University Life for Mature Students

Returning to Study

Are you thinking of joining us as a mature student (by which we mean someone who is returning to education after a break from studying)? If so you'll be in good company - over a third of our students are mature students.

You may feel anxious about returning to study, but a lot of help is on hand and our experience suggests you'll surprise yourself (but not us) with how well you will do. You'll bring a wealth of experience and diverse skills to your studies that will be invaluable.

Do I Qualify?

You don't have to have traditional qualifications such as A-levels to be a student. A good number of students come to us after they've completed an Access to Higher Education programme, which provides an excellent route to university. We will also take your working life, your general educational background and your experiences into account by assessing what's known as 'prior learning' (APL) and 'prior experiential learning' (APEL) as a foundation for study in higher education.

Pre-entry Guidance

You can talk to us before you apply - there will be advisers at any of our Open Days or Open Evenings. We also have a dedicated first point of contact for general enquiries from mature student and Access learners.

When You Arrive

Before the teaching programmes start, all new students attend Welcome Week. During this initial orientation period you will meet your personal tutor, whose role is to provide you with academic and pastoral advice, and the tutors, staff and fellow students in your Faculty. This is also the time when you confirm your module selections, your timetable for the year is finalised and when you are able to find out more about the full range of advice and support – on both academic and non-academic matters – that you will be able to access during your time with us. At Bailey University we have always attracted a lot of mature students, so we have a lot of experience in dealing with any issues or problems you may have.

What Else Should I Think About?

Like most students you'll probably be worried about how you will manage your finances, and how you will juggle study and home commitments, and you will certainly need the support of friends and family in your new venture. But think too about the benefits you will gain: you will gain knowledge and skills that you haven't even thought about; your career prospects will be better; you will meet a whole new set of people and you will find it hugely satisfying to fulfil what may have been a long-held ambition.