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Centre for Lifelong Learning 

Our 2017/8 programme is now available. Whether you are looking to study for credit or for pleasure, we will have a course for you. 

We are committed to providing high quality learning opportunities that give local learners access to the University. We pride ourselves on public engagement, providing courses, events and lectures that engage adults from all backgrounds.


New! We now offer an online MA in English Building History. 
This exciting new course is a collaborative programme delivered by Lifelong Learning and the Department of Archaeology. Click on the link below to find out more information:


New! We now offer our PGDip in Creative Writing face-to-face as well as online.

Find out about our new face-to-face Postgraduate Diploma using the link below:

We are now offering online postgraduate diplomas in five subjects.

Click on the links below to find out more information‌:

Courses Brochure

Our 2017/8 brochure is now available to download. Please note it is a large file so may be slow to download.

2017/8 Brochure - Centre for Lifelong Learning (PDF  , 11,116kb)‌.

Request a paper copy by emailing the Centre.

Dates for your diary


Developing the Skills of Writing Fiction

Students will explore and develop appropriate imaginative writing skills for use in a variety of prose-writing forms including the short story, the novel, autobiography and journal writing. Through group discussion of work in progress, individual tuition based on drafts and revisions, and seminar work on themes and forms, students will be led through the planning, writing and completion of a variety of pieces with the goal of writing to professional standards. It is recommended, though not essential, that students complete the Core Module and Critical Analysis before enrolling.


An Introduction to Creative Writing (Core Module)

This module aims to provide students with the skills necessary to produce short pieces of imaginative writing. It introduces a range of contemporary texts (poetry, prose, drama), looking at their main characteristics, whilst developing skills to use language accurately and imaginatively. Through exploration of a range of forms students will develop confidence and expertise. This module is the first part of the University Certificate of Lifelong Learning (Creative Writing) and it is recommended, though not essential, that students complete it before undertaking any of the other modules which form this certificate.


Seeing the Middle Ages: Exploring Medieval Daily Life and Beliefs Through Images

Medieval history has frequently focused on kings and queens. However, the surviving art, such as stained glass, manuscript illumination and architectural carving, can give us an extraordinary insight into the medieval world. This module will explore the daily life and beliefs of the medieval people, using surviving visual sources to illustrate it; we will also study patterns of belief, understanding of the natural world, and geography. The emphasis will be on medieval England, but will include examples from other European countries.

Study for credit

  • An open-access, flexible, study programme tailored to adult learners 
  • Aimed at those who have not studied for some time
  • Take on the challenge of part-time study at university level

Undergraduate Study 

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Study for pleasure

  • Adult evening, day and weekend classes
  • Pursue your interests in a wide variety of disciplines
  • New collection of skills courses to improve your employability
  • A wide range of one-off Saturday sessions throughout the year 

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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 Complaints Procedure of the University as a whole.