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Mature Students

Students who will be 21 or over when they start their course will be regarded as a mature student. Mature students may decided to study for a number of different reasons - for career or personal development, to pursue an interest or for a change of direction.

Mature students play a huge part in the UK's Higher Education Sector and at the University of Suffolk 60% of the total student population are mature. Many mature students choose to study part-time alongside other commitments, however, in the UK mature students also make up to a third of all full-time undergraduates.

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked. If you have a question about studying part-time please visit our part-time page or contact the Infozone and our team will be happy to answer your questions.


Frequently Asked Questions

What support is available to me if I haven't studied for a while? Will I be able to get help writing assignments etc?

The Learning Services Team provides support to all students. For those who are returning to learning, this support can be invaluable in helping students get into studying again. Workshops are run throughout the year in study skills, academic writing, referencing, maths, statistics, research methods and computer skills. The Learning Development team also provides a range of online and downloadable resources for students to use.

More information on the support available. 

Is childcare available?

The Student Support team can offer advice about childcare opportunities and the benefits and funding that may be available to students who have dependents.

Alternatively, a list of childcare providers can be found on the Suffolk County Council website.

What financial support is available?

Students studying for an undergraduate degree in the UK do not have to pay up front for their tuition fees.

Providing you do not already have a degree and you are eligible students can apply for a tuition fee loan.

The cost is covered by a loan supplied by the government and paid direct to the institution for you. There is no age limit on tuition fees.

Further information. 

I haven't studied in a while how will this affect my application what could I do to improve my chances of gaining a university place?

If you haven't studied for a while, you may wish to consider studying a course to build your knowledge and confidence before you start. You might wish to consider an Access to Higher Education Diploma, an A-Level, or your local Further Education college may also have interesting alternatives. Many colleges and other education providers offer Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English; another great way to brush up on your key skills. Admissions tutors will be looking for applicants who demonstrate they have the potential to successfully study at Higher Education level, so some experience of academic writing, researching topics and giving presentations would be beneficial. If you are considering applying for a more competitive or professional Health course Admissions Tutors will look upon recent study (normally within the last five years) more favourably. Recent study demonstrates your skills are current.

Reading around the subject you wish to study or undertaking work experience in a related area can also strengthen your application. Remember to note the transferable skills this work experience can give you in your personal statement when making your application.

If you are considering studying a Nursing programme, or another professional health care course, you will need to meet the specific entry requirements for that course before you can be considered. The course pages will give you more information, or you can contact the Infozone for advice.

Can I work alongside studying? How much should I expect to be in university/studying?

Most students are able to work alongside their course. How much you can work will depend on the type of course you're studying, your mode of attendance (if you are studying full-time or part-time) and the type of work you plan to undertake. Most students taking undergraduate modular degree programmes can expect to be at university two or three days a week. However, some students may need to spend more time on campus to use specialist facilities for independent project work, such as laboratory space and arts studios. For most courses it is recommended you undertake 200 hours of study for each 20 credit module taken, including class time. Your tutor will give you more guidance at the start of your course.

The Job Shop advertises a number of part-time vacancies suitable for students, so students may wish to consider signing up for their regular updates.

If you are considering studying a Nursing programme, or another professional health care course, it is recommended that you do not undertake additional work, or that this is kept to a minimum.

My question is not listed here, how do I find out more information?

For more information on studying at the University of Suffolk, prospective students are welcome to visit the Infozone in the Waterfront Building in Ipswich, or to contact us on:

01473 338833

The Infozone if our one-stop-shop for all student enquiries, whether you require information and advice about courses, student finance or student support, the Infozone is available to support you.

Alternatively, why not visit us at one of our Open Events