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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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Courses brochure 16/17 (PDF  , 10,514kb)- Please be aware that the file is large and may be slow to open.

Request a paper copy by emailing the Centre.

Dates for your diary


Richard II: York and the Peasants' Revolt

In 1396, Richard II gave York the status of a county in its own right, a sword of state and a cap of maintenance, as a reward for the city's loyalty. Yet in 1380 and 1381, York's citizens had revolted against the king, ransacked church property and attacked Bootham Bar. This day school examines the reasons why the city revolted, including the Black Death, the consequences of revolt, and how York regained the trust of Richard II. It is anticipated that this course will be held at the King's Manor.


An Introduction to Attachment Theory

Attachment theory is considered as one of the most important concepts in many areas of psychology. Each of us has an attachment style that is developed throughout our lifespan, starting from our very first attachment experiences as an infant. This attachment style influences how we interact with other people and how we behave in our relationships with others. This course will provide a basic introduction to the core ideas within attachment theory, including the different attachment styles and their characteristics.

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.