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student support

Students Returning to Education and Mature Students

We are committed to supporting all of our students of all ages, whether they are school leavers or career changers.

Are you a student returning to education or a mature student?

If you are over 21 at the start of your course and studying for an undergraduate course or over 25 and studying for a postgraduate course you count as a mature student but the support we provide for mature students is applicable and appropriate for all students returning to education after any length of break.

Applying as a mature student

The University of Law welcomes mature students, offering a variety of different study modes: full-time, part-time, attendance and online. Around 15% of our full-time undergraduate population are mature students. We have campuses across the country as well as online courses so you do not need to move away from home to be able to study with us. We have a large number of mature students on our online courses as they find this mode of study more suited to balancing their studies with their other commitments: over half of our online undergraduate students are mature.

We welcome mature applicants with all qualifications and consider applications holistically, taking into account professional and life experience. For more information on our entry requirements and details of which courses have a non-standard entry route, please see our Undergraduate and Postgraduate entry requirements pages or contact our Admissions team.

We offer individual campus tours at all of our campuses so you can visit at a time that suits you and can tailor your visit to your requirements. Please contact Student Information at your chosen campus to arrange this.

Support we offer for our mature students

  • One-to-one appointments with the Wellbeing Service. Our wellbeing officers can provide advice and guidance on concerns particular to mature students such as managing multiple commitments like study, work and family life.
  • Access to our confidential counselling service.
  • Tailored advice from our Employability Service to your specific circumstances.
  • Tailored one-to-one support online or in person from the Library to help you familiarise yourself with library collections and services.
  • Access to the JISC Discovery Tool, a digital skills self-assessment platform, as well as LinkedIn learning which covers topics like managing your time.
  • Access to the ULaw Skills Academy, a one stop shop for self-paced online learning material, designed to boost your digital, academic and research skills.
  • Access to our Money and Housing team, who can provide advice about financial support and budgeting.

"My concerns about my age were instantly dispelled. Several of my classmates on the weekend course were older than I am (in their forties and fifties) and came from various careers and backgrounds. All of the class, but particularly the mature students, supported each other throughout the course. The excellent tutors, some of whom had undertaken career changes themselves, were empathetic and helpful. The Employability Service was encouraging, too, giving examples of other mature students who had made a similar career change to the one I was undertaking."


Find out more about our support for commuter students, care experience and estranged students, and BAME students.