Mature students

A mature student is a student aged 21 or above when they start their undergraduate degree. We welcome mature students and offer tailored support for adults interested in university study.

Get in touch with the Mature Students Team to discuss your return to study options at

Advice for Access to HE students

  • The Access to HE Diploma is a widely accepted qualfication for the majority of our undergraduate courses.
  • You can check entry requirements for Access to HE Diploma students on individual course pages.
  • Email if you would like to check the suitability of your Access to HE Diploma for your chosen degree.
  • For some courses, you'll need to meet additional requirements such as GCSE grades and/or work experience which will be stated at the bottom of the course page. 
  • Read our application advice for mature students.
  • Ready to apply? Apply through UCAS for full-time courses or directly to us for part-time courses.

This video relates to 2021 entry.

Upcoming events

Applying for 2021 entry? Attend an evening information session:

Return to study pathways

Find out about the various routes in to higher education, including Access to HE courses for full-time study, and part-time programmes/ short courses with no entry requirements. 

Contact us

Prospective student queries:
+44 (0)117 394 1048

Mature students often come to university feeling they lack something, like conventional qualifications - but the truth is they have a huge amount to offer in life experience, new perspectives and in their commitment to their studies. That's why I want us to have more mature students, and from as varied backgrounds as possible: it changes the conversation in ways that are really important for us as academics and for the rest of the student body.

Tom Sperlinger, Professor of Literature and Engaged Pedagogy
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