What’s it like to return to University as a Mature Student

Ref: C2228680

This is a free, practical taster session designed for people who want to return to study as a mature student or improve their own study capability at University. During this two hour taster, participants will explore some of the key study skills such as: planning an essay, increasing your vocabulary; reading and referencing. This may lead to a short follow-on course in March examining how to manage your time and get organised; the four stages of editing your written work; how to research effectively; and how to adopt an academic writing style.

Course aim

To develop your study skills and build up your confidence before going to University as a mature student.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify and start to practise some key skills needed for academic or professional study;
  • Plan an essay topic and start to explore reading, referencing and research skills;
  • Find ways of increasing your academic and general vocabulary;
  • Plan for future skills development.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need an internet connection, speakers, a laptop, computer or tablet with a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. Notebook, pen and paper or other way of building up a personal glossary and taking notes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

What’s it like to return to University as a Mature Student


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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