Every year, hundreds of students from different backgrounds, with a range of prior experiences of education come back to formal learning through the University's Centre for Community Learning. The Centre has established a strong reputation as a highly successful provider of courses and projects that deliver learning opportunities for individual and workforce development.
Tailored to meet the needs of people wishing to return to study in a part-time capacity, the nationally recognised Certificate of Higher Education is a qualification that opens doors. Many students use the Combined Open Studies programme as a stepping stone and go on to achieve degrees or enter new professions as a result of their studies.
This part-time programme provides maximum flexibility by offering a wide choice of modules and day or evening classes with a range of tutors with expert knowledge and experience, many of whom have been mature students themselves. Modules are delivered in community venues and workplaces across Newport, Monmouthshire, Caerphilly, Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent.
The Combined Open Studies programme also offers the opportunity of learning for pleasure for those who do not have an aim of pursuing professional or career development.
The course offers a wide choice of modules within the following subject areas:
• English Studies including Language, Literature and Creative Writing
• Digital Broadcasting and Community Reporting
• Sociology including Women’s Studies, Social Policy and Criminology
• Psychology including Child Development, Social Psychology and Cognitive Psychology
• Counselling including Communication and Interviewing Skills and Counselling Theory
• IT including Programming, Web Design and Office Applications
• Business Studies including Human Resources, Accounting and Marketing
• Research Skills including Research Methods and Ethical Considerations
• Community Development Regeneration
Advice on study and assessment is given on all our courses. The majority of modules run for 15 weeks (2 hours per week) and are worth 20 credits each. Modules can be taken singly or a number at a time to fit in with your particular circumstances. On successful completion of 120 credits you will be awarded the Certificate of Higher Education - Combined Open Studies.
There are new enrolments each semester enabling learners to join the course at various points throughout the year. Please visit our webpages for up to date information on which modules are being delivered each semester:
Oliver joined the Centre for Community and Lifelong Learning (CCLL) in 2007 as a Research Assistant, having previously worked on various voluntary sector and educational projects.
In 2003, Sara returned to CCLL as a Lecturer/Development Officer, her remit being to engage non traditional learners into Higher Education both in community-based venues in Newport and Monmouthshire and on campus.
Mark joined the University of Wales, Newport as an Access student in 1995. Staying with the UWN he has since studied at undergraduate and post-graduate level.
Before joining the Centre for Community and Lifelong Learning (CCLL) Elaine lectured in the area of Equality and Diversity with the then School of Health and Social Sciences.
Jayne joined the University in 2004 and is employed as a Community Based Learning Development Officer working predominantly in Community First areas of Newport and Monmouthshire.
For the most part, the classes on the timetable will be made up of new learners and others who have studied other short courses and wish to build the higher education credits they have achieved. Each module is taught by well-accomplished academic staff who are familiar with supporting the needs of non-traditional university students.
If you have pre-school children we may well be able to assist with childcare costs for the time you are in your classes. Your Tutor and/or Learning Development Officer will be able to provide more detail on this.