We will offer degrees which are open to applications from everyone, placing value on all life skills and experience. Your personal and professional experience will provide the building blocks and together we will build an extraordinary academic experience.

How you'll learn

Learning will include student forums, study visits, mentoring, social events and residentials. These sit alongside the flexibility of learning at home at your own pace, supported by a strong tutorial system, including structured peer support alongside focused and personalised 1 to 1 support.

Getting Started

The first step on our student journey is to take part in a dedicated module titled Learning in a Changing World: Co-operative Learning, Research and Practice.

This module will prepare all students to become skilled and confident co-operators and motivated and critical learners.

In this module, students will be introduced to new ways of thinking about alternative models of social and economic organisation and will learn to:

  • Work both as an individual and as a collective, supporting each other’s academic development
  • Apply a range of exciting and creative research, study and communication skills
  • Reflect on, critically review and comment on our work
  • Engage in structured group work
  • Be an active co-operator 

Introductory sessions will also explore being a higher education student, introduction to the online library and digital literacy, academic literacy, confidence building, collaborative working, co-creation and the nature of research. We encourage all our students to be researchers, to share research findings and co-produce research, working in collaboration with tutors and each other. 


All courses will be taught using blended learning - a mix of online and face-to-face delivery. Degrees will be part time and taught flexibly. We recognise that everyone learns in different ways and want you to be excited by your learning, working with us to develop what and how you learn

Our programmes will be research led, critically engaging with global challenges and social issues.

We will publish details of all federated partners programmes in the near future.  Take a look at a summary of the courses The Co-operative College itself will launch below.

Our future undergraduate programmes will include:

BA - International Development and Co-operation: theory, practice and possibilities

Challenging injustice, inequality and exploitation in all its forms. Asking: Where does power lie, who are the winners and losers? What is decent work and sustainable development? What is different about the Co-operative approach to international development?

BA - Social Movements and Parallel Histories: organising, shaping and learning

Understanding what shapes, motivates and characterises social movements globally. Asking: Why do social movements emerge? What role do they play? What barriers and challenges do they face? What can we learn from social movements to help us organise ourselves in the future?

BA - Co-operative Leadership, Culture and Management 

Focusing on different models of leadership, decision-making, influence and democratic practice. This course will help you understand, appreciate and apply the co-operative difference and you will learn what leading with values truly means.


The above courses will all commence at a fee of £5,500 per annum based upon part time study over a total of 4 years.

Our postgraduate programmes

These will initially be launched with:

PG Certificate - Co-operative Education and Practice

This programme will focus on bringing co-operative principles and practice to a variety of educational settings, while also encouraging critical thinking about the role of research and education in the co-operative and wider social solidarity movement. Those successfully completing this course can continue their study towards a Masters in Co-operative Education and Practice.

The Co-operative College's future degree offer will include subjects such as Democratic Practice, Social and Community Organising, Community History and Culture, Human Ecology, Art and Community, Alternative Forms of Social and Economic Organisation and The Nature and Future of Work.

Full details of our future courses will follow.

Interested in studying or teaching with us? Could you sponsor a student to give them a fantastic opportunity that otherwise seems impossible for them? See below for further details of how to get involved.

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