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Support for mature students

Find out more about the support we offer to help you return to learning.

If you are starting university after a break from formal education, we offer tailored support for you.

Students returning to study after being out of education for 3 years or more are classed as mature students. Mature students are often over 21 when they begin their undergraduate degree.

Many of our students are mature students, and we have an outstanding record of supporting those students to achieve academic success.

Hear about our mature learner support

Accessing higher education as a mature student

Arrange a chat

If you have any questions about returning to study, you can arrange to chat to a member of our Widening Participation Team who will be able to offer advice and guidance about higher education, as well as the support offered at York St John.

Please use the below form to specify a potential date and preferred contact method (telephone call, video call, email or in-person at our York Campus), and a member of the team will be in touch.

Arrange a chat

Mature Learner Evening

Mature students sitting on rows of chairs facing front

Thursday 25 April 2024, 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Students' Union, York St John University

Join us to meet and get to know your fellow mature learners. Learn more about the support we provide for mature learners, tour our campus and meet members of our support teams.

Bookings for this event will open soon.

Mature entry offer scheme

Our mature student entry scheme takes into account non-traditional qualifications and experience. It enables us to welcome people with a passion for learning and a real determination to succeed.

If you have you been out of education for at least 3 years but hold a GCSE English Language at Grade C or an equivalent, this scheme could work for you.

Apply online or contact us to talk about your options. Learn more on our mature entry offer scheme page.

Mature entry offer scheme

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Support for mature learners at York St John

Our mature learners bring fresh ideas to our campus. They have useful life experience which enhances learning for everyone.

We help you transition back into an education setting by helping you develop study skills and build your confidence. When we talk about support tailored to you, we mean it.

For more information on the support we offer to mature students at York St John, you can download our guide:

Undergraduate Guide for Mature Learners (PDF, 2MB)

Mature Learner Induction

If you are a mature student you are invited to take part in our tailored Mature Learner Induction sessions that take place throughout Welcome Week.

We offer a programme of activities especially for mature learners, which runs alongside your Welcome Week programme and offers a range of tours, workshops and socials, giving you plenty of ways to get to know your university, your campus and each other.

When you have been given your York St John login information, you can access our YSJ For You online course. The course provides a number of modules to help you adjust to University life, including help understanding your timetable and managing your time, as well as a number of digital skills modules covering use of Microsoft Office and other software available for students.

As a very mature student I had struggled with imposter syndrome. Where I grew up, people didn't go to university and although I'd had a very interesting working life I had never had the opportunity to engage with higher education. Initially it was less a steep learning curve and more like face planting a cliff, but with encouragement and support I eventually started to believe that I could do it.
 Barbara, Human Geography BA

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