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Top tips for adult learners

Students take up degree courses at every stage of life.

If you're thinking about going back into education but feeling a little daunted by the application process - our tips can help.

1. Qualifications and entry requirements

Compile a list of your qualifications and have a look at the entry requirements for the courses you’re interested in. 

If you don’t meet the entry requirements you can look at these two routes:

Access courses

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a qualification which prepares students for study at university. It's designed for people who would like to study in HE but who left school without the usual qualifications, such as A levels. These courses are usually ran in Further Eduction (FE) institutions. 

Some universities will also ask for GCSE qualifications. If you don't have the right GCSE/level 2 qualifications you can study for them alongside completing an Access course. 

Foundation year

Some universities offer foundation courses that provide an entry route into degree-level courses.

2. Work and life experience

Most universities will take relevant work and life experience into account when considering your application.

This experience should be included in your Personal Statement.

Write a CV if you have a lot of work experience in the area you are looking to study.

3. Open days and taster days

Attend university open days and taster days to ensure you research your university and course options thoroughly.

4. Adult learner advisers

Talk to the Adult Learner Advisers at the universities that you are interested in. This is a good way to find out what additional support the universities are offering to adult learners.