Online Learning

As a result of Covid-19, Lifelong Learning have developed courses that you can study from the comfort of your own home. Perhaps you are looking to study online because you are unable to make regular, weekly classes or you are still self-isolating.

Lifelong Learning Online Course Brochure - Autumn 2020

These courses are delivered via our secure Online Learning Environment called Blackboard. We also use Microsoft Teams or Zoom to deliver the live elements of these online courses. After you have enrolled on your chosen course(s) and paid, you will need to activate your Aberystwyth University student account, which will enable you to access the various learning platforms and course content.

Some of these courses do not have a traditional start date, but an ‘available from’ date. We will close the enrolments a week after the ‘available from’ date. However, please note that the final deadline date to complete the relevant assignments is fixed. This submission date for assignments will be included in the introductory course materials.

Online learning enables you to study from home and participate in an online community of other students learning about a particular subject. Click here to browse our range of online courses and please email if you have any questions about our programme.

How do I pay for and enrol on a course?

Our online Autumn programme will be launched at the end of August 2020 and you can pay for your course via the Lifelong Learning Online Shop.

Choose your course

Pay for your course

Enrol on your course

Once you have paid for your course via the online shop, you will automatically be emailed a link to the enrolment form, which you will need to complete and send to

You need to complete the enrolment form (PDF) and send to the office, otherwise you will not be able to access your course.

The office will then confirm your enrolment and payment and send you further details about your course.

Enrolment Form - Online Course

Ffurflen Gofrestru - Cwrs Ar-lein

For further details on paying and enrolling on your course click here


Up to the end of 2020 the cost of our courses will be:

£45 for 5 credit courses

£90 for 10 credit courses


How will my course be delivered?

If you open the webpage Find a Course and click on the course you are interested in, you will see a ‘drop-down’ filter on the right-hand side. This will indicate how the course will be delivered.

Modes of delivery:

Self-paced learning: you will work through the units and activities in your own time and when it suits you, but there will be opportunities to come together online via tutorials and webinars. The advantage of this format is that you can take your time with your studies and juggle these against your other commitments. The activities are engaging, there are opportunities to interact with other students via discussion boards and there are plenty of short step-by-step video demonstrations that you can watch again and again.                                                                                                              

Live online classes: During the live online classes you will be able to ask questions, interact with your classmates in pairs or groups; you will also have live presentations from your tutor like you would in normal face-to-face classes. You don’t need to be technologically minded to participate and we have made sure that our classes are accessible to all. We will also make sure that all students have everything they need before the class starts. All materials for each class will be available the week before, so that you have time to download and have them ready for the class.

How do I activate my AU student account?

After you pay and enrol, you will be sent your unique student number. This will enable you to obtain your student username and set a password for your AU student account. Our online courses require you to set up an account so you can access all the relevant platforms and learning materials.

Having an account gives you many additional benefits such as access to the university library and online journals, an email address and discounts for university services.

You will need to set up the account without our help, because it is a personal and confidential transaction. Please watch the video below as it will give you all the instructions you will need. We suggest that you sit at your computer and access this page on a smart phone, freeing up your computer to work through the instructions to help make the transaction smoother.

How to activate your AU student account (video)

If you are unable to watch the video, please download this step-by-step guide:

Activating your Student Account (PDF)

How do I access and navigate the online learning environment, Blackboard?

Here is some guidance on how to access the online learning environment Blackboard and navigate the various pages and tools. 

How to access and navigate Blackboard (video)

Online Taster Sessions

Here are a selection of online taster sessions from our tutors.

2 Days of Mosaic

CL119 - This course is taught by Alison Pierse.

Botantical Illustration 1

CL115 - This online course goes live on 12th October 2020 with tutor Stella Stilwell.

Natural History Illustration: Feathers

CL107 - This online course  goes live on 12th October 2020 with tutor Claire K. Ward.

Natural History Illustration: Insects

This online course goes live on 12th October 2020 with tutor Stella Stilwell.

Natural History Illustration: Seedheads

CL108 - This online course  goes live on 12th October 2020 with tutor Claire K. Ward.

Social Media Marketing

CL106 - This online course goes live on 12th October 2020 with tutor Lucy Kemish.

How to Begin to Build your Family Tree

HL110H - This online course goes live on 12th October 2020 with tutor Calista Williams

Creative Non-Fiction: Where do I begin?

HL108W The online course Memoir Writing goes live on 12th October 2020 and HL109W Writing for Social Justice on 16th November with tutor Liz Jones.

Introduction to Writing for Children

HL100W - The online course Introduction to Writing for Children goes live on 12th October 2020 with tutor Henni Tremlett.

Scriptwriting: how to develop characters

HL106W - The online course Scriptwriting 1 goes live on 12th October 2020 with tutor Sandra Bendelow.


Student Testimonials

 ‘I have thoroughly enjoyed the course along with your teaching - it has certainly inspired me to carry on further with the water colour techniques and new on-line courses. ‘

‘Thanks. Definitely inspired to do more.’

‘Many thanks for your help and tips along the way. I have decided to sign up for the Pencil course in September so will look forward to seeing you again then.’

‘I have really enjoyed the content of this course. Thank you, the written instructions with links to videos has been very useful.’

‘Videos and illustrations have helped a great deal, and frankly, I could go on about the many ways that this class has improved my art. More importantly to me, however, this class has gotten me to think of watercolour and illustration not just as a hobby but a professional skill.’