Mature students


 "I never believed I would get this far..." 

"I am in my second year and hope to carry on and do a masters in classics. My tutors are so supportive, instilling a sense of confidence in myself."
Hayley Hardwick

BA Ancient History and History

Watch Hayley's video to see her talk more about her course and how she benefited from the University's support services.


Register your details with us and receive information on events and support specific to you.


The University of Nottingham welcomes mature students, both full-time and part-time. About 10% of our full-time undergraduate population are mature students.

These pages are primarily intended for adults interested in undergraduate study. If you are interested in postgraduate study you will find relevant information in the postgraduate prospectus.


Mature Students' Information Afternoon - Friday 3 July 1pm-4.30pm

For more information on this and all our upcoming events,  please see below.

Student life

Being a mature student is both challenging and rewarding. Watch our videos to hear current students talk about life at university.

The majority of your time at the University will be spent studying, but there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved in sport, student societies and events organised by the Students’ Union.

The Mature Students' Network is specifically for mature students and organises social events throughout the year.

All first year undergraduate mature students are offered the chance to be mentored by a current second or third year mature student in our Mature Student Mentoring Scheme. All students who attend our Kick Start programme are automatically allocated a mentor. If you are unable to attend Kick Start you are still able to request a mentor by emailing

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Part-time and flexible study

You can balance your study with family or professional commitments by studying part-time and spread your degree over four to seven years. A large number of our courses are available part-time.

The School of Education uses flexible study patterns and welcomes mature applicants without formal qualifications.

Please note that we only offer part-time study to students from the UK and the European Union.


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Support services

Our Student Services Centres offer a wide range of support services. Their site provides links and answers to frequently asked questions on all aspects of university life. They offer:

The University also offers:


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Fees and financial help

The University provides a generous package of bursaries to support UK students from lower-income families. There are a number of additional bursaries available to undergraduate students with specific circumstances, including those studying an Access to HE Diploma or other vocational qualifications, or those with dependants. We expect that at least a third of our first-time undergraduate students will be eligible for a University of Nottingham Core Bursary.

Our fees and financial support website will provide you with more information about:

We will publish information about studying for an Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ie studying for an undergraduate degree when you have already completed or begun studying for one) on our financial support and fees pages when the details are available.

Please note: fees and finance information will be correct for 2014 entry. Information for 2015 entry may differ.

Also find out about:


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University accommodation

Mature students often choose to live in their own home while studying. 

However, as a new, full-time undergraduate, you will qualify for the guarantee of a place in University accommodation for your first year of study (subject to conditions), should you want it.

Other accommodation

We can also help with renting private accommodation.

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Entry requirements

We welcome students with a broad range of experience and qualifications.

A level and IB requirements

These can be found specifically for your course in the Undergraduate Prospectus.

Alternative qualifications

Our table of alternative qualifications provides details of qualifications for specific courses.

If you have any other questions, please contact us:

Access to Higher Education courses

Details of Access to Higher Education courses provided by further education colleges in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire are available from:


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How to apply

Full-time mature applicants should apply through UCAS, as described in Completing your UCAS form on the online prospectus.

Applying part-time

If you are applying to study part-time, please contact the school or department offering the course for advice on the structure and length of the degree. You will then need to download an application form (word doc) and return it to the Admissions Office, at the address given on the form.

Further information

You can find more information about the application process from the online Undergraduate Prospectus.


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Career prospects

Our Careers and Employability Service exists to help all students – as a graduate, you will have lifelong access to its resources.

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Throughout the year, we run events that give potential mature students the chance to visit Nottingham, find out more about studying here and speak to students and staff.

Mature Students' Information Afternoon

Friday 3 July 1pm - 4.30pm, Physics Building, University Park Campus. Booking is essential. For further details, please contact t: +44 (0)115 846 6733 or

Ideal for aspiring mature students (aged 21+) interested in studying at university for the first time, about to take an Access to Higher Education course, or considering routes into university.
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Staff from a number of departments will be available to offer information, advice and guidance on studying and gaining a place at undergraduate level at the University of Nottingham.  There will be general advice from university support staff, current mature students and FE college staff will also be available throughout the afternoon. Plus, there will be information about funding, part-time options and loans available.

Booking is essential. To do so, please use our online booking form.

For further details, contact or call 0115 846 6733.

You will be able to talk to representatives from the following courses:

  • Agriculture
  • Archaeology
  • Biology
  • Biosciences
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Humanistic counselling practice
  • International Media and Communications Studies
  • Languages
  • Law
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Medical Physiology and Therapeutics
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Plus admissions teams for all other courses

University-wide Open Days

Our University-wide open days are held in June and September each year. Exact details of the 2016 events will be available early in the new year, please check our Visiting us webpages for details.

There will be a dedicated mature students’ stand at each of the University open days.

Mini open days

The next mini open day will be held on:

18 November 2015 

Booking for the 14, 21 and 28 October has closed as the events are now full.

Further details and how to book can be found on our Visiting us webpages.

Kick Start

8 and 9 September 2015

A two-day induction event for mature students who have secured a place at Nottingham and are ready to begin studying. Please book your place by email.

Subject-Specific Taster Days

October - December 2015

We run various taster days in different subject areas. These days are specifically designed for mature and vocational students to give an insight into the way the course is structured and the level of academic study involved.

For more information and details of dates available please contact the Access and Vocational Manager: or 0115 846 8271.

We have two taster events coming up in October and November:

Taster Afternoon, 15 October 12.30–3.30pm

Subjects included:
  • Arts and Humanities 
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Criminology

Taster Afternoon, 4 November 12.30–3.30pm

Subjects included:
  • Nursing

Please book a place via our online booking form.


Adults Returning to Education Information Session

November 2015- March 2016


A short evening session for adults considering returning to education to pursue a degree or those who are just starting to think about the implications of returning to study. These informal sessions consist of a group presentation followed by the opportunity to talk to a member of staff on a one-to-one basis to provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions and also to receive relevant information and support. Information and guidance in the following areas will be provided: University study, student support, student societies, the UCAS application process, entry requirements, choosing the right course and student finance. 

The next sessions are taking place on:

  • Tuesday 17 November 2015, 5pm – 7pm (Trent Building, Room A19)
  • Thursday 21 January 2016, 5pm – 7pm (room TBC)
  • Wednesday 23 March 2016, 5pm – 7pm (room TBC)

To book a place, please email


May Fest

Unfortunately May Fest is not taking place in 2016. We hope the event will return for 2017.

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Access and Vocational Manager
Widening Participation Team
The University of Nottingham
King's Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR
t:+44 (0)115  846 6733
f: +44 (0)115 846 8116

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Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

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