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Return to Study

It's never too late to gain new skills, improve your job prospects or change your career path. We offer a warm welcome to mature students from any background considering university for the first time and anyone who's returning.

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.
Our unique six-week programme is delivered part-time and is free to successful applicants
Receive expert coaching to support a successful application to a relevant degree starting in September 

Our Return to Study courses are now closed for applications for July 2021 but will re-open for 2022 entry shortly. If you'd like to be notified please email our team with your full name, email address and subject of interest and we’ll get in touch when applications open again.

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Return to Study entry programmes

Our brand-new return to study entry programmes are designed to refresh your learning skills and build your self-confidence and support application to a foundation degree or degree level programme. We have fast-track programmes in:

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Could your experience give you a head start?

Your previous work and life have equipped you with transferable skills and valuable experience. If you have a good level of experience or previous qualifications you may benefit from our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) scheme. This scheme allows you to receive credit for your previous work and experience, giving you a head start on your new course.

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Help and advice

If you're considering returning to study, you probably have many questions. From financing your studies and managing other commitments to specific courses and entry requirements, there's a lot to take in. But don't worry we're here to help answer all your questions and support you every step of the way.

Age is no barrier to returning to study and undertaking a degree, in fact it can be a distinct advantage in the skills, motivation and life experience you bring with you.

Whether you are looking to gain new skills, improve career prospects, change your career path or to follow your passion, we have a wide range of part-time and full-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses to help you achieve your goal.

Free 6 Week Return To Study Entry programme

Interested in a professional career change or looking for a change in direction but ruled out university study due to a lack of formal qualifications?

If you don't have a level 3 qualifications or you have been out of education for some time, our return to study entry programmes are designed to refresh your learning skills and build your self confidence in a subject area of your choice.

  • Unique six-week programme delivered part-time and FREE to successful applicants

  • An opportunity for those without full Level 3 qualifications to gain the skills to apply for degree courses to progress onto a future career

  • Receive expert coaching and tuition to support a successful application to a relevant degree starting in September 

  • Learners are provided with access to online sessions which they can work through at their own pace as well as taught sessions with lecturers online and on-campus facilities

If it's been a while since you last wrote an essay or assignment and some of the language seems daunting, support is on hand to help get you into a university learning mindset. We can support you to learn the skills needed to write an essay, study more effectively or communicate professionally. You can access support, writing workshops and we can even arrange bespoke specialist workshops in conjunction with your tutors.

Our friendly Learning and Information Services staff are also here to help you get up to speed with the latest technology and provide technical support so you can make the most of our Library's many resources.

Contact Student Support on +44 (0)1772 895000 or email to speak with an experienced advisor.

Want to know how to make the most of your student experience? Sometimes the best person to ask is another mature student who has been exactly where you are right now. We can match you up with a fellow student who will meet with you on a regular basis. Once you have accepted an offer and want to know more please email

If you have questions or queries and would like to chat to another mature student now, click here.

Find out more about ways of funding your studies, applying and accessing student finance or what support is on offer at the university. We may be able to offer short-term loan and grant assistance, including our Access to Learning Fund, bursaries and other support.

Email our Student Finance Support Team at or call +44 (0)7772 892583.

We can help you balance your family commitments with your studies in several ways. Our professional Pre-School Centre on our Preston Campus welcomes children aged from six months to four years or we can support you to access grants available for childcare, Parents' Learning Allowance or Child Tax Credits.

If you're a carer (paid or unpaid) for a dependent, who relies on you for support, we can provide you with a dedicated staff member to support you to manage your caring responsibilities with your studies.

Contact Student Support on +44 (0)1772 895000 or email to speak with an experienced advisor.

Our accommodation service can house you in flats together with other mature students, we also have some self-contained flats available if you want to live on campus.

University accommodation offers great value for money and prices include fuel and water bills plus internet access. Halls of Residence staff and 24-hour security provide peace of mind and assistance whenever you need it. Living in halls can be an opportunity to meet new people, make lifelong friendships and participate in social events.

If you are returning to study as a mature learner, you may not want to live in halls, if you prefer to find somewhere off campus, such as a shared house or flat, we operate a private landlord registration scheme which offers good quality accommodation close to the campus.

Find out more about the types of accommodation that are available to you, locations, prices and how to apply on our accommodation pages.

An opportunity worth taking

If you're looking for some expert advice or simply to find out more about your chosen course - we're here to help. Our prospective student enquiries team are happy to answer any questions about studying with us.

Get in touch

Get in touch

If you are considering a return to study, you probably have a lot of questions. Don't worry, our friendly team are on hand to help answer any of your queries.

Please call for help and advice on 01772 892400 or email