I was first attracted to CIRO’s academic programme because it gave me the opportunity to study other areas of the railway which I wouldn’t normally have had the chance to have had any insight into.

Lauren Elizabeth Challis, LTP Traincrew Diagrams Manager, South Western Railway
Graduate, Certificate of Higher Education in
Railway Operations Management


This one-year course is ideal for anyone who went straight into work after school or those who are relatively new to the rail industry. This is a work-based learning course that we deliver with our academic partner, Glasgow Caledonian University. Students on this level complete two modules simultaneously, per trimester

It is comprised of 6 modules which are delivered over 3 trimesters. Each module begins with a classroom-based tutorial. You are then assigned a personal tutor for each module who will support, guide and mentor you through the content.

You will examine a wide spectrum of knowledge in railway operations and be encouraged to understand the railway as a system. This course will be guided through six modules that focus on improving confidence and competency in railway operations.


This course will help you to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the industry that you work in
  • Develop your reflective skills through academic assessment.
  • Gain an academic qualification for the industry in which you work
  • Critically think about the issues you face and better understand the various factors that can influence your role.

Is this course for you?

Entry requirements

‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ (RPL) or any of the qualifications below:

  • GCE AS and A Levels
  • NVQ Level 3
  • SVQ Level 3
  • Scottish Highers
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Advanced Apprenticeship

For more information about RPL please contact learning@railwayoperators.co.uk

Knowledge and experience

Your relevant experience may be that you are:

  • New to the industry
  • Started work after school with few qualifications

Ready to find out more?

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