Mature students

It is never too late to get back into education. The University of Leicester welcomes students of all ages and from all walks of life. Our mature students bring invaluable experience to our student body.

You might already have A-levels, BTECs or other qualifications from attending school or college. In this case it is a good idea to email the Department you are interested in studying with and ask them if you need to top up your qualifications or if you are ready to apply for the course. If you don’t have the right qualifications, don’t panic. Many local colleges offer one-year full-time Access to Higher Education courses accepted on almost all of our degrees and foundation years.

If you are currently studying at a college, you will have support from your tutors on the application process and other important aspects of getting into university.

Regardless of your route in, your work and life experience is an important factor to take into account when you are writing your personal statement, attending any interviews and meeting tutors and other students.

If you're not sure about studying for a full degree, we also offer a range of professional (CPD) short courses.

Are you a mature student?

It's defined by your age when you start your course.

Find out if you are eligible

Visit us

Going to University is a big step so you might want to visit us beforehand.

Opportunities to visit us

Apply for a course

All applications have to come through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

How to apply

Paying for your studies

Just like every other student, there are fees and financing to consider.

Fees and funding information

Support and guidance

As a mature student, you will have access to all the same support, guidance and help as our other students - plus some additional, dedicated support.

Find out how we support you

Access to our facilities

You will have access to all our facilities across campus, including the library, sports centres and nursery.

Our facilities


If you're moving to Leicester, you will need to sort out your accommodation.

Find out about accommodation