It’s 2014 and New Year resolutions are in full swing. Will 2014 be the year you choose to enhance your employability? Take a new Pathway? Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning is busy planning part-time courses to help maximise your potential for 2014 and broaden your horizons.
Choices is Cardiff University’s programme of part-time courses for the general public, offering a variety of subjects so your study can reflect who you are. Whether you want to explore the past, learn a new language, or expand your love of arts and creative writing, we have the perfect course for you to achieve your ambitions. Courses are open to all adults and you don’t need qualifications, so don’t worry if it’s been a while since you studied.
Interested in developing your education even further? The Centre for Lifelong Learning’s Pathways for Progression enables adult learners to access undergraduate degrees at Cardiff University. These are specifically designed for people with all sorts of backgrounds and help students to realise their ambition of studying for a degree in their chosen fields. Cardiff University welcomes applications from students with life experience and who may have been away from formal education for several years.
Here are some comments from our students:
“The Computer Forensics course has allowed me to consider career opportunities that I would not have normally considered. The courses provide the opportunity to explore subjects in a friendly and interactive environment, and offer a great chance to meet people with similar interest.” – Stephen, Computer Forensics Investigation and Response, Computer Studies student
“My knowledge of my chosen subject has increased a huge amount. I’ve met inspiring lecturers and interesting new people. I’ve found confidence in my learning abilities and I’m proud of the work I’ve put in. I knew I had it in me, and I’m delighted that thanks to these courses I’ve been able to prove it!” Alex- Exploring the Past Pathway student
So spend a little time this January on you this New Year and plan the new you! For more information visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or call 029 2087 0000 and request a copy of the CHOICES prospectus.
The first cohort of Pathway to Social Science students have joined the Cardiff University School of Social Sciences, after successfully completing the first part of their learning Pathway at the University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning (LEARN). The Pathway is part-time and taught in the evening and weekends and designed to give mature students the support and encouragement they need to fulfil their potential of studying at University.
David Edwards, student on the Pathway commented “The Pathway is the best thing I have ever done and now means I will be a student at Cardiff University, which is quite an achievement for me and one I am immensely proud of. The Pathway is actually life-changing.”
Professor Amanda Coffey (Dean for Education and Students, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) commented: “We are delighted that eight students will be transferring to the Cardiff School of Social Sciences. This is exciting news for SOCSI as adult learners bring a wealth of knowledge from their own backgrounds and experience. The Pathway students have demonstrated commitment to their studies and have gained places on their own merit. They now have the opportunity to follow their own passions and explore research from experts in the field as they join around one thousand undergraduates in the School of Social Sciences.”
Pathway students attended a welcome meeting hosted by Professor Amanda Coffey and Jan Stephens, Pathway to Social Science Co-ordinator. Jan Stephens commented: “This is an important day for the students. They have all shown great promise on the Pathway and have worked incredibly hard to achieve this success. As mature students they confidently contribute to classroom debate and discussions. I am sure they will all succeed in their studies!”
The Pathway to Social Science is just one of many pathways offered by the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning. Others subjects are available including: history, archaeology, religion, business management, accounting and finance, European languages, translation, English language, literature, philosophy, journalism, media and cultural studies. For more information visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/pathways.
As part of Adult learners’ week, there is a ‘Spotlight on Pathways’ event on Saturday 18th May from 11.00am to 1.00pm at the Centre for Lifelong Learning on Senghennydd Road.
Our Pathway Co-ordinators will be on hand to discuss your study, including funding. This informal and relaxed event will be held in the Cafe (with complimentary tea and cakes) Everyone welcome! Take that first step towards achieving your ambition of studying an undergraduate degree at a world class university! There will be a Pathways talk at 11.00am and drop-in sessions from 12.00 noon.
What can you expect from the pathway to Social Science?
This is what Lisa Cullen (one of our Pathway to Social Science students) had to say about her experience so far.
Lisa Cullen took the Women into Public Life and Women into Management courses at the Centre, and went on to study psychology and counselling to help in her role as a voluntary Youth and Community Worker in Ely. Lisa heard about the new Pathway to Social Science through her tutors.
Lisa says “I left school with no qualifications as I didn’t see the importance of education. It is only after the last few years that I have come to recognise that knowledge is the key to a successful life which has led me to Cardiff University. I have met inspirational tutors and students on my journey towards the Pathway to Social Science and I now realise that we all can achieve our dreams – if we put in the hard work! I have gained confidence and self-belief.”
Why not start your learning journey by enrolling on the Pathway to Social Science? The Centre will take new enrolments from August 2013. If you would like to find out more in the meantime contact Jan Stephens StephensJ4@cardiff.ac.uk or calling 029 2087 6248.
Keep up-to-date by joining our Pathway to Social Science Mailing List.
Pathway to Social Science
The Pathway to Social Science has got off to a great start. There are 21 students enrolled who show commitment and enthusiasm for their studies. In this first of three modules, Contemporary Issues in Social Science, students explore key sociological concepts such as socialisation, culture, and inequality, thinking about how these issues relate to class, gender, and ethnicity in contemporary society.
Saturday school success!
All students on the Pathway have been out of learning for some time and an additional day school was designed specifically to support them in their assignments. They benefited from presentations, quizzes and working together to develop their research and writing skills.
Tutor Dr. David Frayne said: It was a great day! Good fun, but we also got a lot done and nobody was put off by the assessment.
A second Saturday school for study skills is scheduled later in the course.