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Returning to Education as a Mature Student

  • Categories Study Skills
  • Duration 18h
  • Total Enrolled 4
  • Last Update November 9, 2023

About Course

University of York


Understand how to succeed as a mature student

What is a mature student? What life and work experience can mature learners bring to the learning environment? Answer these questions and more with this course.

You will will consider the perceived barriers that mature learners face and potential solutions to those barriers. You will learn about the skills you need to develop as a mature student, the support systems you can gain access to, and the guidance that is available to you in making an application to a course of interest.

What topics will you cover?

  • Who are mature learners? The history of mature learners
  • What is involved in making the decision to return to education – breaking down perceived barriers
  • A sense of belonging – the range of support systems available to mature learners such as finance, child care, mature learning networks, academic skills development
  • What a mature learner may need to succeed in the learning environment – digital and academic writing skills; finance support; child care support; making a successful UCAS application

Who will you learn with?

Julie Knowles

I am Julie and have been working with, and on behalf of adults who are returning to learning for 20 years. I also teach a range of Psychology modules. I am looking forward to meeting you.



Who developed the course?

University of York

The University of York combines the pursuit of academic excellence with a culture of inclusion, which encourages everyone – from a variety of backgrounds – to achieve their best.



What Will I Learn?

  • Engage with other mature learners
  • Develop a timeline of the history of mature learners
  • Evaluate their own barriers to returning to education including, those related to a sense of belonging to an education setting
  • Design an action plan to prepare for the skills and support networks learners will need in advance of, and during, their course
  • Apply the skills learned to begin making a UCAS application

Topics for this course

20 Lessons18h


Welcome to the course - let's get the housekeeping out of the way quickly
Getting the most out of this course
Meet your classmates

Who are mature learners??

We will explore what our understanding of a mature learner is and what it means to be a Mature Learner

Assumptions and barriers?

Many mature learners may be put off by their own preconceptions and perceived barriers to returning to learning. This activity we help unpick some of the common myths and will increase your confidence that learning may be for you.

Benefits of returning to learning?

There are many benefits to returning to learning. Many are obvious, some may take some time to be realised.

Closing thoughts and what’s happening next course?

We have explored what it is to be a mature learner; the barriers and benefits of returning to learning. You may be starting to believe that you could be a returner learner yourself so we will look at what support you will need.

Student Feedback


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The lecturer is so interesting. I like his lecture style very much. I listened carefully and took notes throughout the course.

I like the examples that are used in this course the most. Tell us who are the mature learners? The history of the mature learner. Let us reflect deeply on ourselves. Follow the example of these mature learners.

In this course I learn the skills I need to develop as a mature student, as well as access to different support systems. I think this course is really good. Taught me a lot.

What is a mature student? What kind of life and work experience can a mature learner bring to the learning environment? This course is very well explained. Let me reflect on whether I can be a mature learner as a student.


Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course is for mature students who have been out of the education system for a significant period of time who are considering their future educational and career options with a view to doing a university course.