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Discover microlearning: What are microcredentials?

Get acquainted with our new online microcredentials, designed for you to build in-demand career skills and earn a professional credential in your field.

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In growing industries like computer science, healthcare, visual arts, and teaching, there has never been a greater demand for further professional learning. 

Professionals are increasingly turning to higher education to fill gaps in their CVs and expand their skill-base. With technological innovation moving more quickly than ever, employers are looking for staff with up-to-date training. This can include credentials from accredited online courses.

However, learners and workers are increasingly stretched for time, and the limited worldwide availability of physical universities means higher education is having to change.

This is where microcredentials come in.  As part of the growing movement towards microlearning, FutureLearn’s new professional credentials are custom-made online programs that help you upskill in your industry or area of interest. 

 So what are microcredentials? And why should you take one of these online programs?

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Microcredentials are accessible 

Each microcredential takes place 100% online. This means you can earn an accredited, professional credential without ever needing to set foot on campus. 

You can comment on a video during your morning commute, watch a laptop lecture on your lunch break, and interact with educators and other learners as you go. 

Learning in your own time, at your own pace – it’s the flexible learning of the future. Microlearning allows you to access content in small, accessible chunks without feeling overwhelmed or overworked.

If you’re already working and have limited time and resources,  competitively priced online learning offers you the opportunity to change your career on your own terms. Our accredited online courses are a great example of this.

Microcredentials are fast

Many accredited courses can take years to complete. But if you’re looking to expand your skill set in your current job or boost your CV to apply for a new role, you don’t have time to wait. 

You can earn academic credits with a microcredential in a matter of weeks. You can even learn the essentials of a totally new profession – like project management and cyber security – in just over two months. 

Plus, if you love it and want to carry on learning, the academic credit you earn can be used towards further higher education in the future.

Microcredentials are prestigious

Whether led by top academic institutions like The Open University, or blue-chip employers like Cisco Systems, microcredentials are built by industry experts. 

Organisations like the Royal Photographic Society and The Mind Lab have designed qualifications using the latest thinking and research.

You’ll have the opportunity to expand your understanding of your profession alongside industry leaders as you complete online practice-based exercises and tutor-marked assignments.

Microcredentials are specialised 

We’ve worked with our educational and professional partners to identify skills gaps in specific industries. 

That means each microcredential offers specialised training in an area we know will benefit learners in their chosen profession. 

Whether you’re a teacher looking to learn about classroom wellbeing or an entrepreneur wanting to build a fashion business, microcredentials are online programs designed to give you the career skills you need.

Microcredentials are global

Higher learning used to be limited to those who could access a university or afford the cost of a full degree.

Thanks to the internet, that’s all changed. Microcredentials are redefining what vocational education looks like.

Whether you’re in Melbourne or Mumbai, you can quickly and affordably earn professional accreditation whilst learning as part of a worldwide community

It’s social, which is how we think learning works best.

Watch our video on microcredentials to learn even more!

If you’re ready to get serious about your career progression or master specialised skills in a fast-paced, growing area, an online microcredential can get you there. 

You’ll go further, faster. 

Browse all of our microcredentials and start your professional development journey today, and check out our video below to find out even more about what our accredited online courses have to offer.

Browse our Microcredentials


What are microcredentials?

Microcredentials allow you to pursue further study in a specialised field. Created or accredited by leading universities, microcredentials are professional credentials designed for you to build in-demand career skills. Some even offer academic credit, and each microcredential also includes a formal online assessment.

What is microlearning?

Microlearning is a term used in the e-learning industry to describe when learning is broken down into small, bitesize pieces. In some circumstances, like with our microcredentials, this can mean online programs are divided into small, achievable modules. However, microlearning can also refer to short-term learning activities, including a mixture of video, text, audio, games and more.

How much do microcredentials cost?

Most of our microcredentials cost between £450-£1000, which is significantly lower than many accredited courses. This is because we want our online programs to remain accessible to a large number of people hoping to reskill or gain expertise in a topic.

How long do microcredentials take to complete?

Designed to fit around your life, microcredentials take between just ten and fourteen weeks to complete and are crafted by industry experts and accredited by top educational institutions around the world.

What are the most popular microcredentials?

We have a fantastic range of microcredentials available. One of our most popular microcredentials at the moment is Online Teaching: Creating Courses for Adult Learners, where you can gain the skills to teach adults online.

 Some of our other top microcredentials include Cyber Security Operations (Cisco), where you can develop professional skills to respond to and prevent cyberattacks, and Fashion Business, where you can study fashion management with Institut Français de la Mode.


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