The Discover course

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Image of Discover postcardThe next Discover course will start in January 2017

Discover is a FREE award winning short course, designed to inspire adults who haven’t been to university to progress with their learning. The upcoming course is delivered on Wednesday between 10am and 1pm. It will focus on themes that link into the subjects offered by the Department for Lifelong Learning.

Delivered in partnership with Museums Sheffield and Sheffield Association for the Voluntary Teaching of English (SAVTE), the course gives a real flavour of the University experience, giving participants a chance to take part in a range of small group activities and discussions. It also provides vital information, advice and guidance such as how to apply to university and how to finance your studies.

What makes the course innovative – and award-winning - is that the sessions feature discussion stimulated by ‘objects’ – objects that may be of personal significance to participants, or objects that form part of Museums Sheffield’s vast store of treasures from around the world.

There are no formal entry requirements, but please note that:

  • participants for whom English is their second language must be able to speak and write the language to at least ESOL Level 2
  • participants who have already gained a degree are not eligible for this course.

When does the next course start?

The next Discover course will start in Sheffield on Wednesday 25th January 2017 and will last for 9 weeks plus a celebration event. In 2017 we will also be offering a course in Rotherham starting on Tuesday 13th June. The course will run for 5 weeks.

To register your interest for the Discover course or find out more:

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Attendance and length of

Attendance on the Discover course is part-time, i.e. 3 hours each week over a 6-10 week period

Most of the sessions are delivered in easily accessible public settings; recent courses have taken place in Weston Park Library, Sheffield. However, some sessions are held at other Museums Sheffield sites, including the Millennium Galleries or Graves gallery. The venue of the course will be confirmed to all those enrolling on it before it starts.

Teaching and learning methods

Weekly sessions feature:

  • discussions and activities based upon key themes stimulated by objects from the Museums Sheffield collection or objects that are significant to participants.
  • information, advice and guidance provided by University staff or selected partners
  • there are no written assessments or assignments on this course.

Programme details

Each Discover course varies slightly, with new and innovative sessions constantly being developed. Previous courses have included sessions on:
  • My Community
  • Museum Visit
  • My Landscape
  • My Society
  • My Health
  • My Language
  • My Education
  • My Democracy

Every course features an in depth 'Next Steps' session, including one to one advice and guidance.

Every course ends with a celebration event, to celebrate the achievements of all participants.

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The DISCOVER Registration Form.

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