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Reasons to study with us

A group of students from our Pathways to a Degree programme
Students from our Pathways to a Degree programme.

We offer a wide range of part time courses aimed at personal and professional development at levels and times to suit you.

Whether you're studying with us for personal development, to enhance your career prospects, or to increase you knowledge of a subject you're interested in, you can expect flexible education of the highest standard.

Learning that fits around you

Many of our courses have no entry requirements, all you need is an interest in the subject and a willingness to explore it in the company of others.

Because we want to make it as easy as possible for you to study with us, courses are scheduled during the day, in the evenings and at weekends. Several courses are repeated throughout the year.

Some courses are available online, which gives you the flexibility to study from home.

We are committed to improving access to all students. Contact us to discuss any requirements you may have with our Disability Adviser, whether they are related to access to buildings, or aids to learning.

It’s never too late to start to do something you’ve been dreaming about all your life.

Ekaterina, former Public Service Interpreting student

The student experience

You will be taught by a Cardiff University tutor with specialist knowledge in their subject and you will have access to dedicated learning support. Our tutors are experienced in teaching adult learners and will support your learning experience, offering ongoing guidance as you study.

Classes are usually small, which makes discussion easier and allows more time for the tutor to pay attention to your individual needs.

Our courses have a strong sense of community, giving you the opportunity to meet new people and contribute to stimulating discussion.

There are also opportunities to get together with other students outside of the classroom. Free events take place throughout the year, including public lectures, subject specific events, open days and our annual award ceremony.

Take a look at our top pick of events for the weeks ahead.

I've gained a sense of confidence in my own ability in my chosen subject areas. I’ve also met some incredible people and have made lifelong friendships.

Lex Lamprey, former Astronomy and Exploring the Past student

University credits and qualifications

You can earn credits towards qualifications when you complete the required work and assessments.

These credits are part of a national scheme, which means they are recognised by most universities and educational establishments. This is useful when you want to continue your studies elsewhere.

We have also developed a number of pathways to help you study for a degree. Our pathways programme is an alternative to A-level and access qualifications as it is taught and assessed in similar ways to first year undergraduate courses.

It has been a labour of love studying part time over the past six years. I cannot wait to wear my cap and gown at graduation and say a huge thanks to everyone who helped me achieve my dream because it certainly has changed my life.

Hayley Bassett, former Exploring the Past student

University facilities and resources

When you enrol on a course, you become a Cardiff University student for the duration of your study. This means that you have access to student discounts, our libraries, computers, language laboratories, and computing suite.

Student discounts

As a student, you will have full access to the University's sport facilities as a reduced rate.

You also get student rates on selected computer software from some suppliers, and discounts with a large range of companies upon purchase of an NUS discount card.


You are entitled to free membership of the University libraries. This means that you can borrow up to six items from any of our libraries. You can also attend skills workshops which show you how to access and use the learning resources available.

Many of our courses are held in the John Percival Building, which is next door to the Arts and Social Studies library.

Computer and laboratory access

All courses give you a free student computer account, which you can log into on campus or at home. This gives you access to the following:

  • Outlook email and calendar
  • the online library catalogue
  • our online virtual learning environment
  • announcements and news
  • access to online communities.

We have two interactive digital language laboratories, which we use extensively to enhance speaking and listening skills.

This is also a dedicated teaching room for web development courses.

Find out more about how to access these facilities.