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Applying as a mature student

Students who will be 21 or over when they start their course will be regarded as a mature student. The University of Suffolk offers a flexible admissions policy for mature students, which takes into account life and work experience. The University also asks that students can demonstrate the ability to undertake the appropriate level of study and that they have the necessary study skills. Where there are specific course requirements, students will be asked to demonstrate an equivalent knowledge of the subject, and if they have not had any formal education for several years, they may need to undertake some sort of preparatory course, for example an Access to HE Diploma course.

All mature students who do not come from a traditional educational background, or who have been away from education for some time but believe they have relevant experience at an appropriate level, are strongly encouraged to attend an Open Day or seek advice from the University of Suffolk Student Centre prior to making an application.

Please note that mature students applying for the Pre-Registration BSc (Hons) Nursing, Midwifery, Radiography and Social Work degrees will still be required to meet the equivalent of a typical offer.

All applicants to post-experience health studies courses will be expected to have appropriate professional experience.

Applicants for Business and Event Management courses will be expected to attend an interview as part of the application process.

For additional information about becoming a mature student please contact the Student Centre team on 01473 338833 or


Student Profile

To read the profile of a mature student progressing to a degree programme after completing an Access course.