Booking Information

If you are considering enrolling on to one of our adult education evening and day classes, please do not leave it until the last moment to apply. Sadly, we are sometimes forced to cancel a course due to lack of numbers, only to be faced with a sudden flurry of interest after the cancellation has been made. You can imagine how disappointing and frustrating this situation is for everybody involved. We accept applications for all three terms as soon as the brochure is printed, so your early enrolment is greatly appreciated. Full terms and conditions can be found on the Centre’s website.

Please be aware of the following dates - these will be when decisions on course viability will be made:

Autumn term

  • Accredited - Monday 18 September 2017
  • Non-accredited - Monday 25 September 2017

Spring term

  • Accredited - Wednesday 3 January 2018
  • Non-accredited - Monday 15 January 2018

Summer term 

  • Monday 9 April 2018

Applications received after this date will still be accepted for all viable courses.

Come and visit us

Do feel free to drop in at the Information Centre at Market Square during normal office hours (weekdays, 9am-4pm) if you would rather have a chat about your study options in person. 

Methods of application

Methods of application

The quickest and easiest way to enrol and pay for all of the courses is via the University’s Online Store or by using the basket links on individual course pages. 

Alternative methods of application:



Course fees are required at the point of application. If you are unable to pay a course fee in its entirety, but would be able to pay in instalments, you should contact the Centre to discuss how this can best be arranged - the Centre looks to support its students in all aspects of study, and aims to be flexible with regard to when payment is received.


The Centre also offers a reduction in course fees for people receiving benefits: any such reduction is at the discretion of the Head of Lifelong Learning and appropriate evidence must be supplied with the application. Please call the Centre for more information about eligible benefits and reduced fees for 2017/18.

Joining Instructions

The Centre will issue details of the room(s) when we have final confirmation of the location and know that the class itself is viable. Please note that although we try to give students as long a lead time as possible, students may not receive their acknowledgement letter until a week before the course is due to begin.

Venue and Parking


Unless otherwise stated, classes will be held at the University campus in Heslington.

  • Use our interactive Campus map to find your venue


Please be aware that parking on campus during the day can be problematic, so please allow yourself extra time to find a parking space. Please note, car parking charges are in force during the day, until 6pm. Alternatively, there are regular bus services to the campus. For those classes located at the King’s Manor, there is no parking available and we would advise you to use local pay and display car parks.  

  • Our Maps and directions pages will give you further information on travelling to the university

Teaching methods

Most of our courses are taught by a combination of short lectures and class discussions. Class sizes are often small to facilitate friendly discussions and tutors will frequently use visual aids. Some courses also have visits or fieldwork attached to them.

Our courses are taught by a range of dedicated, friendly and approachable staff who will provide the support that you need on both our non-accredited and accredited options. 

Online Learning

The Centre offers a number of online distance learning courses hosted by the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. All learning on these courses will take place via distance, making this an ideal way for those with busy schedules to engage in our provision. There is no requirement to be online at any specific point in time, making this a truly flexible learning experience.

Students must have access to a PC or Mac with a broadband-standard of internet connection, and should be familiar with web-browsing - if you have any queries about the technical requirements of these courses, please do call the Centre for advice.

Students with special requirements

As an inclusive learning community, we are keen to ensure that students with disabilities are not disadvantaged in studying and we are committed to providing access and care whenever possible. We do need to be aware of this important information however, and would ask you to indicate any special requirements on your booking form.

Cancellations and Refunds

If the Centre for Lifelong Learning has to cancel a course due to insufficient numbers, or for any other reason, then a full refund will be made.  We will endeavour to give a minimum of a week’s notice for any cancellation. In the event of a course being cancelled after its start, then a proportional refund will be given. Refunds may take about six weeks to process via the University of York’s central finance office.

Following any enrolment in advance of a course, you, as the student, have a ten day ‘cooling off’ period: during this time, you can withdraw your application and receive a full refund. After this period, any refund is at the discretion of the Centre: an administrative fee may be applied and you will normally be issued with credit to use towards future Lifelong Learning courses.

Refunds cannot be given for missed weeks.


On the non-accredited programme, should you have a problem with any aspect of the course provision, please contact the Head of Lifelong Learning if the issue can not be resolved with the course tutor.

If you are studying on the accredited programme you should contact your student representative to raise any complaint on your behalf.

Field trips and visits

Where field trips or other visits are involved, extra costs may be incurred. The Centre will inform those students on application should this apply. It is usually necessary for students to make their own travel arrangements. If your course does include a field trip, you have a legal responsibility to care for your own and other’s health and safety whilst on the visit.

Library access

Please note that if you are studying on the accredited programme you have full borrowing rights at the university library. Those engaged on the non-accredited programme can also request borrowing rights at the library once their course is confirmed as being viable – details on how to request this will be issued along with course joining instructions.

Learning community

The University has a duty of care towards its students and staff, and we strive towards a community in which individuals accept their obligations and responsibilities in order to enable everyone it live, learn and research in a peaceful and supportive environment. The Head reserves the right to exclude any student who makes it difficult for the class to operate along the above vision of academic community. 

Terms and conditions

Your registration on a Lifelong Learning course will be subject to our terms and conditions.


Whilst every effort is made to avoid changes to the programme, published details may be altered without notice, at any time. The Centre for Lifelong Learning reserves the right to withdraw or amend any part of this programme without prior notice.