Mature Students

Studying for a degree later in life can be extremely rewarding and mature students are often among our most successful.

Flexible entry requirements

Flexible entry requirements

Mature students are often among our most successful.

If you are over 21 (23 for Law) and feel you would benefit from degree-level studies, we can be more flexible about our entry requirements. For full-time courses, selectors will expect you to demonstrate your commitment by means of some recent serious study, for example, one or two A level passes, successful completion of an Open University foundation course or an appropriate Access course. Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.

Another popular option is to follow a certificate or diploma programme. These are available on a part time basis and most can be taken in the evenings, enabling you to continue to earn an income while you are studying. You do not need any formal qualifications to enrol.

Information about financing your course can be found on the Department for Business Innovation and Skills website, and from the Student Services Centre on Highfield Campus.

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