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Mature students

Before you search our course database, it's worth narrowing your search by asking yourself a few questions:

  • What do you want to achieve?
  • What interests you?
  • When do you want to study?
  • What type of qualification do you want?

It's worth taking time over your research to ensure you select the course that best meets your needs and aspirations. If you need help, why not discuss your choice with an adviser from our Pre-Entry Enquiries Team?

Or you could attend an Open Day to discuss your options with tutors and see our facilities.

What do you want to achieve?

Before you start your search, think about what you want to achieve as the final outcome. For example, if you’re thinking about a change of career, you'll probably be looking for a course which offers a professional qualification, eg nursing, surveying, speech and language therapy, or teaching.

What interests you?

Choosing a subject that you enjoy and that interests you is always a good idea. A few areas that you may wish to consider:

  • Art and Design – courses such as Interior Design, Fashion Design, Fine Art, Architecture
  • Business and Management
  • Education
  • Law
  • Social Sciences – includes Criminology, Sociology and Psychology
  • English – includes English, English Literature, English and Drama
  • Health – includes Midwifery, Speech and Language Therapy, Nursing
  • Acting – includes Community and Applied Theatre, Stage Management, Acting
  • Music – includes Music Technology, Music, Jazz
  • Media – includes Media and Communication, Interactive Entertainment (Digital Marketing, Digital Art and Games Development)
  • Construction – includes Surveying, Planning
  • Engineering – includes Automotive Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
  • Computing – includes Forensic Computing, Computer Science

When do you want to study?

Many of our courses can be studied either part-time or full-time, with the part-time route taking longer to complete. For example, a degree could be studied in five years part-time or three years full-time. Whichever route you choose, you’ll need to allow time for additional study and reading outside the lessons.

What type of qualification do you want?

Do you want undergraduate or postgraduate study?

Undergraduate study:
  • Foundation year
  • Foundation degree
  • Degree (BA – Bachelor of Arts, BSc – Bachelor of Science)
Postgraduate study:
  • Cert/DipHE (Certificate/Diploma of Higher Education)
  • MA/MSc – Master’s degrees
  • MPhil and PhD ­– Research degrees