Returning to Education as a Mature Student Course - University of York

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Thinking of returning to education as a mature student? Make sense of higher education and reflect on your next steps.

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.

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.

When would you like to start?

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts. 

  • Available now

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:

  • 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.

Who is the course for?

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.

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.

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  • Access to this course for 4 weeks

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  • Access to this course for as long as it’s on FutureLearn
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  • Access to this course, and hundreds of other FutureLearn short courses and tests for a year
  • A printable digital Certificate of Achievement on all short courses once you’re eligible
  • The freedom to keep access to any course you've achieved a digital Certificate of Achievement on, for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn
  • The flexibility to complete your choice of short courses in your own time within the year
Last updated Sep 2020

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