A third of our students at Christ Church are over the age of 30, so there’s no need to feel daunted about being a mature student going back into education.

We know, however, that has a mature student you may have additional things to consider - whether it is balancing studying with family life or work, extra financial responsibilities or new study skills you need to develop – but don’t worry we are here to support you.

We know, however, that has a mature student you may have additional things to consider - whether it is balancing studying with family life or work, extra financial responsibilities or new study skills you need to develop – but don’t worry we are here to support you.

Top tips for being a mature learner

Don’t forget you are bringing a wealth of experience and skill to your studies!

  • The great thing about university is that as an independent learner you can manage your own time to fit around your other commitments. Check out our time management online module so you can start planning now.
  • Get a head start on the core academic skills you will need by exploring our Learning Skills Hub - there are online modules to help you develop your academic skills whether it is essay writing, note-taking or referencing
  • Connect with a peer mentor who can show you around the university and introduce you to all the services available.
  • If you are unsure of anything just ask – you will be assigned a Personal Academic Tutor who is there to help you develop the skills you need.

Student Finance for mature Learners

The government, through the Student Loans Company, offers loans to cover your tuition fees and help with your living expenses while you’re studying. You may be able to get extra help if you’ve got children or caring responsibilities.

If you have any money concerns or need support for applying for finance, please speak to our Student Support Advisers.

Studying with children

Many of our students have children or other dependents to care for while studying with us, and we understand it can be a juggling act.

  • If you’re a full-time student and you’ve got children or an adult who depends on you, you might be able to get extra help on top of your main student finance.
  • Let your tutors know you have children and if you have commitments that affect your
  • There’s a range of childcare available in and around Canterbury and Medway. If you’re paying for childcare you may be eligible for a contribution towards your costs through the Government’s Tax-free Childcare Scheme. For further information click here.
  • For the convenience and comfort of parents and babies, there are baby feeding and changing rooms at our Canterbury, Medway and Tunbridge Wells campuses.

 

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