Returning to learning?
Becoming a mature student
Nearly half of our students have not come to us straight from
school – they are people who have decided the time is right for
them to get back into learning. If you come to study with us, you
are almost certain to find other mature students on the course with
At York St John we welcome mature
students and value their experience and skills. Do not be put off
because it is a long time since you have done any study as we will
provide support to help you brush up your study skills.
We are proud of the reputation we have for supporting people
through their degrees, whatever their age. Because we are
relatively small you’ll be more than just a number on a list to us;
we get to know all our students by name.
We’ll help you feel at home from the moment you start
your course here and will give you all the help and assistance you
need to achieve what you want.
Entry requirements for mature students
The main quality every student needs
is enthusiasm for their subject and determination to succeed. As a
mature student your ‘life experience’ is likely to play a large
part in your success as a student. You may not be aware of it but
you probably already have many of the skills necessary to be a
successful student – time management, meeting deadlines, and social
skills – all important facets for reaching your goal.
But to get to the starting point you
may need some form of qualification, that might be:
- an approved Access Diploma
- A2 Level qualifications
- vocational qualifications, such as
BTEC National Diploma or Certificate or NVQs at Level 3
- professional qualifications or Open
We may be able to offer you an
alternative route, please contact us for more information. If you
have these or similar qualifications please call our Information
Hotline on 01904 876598 or E: email@example.com and
one of our team will talk through with you whether or not your
qualification meets the entry requirements for your chosen
Who to talk to
Undertaking a degree course can be a daunting prospect and many
adult learners often feel that they just aren’t ‘clever enough’ to
go to university. By talking to one of our Admissions staff you
will be able to find out whether or not you have the relevant
qualifications or experience before you make a formal application.
We would also recommend that you come along to one of our open days
where you can speak to academic staff and meet other mature
Before you make a final decision, you may also want to talk to a
member of one of our specialist teams if you have specific
questions about, for example, financial matters, disability issues,
childcare queries or career planning.
Access diplomas help adult learners prepare and qualify for
entry to Higher Education. The diplomas are aimed at students who
do not have standard entry qualifications or who feel that their
qualifications are a little rusty. All such diplomas have a strong
study skills/confidence building component. Access diplomas cover a
range of subjects and are often discipline related or related to
progression to particular professions.
Some examples that match our degree courses
- Art & Design
- Social Sciences
However, there are also programmes of
a more general nature which are designed to prepare students for
entry into Higher Education in a variety of ways.
If you are unsure as to whether we
would accept the diploma you are thinking of undertaking, please
contact us. Many colleges offer such courses. To find the one
nearest to you that offers the most appropriate route look at the
Access website at www.ucas.ac.uk/access
Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)
An alternative route into your chosen course may be to have your
work experience recognised through accreditation of your learning
at your place of employment.
APEL recognises the value of learning
which takes place outside formal education institutions. It helps
adult learners to identify the skills and knowledge acquired
informally and to reflect upon their learning processes, enabling
them to make the transition from informal to formal learning.
It is also an important vehicle for
enabling adults who possess few, if any, qualifications to return
to learn in adult, further and higher education and subsequent
re-entry into the labour market.
Our admissions staff will be
able to give you more information on APEL.
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