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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2020/21 Discover Courses

We will be running our next Discover Course online in early 2021. Please complete our application form above and we will be in touch with further information on the course. 

Please note that as this course will take place online, you will need a smartphone, tablet, laptop or similar device to access this.


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 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
  • 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 session at the end of each course.


Attendance and length of programme

The online Discover course is part-time and is expected to run for six to eight weeks for around two hours per week

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