Explore the Department for Lifelong Learning

Get a feel for life in the Department for Lifelong Learning by taking part in interactive online sessions and exploring our videos, tours and features. Staff and current students will help you find out more about what life as a mature student at Sheffield is like.


A welcome message from our Head of Department

Use the content below to explore our department. We very much hope to meet you in the future and would welcome any questions you have about what we can offer for mature students returning to education.

Join our interactive sessions

If you’re considering a return to education with the Department for Lifelong Learning, we’d love to welcome you to one of our online information sessions where we’ll answer any questions you have.

At our ‘general information and Q&A’ sessions you will be able to find out more about our department and the courses we have to offer. We will cover topics such as returning to education, the support available to mature students and more. You will also have the opportunity to ask our staff and student ambassadors any questions you may have. Please register for these sessions via the links below:

Our 'funding your studies' sessions will give you the chance to find out more about all things fees, funding and financial support related for mature students and you'll have the chance to ask any questions to a member of the Financial Support Team. You can register for these sessions via the links below:

  • Further dates to be confirmed

Subject Taster Events

Join us at our subject taster sessions to gain an insight into what it is like to study with us as a mature student and find out more about the topics covered on our foundation year.

Subject Taster Events

Chat to our student ambassadors

Our student ambassadors are always happy to answer any questions you might have about life as a mature student at the University of Sheffield. Use the green button below or the 'Chat to our students' pop-up box on this page to start chatting!

Chat to our students

About the foundation year

The foundation year is delivered at Level 0 over one or two years, depending on whether you are studying full-time or part-time.

Structure of the foundation programme

Subject tasters

We have a range of taster videos, created by our tutor team, for you to explore subjects and themes taught on our foundation year courses.

We also have some upcoming Subject Taster Events taking place during April and May, find out more and register here.

English - text world theory

Former foundation year student Gemma introduces the theory of 'Text Worlds', with a practical example of how our knowledge of the world influences how we interpret written texts.

Science and Health - a study of genes

Ros explains how possible genetic combinations in guinea pigs can be investigated using a punnet square.

Science and Health - handwashing and public health

Lyndsey discusses the history of hand washing, and investigates the public health messages surrounding hand washing as an effective method of controlling disease.

Politics and History - mystery object

Sarah shares a mystery object of enormous political and historical significance. Can you guess what it is?

Psychology - a memory exercise

Jess explores the concept of memory, and walks through an interactive exercise to show the techniques we use to remember large amounts of seemingly random information.

Maths and statistics - analysing everyday data

Rachel gives an overview of how data is used across all aspects of our lives, and offers some simple guidance for interpreting the data we see

Browse all of our foundation courses

How to apply

This short video offers useful tips and advice on how to apply for a course at the Department for Lifelong Learning, focussing on writing a really effective personal statement.

Check our full eligibility and entry requirements before you apply.

Support for mature students

As a mature student at the University of Sheffield, you will be entitled to access all the opportunities and resources open to any other student. This short presentation gives an overview of the full range of available support.

How we support you

Further student support across the University

Financial guidance

Studying at university is an investment in your future.

Both the government and the University provide financial support to help cover the costs of your studies. Explore these links to find out what you could be entitled to.

Full-time fees and funding

Part-time fees and funding

Meet our students

Our current and former students talk about their experiences of returning to education as a mature student, and how the Department for Lifelong Learning has helped them.

Read more student profiles

Take a tour of our campus

Follow some existing students on a guided tour of our City and our Campus.

Take the full video tour

Explore the University

Now you've explored the Department for Lifelong Learning, take a look around the wider University and the departments that you could end up studying in after your foundation year.

Explore the University of Sheffield

Contact us

If you have any more questions then please ask.

Department contact details

Social media

DLL Taster

Explore our department

Join us at our upcoming live events:
'Info and Q&A' session - 11th June
Subject Taster Events - week of 24th May

Register now!