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Professional Development & Short Courses

Our Continued Professional Development (CPD), short courses and event are an excellent way to support your career and professional development, enhance your knowledge and skills or simply to enjoy exploring a subject or area that interests you.

We offer an exciting range of courses available across a range of specialist areas, all in small bite sized chunks of education. Some courses are accredited – i.e. they allow you to work towards a University qualification; others are standalone programmes focused on specific learning outcomes or development of a skillset.

Our courses can range from multi-day to year-long courses, operating either from our campus locations in Preston and Burnley, or as online training courses.

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CPD courses for businesses

Our short courses can allow your workforce to grow its skills without undergoing recruitment. Our short courses can be completed either on campus or as distance learning, and can develop your next managers or senior leaders.

If you are an employer and can’t find a course to suit your business needs, we are also able to create bespoke courses or programmes for organisations.

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Our popular CPD and short courses

  • Teaching 
    Our courses for English language teachers are designed to meet the professional development needs of practising teachers of English. The courses take place at our Preston Campus and can be tailored to your requirements.
  • Management 
    Upskill staff with a range of management courses designed to help train up senior leaders and managers in your organisation. On top of business management courses that support continuity planning, we also offer CPD courses for managing volunteers and in a health and social care setting.
  • Nursing and healthcare 
    Develop your skills in a specific area of healthcare with our range of health and nursing short courses. These include top-up courses specialising in community nursing, through to critical care, palliative care and general practice.
  • Health and safety 
    Protect your business with a range of health and safety short courses, from general health and safety qualifications through to fire prevention.