If you're applying to Kent after the age of 21, we consider you to be a mature student. You could be applying a few years after leaving school or college, or 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.
Find out how SeNSS (ESRC) funding has supported Madeleine to study a PhD in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research.
Find out how Catherine used CHASE (AHRC) funding to study a PhD at Kent.
Autism Studies student Jen talks about her course at the Tizard Centre.
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, 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.
The Mature Student Society is for any student who is age 21+ at the start of their degree, has had a working life prior to returning to education, or is part-time or a commuting student, has dependants or caring responsibilities, or identifies as a mature student. The Society offers a social environment for all members and acts as a forum to discuss the challenges and promote the needs of mature students.
The Society has regular informal drop-in style lunch meets and coffee mornings where students can come along to relax, meet up with others, and chat about university, holidays, hobbies, or indeed anything else. They also hold an end of term meal or get together at least twice a year, and also regularly attend other events together on campus. Since the society began, many mature students have met and made new friends, formed small study groups, and enjoyed each other’s company socially.
The MPCC common room (mature, part-time, commuting, and carer or parent students) is located centrally on Canterbury campus and is open Monday to Friday. As well as a social room and meeting room, there are two quiet study rooms, lockers, and kitchen access with a refrigerator, microwave, and kettle.
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 with us by email.
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.