“I made a Choice”: Why our students study with us

This week we have been filming for a new video that will feature on our website and social media channels presenting students who have chosen to study with us at Continuing and Professional Education. The three students we spoke to have very different reasons for choosing to study with us.

Jodie Ashdown, who enrolled on Scripting a Television Drama, has seen great success with her short film script ‘Leonard’s Neighbours’ produced by the BBC this year after her script was chosen by the competition, It’s My Shout.

“I applied for Russ’ course, as a (very) novice script writer with a background in poetry and prose. But I quickly learnt where I was going wrong and the occasional time I went right. By the end of the ten weeks, I felt much more confident in approaching script writing and how different it is from the writing I am used to.

But that’s not to say that everyone in the class had a background in writing. Some did, but many didn’t. Part of the fun was the real mix of background, age, experience and interests that were present in the group. Everyone had something very different to offer but Russ was able to work with everyone to improve in their own individual way.”

Emlyn Williams has been studying French at various levels with Continuing and Professional Education for over four years. Emlyn chose to study with us following a motorbike accident which forced his hand in to retirement so he was looking for a new challenge.  Starting with Intermediate French, he has now progressed to Higher Advanced French and enjoys visiting Paris, Brittany and the South of France and being able to converse with the locals. Studying with us has allowed him to meet new people and keep his mind active. “I’m not kidding you… it saved my life.  I mean, I made many new friends here. It’s just something you look forward to twice a week.”

Wendy Cutlan chose to study for a Pathway to a Degree and has gone on to achieve a BSc in Social Science this year.

“Having left school at 15, with just a few average ‘O’-levels, who would have thought almost 40 years later I would have letters after my name? My son, James, initially planted the education ‘seed’ whilst at University himself, saying ‘Mum, you can do this. It’s your time now,’ handing me a Choices prospectus, tied with a bow, on my 50th birthday! – I therefore enrolled on the Pathway to Social Science and tentatively began my studies.

Having successfully completed the one year Pathway programme, I progressed to the School of Social Sciences as a mature student. In Year Two I became a Student Representative and was surprised how much I could help others after just one year in university. In Year Three I was a course representative too, which was so interesting, plus I started my Dissertation, continued to hold down my part-time HR/Accounts job whilst studying, running my home and supporting my daughter, Morgan, as she completed her ‘A’ levels and subsequently enrolled at Cardiff University to study Chemistry.

Three days ago I received my long awaited results and I was so proud and can only add how the time flew. If you work hard, it does pay off, even with a family and other commitments!”

We had a great day filming and hope this will show those thinking about studying with us that, whether you’re looking to progress within your career, study towards a degree or just want to study for enjoyment, you will be amongst like-minded individuals. You shouldn’t feel daunted by the prospect of going back in to education as everyone studying with us is in the same boat. Keep your eyes peeled on the Facebook, Twitter pages and our website for the video which will go up soon.

If you’re thinking about enrolling on any of our courses or would like more information, give us a call on 029 2087 0000 or pop along to the Reception Desk – Continuing & Professional Education, 21 – 23 Senghennydd Road, Cardiff, CF24 4AG.

Come along to our next Open Day

Are you looking for a new challenge this autumn or maybe just want to try something new? Want to find out more? Our next Continuing and Professional Education Open Day will be held Wednesday 14th September between 12.00 noon to 2.00pm and 5.00pm to 7.00pm in the friendly Cyber Café located in the Continuing and Professional Education building, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff, CF24 4AG.


We offer courses in a wide range of subjects to study at various different levels and most of our courses don’t require lots of existing qualifications, just an interest in the subject area. We cover Business and Management, Computer Studies, Humanities, Modern Languages, Politics and International Relations/Law, Science and Environment, Social Sciences and Healthcare. Our Co-ordinating Lecturers will be on hand to help answer all your questions and queries. Whether you’re interested in enrolling on one of the part-time Choices courses for adult learners or thinking about embarking on a Pathway to a Degree course we can provide you with all the information you’ll need.

Refreshments will be provided and free parking is available after 5.00pm in the car park next to the building.


Professional Development event for CPE tutors

On Saturday 25th June 2016, we held a professional development event for all our tutors. The event included a plenary session as well as parallel training and discussion sessions. Continuing and Professional Education is committed to facilitating personal and career development opportunities which enable tutors to achieve their full potential and contribute to the provision of excellent teaching in the Division.

The day began with parallel sessions on ‘Understanding Learning Styles’ and ‘Using Electronic Resources’. Learning styles affect every student. Some like a ‘hands-on’ approach, whereas others might learn from watching other learners. The session introduced tutors to a variety of learning styles and enabled them to understand and better appreciate the differences in their students’ learning styles, so that they can implement best practice strategies into their module delivery, activities and assessments. The latter session was a drop-in, hands-on session on how best to access Cardiff University’s vast array of electronic resources.

Following a short break, the event continued with ‘Identifying and Supporting Students with Dyslexia’ and ‘An Introduction to Blended Learning’. The latter session focused on ideas for using Learning Central (the University’s virtual learning environment tool) and University supported technologies to facilitate blended learning, an approach which combines online learning with face-to-face tuition. The former looked at how dyslexia can be supported in the classroom.

The plenary session – ‘Small Group Teaching: Techniques, Benefits, Challenges’ – followed in the afternoon. This focused on two areas. The first looked at the basics of small group teaching and included discussion on the tutor’s role and the influence of social factors. The second considered some models of group work, such as ice-breaking activities, brainstorms and buzz groups.

Tutor feedback from this and previous professional development events has been very positive and has shown that the event is an ideal opportunity to meet, socialise and exchange good practice with fellow university teachers.

Improve your career prospects with Continuing and Professional Education

We’re continuing to showcase the diverse range of courses we have on offer with Continuing and Professional Education at Cardiff University, this week focusing on People in Organisations.

This module provides students with an introduction to the key themes, concepts and theories relating to the study of the management of people in organisations. Particular attention is paid to organisations as the nodal points of human interaction within the business world, focusing on both the social and the psychological aspects of these relations. Students will be introduced to central ideas of the social and behavioural sciences.

You may be thinking of moving up the career ladder into a managerial role but want to develop a better understanding of the management of people before you progress. You’ll study the theory to underpin management in practice. This course will help to give you the confidence you need.

People in Organisations can be taken as a standalone module or a 20 credit module on the Pathway to Business Management programme and consists of 12 weekly meetings starting Wednesday 21st September from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, plus 1 Saturday Day School to develop study skills. Enrolment is now open on all of our Choices courses with Continuing and Professional Education. Go to the website the see the full selection of courses.

For courses held during the evening and weekend, free parking is available in the Senghennydd Car Park next to the Continuing and Professional Education Building and drinks and snacks are available for purchase in the Cyber Café.

Open Day Autumn 2016


Our next Open Day will be held Wednesday 14th September between 12.00 noon to 2.00pm and 5.00pm to 7.00pm in the friendly Cyber Café located in the Continuing and Professional Education building, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff, CF24 4AG.

Our Co-ordinating Lecturers will be on hand to help answer all your questions and queries. Whether you’re interested in enrolling on one of the part-time Choices courses for adult learners or thinking about embarking on a Pathway to a Degree course we can provide you will all the information you’ll need.

Refreshments will be provided and free parking is available after 5.00pm in the car park next to the building.

Celebrating Student Success with Continuing and Professional Education

To highlight the bread of courses we have on offer with Continuing and Professional Education at Cardiff University, this week we will be focusing on Scripting a TV Drama.

Another writer from the course is in line for a first broadcast credit later this year when her short film ‘Leonard’s Neighbours’, produced by local company It’s My Shout Productions, is shown on BBC2 Wales. This continues a steady stream of such successes from the course and from the Scriptwriting Workshop Online on which writers get one-to-one guidance rewriting scripts on which they are working. Students, many of them with little or no previous experience of scriptwriting, have gone on to be shortlisted in numerous scriptwriting competitions, both national and international, to make their own films (a full-length feature film in one particular case) and gain both professional scriptwriting credits and representation by TV/Film agents. Other students have created blogs, set up podcasts and gained prestigious work placements within the TV/Film industry.

The Scripting a TV Drama course is taught by professional writer Russell Gascoigne whose credits include the BAFTA award-winning, top-rating A Touch of Frost and who has also worked as both a BBC Drama script editor and as a script consultant for numerous film and television companies, including the Movie Acquisition Corporation and European Script Fund. It is a practical, wide-ranging and comprehensive course, based on professional practice and is focussed on an understanding of how the television industry works as well as the technical process of scriptwriting itself. The classes are varied, vibrant and stimulating and taught in a friendly and supportive environment. Just bring imagination, ideas… and ambition.

Go to the Continuing and Professional Education website to see the full range of courses we have on offer and enrol on the 2016/17 programme today.


Spotlight on Pathways Open Day

Have you always wanted to study towards a degree but have never had the opportunity? Maybe now is your time. Continuing and Professional Education are holding a Spotlight on Pathways Open Day on 29th June. Pathways to Degree courses are intended as an alternative route to undergraduate degree programmes for adult learners who may have been away from formal education for a while.

Pathways are part-time and provide expert tuition in a friendly and supportive environment.  The event is informal and you will receive a warm welcome and plenty advice over a cup of tea and a slice of cake.


There are many subject areas to choose from including:

Also, new for September 2016, we are launching Pathways to Healthcare programmes which will include:

  • Adult Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Paediatric Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Operating Department Practice
  • Radiology and Radiotherapy

To make it easier for everyone we will be running two drop-in sessions between 12.00 and 2.00pm and 5.00pm and 7.00pm.

It is now time for you to action those long held aspirations!

Five Reasons to learn Portuguese this summer

Have you been thinking about learning a new skill or maybe even just taking up a new hobby this summer? Why not try our intensivePortuguese conversation course for absolute beginners this June. No existing knowledge is needed so all are welcome! Here’s five reasons to join us;

  1. If you’re venturing to Brazil for the summer Olympics in Rio this August, we are offering you the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill and put it in to practice. Aside from the Olympics, Brazil is a wonderful place to visit. If you’re tempted by the wonderful beaches or Carnival, it’s always beneficial to learn the language.
  2. With the summer holidays just around the corner many of us will be planning a trip to Europe or maybe even further afield. Portuguese is spoken in popular holiday destinations, Portugal and Cape Verde and although not an official language, is also spoken in some areas of India. Why not try our course to be able to converse with the locals and fully immerse yourself in the culture.
  3. Course tutor, Ms Larissa Berquo is from Brazil so you’ll have the benefit of being taught the language from a native-speaker.
  4. Many words and aspects of Portuguese are shared with the Romance languages, ie languages that came from Latin, such as Spanish, Italian and French so it may help if you’ve previously studied any of these languages.
  5. Over 200 million people speak Portuguese worldwide and it is in fact the 6th most spoken language in the world.

There will be six 3-hour sessions running from Monday 13th June to Thursday 23rd June 2016.  The course will consist of a small group of up to a maximum of 16 people in a class so students really do get the most out of these sessions. All course materials will be provided on the first session and students get the benefit of extensive use of our digital language laboratories as well as audio material available throughout the summer via our on-line learning platform.

More information can be found on our website, including accessibility information, as well as information about other language programmes we offer through Continuing and Professional Education at Cardiff University, which includes Beginner, Intermediate and Advance classes.


Project Management

Why choose Cardiff University for Project Management Courses?

We offer a suite of courses that cater for all levels of expertise and a development pathway for those seeking progression.

Our small group sizes and practical approach has helped establish our high reputation for project and programme management training.

We offer delegates free membership of our Project Management Alumni, providing an excellent opportunity for professionals to network and share best practice.

Indulge your Curiosities with our Exploring the Past Lecture Series


From Nelson’s navy to the Maginot Line, from prehistoric Cardiff, via medieval myth and legend, to the music of Elgar, there is something to suit all interests in the Exploring the Past free lecture series. This wide-ranging accessible smorgasbord of talks covers themes in History, Archaeology, Heritage, Religious Studies, Literature, and Music.

Established by Dr Dave Wyatt (Cardiff University, School of History, Archaeology and Religion) to run alongside the Humanities programme at the centre (then Lifelong Learning, now Continuing and Professional Education), these talks showcase the work of a host of fantastic scholars working in a range of fields, from those at the start of their careers to more established academics with international reputations, both from within Cardiff University and from universities across South Wales. We also welcome speakers from further afield in the UK, thanks to our successful partnership with the Cardiff Branch of the Historical Association, for instance the recent talk by Dr Richard Stone (University of Bristol) on Bristol and America before the slave trade. Talks take place on Wednesdays once a month, in the Continuing and Professional Education building in Senghenydd Road (Cardiff, CF24 4AG), starting at 7.15pm. They are completely free and all are welcome.

Two exciting papers are coming up soon!  In May, our focus turns to the theme of Cardiff City Hall, with Professor Huw Pryce (Bangor University) delivering a Historical Association paper on the statues of Welsh Heroes in this iconic building: ‘Ten Heroes and One Heroine: Unveiling the Welsh Past in Cardiff City Hall, 1916’ on Wednesday 18th May. Rounding off the 2015-16 talks, Dr Leighton James (Swansea University) will be speaking on ‘The Battle of Waterloo in Experience and Memory’, on Wednesday 15th June. The current programme of talks can be viewed here: www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/choices/exploring-the-past/free-lectures/

Meanwhile, plans are well under way for 2016-17 and once again there will be something for everyone! Interested in Archaeology? Come and hear Dave Wyatt and Olly Davies (Cardiff University) talk about the latest ground-breaking discoveries at Caerau, Cardiff’s prehistoric hillfort. If myth and legend excites you, then the internationally renowned folklorist Dr Juliette Wood (Cardiff University) will be talking about ‘Dragon teeth and dragon tales’. Those who love medieval history will enjoy the paper by Swansea University’s Dr Emma Cavell on women in Wales, and Exploring the Past tutor Dr Charlotte Pickard’s account of ‘The Princess and the Pauper’ in medieval France, whilst Dr William Purkis (University of Birmingham) will deliver a Historical Association paper intriguingly entitled ‘Devotion to an empty tomb at the time of the First Crusade’. If the history of the twentieth century, and the impact and legacy of the Second World War, is more your cup of tea, come along to hear Professor Kevin Passmore discuss the Maginot Line, and Professor Richard Toye (University of Exeter) on the theme of Sir Winston Churchill.

More details will follow in the 2016-17 edition of Choices, and on the website, so keep your eyes peeled. All are very welcome at this friendly and inspirational series of talks. As we always say, there is no need to book, just come along and enjoy the talks on the night! We’ll look forward to welcoming you to the Exploring the Past free lectures soon!

If you wish to develop your passion for History and Humanities, we have a number of pathways which have been specially developed to enable adult learners to access undergraduate degrees at Cardiff University.  More information may be found here