Professional Diploma in Digital Learning Design

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Are you considering progressing in your career by expanding into instructional design? With an impressive 44% of teachers aiming to broaden their skill sets by 2027 due to overwhelming workloads and inadequate compensation, it's clear that growth is essential.

Discover how your invaluable teaching skills can pave the way for success in the thriving field of instructional design by becoming a certified digital learning design professional specialising in instructional design.

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What is Instructional Design?

Instructional Design (ID) is the art of creating educational experiences that are effective and engaging. It applies systematic methodologies to design, develop, and deliver educational training across various industries, not just in schools. As a teacher, your foundational skills align perfectly with the demands of ID:

  • Understanding of Learning Processes: You're adept at adapting lessons to suit diverse learning styles, a core principle in ID.

  • Curriculum Development: Your experience in curriculum planning translates seamlessly into designing structured educational programs.

  • Assessment Design: Like creating tests for students, instructional designers develop assessments to evaluate learning success and training effectiveness.

This field offers teachers a dynamic career path beyond traditional classrooms, incorporating tools like Articulate Storyline. Gain expertise and certification in eLearning software and instructional design skills sought by corporate organisations. Build a practical portfolio showcasing your abilities.

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Want to progress into instructional design?

The Professional Certificate in Digital Learning & Instructional Design program helps you leverage your teaching expertise and transition seamlessly from teacher to instructional designer.

Here's how:

  1. Curriculum Design and Development:
    Create effective digital courses using instructional design models for teaching.

  2. Assessment Creation and Evaluation:
    Design formative and summative assessments for impactful results.

  3. Classroom Management to Learning Facilitation:
    Transfer classroom management skills to online learning communities.

  4. Adaptation of Teaching Methods to Learning Modalities:
    Adapt teaching methods to digital formats using instructional design models for teachers.

  5. Portfolio Development and Industry Mentorship:
    Build a standout teacher to instructional designer resume and portfolio with expert guidance.

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Being certified helped me stand out from other candidates in a job interview as I was able to showcase my skills. It has changed my life, I now have my dream job and live somewhere new!

Rebecca Jones - Digital Learning Developer, Durham University

Rebecca Jones - Digital Learning Developer, Durham University


As an FE Lecturer looking to transition to Instructional Design I chose the Professional Certificate to get a flavour of what it is all about. The course is well laid out into manageable chunks and had a lot of familiar topics. The project was really interesting and an opportunity to put ADDIE into practice. Now I can use my knowledge to enhance my learners experiences and It has given me the courage to try out the software and create some elearning course.

Roisin Mcloughlin Further Education Lecturer at Norther Regional College

Roisin Mcloughlin Further Education Lecturer at Norther Regional College


Completing the certification from day one has made me a better teacher! I am now more confident in my design and I have also been able to save time as now I have learnt all the shortcuts and learned how to create amazing resources for my learners.

Suzanne Yarker Further Education Teacher and Assistant Principle, Pearse College of Further Education

Suzanne Yarker Further Education Teacher and Assistant Principle, Pearse College of Further Education

Your learning journey with full mentor support.

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We have tailored a best-in-class learning experience to help you reach your full potential. Guided and supported by leaders in the field, you will explore the very latest concepts and tools as you learn what it takes to create and roll out impactful learning.

Job-ready skills

Build your job-ready skills as you get hands-on with all forms of digital learning, including multimedia learning, video, podcasts, micro-learning, and social learning.

Expert course mentors

Your mentors and tutors are all leading experts in instructional design. They guide you through the learning experience and support your practical project work.

Build a professional portfolio

From day one, work on a real-world project where you can apply your new skills and knowledge while building a portfolio to demonstrate your abilities.

Live virtual classrooms and Q&A sessions

Live online classrooms give you the opportunity to connect with your tutor and fellow students for feedback, question and answer sessions, collaboration, and challenges.

Whatever questions you have, we’re here to answer them. Speak to one of our advisors

Digital Learning Design course content

This university credit-rated Professional Diploma in Digital Learning Design course arms you with the know-how, experience, and insights you need to build and deliver all forms of digital learning.

Bundle CPD and gain access to all electives.

To see the full syllabus, download our brochure

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Zorona Orlic

Corporate Trainer, Coal

"Before completing the Professional Diploma in Digital Learning Design I had a lot of experience in teaching and creating and delivering content before. However, I'd never created courses digitally. It was a steep learning curve in some aspects but the course was so well structured that I didn't feel the amount of knowledge that I was acquiring. I am already looking for a new job because I am trasitioning from a Corporate Trainer to an Instructional Designer or a Head of Learning so this course has given me more confidence in pursuing my new career."

Understand the options, roles, and processes of digital learning design.

What you'll learn:

  • Evaluate digital learning methods

  • Understand key roles in digital learning design

  • Apply digital learning design models and tools

Study options and your learning experience

On Demand

Start and finish when it suits you best and work at your own speed. Attend optional live sessions and get support from a learning mentor. Ideal for people who need the flexibility to manage their own time.


- Create your own flexible timetable

- More time to complete qualification (up to 32 weeks access)

- Start anytime

- Deliver a real-world learning project

Cohort Based

A structured, scheduled learning experience where self-paced learning is punctuated by live virtual classrooms. Start and finish with your fellow students. Get certified in a timely manner and experience the course with others.

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- Social learning with other students

- Timetabled milestones to achieve (complete in 18 weeks)

- Guided learning experience

- Deliver a real-world learning project

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On Demand

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55 hours of course content including self-paced resources and optional live virtual classrooms

Cohort Based

Starts 31 May 24 – Ends 05 Nov 24

55 hours of course content including self-paced resources and live virtual classrooms

Cohort Based

Starts 01 Aug 24 – Ends 23 Jan 25

55 hours of course content including self-paced resources and live virtual classrooms
Work-based learning project

Put your new skills into practice with a real-world project of your choosing

Working through a series of assignments and challenges, you will build a real digital learning experience that showcases your digital learning design skills, experience, and value. Browse these portfolio projects created by other students.

Tracey Mcdermott

Tracey Mcdermott

Lecturer, North West Regional College

“The Professional Diploma Digital Learning Design has already had an impact on my current role, I've been designing digital resources to use in the delivery of my lectures every week. I am hoping that this course will help me to move into a career in digital learning. There is a good mix of modules that you can really sink your teeth into, and as your move through the modules everything starts to fall into place. I enjoyed studying alongside a group of people as we kept each other motivated and the fact that the course is accredited by the University of Caledonia is fantastic.”

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Maintain your certification with a CPD Subscription

Maintain your certification

Stay relevant with self-paced microcredentials to bolster your learning and your professional profile.

Access 33% more learning content

CPD subscribers get access to all elective modules on the Professional Certificate, maximizing learning from day one

Keep your skills fresh

Access weekly expert live learning events, and best-practice toolkits and blueprints whenever you need them

A vibrant peer community

Work on projects with your peers in our immersive learning lab. Connect through live online meetups and a specialist forum.

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Doing the Professional Diploma in Digital Learning Design opened up opportunities in my own institution to apply to new roles and be more involved in new and more complicated projects, but it also helped me design a whole new experience for my students! Now I am able to provide better learning experiences with all the new tools I am aware of and this is having a direct impact on student performance!.

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Leap forward in your career as an innovative instructional designer and digital learning professional. Take this course without bundling CPD or a specialism.


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  • Deliver a real-life learning project

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