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Online PGCert Design for Learning Environments

Online PGCert Design for Learning Environments

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Study mode



1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Learning / Training Design / Development

Course type


Course Summary

Online PGCert Design for Learning Environments

Online education has dramatically increased in recent years and learning environments in many sectors and industries now incorporate both digital and physical environments. The 100% Online PGCert will equip you with the skills and knowledge to design programmes of learning which meet the needs of learners and organisations.

Build a brighter future in digital education

This year has challenged organisations to think differently about education and professional development, and to design learning interventions in new, innovative, and pragmatic ways. As such, students on this programme will be exposed to ways of thinking and design which embrace such pragmatism and innovation.

The course incorporates design, technology, education, 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.

Shape your own learning experience

By exposing you to different disciplines and perspectives, the Design for Learning Environment PGCert shapes your own learning experience. You will be encouraged to collaborate with fellow students, academics, and practitioners from diverse backgrounds to create a portfolio of assessed work, including instructional design exercises, digital development, and data analysis.


Design and design thinking (10 Credits)
Developing digital artefacts for learning (10 Credits)
Applied data science for learning environments (10 Credits)
Perspectives on learning (10 Credits)
Sociotechnical learning environments (10 Credits)
Communicating design stories (10 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

Full Fees: £4290; Instalments: £715.

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

Full Fees: £4290; Instalments: £715.

Entry requirements

At least an upper second-class degree (or equivalent) OR a lower second-class degree and 2 years' work experience in design, computing or education OR no degree and 5+ years' work experience in the same fields. We welcome applicants with an appetite for learning. Since this programme combines modules from multiple disciplines, expect to cover coding and maths, starting at secondary schooling level and above.

University information

The University of Birmingham is a prestigious Russell Group institution, with a truly global outlook. It is one of the largest universities in the UK and is home to over 12,000 postgraduate students. The university has established a learning and research community spanning a wide range of subject areas, representing more than half the countries in the world. Birmingham has one of the longest established and most successful distance learning...more