Applying as a mature student

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. Find out more.

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 for your qualification e.g. an Access to HE. Any additional requirements such as GCSE grades or work experience will be stated at the bottom of the course page.
• 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, email your education history to

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.

UCAS advice for mature applicants

This video for prospective mature applicants outlines how to submit a successful application for 2022 entry and is taken from our virtual series of Mature Student Information Sessions

Contact us

Contact our Mature Student Recruitment Officers, Georgia Price and Hannah Ladkoo at:
+44 (0)117 394 1048

Information events

Have your questions answered by current students and advisers at a mature information session. 

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