University isn’t just for 18-year-olds flying the nest for the first time. Many people choose to start their studies a little bit later in life and 60% of students in the UK are over 21.
Perhaps you weren’t academic at school, but now’s your time to shine. You might be looking to return to work after bringing up children or fancy a complete change of career. Whatever your motivation, you’ll be in good company. We’ve got lots of students in their 20s, 30s, 40s – and beyond.
If it’s been a while since you sat an exam or wrote an essay or you’re used to earning a wage, switching to studying is a whole new lifestyle. You’re bound to have a few anxieties about the future, so here are some common worries that returners to study usually have.
Entry requirements for older students aren’t set in stone. For applicants who don’t come to university through the traditional route after A-levels or BTECs, we look at other qualities and experiences that make you suitable to study.
Some subjects aren’t available at A-level and are completely new to all students on the course. In this case, you’ll study introductory modules in your first year that will give you the ‘foundation’ knowledge to move on.
Our Education Drop-in Centres on all three campuses give you specialist support with study skills, with advice on everything from essay writing to exam preparation.
You can also take a Learning Strategies module in your first term to help you with the skills that you will need for your studies.
Despite what you might have heard, a degree doesn’t have to mean huge debts and a diet of own-brand beans. There are plenty of options to help you fund your studies, and if you have children or an adult dependent, you could be entitled to extra support.