The Discover course

Discover is an 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 to the subjects offered by the Department for Lifelong Learning.

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How to apply

To apply for the Discover course you will need to complete our online application form. Once submitted a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your eligibility for the course.

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2019/2020 Discover Courses

  • The Barnsley Discover course is expected to start on Wednesday 22nd April 2020 and is expected to run one morning a week for five weeks
  • The Sheffield Discover course will start on Wednesday 26th February 2020 and will run on one morning a week for six weeks
  • The Rotherham Discover course will start on Tuesday 12th May 2020 and will run on one morning a week for six weeks

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements, but please note that

  • You must be 21 or over
  • You can not apply if you already have a degree
  • If English is your second language you must be able to speak and write to at least ESOL Level 2

About the course

Delivered in partnership with Barnsley Museums, Clifton Park Museum and Museums Sheffield, the course is designed to build your confidence if you have been out of formal learning for two or more years. The course gives a real flavour of the University experience, giving you 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.

Teaching and learning methods

The weekly sessions include

  • discussions and activities based upon 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.

Each Discover course varies slightly, with new sessions constantly being developed. Previous courses have included:

  • My Community
  • My Education
  • University subject taster sessions
  • Museum gallery visits 
  • Support and advice on how to apply to our courses

Every course features an in depth 'Next Steps' session, including one to one careers advice and guidance. We also host a celebration event at the university at the end of each course.

Attendance and length of programme

The Discover course is part-time and runs for six weeks. You will be expected to attend the course for three to four hours each week.

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.

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Upcoming events

We'd love to meet you at one of our events, open days, or taster courses.

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