Impatient for change? It’s time for a fresh start. Join our diverse community of students who have decided to study for their degree later in life. Whether you’re 21 or 51, career-changers or first-timers, your dedication to education is all that matters.
A mature student, or an adult-leaner, is a person over the age of 21 who didn’t attend university following their A-levels. A large portion of this community have been building a full-time or part-time career or starting their family, and the current job market has required them to start again. Others may only feel mature-ish and have simply decided to join higher education later than the average student. Choosing to get a degree is a popular decision for people wanting to progress in their career by learning new skills and gaining new qualifications. It’s also a starting point for career-changers who are deciding to retrain in another field. Whatever your reasons, rest assured, the University of Essex isn’t just for 18-year-olds.
We appreciate that starting your degree as a mature student can have its challenges, especially if you have other life commitments such as family or work. That’s why we offer a wide range of support to make your transition into education as smooth as possible.