If you're applying to Kent after the age of 21, we consider you to be a mature student. You could be in your early twenties and applying a few years after leaving school or college, or between 30 and 50 and studying as part of your professional development. You may want a career change or you may even be retired.
We know that finding information tailored to your needs can be a challenge, so we're here to reassure you and help you to take the next steps in your education.
You can apply for student funding as a mature student. We offer a range of funding options, from a generous financial support package designed specifically for mature learners, to selective scholarships for applicants from partner colleges and our Access to HE programme.
If you don't have traditional qualifications, the Access to Higher Education Diploma prepares you for university study. It is a nationally recognised qualification that is accepted by universities across the country. At Kent, we run our own Access Diploma programme. Our course is:
Classes focus on coursework and discussion led by helpful, supportive tutors. Inspiring sessions and regular guidance will help you to reach your full potential. Subjects may include creative writing, English literature, fine art, politics with law, psychology and sociology.
Applying to university can seem daunting when you’re a mature student, especially if you’re not currently at college, but it may be easier than you expect. The University of Kent and UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, offer step-by-step advice to help you through the admissions process.
Head Start is held on both the Medway and Canterbury campuses in the week before Welcome Week. It is an an event for newly enrolled mature students to find out about learning and teaching methods on degree programmes. If you are over 21 and hold a confirmed place at Kent you will be invited to attend this event.
For more details, contact Ruth Westbury on email@example.com or 01227 824147.
The Mature Student Society offers a social environment to discuss curricular, financial and personal challenges that are unique to students with dependents and financial commitments beyond study.
The Kent Union Buddy Scheme helps both new and returning students settle into life at Kent. It brings together students who can provide informal support through regular meet-ups, sharing their experiences and tips.
Many of us in the Adult Learning Team were mature students ourselves so we know how it feels to go back into education after a break. We work with adult learners from a range of age groups and backgrounds across Kent and Medway.
If you would like advice about going to university please get in touch.
Telephone: 01227 824147
Would you like to study at university, but don't have the grades you need? Our Access to Higher Education courses could help you.
If you will be responsible for family members while studying, see what support we can offer you in terms of accommodation, schooling and healthcare.
At Kent, we are committed to improving access to learning and provide a wide range of support during your studies.
Ben is in the second year of his degree at Kent. Find out how he's getting on with his studies and what university life is like as a mature student.