Mature undergraduate students

Every year, thousands of mature students go to university or college. It’s a great chance to develop new skills and career options – at any age and at GCRD working closely worth various universities assist a wide range of matured students from various ethnical backgrounds in getting courses and universities most suited to their needs and career plan.
Who are mature students?
Technically there is not a concept of a mature student, however, in general terminology, mature students are anyone over the age of 21 who didn’t go to university after school or college. Some might have taken gap years to volunteer and travel the world, while 40% of mature students are over 30 and have had work, mortgage, or family responsibilities.
Studying as a mature student
There are many ways you can experience higher education and we at GCRD try our level best to give you the best of guidance. Around a third of undergraduates are mature students – of all ages and backgrounds.
• Explore a subject you find interesting or rewarding.
• Progress your career by increasing your skills and knowledge.
• Change direction to take on a new challenge.
What are the benefits?

There are many different reasons to enrol in a higher education course. This might include the desire to start a new career or develop an existing one, to turn an interest into something more, or to take a ‘second chance’ and open a new chapter in life. As a mature student, you may be worried about how you’ll cope with the demands of academic work – particularly if you’ve been out of education for a few years. However, there’s lots of support available to help you make the most of your time at university or college.

Higher education offers excellent opportunities including:
• learning new skills
• gaining improved job prospects
• professional progression
• new life experience

How will I fit in?

Mature students are welcomed at universities and colleges up and down the country.
They make a positive difference to the intellectual and cultural lives of their course providers, bringing fresh insight, questioning minds, an experience of life and work, and a
passionate commitment to study.
• While higher education can be demanding, particularly for those with different commitments, mature students often find that course providers value their enthusiasm, skills and experience.
• For that reason, providers often offer flexibility in terms of admissions criteria and the types of learning programme they offer.
• Support is also available from specialist staff and mature students’ unions and other informal networks

How to get into higher education
For full-time courses, you contact GCRD on our phone 020 7993 6108 or send us an email on and our team of an expert with a guide you and advise you about the programme, universities and colleges

Don’t worry about whether you are qualified to study at university – your original education or work experience may be enough, and if not, there are Access courses you can complete to gain entry.
Look into finance and support for advice on course fees, funding, and adjusting to university life call us phone 020 7993 6108 or send us an email on

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