Applying as a mature student

Pre-application checklist

  • Check you're on track to meet entry requirements for your course using the online course finder. Each course page outlines the typical offer and any additional requirements such as GCSE grades or work experience.
  • Read the admissions statement for your course, which provides in-depth detail about what we are looking for in an application and specific information for mature students including recent evidence of study requirements.
  • If you are unsure as to whether you meet certain requirements, get in touch with the Mature Student Recruitment Officer to check 

At Bristol, work experience cannot usually be used in place of academic qualifications. However we do value what your life experience brings to the learning environment and encourage applicants to reference relevant experience in their UCAS application. 

Submitting an application

For the majority of our undergraduate courses mature students apply through UCAS. Some of our courses, including the Foundation Year in Arts and Social Sciences are direct entry, meaning that you apply directly to the University. More information about applying to the University of Bristol.

UCAS advice for mature applicants

Medicine, dentistry and law courses

You will need to arrange to take an additional assessment at the same time as submitting your application. Medicine and dentistry require the UCAT test. For law you will have to take the Law National Admissions Test (LNAT). 

What if I have personal circumstances which have affected my studies?

The University of Bristol does take personal (extenuating) circumstances into account. You will need to email us an additional form after you make your application. More information.

Contact us

Prospective student queries: 

+44 (0)117 394 1048

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