School of English

Mature Applicants


The School of English welcomes applications from mature students (which means all those aged 21 or over when the course begins).

The School currently has a small but successful community of mature students who are in their 30s, 40s and older.

Overall, about 10% of the University's undergraduates are mature students.


Application and Selection

Applications are made in the usual way through UCAS (except in the case of prospective part-time students, who should apply directly to the School). There are no rigid entry requirements and each case is considered on its merits. However, we look for evidence of ability to study at a high academic level and of commitment to the subject, and of some kind of study of English at a level higher than GCSE.

Mature students without A-levels often take an Access course at their local college of higher education as a way of preparing themselves; others take Open University courses.

We sometimes invite mature applicants in whom we are interested to come for an interview, where we will look for evidence of your ability to study at a high academic level and of commitment to the subject.

Tutor for Mature Student Admissions

Our Tutor for Mature Admissions will be happy to respond informally by email to any specific queries you have about applying as a mature student. Please direct all enquiries through the online enquiry form.

Further information

Find out more about life as a mature student at the University of Nottingham including information about fees and funding, childcare provisions and student support services.

The Students' Union has a dedicated Mature Students' Network which is free to join. 

School of English

Trent Building
The University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5900
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 5924

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