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Over the age of 21 who's thinking of returning to education? We've created this resource to support you with your decision.

  • Search on the map below for somewhere near you to study
  • Get your questions answered by existing mature students in the mature student forum
  • Read profiles of mature students a wide range of subjects
  • Watch the video case studies of current mature students
  • Read about various universities in our extensive list of profiles and guides.


Mature Student Information Map

Search the map to find a place to study and click through to their website to read what support they offer mature students:

Distance Learning Options

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Fit the desire to learn in to your life with flexible study at The Open University.



Student Profiles

We asked current mature students to share their experiences and top tips for going back into education, they're divided by subject area below:


Social science & media students
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"My whole life has been enriched ... If I can do it so can you."

Health and nutrition students
"I did an access course, which was fantastic and really prepared me for uni."

Art and teaching students
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"It was a fantastic experience – I have no regrets about going at all!"

Geography and history students
"Don't be put off by thinking you will be out of place, you won't be..."

Science and engineering students
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"The whole process was actually more straightforward than I expected."

Maths and computer science students
"Employers and sponsors will look favourably on you due to being a mature student."

More student profiles
Read the latest mature student profiles. Why not add your own?

Get More Info

From making an application to finding out the benefits of higher education - it's all here.


Applying to Higher Education
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Get help making sense of the uni application process.

Benefits of Higher Education
What are the benefits of getting a degree for you?

Student Finance Info
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Worried about funding your study? Find finance advice here.

University Open Day Calendar

Save money with these Student discounts

NUS Mature Students Campaign

Access to HE - Find out more about Access Coueses

NIACE – The National Institute Of Adult Continuing Education

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Mature Student Discussion

If you're considering returning to education as a mature student, you're bound to have loads of questions. Who better to speak to than those people who have already taken the leap - Read other people's experiences and post your own questions in the forum below.

Why not also join the Mature Students' Society on The Student Room?


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Coursework and Essay Help

As a Mature Student it may be some time since you have written essays. Feeling rusty? Check out sample essays and coursework, and read our guide to essay writing on our sister site - Markedbyteachers.com.


Mature Student Videos

Watch these videos and hear direct from some mature students about their experiences and reasons for going back in to education.
Did you know that 52% of people in Higher Education at the moment are mature students? So, if you're thinking about going to university for the first time and you aren't a school leaver, you'll be in good company! The video on the left shows footage of mature students explaining why they went back to education.

Back to Uni as a mature student - many mature students chose to go back to Higher Education because they feel that they had missed out on life opportunities or ended up in jobs they didn't enjoy...


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