Are you thinking about returning to education to study a subject you love, or perhaps you’re considering a career change? With over half of our students over the age of 30, you'll fit right in with our CCCU community. 

How do I apply?


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

Postgraduate or part-time - apply direct

If you’re thinking about applying for an undergraduate degree part-time or 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.

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 is 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. 

2. Review your qualifications and life experience

We consider applications from people with a wide range of general qualifications. Whether you have A levels or T levels, we accept multiple qualifications to help you secure a place with us. 

You can also evidence your life experience with an Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) or an Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). If you can demonstrate any previous experience that is relevant to your chosen course, then you can use this as evidence of the entry requirements that we adhere to.  

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, 25Early Childhood Studies and Special Education Needs and Inclusion Studies 

3. Consider a Foundation Year

If you haven't quite got enough grades, you can opt for a Foundation Year, which will give you a fantastic opportunity to begin exploring your chosen course. Not only will you get a feel for our University, but you'll gain the confidence and skills needed to progress onto your chosen degree.

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 and Medway Campus, and some courses are available at both.

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.

If you plan on driving as part of your commute, check whether you are eligible for a student parking permit. Find out more about Park & Ride, how to apply for a permit and our Sustainable Travel Policy and Procedure


Read how mature student Vicky went through Clearing to begin her Social Work degree.  

5. Ensure you check the financial support available

The Student Loans Company, which is run by the government, offers loans to cover your tuition fees and help with your living expenses whilst you’re studying. Two loans are offered:

  • maintenance loan
  • tuition loan.

Your maintenance loan is dependant on your household income, so this will vary depending on your personal financial situation.

As a general rule, the tuition loan will cover the full course of study, plus one extra year if this is needed. 

Read our fees, funding, and student finance page to find out more.

If you previously received a student loan for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, you may still be accepted for further funding depending on your course. You also may be able to get extra help if you’ve got children or caring responsibilities. 

We also offer bursaries, scholarships and grants that you may be entitled to.

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. Check out university accommodation 

Visit one of our Answers Days to take a tour of our student accommodation.  Our accommodation at Dover Street  is often popular with our mature students. Starting from £148 a week, all accommodation is inclusive of bills, with Wi-Fi included.

Not only will you have access to a resident-only court yard, you'll also have allocated parking and free bike storage. 

Or if you can't make it in person, take a look at our virtual tour. If you're in need of accessible transport links, check how close the accommodation is to the city’s numerous transport links. 

View our accommodation on offer.

7. Get involved with University life  

In the months leading up to the start of your course, you'll be invited to join our CCCU 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. 

If you want to meet other mature students on the same or different courses to you, you can start a Mature Students society at the Students' Union. Here, you'll find like-minded students who are eager to find new friends and socialise. 

There is a wide range of societies to join. From panto society to the feminist society, there will be something for everyone at CCCU's SU

University is for anyone at any stage of life. The fact that the majority of our students are over the age of 25 shows just how much we value our mature students. Our community celebrates diversity in every form, so apply to us today to become a part of Canterbury Christ Church University.

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. Receive lots of support 

We’re here to support you before you start and all the way through your studies. Prior to joining us, we'll send out a Course Essentials pack to ensure you'll be fully ready to begin your course.

You also have the option of speaking with a peer mentor who is a current student. This will give you the opportunity to find out what you really need to do to prepare from someone who has already done it - the peer mentor scheme is a fantastic way for you to prepare, build your confidence, and make friends.  

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

Emma, 36Midwifery