Develop your interests in a new subject area, get support with returning to study, learn about the city of Bristol or develop your sports skills. We offer a range of courses and opportunities, online and in-person, so you can learn at the University throughout your life.

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Courses and professional qualifications

Take courses at the University so you can develop skills and knowledge in a new subject area, or enhance your career development with professional qualifications:

Return to study

We offer courses to help you prepare to return to study as a mature student, if you have not followed a standard path through education.

  • Our short courses help you prepare for further study on a foundation or degree course.
  • The STEM Up online short course gives you the opportunity to experience what it's like to study a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) subject at university.
  • Building up to Bristol is an online course over three days for new mature students once you have a place confirmed on a degree course at Bristol. It will help you prepare for undergraduate study by working with peers to feel confident understanding academic language and culture.
  • Return to education with our year-long introductory foundation courses, designed to prepare you for an undergraduate degree without prior qualifications.

Research focused on the city of Bristol

  • Explore and research Bristol history with Know your Bristol. In this project, the University, Bristol City Council and several Bristol community groups collaborate to record, share and celebrate the city’s heritage and culture.
  • Experience artefacts from the University’s different collections in one place, virtually. Explore our virtual museum The Uncertain Space using a smartphone, web browser or Virtual Reality headset. You can use a Virtual Reality headset at our Theatre Collection Reading Rooms.

Sports classes

Discover University sports and exercise facilities open to the public.

Exercise classes and personal training sessions

Explore courses or pay-as-you-go sessions for adults at the Indoor Sports Centre at Tyndall Avenue.

Classes include Community Exercise, a supported programme particularly suited for those with any health or mobility issues. 

Download the Active Online app to book your class.

Swimming lessons and courses

Book swimming lessons and courses for adults and children at the University pool in the Richmond Building in Clifton. We offer courses for beginners and more advanced swimmers.

Tennis lessons

Book tennis lessons for adults and children at the Coombe Dingle Sports Complex. There are indoor acrylic and 10 outdoor courts, and we offer lessons for beginners and more advanced players.

Learn at events

Attend events at or run by the University and learn from our experts and the wider community.

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