Grace-Anne was initially nervous about returning to academic life and studying alongside students younger than herself. Now in her final year, Grace-Anne reflects back on her experiences and everything she has accomplished during her three years.
Support for mature students
Loughborough welcomes mature students (those aged 21 and over at registration) for the wealth of life experience they bring to their studies. You may be seeking career development, or taking a ‘second chance’ to return to education to study something you have always been interested in.
Whatever your motivation, we recognise that the decision to return to learning after a gap is usually a big one and is the start of a new journey.
Why study at Loughborough?
- Significant financial assistance is available for mature students.
- Experienced and highly trained staff, familiar with helping mature students, are available in all of our Student Support Services.
- Access to an on-campus study space is available for mature and postgraduate students only.
- A mature student buddying scheme is available (in selected schools and departments).
- Careers advisers experienced in assisting mature students can help with future projects.
- For mature students with a family, the campus has a conveniently placed nursery beside the Students’ Union.
Loughborough offers a wide range of courses to suit all academic interests and strengths. If you are unsure as to what you would like to study, take a look through the courses available where you can find further information.
Foundation courses are sometimes available to mature students who do not have the necessary entry requirements.
If you require further advice please do not hesitate to get in touch with the course contacts, found on every page, or contact WP@lboro.ac.uk.
If you have a level 3 qualification (such as A-level or BTEC) you may be eligible to apply straight away. If you don't have a level 3 qualification you may need to complete an Access Course.
It is advisable to contact Admissions Tutors directly as there may be some flexibility in requirements for mature students.
24+ Advanced Learning Loans
Students on Access courses who are aged 24 or over may be able to access 24+ Advanced Learning Loans to cover the cost of the fee charged for Access to HE courses. You don’t have to pay this back until you are earning £21,000 p.a. The Student Loans Company will write off 24+ Advanced Learning Loans if you subsequently graduate from a higher education (degree) course.
The Student Accommodation Centre (SAC) provides information and advice on University halls of residence and approved private sector accommodation.
The Centre advises mature students on matters such as; requesting hall of residence accommodation with returning students (rather than first year students), off-campus accommodation availability, and accommodation suitable for couples and those with children. A limited number of postgraduate rooms on a 50 week let may be available to students seeking to extend their accommodation over the summer months.
Mature students who would like to be located in an area with fewer first year students are advised to make contact with the Student Accommodation Centre when applying in order to discuss the options available. Alternatively, once applicants have had a Hall room allocated, they are recommended to contact the Student Accommodation Centre in early September to make any specific requests.
At the University Open Days in June and September, you will have the opportunity to speak to experts about finance, careers and study support, and to ask current mature students about their experience of Loughborough student life.
Loughborough Campus Nursery
For mature students with a family, the campus has a conveniently placed registered day nursery which consistently receives a good Ofsted report, and provides childcare for the children of students and staff.
Students can apply for a nursery place before their course has been confirmed, and are under no obligation to take it up if plans change (one month’s notice of cancellation required).
Nursery places are highly sought after so early enquiries are recommended - Loughborough Campus Nursery
Leicestershire County Council provide details of other nurseries.
For tips and case studies from student parents, plus a guide explaining the additional student finance available for student parents, see the Student Parents website.
A peer support scheme, 21+ Buddying, is run for mature students in a number of departments. New mature students are buddied in their first term with a returning mature student in the same department.
It provides a great opportunity to get useful tips and support from another mature student who has already been studying.
Mature Students Association
Socialise, and get support from someone in the same situation as you. All students aged 21+ automatically become members of the Mature Students Association (MSA) which is run by mature students for mature students through the Students’ Union.
Once you have decided that you would like to study at Loughborough University, you know which course you would like to study, and you have checked the requirements, you can go ahead and apply through UCAS. Applications are made online through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) rather than direct to institutions. Follow our guide on how to apply through UCAS for more information.