The Centre of Lifelong Learning

Centre for Life

Centre for Life - Credit: Archant

The Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of York offers a broad range of open-access, part-time courses to the local community - no previous experience or qualifications are necessary.

Offering a friendly learning environment tailored to the specific needs of adults, the Centre deals with a vast array of subject areas including creative writing, history, archaeology, science, music, philosophy and psychology, and aims to reflect the provision of the wider university in microcosm. So, whether you are seeking to study whilst balancing the demands of a busy life, looking to improve your employability, have retired and wish to re-engage, or just have a general interest you wish to pursue, the Centre aspires to make learning an activity for everyone.


Courses can be undertaken either for university-level credit or purely for pleasure, and offer a huge degree of flexibility, recognising that adult learners often need to balance the demands of daily life alongside their studies.


In addition to evening and day class-based courses on campus which combine short lectures and class discussion, the Centre also offers a range of distance learning provision for those who live outside the local area which attracts both a national and global audience.


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With rolling enrolments taken throughout the academic year, in addition to a series of one-off Saturday day schools and free public lectures, it’s easy to start your learning journey with the Centre at any point in the calendar year.