Did you know that:
If you are aged 21 or over you are classed as a 'mature student'?
Mature students make up almost half of the student population at UCS?
The Students' Union run a programme of events aimed specifically at mature students?
The best thing about studying at UCS is the diversity of its students, and the support they have from each other. UCS understands that everybody has their own reasons for wanting to return to education.
The Learning Development Team provides support to all students. For those who are returning to learning, this support can prove to be invaluable in helping students get into studying again. Workshops are run throughout the year in study skills, academic writing, referencing, English language skills, maths, statistics, research methods and computer skills. The Learning Development team also provide a range of online and downloadable resources for students to use. For more information, see Support for Students.
Financial support for mature students
UCS has Welfare and Finance Advisors who can help with any issues or concerns about student finance. All mature students are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan, and can get a maintenance loan to help with their living costs as long as they start their course before the age of 60. Students start to repay their loan after they have graduated and are earning over £21,000 per year.
There is additional financial support available such as childcare grants, parents learning allowance, maintenance grant, special support grant, adult dependants grant and disabled students allowance. For more information, see Student Finance.