course with a Certificate of Achievement or Statement of Participation, available in both digital and printed format.

You can find more information about this on the FutureLearn course sign up pages.