Mature students at CCCU

Mature students

Are you looking to return to study? Read our 8 tips for mature students considering starting a degree at Canterbury Christ Church University.

1. Check the length of study and contact hours for your chosen course

Most of the subjects in our single and combined honours courses can be taken either full-time or part-time. Part-time courses offer a flexible way to fit studying around your other commitments, so check the course page fact-file to see if the subject you’re interested in is available part-time. View our list of undergraduate courses.

Don’t discount studying full-time if your course isn’t available for part-time study. Omar from our Course Enquiry Team recommends that you check the number of contact hours the course involves – this can be found within the ‘learning and teaching’ drop down on the course page.

If you’d like to discuss your options further, Omar and the rest of the Course Enquiry Team are always happy to help! Contact our Course Enquiry Team.

2. We accept a large number of qualifications and we offer foundation years

We consider applications from those 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. 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!

You have the life experience and are serious about what you want from your degree.

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

3. Check the location of your chosen course!

We offer courses at our Canterbury Campus or Medway Campus and some courses are available at both campuses. If you're planning to commute, check where your course will be based so you can plan how you will travel to university. 

4. Financial support is available 

The Government, through the Student Loans Company, offers loans to cover your tuition fees and assist with your living expenses whilst you are studying. You may get extra help if you have children. We explain student finance further.

We also have a number of bursaries, scholarships and grants for those who choose to study with us.  

"I am loving it! It 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 Melo, cyber security student

John joined CCCU through Clearing after deciding to follow his dream and make a career in the field of cyber security.

5. You can live in university accommodation 

Rebecca Jackson, who was 24 when she started studying Primary Education, recommends that you have a think about halls. Visit an open day and you will be able to view a sample of the rooms we have on offer. If transport links are important to you, check the proximity of the accommodation to the city’s numerous transport links.

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

6. Get involved with uni life! Our Students’ Union even have a Mature Students Society

There's so many opportunities available to students who study with us. 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 starting university, 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, living in the same accommodation or commuting from the same area.

"Being a Student Ambassador has made it possible for me to 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, mature student at CCCUSusan Allen, 53, is studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Education

7. You'll receive lots of support

We’re here to support you before you start and when you’re a student. If you’re joining academic life after a long break from school or college, we offer individual tutorials, workshops and online resources related to referencing, essay writing, critical thinking and more.

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

Emma, mature student at CCCUEmma Barritt, 36, midwifery student

8. Don't let age put you off applying!

You can start university later in life! Here at Canterbury Christ Church University, we’re proud that mature students make up a large percentage of our student population - 65% of our students are over the age of 21.


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Last edited: 15/11/2018 13:55:00