Perspectives on Learning, Short Course | Part time online | University of Birmingham online | United Kingdom
2 months
850 GBP/full
850 GBP/full
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Make your mark in online education with this Perspectives on Learning short course from the University of Birmingham online. This 8-week, specialised Postgraduate Micro-credential short course will cover both classic and contemporary theories associated with learning, and how these theories influence the design of learning environments.

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This Perspectives on Learning short course from the University of Birmingham online introduces several perspectives and theories on learning. 

It is a broad and introductory module which will give students the starting points to explore different theories which suit their interests and fields of practice.

Explore different perspectives on how we learn and how to help others learn, evaluating the behavioural, cognitive, social and networked perspectives on learning, and approaches for application in your own learning environment.

Once you have finished this 8-week course, you will be awarded an official University of Birmingham Postgraduate Micro-credential certificate (worth 10 academic credits) and a transcript. You will be able to use these academic credits to apply for advanced entry to the University of Birmingham’s full Online PGCert Design for Learning Environments qualification.

Why study Perspectives on Learning at Birmingham?

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Evaluate behavioural, cognitive and social perspectives on learning.
  • Examine and critically evaluate classic and contemporary learning theories for the learning environments.
  • Apply learning theories to real life scenarios to critique their strengths and weakness in practice.
  • Explore appropriate assessment strategies for different theoretical perspectives and environments.

Programme Structure

  • Our Design for Learning Environments Postgraduate Micro-credential short courses will allow you to focus on specific areas in order for you to develop your career in the way that you want to.
  • Each course is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge to design programmes of learning which will meet the needs of a wide range of learners and organisations in an expanding field.
  • We have taken an innovative interdisciplinary approach with our Design for Learning Environments courses, incorporating aspects of design, technology, education, the social sciences, data science and digital development to provide you with a rich diversity of perspectives.
  • You will work with academics, active practitioners and designers of learning environments from the fields of education, computer science, theoretical physics and engineering - each bringing their own unique disciplinary perspectives to instructional design.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 2 months

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

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General requirements

  • In order to be eligible for the Perspectives on Learning Postgraduate Micro-credential short course, you will need to possess (or be predicted to obtain) an upper second-class degree or equivalent from a UK university or recognised international institution.
  • You may also be eligible to apply with a lower second class degree plus 2 years’ work experience in design, computing or education, or no degree plus 5 or more years’ work experience in the above areas.
  • If English is not your first language, you will need to also supply an up-to-date English language certificate. We accept up to date Academic IELTS certificates with a score of 6.0, and no less than 5.5 in any band.

Tuition Fee

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    850 GBP/full
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  • National

    850 GBP/full
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    Based on the tuition of 850 GBP for the full programme during 2 months.


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