Introduction to the Pathway
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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 timescale, framework and environment designed specifically to cater for the needs of busy adult learners.
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 the Centre for Lifelong Learning (LEARN) and the School of History, Archaeology and Religion (SHARE) at Cardiff University. It combines LEARN’s vast experience of progressing and supporting adult learners with SHARE’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 firsthand 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.
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.
- We recommend you visit our Structure of the Pathway page next, this helps explain which courses you’ll need to take to progress on the Pathway.
Still not sure?
- Visit our ‘Why study Exploring the Past?‘ page, or maybe you’d like to read what our other students have been saying about the pathway.
To receive further information about the Exploring the Past Pathway, please contact Dr Richard Marsden, the Exploring the Past Co-ordinator, by phoning (029) 2087 5610 or emailing Marsdenr@cardiff.ac.uk. You can also follow us on Facebook.