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Frequently asked questions about our short courses

Making Payment

How do I register for a place on a short course?

Scroll down to the bottom of your selected short course page on the St Mary's website and you will see the registration box.  Select a start date for the course and the number of places on the course you would like to register for. To complete the registration click the green register button and proceed to the Eventbrite webpage where you can securely make a £50 deposit (or full payment if the course requires it). You will be contacted by a member of the Short Courses team to make the full payment.

Can I pay in instalments?

Payment by instalment is possible for courses costing over £500. You will be offered the option to pay the course fee through three instalments when a member of the Short Courses team makes contact with you following your registration.

Do you take card payments on American Express?

No, unfortunately we do not accept card payments on American Express.

Can I get a refund?

We do not offer refunds.

Can I defer or transfer onto another course?

If you want to transfer or defer from the course, there will be an administration charge of £25. Notice must be given at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

After the course has commenced there can be no transfer or deferral of the course within the University.

Are there any subsidised places on the course? 

We do not offer any subsidised places, unless stated otherwise.

Starting My Course

What material will I be provided with?

  • For most courses you will be provided with a Welcome Pack soon after you enrolment. The Welcome Pack will provide full information, including: 
  • Course Times 
  • Contact Details 
  • Attendance 
  • Home Study 
  • Examination Information 
  • Resubmission Procedure 
  • Academic Misconduct 
  • Student Expectations 
  • Terms and Conditions 
  • Library and Learning Technology
  • Food and Drink 
  • Parking at the University        

Additionally, for most courses you will also be provided with a Course Guide, before the start date of your course. The Course Guide will provide the full information, including: 

  • Course Learning Outcomes
  • Organisation of the course 
  • Reading 
  • Assessments
  • Attendance 
  • Course Syllabus and Timetable 
  • Important Links 
  • Course Evaluation 

For some courses relevant you will have access to an online portal which will host all of the course resources, such as lecture slides.

What will I be provided with at the end of the course?

Following the successful completion of the course, you will be provided with either a certificate of attendance or a certificate stating your qualification.

What equipment and books shall I purchase and/or bring to the course with me? 

We will send you a Welcome Pack before the start date of your course. The pack will include all of the important information and tell you what you will need to bring.

My Exam

How will I find out the full information about my exam?

You will be notified about the timing of the exam two weeks before the exam date. We will confirm this and full information by letter sent to your home address. Please ensure that we have your correct home address.

When will I find out my exam results?

Your exam results will be released to us after 35 working days. We will send the results to you by post on the day that we receive them.