University offers adult learners Pathways to degrees
16 June 2015
Degree learning pathways showcased during Adult Learner's Week
Adult learners looking to embark on a new educational challenge are being encouraged to attend information sessions on 18th June at Cardiff University during Adult Learners' Week.
The sessions will highlight the University's range of Pathways programmes –supportive and informal part-time courses aiming to give learners a taste of studying for a degree.
Pathways are taught part-time and are aimed at those with life experience who may not hold previous qualifications or have been away from formal education for a number of years.
The informal sessions for people wanting to learn more will take place on 18th June at 12.00 noon to 2.00pm or 6.00pm to 7.00pm at the University's Centre for Lifelong Learning.
The sessions will introduce participants to the Pathways programmes, which are offered in a range of chosen subjects including:
- Business Management, Accounting or Accounting and Finance
- English Language, Literature or Philosophy (Inside Narratives)
- History, Archaeology or Religion (Exploring the Past)
- Journalism, Media or Cultural Studies (Our Media, Our World)
- Modern Languages or Translation Studies
- Politics and International Relations
- Social Science
Many students who enrol on Pathways programmes progress to a full degree, including Andy Parker, Age 48, who is due to graduate with a BA Joint Honours Ancient History degree.
Andy said: "In my experience, age is no barrier - and in some ways even an advantage! I'm about to finish my final year of study on a Joint Honours degree in Ancient History and History, something I really wasn't sure would be practical or achievable for me a few years ago, but has been one of my lifelong ambitions. I think I have learned a lot about myself during the past three years and perhaps most importantly about how I have changed since I last studied. I have learned my memory isn't what it was 30 years ago, but that experiences during those years have added a great deal instead."
Dr Zbig Sobiesierski, Dean of Lifelong Learning said:
"Pathways to a Degree not only encourage adult learning, they also make Higher Education accessible to students from a wide range of backgrounds and offer potentially life-changing opportunities. In 2014/15 almost 30 students were able to embark on their chosen degree studies at Cardiff, after successfully completing a Pathway with the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning."