The Discover Course

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Discover is a FREE award winning short course, designed to inspire adults who haven’t been to university to progress with their learning. It focuses on themes that link into the subjects offered by the Department for Lifelong Learning.

Delivered in partnership with Barnsley Museums, Clifton Park Museum and Museums Sheffield, 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 the Museums vast store of treasures from around the world.

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

  • participants must be 21 or over
  • 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?

When dates for our next series of Discover Courses are available, they will be publicised on this web page.

In the meantime, you can register your interest in the Discover courses using the form below and we will get in touch to discuss the course. Please specify which location you are interested in.

For more information about the Discover course:

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Attendance and length of

Attendance on the Discover course is part-time (usually 3-4 hours each week over a 3 to 7 week period, depending on location). 

Most of the sessions are delivered in easily accessible public settings; recent courses have taken place in Weston Park Museum, Sheffield and Clifton Park Museum, Rotherham. Sessions may also be held at other venues, including the University of Sheffield campus. The location will be confirmed when you enrol.

Teaching and learning methods

Weekly sessions feature:

  • discussions and activities based upon key themes stimulated by objects from the Museum collections 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
  • My Education
  • My Democracy
  • My University (subject taster sessions)
  • Museum Visit

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.

Please note that the University of Sheffield runs a range of Outreach programmes for younger applicants. Please visit for more information.