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Your pathway to a degree at Cardiff University

28 July 2021

Former Exploring the Past students pictured with Dr Paul Webster in 2019
Former Exploring the Past students pictured with Dr Paul Webster in 2019

Not everyone is ready to study a degree at 18. Sometimes life events get in the way or the timing is simply not right. If you now feel ready to pursue your long-held dream of studying a degree then our range of Pathways can help you make that first step.

Every year we welcome students who have been away from formal education for some time return to study a part-time Pathway, which then leads to undergraduate study at Cardiff University or other universities.

You will receive advice and support with your application and, by the time you have completed the Pathway, you will feel fully prepared to start your degree.

Pathway courses are scheduled in the evening and weekends to fit in with your work and family commitments and some courses will be delivered online.

If paying for your Pathway is a concern, you may be eligible for funding via Student Finance Wales, which can help with course fees and maintenance costs. There are a range of subjects available including:

  • Business Management, Marketing and Accounting
  • English Language, English Literature, Creative Writing, and Philosophy
  • Healthcare
  • History, Archaeology, and Religion
  • Medical Pharmacology
  • Modern Languages
  • Journalism, Media, and Culture
  • International Relations and Politics
  • Social Science
  • Translation

Our students regularly keep us updated with their success stories.  We hope they will inspire and encourage you to return to the classroom, too:

“I was keen on studying pharmacology for a while; however, I just missed out on the necessary A level grades required to study this in Cardiff. After finding the Pathway course, I knew that this was the boost that I needed to be able to earn myself a place to study my chosen subject, at the university of my choice.

The course, along with the support received, completely surpassed my expectations. The encouragement from the tutors combined with the learning materials provided help to enhance our knowledge and belief in yourself to be able to progress on to your degree.”

Molly Hill – Pathway to Medical Pharmacology

“The Pathway has really prepared me for the degree I am now studying at Cardiff University. I can honestly say I have never been happier, and I am loving studying for my degree and will be on my first placement next month.  Being a Fresher at 40 is the best thing I’ve ever done!"

Debbie Reeves

“I am profoundly grateful to the Pathway and the advice, support and encouragement I received and of course the wonderful team of tutors who prepared us for what was to come in the degree course! The Pathway is a huge inspiration to those who want to further their education. I never thought I was capable of achieving such success until I was shown my real potential!”

Simba Chabarika graduated from the School of Law and Politics in 2019.

“I would encourage anyone interested in History, Archaeology or Religious Studies to follow my footsteps. Often I hear things such as ‘It’s too late for me’ or ‘it’s just not affordable’ but when I show them the opportunities available, the same opportunities I was given, you can see the aspiration come alive as it did for me.”

Ioan McCarthy graduated in 2019 and Ioan is now studying an MSc in Archaeology at Oxford University

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