Frequently asked questions about City short courses
Our courses follow the academic year with the with the autumn term beginning 30th September. Subsequent terms are the spring term starting January, and the summer term starting April/May.
New dates and fees for the autumn and beyond will be published sometime in July, and online enrolment will be possible.
Most courses are 10 weeks long, 2 hours in the evening, once a week - but please see individual course pages for specific information once this is published.
A. Anybody can enrol for the part-time Short Courses at City, University of London - these are open access courses.
- You need to be at least 18 years old.
- If you are a non-EEA national you will need to make your own enquiries as to whether you will need a visa in order to study.
Please note that the University does not issue visa support letters for Short Courses. See also the International section below.
No, the courses are not qualifications or diplomas, as they are not accredited. However, on attending 7/10 of the lessons you will receive a certificate of attendance that may be taken into account at other higher education institutions. Many of our students put our courses on their CVs.
A. Weekly means once a week, so for example, '10 weekly classes' means one lesson per week for 10 consecutive weeks.
Classes are held on the same day each week as the start day, and any variation is stated in the Key Information box.
If there is more than one instance of the course running that term, you attend on the day you sign up for.
A. Go to the course page of interest, select a date then hit 'book now'. The places available are shown on the Estore.
If the places available is showing '0' then the course is fully booked and it is not possible to enrol. We don't keep waiting lists, so suggest bookmarking this page and checking regularly before the course starts in case anyone cancels. This will be automatically updated in this event.
A. All the classes take place at the Northampton Square campus of City, University of London.
A. No, our courses are not intended as distance learning. Any notes provided are intended to supplement the classroom learning and not as standalone material. In addition, students must attend 70% of lessons to receive the certificate.
A. We don't keep waiting lists and suggest that interested parties hit the 'book now' button on the course page, and bookmark the Estore where availability can be checked.
A. No, we cannot enrol additional delegates once a class is fully booked. It is likely that we have turned many others away too. Adding students beyond the sensible limit adversely impacts the learning experience of all participants.
Short Courses require no formal qualifications / degrees / documentation etc. However, we ask that you carefully read the Eligibility section on each course's page to determine whether it is suitable for you.
A. Anyone who is 18 and over can enrol for our courses. There is no upper age limit.
A. No, there is no formal proof required of an applicant's proficiency of English, but, as our Short Courses are University level courses, the guideline is that you should at least have English equivalent to IELTS 6.5.
A. Enrolment is by payment on our website using a card or PayPal. Click on the “Book Now” button on the course page to be taken to the Estore, our secure online payment system. After completing payment the account holder is sent an automatic receipt from the Estore. Joining instructions will be sent to the delegate(s) closer to the start date.
N.B. Please note PayPal’s refund T&Cs of 180 days when booking a long time in advance, as refunds will have to be processed manually by us, which may take longer.
A. Enrolment is possible while there are places free, and until just before the second class of a 10 week course. It's advisable to enrol as soon as you can, because courses often fill up long before the start date. In addition, for most courses you need to activate your computer access in advance of the course start.
You can check the number of places left on a course by clicking on the 'Book now' button after choosing the start date from the drop-down menu.
A. The fee is the same for everyone, and is shown in the Key Information box on each course page.
A. No, it's not possible to pay in instalments or reserve a place. The course fee must be paid in full in order to enrol.
A. Yes, you can enrol on more than one Short Course in the same term, provided the days on which they run do not clash. Check the start days of each course which you are interested in on the course pages.
A. TBC = To Be Confirmed.
The next start dates are not yet confirmed. Please keep checking the website for updates.
A. It depends on the type of course; generally around 20, but on some courses the available equipment limits the class size (for example, 16 for computing courses or fewer for some writing or language courses).
A. Your tutor might set exercises to be completed at home. Although the courses aren't accredited we recommend that students spend between 2-6 hours per class per week, or as needed in order to be comfortable with the material.
A. Many people miss a lesson here and there - students will need catch up in their own time. You are required to complete 70% attendance for completion of your certificate.
A. In order to receive the certificate you must attend 70% of the lessons. You are welcome to enrol but it may be better to join a term when you can fully attend.
A. No, lessons are not recorded.
A. Please refer to the course page - it will say whether a laptop is necessary. Most computing courses are taught using the University's PCs, but there are a few exceptions (e.g. Linux, Cyber Security).
A. No, there are never lessons on Bank Holidays. Courses falling on Mondays in the summer term will thus end later in July than others, in order to cover 10 lessons. (Please hit ‘book now’ on the course page to view end dates on the Estore. These will also be on the receipt.)
A. No, the university does not have half-term breaks.
Assessment and Certificates
A. No - as the Short Courses are not accredited, there is no exam or formal assessment. However, some courses will have work to complete between sessions and tutors may offer feedback. Some courses conclude with an individual presentation and/or group work as discussed with your tutor.
A. Students who attend at least 70% of the classes will receive a certificate with City's logo, stating that they undertook a particular course at City, University of London.
A. CPD (Continuing Professional Development) is regarded as a more structured approach to learning and the means by which people maintain their knowledge and skills related to their professional lives. Some CPD courses may require certain professional experience and previous qualifications.
Short Courses can be taken by people who are new to a subject, or want to refresh their knowledge of it, but in some areas they may also progress to more advanced levels. Anyone can take the beginner or intro level Short Courses. For higher levels, please check the Eligibility section on the course page (and 'What Will I Learn' tab on any pre-requisite course cited) as certain knowledge will be assumed.
Discounts and Refunds
Q. Is there a discount if I am a current student / alumnus / unemployed / book more than one course?
A. No, there are no discounts on the Short Courses.
A. City, University of London reserves the right to cancel a course, if, for example, there are insufficient numbers. If this occurs, we will refund your course fee in full.
A. Refunds will be given, minus a £25.00 administration charge, if written notification is received at least 14 days before the start of term.
No refunds will be given with less than 14 days' written notice.
Please read our full Terms and Conditions. Section IV also applies to Short Courses.
A. No. On the first evening of your course you will receive a Short Courses Student Access Card from your tutor and you must carry your card with you at all times whilst on City, University of London premises. Please note that this is NOT a student ID card, nor an access swipe card, and is only valid at City.
A. As a student on the Short Courses you will have access to the library for the duration of your course. You will need to present your short course card, which will be given to you by your tutor in the first lesson, and your enrolment confirmation email.
Q. Is there any help available finding a job or internship when I finish a Short Course at City University London?
A. As a student on the Short Courses you would be entitled to get advice on how to enhance your employability from our Career Service.
A. The part-time Short Courses at City, University of London are open access courses: anybody can enrol for them, whether home or international residents. The course fees are the same for everybody.
A1. If you are a European Economic Area (EEA) national, you do not need to apply for a visa to study in the UK.
A2. If you are a non-EEA national, you will need to make your own enquiries as to whether you will need a visa in order to study.
Please note that the University does not issue visa support letters for Short Courses.
It is not possible to extend a Tier 4 visa to attend our Short Courses, as they are unaccredited and do not qualify for Tier 4 support. A delegate's visa must be valid for the full duration of any Short Course enrolled on.
Please note that the University does not issue visa support letters for Short Courses.
A. No. There is no formal proof required of the applicant's proficiency of English, but, as the courses are of University level, the guideline is that you should have at least a level equivalent to IELTS 6.5. The entry requirements for the Short Courses state that applicants should have proficient written and spoken English.
A. No, we do not arrange accommodation for our Short Course students - applicants must organise that themselves. Read more about private housing in London.
A. No, there isn't any funding available to international students for Short Courses.