Mature students are anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Some might have taken gap years to volunteer and travel the world, while 40% of mature students are over 30 and have had work, mortgage or family responsibilities.
Don't worry about whether you are qualified to study at university – your original education or work experience may be enough, and if not, there are Access courses you can complete to gain entry. You also have the option of studying from home with organisations such as NEC (National Extension College).
You can download a step-by-step guide below, and we have specific tips for mature students throughout the website whenever there's anything extra you need to know.
Mature guide 2015 (this PDF contains videos and links – open the PDF in Adobe Reader to view/click on them).
They'll be displayed in links like this titled 'Mature students' throughout the website, and you can also read them by clicking below.