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Centre for Lifelong Learning is a community of students with great life stories, where resilience, compassion, drive, and friendships often shine through challenging times in the lifelong learning journey.

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Name: Sara Mohamedprofile
Course: BA (Hons) Counselling and the Psychotherapeutic Relationship

"It is difficult, and it's work. But you know, when you just enjoy something so much, it doesn't feel like work, it's that kind of feeling."

Name: Lil Nickoldsprofile
Course: BA (Hons) Social Work ( Degree Apprenticeship)

"What has been the main progress for me is that I've grown as a person, and I've been more reflective in my practice. It's about those Why questions I start to ask myself--Why are we doing this? Why have I done this?"

Name: Emma Goodfellowprofile
Course: BA (Hons) Social Work ( Degree Apprenticeship)

"It's a course that makes me think about things from different perspectives and analyse certain things, so I feel that I've grown in my professional life, but also in my personal life. Now I don't seem to take things at face value and start to question everything in a way that can be constructive."

Name: Pamela Mckennaprofile
Course: BA (Hons) Early Childhood

"I have now been able to gain a place on a PGCE Teaching course in September 2022 and without the Early Childhood course and the knowledge I have gained and confidence that has given me I don’t think I would have ever been in the position to apply for it."

Name: Lisa
Course: BA (Hons) Social Studies (Part-Time)

"Completion of the Social Studies degree is not for me to pursue a different career, it is purely for me to be able to finally fulfil my dream, and the content of the degree speaks to me more than I thought it would."

Name: Aaron
AaronCourse: BA (Hons) Early Childhood (Part-Time)

"I was excited to start a new challenge in a job that is very rewarding, however realised I needed to try and further my education alongside this, to give me greater opportunities in the future."

Name: JordanJordan
Course: BA (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling and the Psychotherapeutic Relationship (Part-Time)

"I can honestly say, joining the course has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life so far. There is a magnificent blend of practical learning through counselling practice, theory and, I think the most important aspect of the course, self-reflection and personal development."

Name: SarahSarah
Course: Early Childhood (Foundation Degree and Top-up)

"I have thoroughly enjoyed the exposure to different opinions and experiences of my peers and tutors. It has supported me within my current role as a teaching assistant and has given me multiple options of where to go next."

Name: KarenPicture of Karen
Course: Gateway to HE and BA (Hons) Social Studies (Full-time)

“I still managed to get a 2:1. As I type this, I am still feeling on cloud nine and I feel excited for what opportunities my degree may open to me."

Name: Juliejulie_marziano_web.jpg
Course: BA (Hons) Health and Social Policy (2+2)

“My proudest achievement was being awarded the Gillian Rose Prize for 2018/2019 by the Department of Sociology Postgraduate Exam Board."

jon_winfield_1.jpgName: Jon
Course: BA (Hons) Health and Social Policy (2+2)

"During my final year I realised I actually enjoyed learning and started to wonder if I perhaps could go further, so I applied for an MA in Social Research."

emma_q.pngName: Emma
Course: BA (Hons) History (Part-time)

"I felt very brave. I have found it challenging but I would encourage anyone to do it. Warwick University has great facilities and support for students of all ages and disciplines which I look forward to sharing with all those I meet."

Name: Clareclare
Course: Early Childhood (Foundation Degree)

"My child changed the direction of my life. The positives of joining as an adult learner are, you really know what you want. I really didn't know this is what I wanted to do when I was leaving school. But now this is definitely the field I need to be in."

Name: Emmaemma
Course: Early Childhood (Foundation Degree)

“As a young adult I was never sure of what career path I wanted to travel along. I think as a more mature student I have now had time to gain a bigger picture of the world and build up clearer idea of what I want from life and from a career.”

Name: Jamie
Course: BA (Hons) Social Studies (2+2)

"There is an abundance of help and encouragement for mature students at the University of Warwick. It’s never too late to learn.

Name: Claire Claire
Course: BA (Hons) Social Work (Degree Apprenticeship)

“I have enjoyed learning new things, new ways of thinking and meeting new people. I have learned a lot about myself over the last few months and love the new challenges that I have been given”

Name: Joe
Course: BA (Hons) Social Studies (Part-time)

"Studying a part-time degree with CLL has supported my career progress within Higher Education. It has given me tools, such as critical analysis and has built my confidence within an academic setting."

Name: AlisonAli
Course: BA Health and Social Policy

"As I gained more knowledge, it prompted me to question and challenge ‘power and control’ influences in society, discovering a new-found awareness of how they impacted upon my own life."

Course: BA (Hons) Social Studies (2+2)

"I have learned about deferred gratification and working hard to achieve my goals rather than expecting everything to happen yesterday without me lifting a finger."

Course: Early Childhood (Foundation Degree)

"I have made lots of new friends in my cohort, the tutors are amazing at offering support and my own personal tutor Dr Charlotte Jones is phenomenal at ensuring the students feel confident completing their studies."

Course: BA (Hons) Social Studies (2+2)

"The confidence being a Warwick graduate gives you cannot be underestimated and it really helped me look at careers I had not previously considered."

Course: Person-centred Counselling and Psychotherapy

"What I took away from the years I spent at the university was the experience and connection made with fellow students during those 3 years."

Course: BA (Hons) Social Studies (2+2)

"I cannot recommend the 2+2 highly enough. I have new friends, a new career and an intellectual curiosity, I would have never developed without CLL."

Course: Early Childhood (Foundation Degree), BA (Hons) Early Childhood (top-up)

"The most important thing that I have learned from the course is that as practitioners, my colleagues, classmates, and I play a vital role in the lives of the children in our care. Studying at Warwick gave me the confidence to find my voice and I hope to use it to make an impact on my sector."

Course: BA (Hons) Social Studies (2+2)

"It is so rewarding submitting the final piece of work and receiving the grades I have worked so hard to achieve. I am looking forward to putting my degree into practice and for my next adventure."

Course: BA (Hons) Health and Social Policy (Part-time)

"All of my tutors have been very supportive and engaged with my studies, offering guidance whenever it was required. Without their kindness, expert knowledge or willingness to help their students meet their goals in their degree, this journey would have been difficult."

Course: BA (Hons) Social Studies (Full-time)

" Writing essays and academic reading was a challenge in the beginning, however, I found that the support offered from study skills sessions and my lectures very helpful and before I knew it I was on my way and achieving the grades I wanted."

Course: Early Childhood (Foundation Degree)

"By the second year of the degree, my confidence had grown with the knowledge I had gained. I felt I was able to carry out my job to the highest standard which inevitably benefitted the children and families I worked with."

Course: BA (Hons) Social Studies (2+2)

"The degree has provided me with a range of transferable skills for both the workplace and everyday life such as relaxation techniques gained on the mindfulness module, presentation skills both verbal and written and the ability to research and analyse data."

Course: Early Childhood (Foundation Degree), BA (Hons) Early Childhood (top-up)

“It takes real determination to see the degree through; however, I could not have asked for a more supportive set of tutors than I have had at this university. I would encourage anyone to go for it!"


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Name: Jo Montague-Fuller
Jo Montague-FullerCourse: MSc Psychotherapy and Counselling

"I began my academic journey a bit later in life and when I first began my degree, I never thought I would subsequently be accepted on a Masters course at the University of Warwick."


Name: Shaheen
Course: BA (Hons) Social Studies [2+2], MA Career Development and Coaching Studies

"I’ve learned that it is never too late to learn, and my brain can retain information and I can get out of my comfort zone to achieve my dreams. I have extended my own chances of getting roles in different employment sectors and become a good positive role model for my children."

rachaelName: Rachael
Course: MSc Psychotheraphy and Counselling

“The theory has been really interesting and has helped me look deeper into the type of integrative therapist I want to be."

doreenName: Doreen
Course: PG Certificate in Career Development and Coaching Studies

“The 2 day residential was an opportunity to meet with other careers students face-to-face, share our experiences and learn from each other. The relationships built last beyond the course and I am still in touch with students who attended the residential."

ClareName: Clare
Course: PG Diploma in Career Development and Coaching Studies

“Looking at universities with my teenage kids rekindled a fire and a desire to consolidate my personal development and guidance experience with a specific vocational qualification."

Professional development

Certificate in Coaching Practice

Sara Davies, former student

  • "The certificate in coaching and mentoring has been brilliant, it has provided me with a solid foundation of core coaching skills, namely around effective listening, questioning and applying coaching models/tools in order to engage in meaningful coaching conversations. I have a strong interest in coaching/mentoring as I know first-hand how effective it can be. The skills that I have developed and strengthened are transferable and are helping me in my day to day work as a fundraiser for the University of Warwick. I also enjoyed learning alongside a friendly and supportive group of people. I highly recommend this course."

Jess O'Brien, former student

  • "I have found the coaching course extremely valuable, not just for a future in coaching but to use in my current role in HR. I was curious before starting about how the set-up of only 8 sessions would work and how much you could learn in that time? I shouldn't have worried. I have been blown away by the amount of content we covered, it is outstanding the amount we have taken away. I had attended taster courses for coaching before with other companies but was never sold. I can confirm that the authenticity of this course is what made me pick it and the amount of theory, knowledge and practise packed into this course makes it the true standout."

Sebastian Barboza, former student

  • "Thanks to this course, I can now see a different definition of coaching. I've learnt not only how to help people, but how to make them grow and become better, just with the power of the listening and asking the right questions. But the most important thing for me, is that I've learnt about myself, to be alone with my thoughts and to listen to the silence, because sometimes there lies the answer to something."

Maria Fox, former student

  • "This was probably one of the best courses I have been on. It was full of content, both practical and theoretical. It was relevant, up to date, and the expertise of the tutors was excellent, both broad and far-reaching; not only have I developed professionally but personally as well. The skills I have acquired on this course are life-long and will reach into every aspect of my life. I cannot recommend this course highly enough."

Diploma in Coaching

Mel Pepper, former student

  • "The Diploma in Coaching has been an amazing course which includes a broad range of theories, techniques and resources. I searched for ages for the right course and I am so glad that I chose this one. It's versatile to suit anyone who's interested in exploring coaching from any aspect and gives you essential skills, and more importantly the confidence to discover the kind of coach you want to be."

Mike Stirzaker, former student

  • "The Warwick CLL Diploma in Coaching has been a fantastic opportunity to both broaden and deepen my coaching knowledge and capability. The balance between exploring disciplines and approaches that have informed current coaching practice and practical application in developing skills and confidence as a coaching practitioner are judged perfectly. Every session provides the opportunity to develop your coaching skills with colleagues on the programme and it was a great group to work with. Ian and the tutor team bring real world experience and real insight into coaching in practice."