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    Here in spain if you don't repeat any years you will start university with 17 or 18 years old. If you're born after september you will star with 17 years old, like me.
    But it seems like in the UK people start university much later. Is that true?? Or do most people start with 18-19??? I know people take gap years in Uk, so the maximum should be 19, but i've been told that there's people with 21-22 in their first year.
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    The majority of people go when they are 18. I believe in Scotland, students can start when they are 17.

    But it doesn't really matter what age you are after that, universities do get many mature students.
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    I was 34 when I went to university.
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    (Original post by supraking164)
    Here in spain if you don't repeat any years you will start university with 17 or 18 years old. If you're born after september you will star with 17 years old, like me.
    But it seems like in the UK people start university much later. Is that true?? Or do most people start with 18-19??? I know people take gap years in Uk, so the maximum should be 19, but i've been told that there's people with 21-22 in their first year.
    Anyone starting their first undergraduate degree and are 21 or over at matriculation are known as mature students here in the UK.
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    Most people in the UK start university when they are 18, unless they take a gap year.
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    I reckon most people are 18 or 19, but the average is probably slightly higher if you add in all the mature students...
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    (Original post by im so academic)
    Anyone starting their first undergraduate degree and are 21 or over at matriculation are known as mature students here in the UK.
    Really? I've never classed myself as a mature student, and I haven'#t applied for anything differently - I still get the same loans etc (do Mature students get different loans? I thought that they applied under their own income for income assessment?) I was under the impression that in the eyes of unis/SLC/etc, "Mature" is 25+?
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    (Original post by Spotty Dog)
    Really? I've never classed myself as a mature student, and I haven'#t applied for anything differently - I still get the same loans etc (do Mature students get different loans? I thought that they applied under their own income for income assessment?) I was under the impression that in the eyes of unis/SLC/etc, "Mature" is 25+?
    No, mature students in the UK are classed as 21+ if you are doing your first degree.

    I doubt mature students get different loans, but I'm not too sure on that one.
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    how long does uni last in spain normally? apparently some places in europe 5 or 6 years is normal...
    over here generally 18. In my school loads took gap years, so 19 actually seemed normal and I feel like I'm earlier than most going at 18. I know a good few who are taking a double gap as well, but that's definitely not standard.
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    (Original post by im so academic)
    No, mature students in the UK are classed as 21+ if you are doing your first degree.

    I doubt mature students get different loans, but I'm not too sure on that one.
    Hmm. Prehaps there is two different terms then. Can't find anything on mature students, but Direct.Gov.Uk has "dependant students";

    Generally, you’ll be classed as a dependent student if you’re under 25 on the first day of the academic year for which you’re applying for support and are financially dependent on one or both of your parents (even if you don't live with them).
    I suddenly feel so old. I don't want to be a mature student!!
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    Most people start either after year 13 or a year later. If you've just finished year 13 you'll be 18 (or 19 if your birthday is in September) and if you've taken a gap year you'll be 19 (or 20 if you're born in September) but there are always people who take foundation years first and mature students.

    The majority are 18-20 though
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    (Original post by Spotty Dog)
    Hmm. Prehaps there is two different terms then. Can't find anything on mature students, but Direct.Gov.Uk has "dependant students";



    I suddenly feel so old. I don't want to be a mature student!!
    According to UCAS, 21+ is a mature studant in England, Wales & Northern Ireland and it's 20+ in Scotland

    http://www.ucas.com/students/maturestudents/
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    i think 21
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    Ok, so I'm mature.

    Now I feel old!! Thanks you lot!
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    (Original post by Welsh_insomniac)
    The majority of people go when they are 18. I believe in Scotland, students can start when they are 17.
    There's no age limit to universities - you can go when you like.

    Typically in Scottish schools, you can be finished your second-last year when you're 16, and your last year when you are 17.

    My sister went to university when she was sixteen as she applied (as is fairly common) based on her second-last year results. She was also given offers for universities in England, so no it's not just Scotland.
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    speaking from a neutral point of view,18 is regarded as the normal age to go to university and maybe 19 if someone has taken a gap year before entering university.In Scotland its 17 years of age as the educational is different in Scotland compare to the Uk and also most of the degrees in Scotland are four years in length compare to the average 3 years in the Uk.
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    (Original post by Spotty Dog)
    Really? I've never classed myself as a mature student, and I haven'#t applied for anything differently - I still get the same loans etc (do Mature students get different loans? I thought that they applied under their own income for income assessment?) I was under the impression that in the eyes of unis/SLC/etc, "Mature" is 25+?
    Nah, "mature" students are 21+ when they start uni. It doesn't really mean anything, except that if you go for Oxford or Cambridge you get to apply to the "mature" colleges in addition to the regular ones, and entry requirements are sometimes relaxed a little, if you've accrued valid work experience to make up for, say, having an inappropriate A-level combination, or having too few A-levels.

    At 25, however, you get classed as an "independent" student - which means that instead of means-testing using your parents' income, the SLC will means-test using yours instead.

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    (Original post by *pitseleh*)
    Nah, "mature" students are 21+ when they start uni. It doesn't really mean anything, except that if you go for Oxford or Cambridge you get to apply to the "mature" colleges in addition to the regular ones, and entry requirements are sometimes relaxed a little, if you've accrued valid work experience to make up for, say, having an inappropriate A-level combination, or having too few A-levels.

    At 25, however, you get classed as an "independent" student - which means that instead of means-testing using your parents' income, the SLC will means-test using yours instead.

    I agree with u Pitseleh as i am over 25 myself when i go to university next year i be classed as independent student lol
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