Mature students

Studying at Leeds as a mature student

We welcome mature undergraduate students from all backgrounds and the range of experiences they bring.

Mature students (defined as a student over 21 years of age) study across a range of full-time degrees at Leeds, from foundation years to fine art, electronic and electrical engineering, sociology and many more. Others are studying part-time degrees, in subjects including business leadership and child and family studies.  

The Lifelong Learning Centre provides free specialist guidance, advice and support to mature and part-time students, from pre-application through to graduation and beyond. 

Mature student stories

  • The Foundation Year transformed my life

    Katharine wasn’t sure a university degree was right for her, but the Foundation Year changed her mind and now she’s following her creative passions.

    Student Katharine Charlton sitting at a desk using a laptop.
  • A new direction in life

    Rochelle Tattersall reflects on how the Coronavirus pandemic led her to move away from a career in PR and return to education as a BSc Adult Nursing student.

    Patient in a hospital bed with a nurse fitting a cannula to their hand
  • Meet our graduates — Sarah Lloyd

    After losing her son to knife crime, Sarah was inspired to return to education to learn how to teach. She graduated in 2021 with a BA in Professional Studies and is now studying for a Masters.

    Mature student Sarah Lloyd holidng a UK flag with two others in China