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Mature student support

Are you considering starting university as a mature student? Everyone has the potential to study at university. It’s never too late to gain new skills, improve your job prospects or change your career path.

Did you know?

Around 40 percent of mature students are over 30 and have work, family or mortgage responsibilities.
Around two thirds of our students are over 21 years old when they start their degree.
We have a six-week programme that is delivered part-time and free to successful applicants
Receive expert coaching to support a successful application to a relevant degree starting in September 
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Accreditation of Prior Learning

Your previous work experience may have equipped you with transferable skills. Depending on your experience or previous qualifications you could benefit from our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) scheme. This scheme allows you to receive credit for your work experience, helping you on your new course. 

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Discover our Return to Study entry programmes

Our free six-week short courses will help you make the transition to university study. Refresh your skills and gain the knowledge you need to progress onto one of our foundation entry programmes or even a full degree.

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Support every step of the way

If you’re considering a return to education, you might have lots of questions about: 

  • Financing your studies
  • Entry requirements
  • Managing your other commitments, from work to childcare
  • Whether you’re capable of taking on a university degree

If it’s been a while since you last wrote an essay or worked on an assignment, don't worry. We’ll help you make the step up to university-level study and develop the core skills you need.

 If your digital skills are lacking we can help you get up to speed with the latest technology and software. We can also provide you with technical support to help you make the most of our Library’s many resources. 

Sometimes the best person to speak to is another mature student who has been in the same position you are now. We can match you up with a fellow student who will get in touch with you on a regular basis. 

When you sign up to a Return to Study course, we’ll give you all the help you need to start your university journey.

We’ll explain everything you need to know about financing your studies. This includes, how to apply for a Student Loan and any extra support you are eligible for.

You may be able to access a short-term loan and grant assistance, including our Access to Learning Fund, bursaries and other support.

Don’t worry. We’ll explain it all.

Balancing family commitments with your studies isn’t easy. But there are ways of making it work for you.

Our Pre-School Centre on our Preston Campus is available for children from six months to four years. So your young ones can have their own university experience while you study.

We can also support you to access grants available for childcare. This includes the Parents’ Learning Allowance or Child Tax Credits.

If you’re a carer (paid or unpaid) for a dependent, we can provide you with a dedicated staff member. This will help you to manage your caring responsibilities alongside your studies.