At what age are you considered a mature student?

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Am I right in assuming 21 at the start of your first year?
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19+
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Surely not? People who take a gap year aren't mature students are they?
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Surely not? People who take a gap year aren't mature students are they?
I know that Cambridge defines it as 21+
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I know that Cambridge defines it as 21+
Thank you. That makes more sense! So even if you turn 21 in your first year - you won't be classed as mature as long as your 20 when the course begins?
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My uni you're defined as a 'mature student' if you are 21+ on starting the 1st year of your course
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Thank you. That makes more sense! So even if you turn 21 in your first year - you won't be classed as mature as long as your 20 when the course begins?
Yeah, i think you're right.
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My uni you're defined as a 'mature student' if you are 21+ on starting the 1st year of your course
Awesome thank you!
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Surely not? People who take a gap year aren't mature students are they?
Gap year students should still be 19
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when you actually start to look like an older person
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The government, UCAS and SFE all define mature students as anyone over the age of 21.
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Universities will regard you as a mature student at 21 at start of your first term.

PS. 19 is not mature. 19 is still 'I think I know everything'.
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I personally had to wait until I'm 21 ( March 2017 ) then I applied as a mature student.
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Colleges do it as 19+, but for universities it's 21+.
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Universities will regard you as a mature student at 21 at start of your first term.

PS. 19 is not mature. 19 is still 'I think I know everything'.
Maturity depends on experience. A 25-year-old fresher who has never been humbled by academic discourse, or challenged at all, could be be significantly less mature than a 19-year-old second year.
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21 or above at the start of your degree
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when you actually start to look like an older person
A lot of 18 year olds could pass for 35 or even 30 plus
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Also I think even if you are 21 when you start university, if you have only just turned 21 (ie. during September or October that year) then you aren't classed as a mature student as you are in the same "school year" as people who are still 20.
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A mature student is from aged 24 and upwards
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