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Returning to Education as a Mature Student

University of York via FutureLearn


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 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.

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.


  • Are you mature?
    • Welcome
    • Who are mature learners?
    • Assumptions and barriers
    • Benefits of returning to learning
    • Closing thoughts and what's happening next week
  • So, education might be for me... what next?
    • Goodbye barriers...time for next steps
    • Ready, steady... go!
    • Information, advice and guidance
    • Digital and academic expectations
    • On course for success
    • Closing thoughts and next steps

Taught by

Julie Knowles


4.7 rating at FutureLearn based on 32 ratings

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