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The Department for Continuing Education has over 125 years' experience of teaching part-time adult students.

Those who take our courses include:

  • People studying for enjoyment and personal enrichment -- for example, pursuing an interest in art history, or learning a foreign language
  • Those working to obtain a certificate or diploma in a given subject
  • Students who intend to transfer to university degree programmes, both at Oxford and elsewhere
  • Those who wish to upgrade professional skills
  • Those who are pursuing a post-graduate degree part-time
  • People changing the focus of their careers, or embarking on a new career path
  • Students returning to education after a time away

Many of our courses can be studied with no previous qualifications; some of our programmes - mainly those which result in diplomas, certificates and degrees - require some amount of previous study or experience, and are subject to a competitive application process.

Students who are interested in studying with us are encouraged to explore the Courses section of this site. Each course and programme of study contains detailed information about requirements and application.

Student Spotlight

Shaun Morley was drawn to the study of local and social history by an interest in the everyday life of everyday people - the past's 'hidden majority' - and though an affinity for research and evidence which had served him well in his previous life with the Thames Valley Police force. Read more...

Student Funding Update

The Independent Taskforce on Student Finance Information launched a series of part-time student finance materials in May 2012). Learn more.

Rewley House Library

Continuing Education Library

The Rewley House Continuing Education Library has a collection of around 73,000 books together with periodicals and a video/DVD collection of films and drama documentaries. Visit the library's pages.