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Mature students studying

Here at the University of Central Lancashire, around two-thirds of our students are over 21 when they start their degree. Whether you want to start a new career, improve your current job prospects or simply wish to study a subject you love, we have a course to help you achieve your goals.

Your previous work and life equip you with transferable skills - maybe you’re skilled at planning your time, writing documents or have worked as part of a team. All of these provide valuable experience for lectures, tutorials, group work and working to deadlines. For students with a sufficient level of past learning from experience level or qualifications we offer an Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) scheme. This enables you to receive recognition and formal credit for learning acquired in the past, through formal study and also work and other life experiences.

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Download Our Mature Students Guide

If you're considering returning to study, you probably have many questions. From funding to accommodation to courses and entry requirements, there's a lot to take in.

Returning to education when you are over 21 may seem daunting. However, don't forget that being a little older brings with it other advantages and benefits. 

Download our 'Guide for Mature Students' which will give you further information to help you and guide you in the right direction with all you need to know and the services available to you at the University of Central Lancashire.

Download Guide

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Study Skills

If you’re not up to speed with IT or need to update your study skills, our friendly and experienced Learning and Information Services staff are available to provide technical support, ensure you have all the latest software packages and remote access services and can help you make the most of the Library’s many resources.

If it’s been a while since you last wrote an essay or you’re struggling with your referencing, with our help you can learn how to study more effectively and communicate at an advanced and professional level. You can access one-to-one individual academic support, weekly writing workshops and we can even arrange bespoke specialist workshops in conjunction with your module tutors or course leaders. See WISER for further information.

Peer Mentoring

Want to know how to make the most of your UCLan experience? Sometimes the best person to ask is another student who has been exactly where you are right now. We can match you up with a fellow student (a mentor) who will meet up with you on a regular basis. If you would like to know more please email us PeerMentoring@uclan.ac.uk

Financial Support

For students in financial hardship we can provide short term loan and grant assistance; each student is considered on an individual basis.

For more information about Student Finance, including the Access to Learning Fund, Bursaries, Additional Funding and Short-term Loan Support, email SFSTeam@uclan.ac.uk or telephone 01772 892583.


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Study Support

If you need extra support and guidance before or during your studies, the University of Central Lancashire is here for you. With a wide range of services from WISER to The <i> and beyond.

If you need extra support and guidance before or during your studies, the University of Central Lancashire is here for you. With a wide range of services from WISER to The <i> and beyond.

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Financial Support

Visit our Fees and Finance page where there's lots of information and financial support available to help you every step of the way. 

Visit our Fees and Finance page where there's lots of information and financial support available to help you every step of the way. 

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Flying Start

Flying Start offers you the opportunity to experience University life before starting your course and is designed to give you the skills you need to succeed. 

Flying Start offers you the opportunity to experience University life before starting your course and is designed to give you the skills you need to succeed.