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Starting your journey

start your journey

Are you thinking about returning to education but not sure where to start?

Many of you will be unsure how to go about returning to study; it may be are you are unaware of what's on offer or confused by some of the programmes and study routes, or perhaps you are anxious about how you will fit in and cope with academic study, particularly if you have been away from study for some time. A good starting point may be to read through the courses we offer and read about the experiences of our students and graduates. Our 'student journeys' on the right of this page offer an insight into the opportunities open to you. Or come and meet us at one of our Open Door sessions and we can talk through your aspirations, options and any concerns you have.

Where do I start?

We offer a wide range of study opportunities in the Centre for Lifelong Learning. For many of our courses you don't require formal qualifications such as A levels or an Access course and our Warwick Gateway to HE: Social Studies and short courses are ideal ways to get back into study both to see if you enjoy the subject and the academic study and to see how it fits in with other commitments you may have such as work and family.

If you feel ready to study at degree level, there are several routes and subject areas to consider and these can all be found on our routes to a degree page. Entry requirements for these are flexible and we value the work and life experience our mature students bring to these courses.

If you already have a first degree or you are looking to progress your career or role, or perhaps wish to change career, then take a look at our postgraduate or professional development programmes.

We also offer a number of Initial Teacher Training courses which can be studied without prior qualifications.

Use the courses section to guide you on the routes available or take a look at our full course list. If you're still not sure where to start, then feel free to contact us.

How do I apply?
You will find an “Apply now” or “Book now” button next to any course which is open for applications. If there is no button currently available, you can sign up to our mailing list to receive updates on when the applications for a particular course are open and when the deadline for applications is coming up.
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What funding is available?

Funding details for 2018 entry will be updated shortly

What's it like to study here?

The Centre for Lifelong Learning is based on Warwick’s Westwood Campus which is to the north of Main Campus. Many of our courses are taught on Westwood including Counselling and Early Childhood (unless you study at NWHC). If you are studying an undergraduate degree such as 2+2 or Part-time, it is likely you will attend classes on the main campus and will join other Warwick undergraduate students. The first two years of our 2+2 degrees are taught at our partner colleges, North Warwickshire and Hinckley, Solihull, City College Coventry and new this year, Warwickshire College. Studying a course with us makes you a student of The University of Warwick. This gives you access to University facilities such as the Library, IT Services, Warwick Sport, and Warwick Students’ Union which includes the largest number of student societies in the UK as well as more than 70 sports clubs and 100 sports teams. Warwick Arts Centre, one of the largest performing and visual arts complexes in the UK outside London, can be found in the centre of the Main Campus.

The University of Warwick is located just ten minutes away from Coventry and 25 minutes from Birmingham. London is only an hour's train journey from Coventry and the campus is surrounded by great shopping and nightlife, historic towns and beautiful countryside. We have a Student Welfare Officer, Elaine Moore, who offers study skills workshops and pastoral support. If you need help writing essays or managing your time more effectively, or you’d like a chat about how your studies are going, Elaine is available for face-to-face meetings or by phone and e-mail.

The University has a nursery and if you have dependent children, you may be entitled to the Parents' Learning Allowance (PLA) and Childcare Grant (CCG). Please contact our student funding team for more information on 024 7615 0096.

What are the entry requirements?

You can study at Warwick without previous qualifications. Many of our courses do not have specific entry requirements; please visit our Courses pages to find out whether or not prior qualifications are needed.

Student journeys

Read about our students' journeys back into education and what they have achieved since:

Shaheen's story

BA (Hons) Social Studies (2+2 route), MA Careers Development and Coaching Studies

Rachel's story

BA (Hons) Social Studies (2+2 route)

Danny's story

Gateway to Higher Education, BA (Hons) Social Studies

Sue's story

BA (Hons) Social Studies

Julia's story 

BA (Hons) Early Educational Studies, MA Social Work

Angela's story

BA (Hons) Social Studies (2+2 route), MA Social Work

Ravinder's story

Gateway to Higher Education, BA (Hons) Social Studies

Zoey's story

BA (Hons) Social Studies (2+2 route)

Alan's story

BA (Hons) Social Studies (2+2 route)

James' story

BA (Hons) Social Studies (2+2 route), MA Social Work

Nicolie's story

Gateway to Higher Education, BA (Hons) Social Studies

Alumni profile: Dawn

BA (Hons) Social Studies (2+2 route), now working for Warwickshire County Council

Alumni profile: Julia

BA (Hons) Social Studies (2+2 route), starting a Medical School PhD

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