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Starting your journey

start your journey

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

Take a look at 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

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?

A number of our courses are free or fully-funded and there may be funding available for others. Fees for courses that do not have funding support can be found on each course page.

The table below shows the programmes that receive funding support and, once you know which course you're interested in, you can find information about funding for all programmes on the University's Student Funding page.

Our funding guides for 2017/18 for the 2+2 degree pathway and part-time degrees are now available to download:

(PDF Document) Foundation Degree Early Childhood Funding 2017/18

(PDF Document) BA Counselling Funding 2017/18

(PDF Document) Part-time degrees funding 2017/18

Free Student loans available Funding available
Gateway to Higher Education: Social Studies Foundation Degrees MA Social Work NHS bursaries
  Part-time Degrees Postgraduate Diploma in Education (FE and Skills) Government Bursaries
  Full-time Degrees (2+2 route) Postgraduate courses Postgraduate Loans
  Postgraduate Diploma in Education (FE and Skills) Postgraduate courses Career Development Loans
Prospects website (futher details)

For part-time degrees and foundation degrees starting in 2017, take a look at this video with Rebecca Ayres, Senior Student Funding Advisor.

This video was created in December 2016.

If you are looking for work to help fund your course, the University's Unitemps employment service may be able to help. Based on campus, Unitemps offers interesting and varied opportunities both on campus and in local businesses.

If you are a University of Warwick staff member, you can use your Warwick Learning Account towards payment for undergraduate level courses. Please visit the Warwick Learning Account page to see which courses are included in the scheme.

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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