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Support for mature students

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

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If you’re thinking of starting university after a break from formal education, we offer specific support for you.

A significant proportion of our students are 21 or older when they join us and we have an outstanding record of supporting those students to achieve academic success.

Mature student events

If you are over 21 and have applied for a place at York St John, join our Mature Applicant Evening on Wednesday 18 May 2022 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

The event will take place in our Students' Union and will include a free drinks reception and canapes. You will be able to tour our campus, chat to support teams from across the University and learn more about the services we offer to mature students. You can also meet and network with fellow mature applicants and students. Timings for the event are:

6.00pm Arrival and registration with welcome drinks
6.30pm Presentation from support teams: Mature Students at York St John
7.00pm Canapes and networking with optional campus tours
8.00pm Event ends

Bookings for this event have now closed.

Mature entry offer scheme

Our mature student entry scheme recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience and 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 equivalent this scheme could work for you.

Apply online or contact us to talk about your options.

Mature entry offer scheme

As a mature student looking for a change in career I initially felt quite anxious about fitting in with younger people on the course. However I needn’t have been because I made some brilliant friends and together we helped and supported each other throughout the three years.
 Ash Burnett

Strength in our community

Our mature learners bring fresh ideas and input to the mix of ideas on campus and have valuable life experience that enhances learning for everyone. We can help you transition back into an educational environment by helping you develop study skills and build your confidence. When we talk about support tailored to you we mean it.

More information

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

Undergraduate Guide for Mature Learners (PDF, 2.2. MB)

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