Adult Learners in Higher Education

Are you an adult thinking about going to university? If so, there’s no need to feel daunted at the idea of going back into education.

Each year thousands of adults go to university or college to develop their skills and career prospects.

In fact, according to UCAS, around a third of undergraduate students are over the age of 21, so there’s plenty of opportunities to meet new people and settle into life as a student, whatever your age!

Read a blog from a mature student on her experience of studying at UCA.

Access courses

If you’ve been out of education for a while or need to complete a qualification to help you get to university, an Access to Higher Education course delivered by your local further education college could be a great first step. 

Access courses are recognised by all UK universities and are designed as an alternative pathway to university for adults – focusing on helping you build your academic skills while gaining confidence in preparation for university life.


Access to Higher Education Courses in Kent & Medway

Canterbury College 

Dover Technical College

Ashford College

MidKent College

North Kent College 

West Kent College

University of Kent

"...I was Head Girl, but never did anybody ever say to me 'Do you want to go to university?'"

Tania, University for the Creative Arts Student

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