Who can enrol on Lifelong Learning courses?
We offer part time courses to post 16 adults. You do not need any previous qualifications or experience to enrol on a Lifelong Learning course; but in certain circumstances it might be an advantage to you to have completed certain modules before progressing to the next stage – where this applies it is clearly indicated in the course descriptions. If you are unsure about which level to join, please contact the relevant subject Co-ordinator.
Students under 16
- Students 16 and under will only be accepted if they are there for educational reasons.
- It is not practical, or workable to impose minimum qualification, or skills set, relating to admission of under 16 year olds to School, however we will require under 16’s students to have reached Key stage 3
- The University does not act in loco parentis. Further, children accompanying adults for reasons of child-care, will not be accepted
What if the course I want isn't available in my area?
If you have a group of 8 people interested in particular course, we can run our courses at a venue and time to suit you (subject to tutor availability). Please contact the relevant Co-ordinator to discuss this.
What does taking a course involve?
Most courses involve 20 hours of group work with a tutor. Teaching is through group work and discussion, drawing on the experience and knowledge of students as well as your tutor. Outside of these sessions you will need some time for individual reading and study, including assignments. Assignments are an essential part of the learning experience. They help you to work independently, develop a deeper understanding of what you have learned, and to demonstrate your skills and knowledge. Assignments can include reflections on your work experience, presentations, posters, written reports, case studies and practical demonstrations. There are no exams or timed tests.
Coursework and gaining credits
All the courses in our part time provision are heavily subsidised by the Higher Educational Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW). This is why our courses are such good value. HEFCW uses the awards of university “credits” as the measure by which it determines how much grant it will give to Aberystwyth University to support the delivery of these courses. The “credits” are awarded to a student only on submission and approval of marks given. Therefore, to continue our work, we need each student to complete the assignments and activities associated with their course.
This is the only government income we receive. By so doing you are enhancing your understanding of the subject, having the opportunity to receive constructive feedback on your progress from an expert and, as an added bonus, keeping down the cost of studies at Higher education level.