Bangor University Lifelong Learning

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Bangor University Lifelong Learning

The School of Lifelong Learning at Bangor University plays an important role in providing part-time study options across the region.  Our aim is to ensure access to higher education opportunities through developing and supporting stimulating, high quality and flexible learning.

Student support

We fully understand the pressures of studying part-time whilst working and raising a family, as well as the barriers created by a lengthy absence from a learning environment. Our expert and dedicated staff are here to ensure our courses are relevant, current and accessible to you and to support you on your learning journey.

Flexible programmes

You have three key pathways to study part time; through our flexible OPEN STUDIES programme or through our core degree programmes, COMBINED STUDIES and the soon-to-be re-introduced BA PSYCHOSOCIAL STUDIES (with an exit point at HE Cert in Psychosocial Studies).

OPEN STUDIES provides you with clusters of subject areas where you can take one or many modules to suit your interests and pocket. The modules vary from more informal, non-accredited courses to accredited modules that you could add to a degree programme should you wish to develop your studies more formally.

Your first steps in HE are nurtured through a study skills module supported by the Study Skills Centre, Library staff and Lifelong Learning specialists. Our core degrees in Combined Studies and Psychosocial Studies enable a wide range of study supported by an excellent team of tutors, led by subject specialists.

You can progress to Postgraduate Certificates in Professional Practice. From 2016-17 Translation and Translation Technologies is available and for 2017-18, a PG Cert in Substance Use Management (subject to validation), or Postgraduate Diplomas and MA’s in Community Development and Women’s Studies.

Within the flexible programmes you can build your specialism as you progress or keep your studies broad to suit your particular requirements.

  • Who are Our Students?
  • Where Can You Study?
  • What subjects do we offer?
  • Working with Others
  • Want to know more?

Who are our students?

Anyone over the age of 18 can follow our courses. Previous experience, family commitments or busy life styles should not be a barrier to studying with us.

If you are uncertain as to what you should study why not contact us? We can offer advice, guidance and, if you are still unsure, you can just take a taster module from our Open Studies/short courses menu.

The broad range of provision we offer allows us to respond to individual, community and organisational needs with flexibility – we will try our utmost to provide what you need at the right level, in the right place and at the right time.


Where can you study?

Our office is in Bangor where our staff, often in partnership with other University Schools and external organisations, work to develop stimulating and relevant lifelong learning programmes. These are available through the medium of English and Welsh and are delivered here in Bangor but also, where appropriate, in communities and workplaces across the region.

We teach in locations from Porthmadog to Wrexham, from Bangor to Rhyl. Locations include community centres, libraries and the work place. You may also be able to follow a course from your home computer as we begin to further develop online content!

What subjects do we offer?

We offer a wide range of subjects , which include Community Development, Women’s Studies, History & Archaeology, Sociology, Theology, Philosophy and Politics, Psychology, Modern Languages, European Cultural Studies and Business & Management amongst others, many of these can be linked to your continuing professional development.

Working with others

We work with a number of partners including local authorities, statutory and voluntary organisations and community groups across North Wales. If you as an individual, community group or other organisation feel that there is an opportunity to develop educational provision and courses in your organisation / area do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your needs.

We also operate as a stepping stone into the University – so if we can’t help directly we can probably find someone that can!

Want to know more?

Contact us at Lifelong Learning on 01248 382475 or