Lifelong Learning Centre

Mature students

The University of Leeds welcomes mature undergraduate students from all backgrounds and the range of experiences they bring. A mature student is defined as a student over 21 years of age and our mature students study on a variety of undergraduate programmes across the University.

Mature Student Handbook

There is a huge diversity in our mature student community. Some people are in their early twenties, just starting university a bit later than usual for personal reasons. Some are in their thirties, forties or fifties, perhaps using university as part of career development or a career change. Others are retired, maybe taking the opportunity to engage with a subject that’s a particular passion.

There is no such this as a ‘typical’ mature student, but we recognise that starting at university a bit later in life can be a different experience than that of an eighteen year old, so with the help of mature students we have written this guide which we hope will address some common issues and make your personal experience of studying at the University of Leeds a happy, rewarding and successful one.

Available programmes

If you are interested in studying full-time, then have a look at the Undergraduate coursefinder. Applications to full-time programmes are made through UCAS.

If you feel that you would prefer to combine your studies with your other commitments you may be interested in our range of part-time programmes. These are listed in our Course Directory and you would apply directly to the University.

Entry qualifications

Departments across the University welcome a range of qualifications alongside A-levels including Access to HE Diploma, BTEC and CACHE Diploma. Many programmes will also accept the successful completion of our Alternative Entry Scheme which takes account of your work and life experience. Please consult individual programme entries for specific entry criteria.

Student support

The Lifelong Learning Centre provides a supportive home for mature undergraduates. Our services are available for mature undergraduates from across the University as well as students enrolled on LLC programmes.

Next steps

If you are thinking of returning to study but are unsure of your options you may benefit from our free and impartial pre-entry information, advice and guidance service.

Get in touch

If you would like any further information you can phone us on 0113 343 3212 or email us at