More than a quarter of undergraduate students at DMU are over 21, which is the recognised age at which anyone returning to full-time education becomes classed as a mature student. There are many reasons why people choose to return to education. Some of the main factors include:. At DMU Leicester we value this experience so even if you lack formal qualifications you may still be able to study for a degree. More than 20, students in the UK, who do not have the qualifications usually required to study at university, apply with Access qualifications each year.
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The challenge of being a mature student
Thinking of returning to education as a mature student? What is a mature student? What life and work experience can mature learners bring to the learning environment? Answer these questions and more with this course. You will will consider the perceived barriers that mature learners face and potential solutions to those barriers.
A substantial proportion of new management students are "returners" to education, sometimes building on skills and learning they acquired previously, sometimes embarking on a whole new programme of study aimed at broadening their career choices or shifting them into a different setting. For these mature students, re-entering education, sometimes after a gap of several decades, brings its own, quite daunting challenges. Perhaps the most common problem reported by mature students is that they find it hard to get back into the mindset of studying: reading textbooks, retaining information heard in lectures or found in articles, making notes that you can still make sense of when you read them back later. All of these skills can be difficult to master at any age, but because they are almost exclusive to academic work, the longer you've been out of that sort of study, the more evasive they can appear.
Mature students are a significant part of the UK university landscape with over , mature students applying for entry in Despite this, it can often feel like universities are primarily concerned with appealing to 18 to year olds. Our guide, written in collaboration with the University of East London , will walk you through the process of going to university as a mature student, from deciding on whether to apply to getting financial support, with insights from a recent mature student graduate.