Applying as a mature student.

Are you thinking about returning to education to study a subject you love or perhaps you’re considering a career or life change?

A third of our students are over the age of 30, so there’s no need to feel daunted at the idea of going back into education. 

How do I apply?

If you’re a mature student applying for a full-time undergraduate degree, you’ll apply through UCAS.

If you’re thinking about applying for an undergraduate degree part-time or for a postgraduate degree, in most cases you apply directly to us online. However, there are a few exceptions so it’s a good idea to check the Apply Now section in your chosen course page.

Find out from Louise why she recommends coming to Christ Church as a mature student.

Things to consider

1. Check the length of study 

Many of our courses can be taken either full-time or part-time. Full-time is usually three years (four years if you include a foundation year) and part-time anywhere up to six years. 

As well as a wide range of full-time courses, we also offer part-time courses providing a flexible way to fit studying around your other commitments. Check your course page to see if the subject you’re interested in is available part-time. View our list of undergraduate courses. 

If you’d like to discuss your options further or find out more about course hours at University, the Course Enquiry Team is always happy to help! Contact our Course Enquiry Team. 

2. Qualifications and life experience

We consider applications from people with a wide range of general qualifications; check our entry requirements page for more information. 

Remember, this list is not exhaustive and we do take into consideration your life experience, too. 

As a mature student you have the life experience and are serious about what you want from your degree.

Kerrie, 23Early Childhood Studies and Special Education Needs and Inclusion Studies 

3. Foundation years

You could consider a course with a foundation year if you’re returning to study and don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject. Please chat to us and we’ll see what is available for you.

4. Check the location of your course

We offer courses at our Canterbury Campus or Medway Campus and some courses are available at both campuses. We offer accommodation close to both campuses too but, if you're planning to commute, check where your course will be based so you can plan travel around your study.

Visit our find us pages for more information about travelling to our campuses.

5. Financial support is available

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. We explain student finance further. 

We also offer bursaries, scholarships and grants that you may be eligible to apply for.

John joined Canterbury Christ Church University through Clearing after deciding to follow his dream career in cyber security.

I am loving it! The course fits well around my work, study and family life. This has motivated my children to study hard so that they can grow up and fulfil their dreams.

John, Cyber Security studentComputer Forensics & Security student

6. Living in University accommodation 

Visit an Open Day and you’ll be able to see the accommodation for yourself. Or if you can't make it in person, take a look at our virtual tour. If transport links are important to you, check how close the accommodation is to the city’s numerous transport links. 

View our accommodation on offer. Our accommodation at Dover Street is often popular with mature students. 

7. University life for everyone 

If you want to meet other mature students on the same or different courses to you, the SU’s Mature Students Society is the perfect place to start!

In the months leading up to the start of your course, you'll be invited to join our Christ Church Students Facebook Group. This is the perfect place for you to meet other people on your course, who might be living in the same accommodation or commuting from the same area. 

Being a Student Ambassador has helped me get involved. Working with Outreach and alongside younger students has meant new friends, discovering the campus, being informed of what is happening and other opportunities, such as internships.

Susan, 53Postgraduate Diploma in Education

8. You'll receive lots of support 

We’re here to support you before you start and all the way through your studies. If you’re joining academic life after a long break from school or college, we offer individual tutorials, workshops and online resources to support essay writing, critical thinking and much more. 

I could not have had more support from Christ Church this year as a mature student. Student support have been invaluable with tips on academic writing and referencing.

Emma, 36Midwifery

9. Join us

University is for anyone at any stage of life. The fact that two thirds of our students are over the age of 21, shows how important mature students are to our community and diversity.