Our teaching will inspire and stretch you in a supportive environment where you can explore your potential and develop new skills to achieve your goals.

Who are mature students?

If you're over 21 when you start your course, you're classed as a mature student.

There is no such thing as a typical mature student at York. They come from a variety of backgrounds and bring skills gained from work, family and other life experiences and are often some of our most well-equipped students.

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If you have any questions about the application process our Admissions team will be happy to help.

Undergraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1904 324000

Is university for me?

You may wish to pursue a new interest, change career path or expand your qualifications to stay ahead in your field of employment. Whatever the reason, it's never too late to change career, fulfill your potential and gain experience, knowledge and the confidence to achieve your goals.

Being a mature student can be extremely daunting. You wonder if you have academic skills, the energy to see it through and the bravery to immerse yourself into something new. My advice is, do it! It has proven to be one of my greatest and proudest experiences to date.

Tiffany, (BA Social Policy)

Can I afford to go to university?

Most UK students and eligible EU nationals coming to university for the first time are entitled to government support for living costs. You may get extra help if you have children.

Find out how much our courses cost and discover the different types of loans and bursaries available to you.

Applying and study options

We offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the subject areas of arts and humanities, sciences and social sciences.

You may not need to have the same academic qualifications as school-leaving applicants. You'll need to show enthusiasm and passion for your chosen subject and we'll consider your relevant work, subject or academic experience.

As a mature student you may be able to apply to York with:

  • A levels and BTEC National Diplomas
  • Access and Foundation courses
  • apprenticeship
  • work and voluntary experience.

If you need some advice about entry requirements, you can contact the admissions tutor for the department you're interested in.

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Get a taste of higher education

Our free short online courses will give you a flavour of teaching at York. 

Lifelong Learning

If you haven't studied for a while you can take an accredited course with our Centre for Lifelong Learning.

Support if you need it

Our teaching and support staff, colleges and societies are here to help you adjust to university life and meet other mature students. Together we provide a network of personal and academic support who can give you advice about everything from childcare to housing and money matters.

Family life

Our Family Network and support services are here for you should you need them. Children are welcome in most places on campus and we have baby changing, breastfeeding and sterilising facilities. We can also provide advice on childcare and schools in York. Contact the Family Network on Facebook.

Getting involved

You'll be invited to an induction day before term starts as well as events during Welcome Week and throughout the year. The student-led Mature Students' Association (MSA) also organises social events. You could join a society to make new friends and learn a new skill or get involved with your department by becoming a course rep.


If you need accommodation in York and would prefer to live with other mature students, you can request this in your application.

If you require family accommodation, we have properties on and off campus to house families and work with York Housing Association to provide even more options. We also have a small number of on-campus rooms and studios for couples

Connect with York students 

Speak to mature students at York to hear their stories about returning to education and life in York.

Student blogs

Who better to tell you about life as a mature student at York than our students who've recently been through it themselves.

Why York?

Find out why a York degree is recognised and respected all over the world.

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Contact us

If you have any questions about the application process our Admissions team will be happy to help.

Undergraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1904 324000