Mature applicants

Students on Parkinson steps

We welcome applications from mature students, and accept a range of alternative UK, European and international qualifications - you can find a full list here.

As our student, you'll have a personal tutor allocated to you from the academic staff in the School. If you have a problem that's affecting your studies, either at university or in your personal life, your personal tutor will be available to support and advise you.

We aim to be as flexible as possible in our teaching arrangements: although lecture times are fixed, there is scope to rearrange seminars to avoid clashing with family or work commitments.

Lifelong Learning Centre

If you don't currently meet the entry requirements for  the course you want to study, you may be able to enter through the Lifelong Learning Centre. Mature students, including those from disadvantaged or under-represented groups, can study many different full- and part-time courses including a foundation year leading into various arts and humanities undergraduate courses. The Centre also runs seminars and workshops on professional skills, as well as socials where you can meet other mature students. You can find out more here.


The Mature and Part Time Students' Society (MatSoc) provides social opportunities and peer support, with an emphasis on diversity and inclusivity. You can meet mature and part-time students from across the university and benefit from their support and experience. Visit the Leeds University Union website for more information here.


All students and staff at the University are able to use our award-winning childcare centre, Bright Beginnings, located here in campus. The Centre is registered with Ofsted Early Years, and is open to children aged 3 months to 5 years. They also run a playscheme for children aged 3-11 years during the school holidays. Learn more here.

Information about other childcare providers in the area can be found on the Leeds City Council Family Information Service here.