6 Reasons Why You Should Complete a Short Course

Today, it is not uncommon for a professional to realise they need to undertake some form of education to brush up on skills or build new ones. The next step is where things can get messy – with an array of options, not only on what to study but how, the average aspiring student has their work cut out for them.  

Below are five reasons why a short course learning option might be just what you need to get the skills you’re missing. 

Emphasis on ‘short’

Many of us don’t have a lot of time on our hands. This might be because of busy home and family lives, because our careers are highly demanding, or a combination of both and more. When we’re so pressed for time, the idea of adding something extra to the mix can seem like a horrible idea.

Short courses are the best way to keep the study time short. If you can identify exactly what skills you need, you can then search for short courses on those exact skills.


Several factors make the short course option more affordable. This tends to be the case because of the focus on teaching you one very specific topic or skill. Universities or providers also spend less on a physical study space, so you’re not paying for the experience of being sat in a room at a specific location.  


Because these courses take less time and are more affordable, you can take several that appeal to your learning needs. This mode allows you to pick and choose from a range of different topics, whether you need a specific new skill for your career, are seeking a career switch, or are just interested in acquiring new information for fun on a topic you’re interested in.  

Portable learning

The beauty of an online short course lies in your ability to take it with you wherever you go.  Whether you’re on your mobile, tablet, laptop or desktop, or choose to use a mix of these – you can always simply log on to learn on the go or where you’re most comfortable.  

Course taster

Is there a subject you’re interested in studying but aren’t sure you want to splurge on a full master’s degree? A short course is a stepping stone to explore before deciding to take the next step forward or decide it’s just not for you.  

Take a look at the Short Courses that The School of Professional Studies provides.