It’s never too late to develop yourself academically, however, starting university a little later can be daunting. The number of students returning to education at a later stage in their life is continuously rising and there are many benefits to studying as a mature student. We take a look at these below:
Study a subject you enjoy
One of the benefits of studying later in life, is you’ll have a better understanding of the subjects you enjoy and your aspirations. Students attending university after completing their A-Levels often face pressure over what subjects to choose, as a mature student you’ll make a more informed choice in relation to your personal or career goals.
Study around your commitments
Higher education can be flexible and studying towards a degree no longer needs to be a full-time commitment. Many of our courses at Roehampton University Centres consist of daytime, evening and weekend study options, giving you the choice to study around your personal responsibilities and career.
Relate your experiences
Returning to higher education later in life means you’ll have more life and work experience that you can relate your studies to. You’ll most likely have a different view on things and will be able to view your assignments and study tasks from a whole new perspective.
Accessible Student Finance
When making plans for the future, finances often have a significant influence. Many mature students already have financial commitments or may not be able to afford the fees. Luckily, in the UK, you are able to access student loans via Student Finance England (SFE). Depending on eligibility, you may receive a loan to cover your university fees as well as helping towards living costs. There is also additional financial support available to those on a low income, who have a disability or have children. More information can be found on the Gov UK website.
Boost your career
As a mature student, you may already be climbing your career ladder and a qualification in a related subject can be the boost you are looking for. Whether it’s to help towards a promotion, give you the additional experience of a specific topic, or to set you up for a career change, studying towards a degree has many positive influences on your career.
Boost your grades
Sometimes, applicants may not meet the necessary grade requirements for their chosen course. A handful of our undergraduate programmes include an additional Foundation Year of study, designed to help you meet the required grades to complete your degree. This additional studying builds upon your current skills, giving you the knowledge to complete your degree. We are here to help you get to where you’d like to be.
At Roehampton University Centres, we have a selection of learning options that you can choose from. You can find out more information by visiting our course page