General Programme Information

Studying for Undergraduate Credit

Our Certificates of Higher Education are taught at undergraduate stage 1, and all are open entry. There are, therefore no formal entry requirements for any of these modules - all that you need are an interest and enthusiasm.

What will I gain?

Whilst all courses are open access, they still offer you the chance to study at the same level as first year undergraduates and receive the same level of credit. Our tutors are experienced and supportive, and all our modules are conducted in a friendly and informal atmosphere, designed to meet your specific demands. The higher certificates are equivalent in standard and workload to the full first year of an undergraduate degree programme, and are worth 120 credits at stage 1.

What are credits?

Modules which carry accreditation are indicated in the brochure with a credit value of either 10 or 20 credits. These can be ‘picked and mixed’ and saved up over a number of years, and you will be offered help and advice as you progress through the programme. 60 credit milestone awards in Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities can also be awarded.

What are my study options?

There are currently a wide range of modules from which to choose – please consult the appropriate diagram or contact the Centre to discuss how you can build towards one of the certificate awards. Please note that usually students are not allowed to be registered on more than one higher education programme of study at a time. More information about the available programmes of study can be found at Undergraduate Programme Specifications . The University also offer students access to the Module Catalogue.

What work will I need to undertake?

To receive credits you have to produce successful assessment tasks. These vary from module to module, but normally for a 10-credit module these consist of a single 2,000 word essay that you produce in your own time, and which is submitted at the conclusion of the module. At this level, there are no closed examinations for students, but if this aspect of accredited study does raise questions for you, please do not hesitate to contact the Centre. Anyone studying for credit can also use the library and computing facilities here at the University to get the most out of their learning experience. If you wish to study for credit you can enjoy the library and computing facilities here at the University to help you with your studies.

Can I go further?

For those students who would like to continue further with their studies beyond the Centre for Lifelong Learning there are progression opportunities available. In particular the Centre has worked with the Department of Archaeology to offer entry at Stage 2 directly into the department. If you would like to find out more, please do not hesitate to speak to your tutor/us. Credits you receive are also a common currency nationally, so could be employed to demonstrate ability for a programme outside the Centre, or even contribute to an award at another institution.

What language skills will I need?

For international students, we recommend a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 to engage in accredited level study (please note that this is not mandatory, but should be considered for those students for whom English is not their first language).

How is the programme structured?

Students are encouraged to undertake study at a pace which suits them. For many, this consists of taking one module per term, and occasionally taking a term off. However, should you wish to progress through the programme at a faster rate and feel that you are able to commit the necessary time to your studies, it is possible to take multiple modules each term – please do call the Centre if you would like to discuss this further and explore fast-track options through the awards. The normal maximum registration period for students to complete a University Certificate of Lifelong Learning (60 credits) is three years; for a Certificate of Higher Education in Lifelong Learning (120 credits) the total registration period is five years.