You can check out our entry requirements on our course pages. You may already have all the qualifications you need to study at university, or you may be advised to refresh your learning first by doing additional study such as an Access course. Our Course Enquiry Centre will be able to give you more specific information. We also hold Open Days where you can find out more about the university and its courses.
There are no typical mature students - anyone aged 21 or over at the start of their studies is defined as a mature student or adult learner. You may be returning to study for many different reasons – for example:
for career or personal development
to pursue an interest
to find a new direction
Whatever your reasons, the University of Cumbria offers a wide variety of courses and support once you’re here.
Thinking about returning to study?
What to expect - weekly time commitments
The hours of study vary from course to course. For some professional courses such as nursing you will need to be at university four or five days a week. Health and teaching courses usually include some full-time placements as part of the course. On other courses you may only be at university two or three day weeks a week. Some courses also offer part-time routes.
How to apply
Getting ready for study
Head Start is a short online course designed to bridge the gap into Higher Education. It can be especially useful if you haven’t studied for some time. It is open to everyone who has been offered a place on one of our undergraduate courses.
Head Start introduces you to the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE). It also prepares you for university study by exploring the following:
- Effective learning approaches
- Accessing and evaluating information
- Academic writing
Find out about financial support for students. Some students on low incomes may also be eligible for a bursary. Don’t forget that you don’t need to start repaying your tuition fee loan until you have graduated and are earning over £27,295.
Our Money Advice Service is here to help you plan your finances and manage your money whilst studying. Student Finance England offers information and advice for all students plus extra information for those with dependent children or adults.
If you have a registered disability, you may also be eligible for some extra support for your studies. Find out about the disabled students allowance.
We have an on-campus nursery at our Lancaster campus for children aged 0 - 5 years. You may be eligible for support with childcare costs.
Our halls of residence are open to mature students. Find out more about accommodation at all our campuses.
Support once you start your course
Student Enquiry Point
You can access any of the teams in Student Services by clicking on the Student Enquiry Point tile on the Student Hub.
During induction week you will be introduced to the Library. The Library provides 24 hour access to online study skills resources and our huge range of eresources so that you can find support and academic resources even when you’re off campus.
Our Library and Academic Advisors lead academic skills sessions, offer webinars, email support, and are available for one-to-one appointments to help you make the most of the resources that are available to you.
Disability and Specific Learning Difficulty Support covers a range of services to enable students with a disability or SpLD to access courses. Make sure you receive the support that you are entitled to.
Health and Wellbeing