Many universities have specific departments that offer evening classes in a variety of subjects. They offer a huge range of fascinating topics across all levels, from introductory and short courses right through to undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees. Just like full time further education programmes, these courses are designed to firstly enhance a students understanding of a particular subject matter and secondly improve their academic credentials.

Evening classes are a ideal solution to balancing the demands of a career, family life and social commitments whilst at the same time studying for a qualification.

Courses are taught at various levels from complete beginner to post-advanced and there is no difference between the learning you will receive on a part time evening class and that taught on full time degree courses. All subjects are taught to the highest standards by qualified and experienced staff.

Enrolling on an evening class
Depending on the university these can be done online or in person. You should note that for popular courses space may be limited and allocated on a first come first serve basis. Enrolments run for a limited period only, so if you are interested in a particular course then you should check the dates beforehand.

Also remember that simply submitting a application does not guarantee a place, you should also contact the course co-ordinator or administrator to confirm that you have been successful.

The benefits of evening classes

  • They are a ideal way to introduce people to subjects that interest them.
  • Students can continue to work while they study in a way that works for them.
  • Its a good way to become introduced to a particular subject or field and a alternative to enrolling on a full time degree course.
  • Many courses have lower admission criteria than full time courses.
  • They are an ideal way for mature students to get back into some form of education.

Student support
Universities want their students to succeed in their academic endeavours and many go out of their way to provide extensive support and resources to help them get through their assignments. Listed below are some of the resources aimed at helping you to develop the academic skills relevant and required to successfully pass your evening course.

Online resources

  • Subject specific support tools will include extensive online resources such as:
  • Discussion boards.
  • Online tutorials.
  • Access to specialist forums .
  • Online library services that include text journals and electronic books which are available as a research portal 24 hours a day.
  • Video tutorials.
  • Online dictionaries.

Self study aids
These will be more aimed at advising student on study techniques and helping them prepare for tests. Assistance will be provided on areas such as ;

  • Time management
  • Exam preparation and techniques
  • Note taking
  • Managing stress
  • Goal setting
  • Textbook reading strategies
  • Essay writing, grammar, punctuation.
  • Quick reference leaflets
  • Practise and revision booklets
  • Revision planners
  • Presentation skills

Tutor support
Universities always educational support staff and ‘personal’ tutors on hand to assist any students who are experiencing difficulties or have learning problems that are affecting their studies. They can offer free confidential guidance and advice on both personal and academic matters.

Class sizes on an evening course
These are a important factor in all forms of learning and its no different on any evening course programme. To maximise the learning experience for students many evening classes are not crammed to the rafters but instead are limited in size so as to ensure everyone gets the individual attention needed to learn quickly. Apart from creating a better environment this also allows teachers to challenge each student more, reinforce areas that need improvement and encourage pupils to pursue their individual strengths.

Its a fact that good teaching methods and small classroom sizes encourage participants to make rapid progress through active class participation.

Missing a class
As most of the people on evening classes in London will be employed and therefore at work during the day, it is not uncommon for some of them to occasionally miss a class. To get round this many lecturers on evening programmes are willing to email or post the coursework to these students before the next class. Tutors will also be available for advice and additional self study guidance.

Entry requirements
This depends on the university itself and the course that you  are applying for, however many programmes do not require learners to have any previous experience of the subject.


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