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CertHE Digital Learning Design (Full-Time)

The CertHE Digital Learning Design programme offers students the opportunity to learn and create engaging and effective online and blended delivery courses for use in schools, further and higher education sectors, within businesses, training organisations and by individual content authors.

The programme contains modules of study providing discrete digital and planning skills that, when combined with the course project, allow the creation of a fully formed digital course. Assessment activities focus on producing tangible outputs that can be of significant practical value in real world education and training situations.

Who is the course suitable for? 

This course is suitable for any teaching practitioner/ trainer wishing to create digital learning materials for learners from Further Education level and onwards. Candidates wishing to enrol should have active learners for whom they are able to distribute episodes of digital learning to as this is part of the assessment process. 

Learners on the course will have access to the Virtual Learning Environment Canvas in which to practice their skills. It is expected, however, that candidates have access to a VLE or LMS in their professional role in which to design and distribute digital learning content to their learners externally.

Typical Course Structure

  • Digital Authoring
  • 21st Century learning design principles
  • Principles of online pedagogy
  • Project

Study Details

This programme is a blended format of face to face and remote learning. For the face to face learning, students will study on the Lincoln College Campus. Full-time, one year. Course contact hours are to be confirmed.

Whilst the sessions delivered at College will typically fall between Monday and Friday from 9am – 5pm, it is expected that students will complete online study, in addition to the independent study, outside of these times.

Students should also make themselves available to complete work experience hours outside of these times. Many of the opportunities offered through the college will require commitment during evenings and weekends.

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Lincolnshire Institute of Technology (IOT) 

The Institutes of Technology (IOT) have been formed across England to enhance the career and employment chances of young people and adults.

The IOT Digital Technologies programmes at Lincoln College are ideal for students who wish to enter the computing sector. The digital economy has become an integral part of our country and facilitated the rapid growth of many digital businesses. Students on these courses spend a significant time working with industry-standard equipment in our new facility located in the Gibney building.

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What Our Students Say

“The course has been a steep learning curve for me, learning everything from how to write HTML code to applying educational theories to a digital learning environment. The learning process has allowed me to work collaboratively with colleagues I had previously not worked with as well as conducting my own reading and research. As I have progressed through the course, I have used the theories, techniques and skills I have learnt to develop the online study skills support offered to our students.”

Richard Stanton

How to Apply

This course is validated by the Bishop Grosseteste University. The validating institution is responsible for awarding the qualification at the end of the programme. Students on validated courses are OfS registered, funded and taught at Lincoln College and it is the responsibility of the College to manage all aspects of this provision. The validating institution maintains an oversight of the programme throughout the academic year and must be satisfied that students are being taught in line with the required academic standards of the awarding institution. For full details and information of the responsibilities and conditions of study of both Lincoln College and the validating partners please see the Policies section.

Applicants are required to be:

  • Currently in a teaching, assessing, or teaching-adjacent support role


  • GCSE English – Grade C/4 or above
  • GCSE Maths – Grade C/4 or above

EU and International Applicants

  • IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum of 5.5 in each component. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 student visa

The assessment methods typically used throughout the programme include:

  • Reports
  • Essays
  • Coursework
  • Project-style tasks
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Case studies
  • Websites

This programme has a strong emphasis on practicality and applicability. Students are not merely assessed on their understanding of the key pedagogical and technical principles of digital learning design, but their ability to apply them within their own professional environment.

A number of modules will be assessed using portfolios which require the completion of a number of smaller tasks that are spread across the academic semester. This ensures that assessment deadlines are not bunched at the end of a semester and that students receive feedback on a regular basis that contributes to their development and improvement.



Completion of this Level 4 course will naturally complement and support a teacher’s further professional and academic development. Besides opening opportunities to pursue professional specialisations within the field of digital learning design, the practical and theoretical skills that participants will have developed during this course will amply support them in any further Level 5 or above qualifications in education and teaching.

Per Academic Year

  • Home Students - £8,500 
  • International Students - £9,500

Tuition fees will remain unchanged for the duration of a student’s continuous enrolment.

Additional Course Costs

Please see the full ‘HE Terms and Conditions’ for details of additional library and printing costs associated with this programme.

Additional compulsory course costs can be paid for using the Career Degree Bursary. The scheme allows students to access the bursary (up to a maximum value of £500 for full-time or £250 part-time students) for additional optional courses, workshops, professional memberships and resources. There is no cash alternative. Students who wish to access opportunities in excess of the Career Degree Bursary may do so at full cost to themselves.

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Our upcoming Higher Education (HE) Open Days are listed on the Open Days webpage. Please register your place via the Eventbrite links listed. 

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Key Facts



Duration:1 Year

Start Date:September 2024

Location:Lincoln Campus

UCAS Course Code:X990

UCAS Institution Code:L42