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Learning for pleasure, or for university credit

Making the University of York accessible to the local community

High quality, flexible, open access education for all

Centre for Lifelong Learning 

Bookings are now being taken for this year's programme and this site has been updated with new courses on offer for the upcoming term. Whether you are looking to study for credit, for pleasure, or via distance learning, we 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:

We are now offering online postgraduate diplomas in five subjects.

Click on the links below to find out more information‌:

Courses Brochure

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Request a paper copy by emailing the Centre.

Dates for your diary


'We're Not in Kansas Anymore': Creating Engaging Worlds in Fiction Writing

What is 'world building' when it comes to writing fiction? How do you connect all the individual scenes within your narrative? How do you write descriptions of locations that are both engaging and realistic? This day workshop will provide you with the tools you need to create realistic settings which your characters can inhabit, as well as showing you how you can develop your own imaginative worlds. Suitable for writers of any ability


Medieval Warriors (c800-1500)

What did Charlemagne and Joan of Arc have in common? Was William Marshall comparable with King Alfred the Great? Not only could medieval warriors fight bravely, but they were also charismatic leaders and clever political negotiators; this course will examine the art and craft of paradigmatic medieval warriors - their personal qualities and skills, and also their arms and armour - from the age of Charlemagne to the Wars of the Roses.


William the Conqueror: The Conquest of York and the Harrying of the North (SECOND COHORT)

In 1066, William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings, but this was only the beginning of the conquest of England. In 1069 York was ravaged by invasions from Scandinavia and rose in rebellion against the Normans. William the Conqueror retaliated viciously, Harrying the North, slaughtering livestock and burning seedcorn, and built a second castle in the city of York. This course examines the Norman conquest of York, the Harrying of the North and the impact of the conquest on the city. It is anticipated that this course will be held at the King's Manor.

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-level credit 

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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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In the community

Many of our courses are run in collaboration with local community partners.


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.