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CPD Courses


We offer a range of courses for industry. Many of our courses award academic credit, and some carry professional body accreditation.

More information is available on the types of courses we offer, including a definition of CATS.

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Bespoke Courses

Sometimes the 'closest fit' course isn’t close enough. We can create bespoke training to meet your staff’s specific needs.

Our bespoke courses can consider:

  • employer needs
  • learner needs and outcomes
  • access to facilities and equipment
  • assessment
  • professional body accreditation
  • continuing professional development (CPD)

Types of Courses

Find out more about the types of courses we offer, including a definition of CATS.


Unless otherwise stated, ‘accredited’ refers to academic accreditation by Newcastle University and means that participants will be formally assessed against specific learning outcomes. Accreditation may either be at the level of a programme or an individual module. If courses are accredited by the University, this is shown alongside the course title, as displayed in the A-Z course list.

Upon successful completion of full programme, participants will receive a transcript and University Award. Those successfully completing a module will receive a transcript and a Certificate of Credit Achieved that shows the number and academic level of credits awarded.

Many courses also have CPD accreditation from the appropriate professional body - information is on the individual course pages.


This type of course will have no final assessment and carries no University credit, although it may count towards CPD accreditation from a professional body. A Certificate of Completion may be supplied on completion of the course stating the course title and number of CPD hours studied. This is normally sufficient for professional bodies as proof of CPD credit for their records.

Stand alone modules

This refers to accredited modules that are taught independently and not as part of a programme of study. Very often these are modules that cover specific areas of curricula and are more useful for professional students as they concentrate on desired knowledge areas.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)

This refers to the framework that enables the University to award stand-alone module credit. There are also a growing number of awards that can be made by putting together stand alone modules in related subject areas.