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The Centre for Lifelong Learning offers an exciting range of postgraduate distance learning courses, as well as options for local learners who are looking for an accredited course or to study for pleasure.

2021/22 Programme Update

Lifelong Learning staff remain working from home, and we do not yet have a firm date to return to the office. Our courses will continue to be taught online via Zoom for the spring term, through a combination of short lectures and class discussions. Please note: taught sessions are not usually recorded to ensure that we maintain a real-time teaching experience wherever possible.

We have now released the details for our Accredited Modules, Learning for Pleasure Courses, and our Saturday Courses for the spring term which will start from January. All spring term course information is available online through this website, and we would encourage you to register at your earliest convenience as many courses sold out quickly in 2020/21. 

Students signing up to work towards a Certficate of Higher Education should bear in mind that for future terms they may need to attend courses in York, in person.

Again, we thank all our learners for their support during these challenging times, and we will continue to keep you updated about the programme over the course of the current academic year.

Current Programme

We are unable to produce and distribute a paper brochure for the current academic year - details about our courses are now online via this website.

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Postgraduate courses

Study online to gain a Postgraduate Diploma
or MA

MOOCs: massive open online courses

Free online courses designed by 
York academics

Undergraduate courses

Flexible programmes tailored to adult learners who have not studied for some time

Non-accredited courses

Study for pleasure with our evening, day and weekend classes

Upcoming courses and events


Literary Adventures in Creative Writing

An 8 week online Creative Writing course.


Medieval Cathedrals in Northern England

An 8 week online History and Heritage course.


York and the Wars of the Three Edwards (1272-1377)

An 8 week online History and Heritage course.

Upcoming courses and events at a glance



John Lee records podcast about the Medieval Clothier

Wednesday 27 January 2021

John, who teaches medieval and local history at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, features on The Medieval Podcast alongside host Danièle Cybulskie.

CLL PG Diploma Geology students publish in Deposits Magazine

Tuesday 12 February 2019

Two students from the Centre for Lifelong Learning's Postgraduate Diploma in The Geology of Yorkshire & Northern England have recently had articles published in Issue 56 of Deposits Magazine.

Society for Church Archaeology Journal

Wednesday 30 January 2019

Centre for Lifelong Learning's Dr Emma Wells, appointed Assistant Editor of Journal of Church Archaeology.

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Whilst every effort is made to avoid changes to the programme, details may be altered without notice at any time. The Centre for Lifelong Learning reserves the right to withdraw or amend any part of its programme without prior notice. The Centre operates within the Old complaints procedure of the University as a whole.