Mature Learners
at University
Centre Leeds

For more information about returning to education, funding and finance, you can chat with us at our Return to Learn Coffee Morning on Saturday 26 March, 10am – 2pm, or find more information below.

At University Centre Leeds we celebrate every student journey, whether you’re returning to study or retraining in a new field. If you’re considering joining us as a mature learner, read on to find out how we can support you.

Who is a mature student?

A mature student, or mature learner, is a person who studies for a qualification at the age of 21 and over.

Our mature student community includes individuals from a variety of backgrounds. Students range from those in their early twenties who have taken a couple of years out of education, to those in their forties or above who might be looking for a career change or professional development.

Mature students are valued for their life experiences, which can be drawn upon and reflected in coursework.


“I never thought I had the ability to go any further until I went to the progression meeting. It made me think that I was able to continue with my education and complete the BA (Hons) in Children and Young People’s Care and Education.” – Kelly Langton, former student

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You’re not alone. Approximately 50% of our students each year are mature students, which is more than other universities and colleges, and much higher than the sector average.

It is normal to feel apprehensive about returning to education, which is why we offer a wide range of support from your first inquiry to graduation and beyond.

We believe our approaches to timetabling, along with the support we have on offer, equip mature students with the skills and confidence to succeed. We know it’s important to have a work-life balance that considers other commitments, such as parental and caring responsibilities or employment. Our full-time timetable consists of typically two days a week on campus (or online learning, where relevant).

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Why return to education as a mature student?

Having had some experience in the workplace, it is likely that you have developed many skills and have a clear idea, and passion, about the course you want to study, why, and how it will help you in your chosen career. Returning to education also demonstrates a commitment to self-improvement, something employers value.

Similarly, making the decision to return to education is likely something you have thought hard about and are dedicated to in order to make the most of the experience.

Visit UCAS for further information about being a mature student on a degree

What courses can you study and what are the entry requirements?

All our courses are available to study as a mature student, subject to you meeting entry requirements. You can search our courses using the search tool below.

Specific entry requirements are listed on each course page however we still accept applications from applicants who may not have met the academic criteria, but can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and may be asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application. If you think this describes you, please get in touch with our Admissions Team to discuss a potential application.

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