I came back to learning as a mature student...

Over 21 and thinking of returning to education? Steve and Elisabete have shared their stories of studying as a mature student, why they came back to education and why it's not as scary as you might think!

Read their stories below and take a look at our various tips and advice sections to make your transition back to studying as smooth as possible. 

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'You never know where it could lead'

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Ashley worked as a carer before pursuing his degree in Adult Nursing. Find out why Ashley chose to return to learning and what he's enjoying most about his course. 

'My maturity helped me make better choices'

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Elisabete studies Early Childhood Studies. She talks about her experience as a mature student and how she balances studying and family life. 

'You are never too old to turn your life around'

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Steve studies BSc (Hons) Sport Science. He talks about why he returned to education, his adventures, challenges and why it's never too late to do something you enjoy.

'I was so excited to be starting a path to my dream career'


Jade begun a degree in 2013 but realised it wasn't the career she wanted. After a few years working, she decided to chase her dream of being a Paramedic.

What is clearing?


Take a look at our clearing information and advice to find out more about the process and how to apply. 

How to get involved as a mature student


Sarah has written about how to make the most of student life as a mature student and the facilities and social offerings available to you. 

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After leaving school at the age of 17, I joined the Royal Military Police. Following five years of full-time military service, I decided to transfer to the Army Reserve and re-trade as a Combat Medical Technician, while undertaking the MSci Strength and Conditioning course here at S...

Before I was diagnosed with cervical cancer, I was a support worker for adults with learning difficulties. I had to stop when I got ill and when I came out the other side, I couldn’t return due to the after effects. I still wanted to do something, so I started working at Big C can...