Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more about our Short Courses

Who is eligible for a free place on a course?

The purpose of the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) backing for these short courses is to invest in the skills base of the Scottish economy, therefore the following student/learner eligibility parameters apply: 

  • Courses are open to all Scottish-domiciled/rest of EU students, which is consistent with SFC’s policy for core funded student places.
  • You will need to have permanent leave to remain in the UK, have been living in the UK for the last 3 years (not for the purposes of education) and be living in Scotland prior to the course starting to be eligible for a free place, according to our funding from the Scottish Funding Council. 
  • Students from the rest of the UK (rUK) are not normally considered eligible for SFC funding. 
  • If, however, Edinburgh Napier University is working with a Scottish employer which has a physical presence in the UK, rUK employees of that employer would be eligible.

What happens when I apply?

Once you’ve chosen your course, follow the link to the application form.  Our Admissions Team will review your application and contact you if they need any further information from you.

The Admissions Team will let you know the outcome of your application as soon as possible and provide registration (matriculation) information.

If you are offered a place, the cost of your place will be covered by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).


Am I guaranteed a free place on my chosen course? 

Funding for these free courses is limited, so unfortunately we can’t offer everyone who applies a place.


How much time do I need to complete a course? 

This will vary depending on the course you have chosen. Please check the individual course listing, which will tell you the duration of your course, and how many hours you’ll be expected to study during that time. You can manage your study time flexibly around your other commitments.


What do I get at the end of the course?

On successful completion of your course and assessments, you will receive written confirmation that you have been awarded either 10 or 20 SCQF credits at Level 11, depending on the course you have chosen.

These courses do not constitute a full postgraduate qualification. Your credits show the level that you have studied and been assessed at. The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) can be accessed here, and descriptors of the different levels can be accessed here


Will I need to attend classes on campus?

No, you’ll study the course online, using our easy to access online portal. All the resources and materials you’ll need for your course will be available online.


Will I receive a student ID for Edinburgh Napier University?

Yes, once you have matriculated (completed registration for your course) you will receive a student ID. This will show your student number, photo and library barcode. 

As a matriculated student, you will accept our University T&Cs as well as being eligible for student discounts and offers.


Can I study for more than one short course?

No, only one short course can be studied at a time. Students must complete a course before being considered for another course


Are there assessments?

To successfully complete your courses, you will need to achieve a ‘pass’ in all course assessments. Specific assessment requirements are detailed on each course page. 


Can current Edinburgh Napier Students apply?

Students who are currently matriculated on an Edinburgh Napier University programme may apply for a place on these short courses. However, they may not use credit gained by completing one of our short courses towards their existing award.


Can credit from ‘Short Courses’ be used towards degree programmes?

Where appropriate, credit successfully gained through the completion of our short courses may be used as recognition of prior learning to support entry onto Edinburgh Napier University degree programmes, or could be used to support an application for exemption from one or more specific module(s) within Edinburgh Napier University programmes.