Mature student support

Student support

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.

Frequently asked questions

Student living costs

Considering university and concerned about finances? We're the most affordable uni in the country according to The Times (2023). Discover how to manage your finances and explore the support available.

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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:

  • Mature student courses
  • Entry requirements and financing your studies
  • Managing your other commitments, from work to childcare

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 you are thinking about starting a degree after taking time out of education, there are multiple routes into university you can take.  

  • Foundation entry degree - Foundation entry is the perfect route if you're ready to study at university but don't quite have the right qualifications for your course.

  • Accreditation of prior learning - use your work experience to get a headstart on your new degree, using our accreditation of prior learning (APL).

  • Return to Study programmes - these free six-week programmes will help you prepare for university study and get your application ready.

To find out more about the different options available to you, visit our Return to Study webpage.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

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

Find out more about APL
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What our mature students say

My fears were quickly dispelled. The staff at the University have been incredibly supportive and caring since my initial expression of interest.
Ian Dewhurst
Ian Dewhurst
BA (Hons) Outdoor Adventure Leadership

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Useful information

Fees and funding

Studying with us is one of the biggest investments you'll make towards your future. We're here to help you every step of the way. Find out about tuition fees and financial support available such as scholarships and bursaries.

Student support

We pride ourselves on our excellent student support services, we offer expert advice and support with health and wellbeing, inclusive support, financial advice and much more.

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Need advice on course choices or which accommodation to choose when you study with us? Our friendly student ambassadors are ready to share their experiences. Simply register and start chatting to our current students.