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?

Due to overwhelming demand we have now filled all available places for January entry to our Short Courses. If you would like to be the first to be notified of any additional spaces, or future intakes, please fill out the Application Form to submit your details.

Once you’ve chosen your course, follow the link to the application form. The form should take around 10 minutes to complete. Our Admissions Team will review your details and contact you with the outcome of your application.

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. We have now filled all available places for January entry to our Short Courses. If you would like to be the first to be notified of any additional spaces, or future intakes, please fill out the Application Form to submit your details.

The Admissions Team will get back to you about your application as soon as possible.


How much time do I need to complete a course? 

To successfully complete your course, you will need to commit to up to 200 hours of study in 14 weeks. That’s two or three hours per day (over five days) or one to two full day(s) a week, including studying and working on assessments. 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 20 SCQF credits at Level 11.

These courses do not constitute a full postgraduate qualification. Your 20 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. However, you’ll be able to visit our campuses and libraries if you choose to. 
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.