Short courses – Bath Spa University

Short Courses

We provide a range of short courses, both self-funded and funded by the government, that allow you to gain expert knowledge. 

Whether you're looking to reskill into a new career, start your own business or explore an interest, we have courses to suit everyone.

Our courses are designed in collaboration with external partners such as TechSPARK and Transform Digital. This means you'll learn from industry professionals and get an idea of what skills employers in your sector are looking for. Our partners include Microsoft, Adobe, the British Computer Society, and Instats.

If you're starting your own business, our short courses enable you to reach a wider client base and expand the range of services your business can offer.

Types of short courses

Skills Bootcamps

Skills Bootcamps are short courses of up to 12 weeks that allow you to build up sector-specific skills and support you towards employment. If you're looking to retrain, pursue a career in a new field or start your own business, our Skills Bootcamps are for you.

You'll receive between six and eight hours of teaching and complete around ten hours of independent study a week. Some courses are fully online, whilst others are a mixture of online and face to face teaching. 

We're delivering these in partnership with employers, providers and local authorities. These courses are fully funded by the Department for Education and help you gain skills for life, help support skills demands in your area and ultimately help you take the next step in your career journey.

Learn more about Skills Bootcamps

Short courses

Our short courses have been designed to address identified skills gaps and demand. We're regularly developing new courses as demand changes and evolves.

These courses range from a couple of days to a few weeks. You'll have a wide range of learning opportunities that'll build your confidence and achievements, expanding  your portfolio of skills and giving you a springboard for future career goals.

Browse our short courses

Click Start

Click Start is a free eight week short course designed to help you pursue a new career. You'll develop skills in digital marketing, UI/UX design and web development to build a portfolio that'll showcase your new abilities.

Click Start is the new nationwide training programme developed by the Institute of Coding. You'll be supported through the course by a personal employability coach from Catch22 and will receive coaching for six months following your course.

Learn more about Click Start


FWD is a new style of learning that lets you pick and choose what you want to study, allowing you to match your learning to your career goals and interests.

Whether you're looking to start a business, get a new job, improve your existing skills, or just try something new, FWD is perfect for you.

Learn more about FWD

Previous courses

In the past we have run short courses in:

  • Cyber Security
  • Digital Marketing
  • ESG Essentials for Fashion Professionals
  • Introduction to Immersive Audio
  • Net Zero
  • Web Development

If you'd be interested in one of these courses running again, please let us know via our expression of interest form.

"Completing the course definitely helped me get new work and gave me a good starting point for developing my marketing knowledge and skills."

Cameren, short course student

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