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Mature students

Mature students

We are looking for the brightest students, whatever their age or background. Mature students are an important part of our community here at the University of Nottingham and we value the skills, motivation and life experience they bring.

Being a mature student can give you an advantage at university, but we understand it can be a big decision to return to study.


What is a ‘mature student’?

This term refers to anyone at the age of 21 or over when they start their undergraduate course.

Mature students make up around 10% of our population here at the University of Nottingham.

Student life

During your time at the University of Nottingham, you can get involved in sport, student societies and events organised by the Students’ Union.

The Mature Students' Network organises social activities throughout the year.

Students' Union


As a mature student, you can access a variety of support at the University including Student Services Centres, Childcare, Healthcare and the Careers and Employability Service.

Services for students


In your first year, you will be offered the chance to be mentored by a current second or third-year mature student.

If you attend our Kick Start programme, you will automatically be allocated a mentor. If you are unable to attend Kick Start and would like to request a mentor, please email us.

Part-time and flexible study

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

Please note, we only offer part-time study to students from the UK and the EU.

Part-time courses

Further guidance

Entry requirements

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

A level and IB requirements

Find the entry requirements for your course in the online undergraduate prospectus.

Alternative qualifications

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

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:


Fees and financial help

The University provides a generous package of bursaries to support UK students from lower-income families. We expect that at least a third of our first-time undergraduate students will be eligible for a University of Nottingham Core Bursary.

There are a number of additional bursaries available to students with specific circumstances, including those studying an Access to HE Diploma or other vocational qualifications, or those with dependants.


Financial support

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.



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

Full-time undergraduates qualify for the guarantee of a place in University accommodation for your first year of study (subject to conditions).

University accommodation options

Renting private accommodation



Throughout the year, we run events that give potential mature students the chance to learn more about Nottingham, find out more about studying here and speak to students and staff. Register with us to receive more information.

Mature students' talks at the undergraduate open days

Our university-wide undergraduate open days give potential students to find out more about all aspects of student life. We have a mature students information stand at each one. One of our team will be there and, whenever possible, a current undergraduate mature student. We encourage you to drop in for a chat at any time during the open day on a one to one basis.

We also give a mature students presentation covering information specific to the needs and concerns of those returning to education after a break. Full details of these talks are available in the Open Day programme.


Kick start

September, the week prior to course start date

A two-day induction event on campus for mature students who have secured a place at Nottingham and are ready to begin studying.

You will recieve an invitation to Kick Start if you are a mature offer holder in summer 2020. If you require further information please email or call 0115 846 8271


Subject-specific taster days


We run various taster days in different subject areas on our campuses. These days aim to give an insight into the way these courses are structured, and the level of academic study involved.

For more information and dates, please email


Adults Returning to Education

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
  • student finance

We host a number of Adults Returning to Education events throughout the year. Future events are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday 18 November 2020
  • Thursday 21 January 2021
  • Wednesday 17 March 2021
  • Friday 14 May 2021

Hopefully, these sessions will take place on campus, but if not, we will run them as a live session, virtually. For more information and to register your interest in these events, please email

If you’re unable to attend the live sessions (either on campus or virtually) please click here to view and listen to the online presentation. 

Launching and operating the PowerPoint:

  • Once the Powerpoint opens, click on the ‘slide show’ tab at the top and then the ‘from beginning’ option to launch the presentation (audio will be required). 
  • The presentation can be paused at any time clicking on the pause button (bottom right of the screen). Click the play button to restart.
  • Slides can be revisited and forwarded at any time by hovering your mouse at the bottom left of the presentation and clicking the forward and backward arrows.

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