It’s never too late to go to university, whether you’re starting a degree for the first time or looking to retrain in a new field. University Centre Leeds is proud to welcome mature students back to education and help them achieve the qualification to start their next steps.
A mature student is a person aged over 21 years, who is studying for a degree or equivalent qualification.
Our mature student community includes individuals from a range of backgrounds and we celebrate diversity. Mature students range from those in their early twenties who have taken a couple of years out of education for personal reasons, through to those in their thirties and above who might be starting a degree for a career change or professional development.
Mature students are valued for their life experiences, which can be drawn upon in course work which younger students have found beneficial in their own learning.
Roughly 50% of our students each year are mature students, more than most other universities and colleges and much higher than the sector average.
We believe our approaches to timetabling and the support we have on offer equip mature students with the skills and confidence to succeed, as we consider other commitments, such as balancing parental or caring responsibilities and employment alongside their studies. Our full-time timetable consists of roughly two days a week on campus (or online-learning where relevant).
It is normal to feel apprehensive about returning to education and embarking on your degree journey which is why we offer a wide range of support to mature students from the first inquiry to graduation and beyond.
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.
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.