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Introduction to the Pathway

Exploring the Past has been developed to help you realise your ambition to study for a degree in history, ancient history, archaeology or religion. It allows you to study within a time-scale, framework and environment designed specifically to cater for the needs of busy adult learners.Exploring the Past pathway to a degree at Cardiff University

Exploring the Past is made up of six exciting and innovative 10-credit modules in archaeology, religious studies and history (ancient, medieval and modern). Not only is each module fascinating in its own right, but the pathway will also prepare you for Higher Education by giving you the skills and experience you need to study for degrees in these subjects at Cardiff University. The pathway is a collaboration between Continuing & Professional Education and the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University. It combines our vast experience of progressing and supporting adult learners with the School’s exciting teaching and research expertise. Exploring the Past modules are taught by people with both expert subject knowledge and the ability to equip you with the skills you need to study successfully in Higher Education.

An exciting alternative to ‘A’ Level and Access qualifications

Unlike A Levels and Access routes, the Exploring the Past Pathway is taught in the evenings and at weekends so you can fit it around other commitments like work and family. It is also assessed in similar ways to first year undergraduate modules and will provide you with first-hand experience of studying at degree level in a vibrant Higher Education environment. Even better, you don’t need any prior qualifications to get started.

A clear pathway onto a degree

All students who successfully complete the Exploring the Past Pathway will automatically qualify for an interview onto either a full-time or part-time degree scheme in history, ancient history, archaeology or religion. If you are then accepted onto a degree you will be eligible for ‘advanced standing’ of 60 credits. This means that credits from Exploring the Past can contribute directly towards the first year of your degree.

Get more information about the structure of the Exploring the Past Pathway.

An affordable way into university study

Exploring the Past offers a route into university that is not only flexible, open and inclusive, but also affordable. Concessionary rates are offered for certain groups, plus if you are on DWP benefits or claiming working tax credits you may be eligible a fee waiver or our bursary scheme.

What next?

Still not sure?

To receive further information about the Exploring the Past Pathway, please contact Dr Paul Webster, the Exploring the Past Co-ordinator, by phoning (029) 2087 5610 or emailing You can also follow us on Facebook.