Online PGCert in Design for Learning Environments

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Build better ways to learn

Shape the future of learning with diverse skills in design, technology, social science, data science and more. The University of Birmingham’s online PGCert in Design for Learning Environments prepares graduates to excel as innovative learning designers across multiple industries. Studying at one of the top providers of distance and blended learning in the UK, you’ll work with experienced researchers and educators, drawing from both their research and practice, and interact with a global cohort of fellow students.

Duration: 12 months

£4,680 total tuition

Top 100 university1

#4 in the UK for online learning2

World-leading Russell Group member

Make Birmingham yours

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Study an interdisciplinary curriculum

This specialised certificate offers you the opportunity to develop skills and perspectives that directly translate to practice. You’ll explore a comprehensive, interdisciplinary curriculum that will prepare you to build exceptional educational experiences for diverse groups of learners.

  • 8 weeks
  • 100% online
  • 10 credits
  • £850 total

Learn about the role and skills of the designer and examine the processes used to develop designs and designed artefacts that deliver user experiences in any learning environment.

  • 8 weeks
  • 100% online
  • 10 credits
  • £850 total

In this course, you’ll further enrich your understanding of the learning process by creating your own digital artefacts for use in a learning environment using a piece of contemporary technology.

  • 8 weeks
  • 100% online
  • 10 credits
  • £850 total

Learn to pitch an idea and present a design to a variety of different stakeholders while enhancing your own learning experience through group feedback and “flipped learning.”

  • 8 weeks
  • 100% online
  • 10 credits
  • £850 total

Understand the fundamentals of data analysis using appropriate tools and frameworks to evaluate teaching and learning and report findings to a variety of audiences to better understand the effectiveness of learning.

  • 8 weeks
  • 100% online
  • 10 credits
  • £850 total

Exploring different perspectives on how we learn and how to help others learn, you will cover the behavioural, cognitive, social and networked perspectives on learning and evaluate approaches for application in your own learning environment.

  • 8 weeks
  • 100% online
  • 10 credits
  • £850 total

Analyse learning environments from the perspective of connecting the social, physical and digital in networks of the human and non-human to challenge perspectives of online and offline learning.

Short sessions and unique coursework

Guided by practitioners and designers in the industry, you’ll take part in interactive learning activities and gain innovative techniques for both digital and traditional learning. Start at one of three entry points and complete eight weeks of study at a time to specialize in any area of instructional design.

Excellence in distance learning

The University of Birmingham’s online courses encourage students to elevate their ideas and reshape the world. You’ll have the freedom to study whenever and wherever it works best for you while benefitting from world-class instruction delivered by the same lecturers and faculty experts who teach on campus. Enjoy the flexibility of online learning with convenient modules that prioritise immersive activities and lively discussions. Graduate poised to step into your desired role with new knowledge and skills gained from a research-informed, career-centred programme.

Flexible pathways to entry

Multiple pathways to entry are available for the online PGCert Design for Learning Environments. Additional entry criteria are detailed below.

Offer in principle for qualifying students

Students who have obtained an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university are eligible for standard academic entry and must submit a completed application and a copy of their CV. Anyone who meets standard entry criteria will receive an offer in principle within 48 hours.

Requirements for academic entry:

Certificate/transcriptsStudents must have obtained (or be predicted to obtain) an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university OR an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution.
Additional documentation
  • Complete the online application
  • Supply an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) demonstrating your academic and work experience, plus any other skills that may support your application
  • Optional: Submit a personal statement uploaded in PDF format
Evidence of language (if applicable)If English is not your first language, you will also need to supply an up-to-date English language certificate. Please see the detailed language criteria listed below.

Alternative paths to entry

Students seeking non-standard academic entry may pursue the following routes.

  • The degree or equivalent qualification must be from a UK university or recognised institution
  • You must provide evidence of at least two years of relevant work experience in design, computing or education
  • You must also submit a personal statement uploaded in PDF format
  • Without a degree, the student must provide evidence of 5+ years of work experience in design, computing or education
  • You must also submit a personal statement uploaded in PDF format

Earn an internationally recognised credential

At Birmingham University, we’re shaping the future of education through pioneering research and world-class degree programmes that prepare graduates to improve the learning outcomes of others. We pride ourselves in welcoming and supporting international students.

If English is not your first language, you will need to supply an up-to-date English language certificate. See the details below.

  • Academic IELTS certificates with a score of 6.5, and no less than 5.5 in any band
  • TOEFL with a score of 88, and no less than 21 in ‘Reading’, 20 in ‘Listening’, 22 in ‘Speaking’, and 21 in ‘Writing’
  • Pearson PTE with a score of 67 and no less than 64 in all four skills
  • Cambridge Advanced English with a minimum overall score of 176 and no less than 169 in any component
  • Language Cert ESOL SELT B2 ‘Communicator’ test certificate with a minimum score of 33 in each skill
  • Trinity ISE III with a ‘Pass’ in each skill
  • HKDSE with a minimum score of 4 overall, to include three bands at grade 4 and one band at grade 3
  • India Standard XII with a minimum pass of 80% in ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra or 75% in West Bengal, or 85% in other state boards

You may not need to provide evidence of your English language abilities if:

  • You’re from a specified majority English-speaking country
  • You’ve completed a degree in English in a specified country within two years of your intended start date

If nationals from the following countries have a degree or GCSE English grade 4/C equivalent taken, then they do not need to provide a test and there is no validity period for their degree or GCSE equivalent.

Nationals of other countries can be exempt if they hold a degree from one of the below countries within the last two academic years:

  • Australia
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • British Overseas Territories
    • Anguilla
    • Bermuda
    • British Antarctic Territory
    • British Indian Ocean Territory
    • British Virgin Islands
    • Cayman Islands
    • Falkland Islands (and Dependencies)
      • South Georgia
      • South Sandwich Islands
    • Gibraltar
    • Montserrat
    • Pitcairn
    • Henderson
    • Ducie and Oeno Islands
    • Saint Helena (and Dependencies)
      • Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
    • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Brunei
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guyana
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Kenya
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • West Indies
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Dominica
    • Grenada
    • Jamaica
    • Saint Kitts and Nevis
    • Saint Lucia
    • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

An affordable online certificate

The estimated total cost of this learning experience design certificate is £4,680. You can pay in full or in instalments of £780 on a module-by-module basis. All costs are listed to help you make an informed decision.

Programme fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change each academic year.

Flexible Payment Options

We provide a range of payment options to meet students where they are and lower the barrier to higher education. The fee can either be paid in full or spread over manageable instalments by Direct Debit. Learn more.

No hidden fees

Studying for your degree at Birmingham means knowing the cost of tuition before you enroll. Our tuition covers all fees required by your programme, including access to our entire e-library and the online learning materials required for your modules. You won’t encounter any hidden costs on your path to graduation.

“The course represents the cutting edge of this industry and equips the student with the broad range of valuable skills required to play an integral part of any learning design team. The lecturers are highly qualified, experienced and extremely knowledgable, the materials are accessible and the assessment methods are valid. I cannot recommend the course highly enough.”
– Tyrone Bishop, Online PGcert Design for Learning environments graduate, United Kingdom

Propel students – and
your career – forward

The global population has embraced online learning, leading to increased demand for skilled professionals capable of designing effective and engaging digital education experiences. With Birmingham’s online PGCert in Design for Learning Environments, you’ll build an advanced level of knowledge in learning processes, instructional design, e-learning and more. Prepare to step into a rewarding career and enhance student learning with the latest in available technology.

We do more than educate. We inspire. We activate.

The University of Birmingham’s 100% online degree programmes are designed to the same standards as our on-campus courses, with research-informed content and the latest in digital learning techniques. Study whenever and wherever it suits you in flexible, career-centred modules with instruction from the foremost experts in your field. Take the first step in transforming your career today by learning more about our programmes and finding out why we’re regularly recognised as a top research and learning university.

Top 100 university1

#4 in the UK for online learning2

Russel Group university

Universitas 21 member

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