Manchester Metropolitan University

Mature Students

Over 17% of our undergraduate students are over 21 when they start their course*

Returning to education might seem daunting, but we offer specific support to those who have had a break from education.

This guide will provide you with an introduction to applying to university as well as outlining the next steps to becoming a mature student.

5 Steps to University: watch our short video


There are many reasons why you might want to return to education. You might be looking to improve your job prospects, considering a career change or you might simply have an interest in your chosen subject. Whatever your reasons for studying, it is important that you find out as much as possible about the course and the university before you apply. You can find out more about the courses that we offer by visiting our online prospectus.

Entry Requirements

All courses at Manchester Metropolitan University have entry requirements, which set out exactly what qualifications you must have in order to apply for a course. Some subjects will have specific subject requirements – such as mathematics or biomedical science. You can find details of our courses and entry requirements on our online prospectus or UCAS (University and Colleges Admission Service).

We offer Mature Entry Sessions which cover different aspects of the preparation, research and application process.

If you have been out of education for some time, or you do not have the necessary qualifications, you may have to refresh or upgrade you academic skills and do some further study. Access to Higher Education courses are particularly aimed at returners to education.



Open Days take place in June and October and include a full programme of subject talks, tours of our facilities, and general advice on applying to university. You will have the opportunity to find out about our facilities, tour the campus, see student accommodation as well as attend a subject talk, meet course tutors, current students and gather general information on studying at university and student finance.


To apply for any full-time course you must register on the UCAS website and apply online. Applications can be sent to universities from mid-September the year before you start, and close on 15 January (though it may be possible to apply later depending on course availability). You can apply for up to 5 choices and will need to include personal details, academic achievements and any qualifications you are still undertaking.

You will also need to submit a personal statement where you should detail why you have chosen the subject area you are applying to. It is your chance to convince admissions staff about your enthusiasm and suitability for a course.

We also require a reference as part of the UCAS application. Your reference should come from a teacher, advisor or someone who knows you in a professional capacity.


Next Steps – Financing your studies

The loans and grants you are entitled to are dependent on your own situation and the course you are intending to study. Full and part-time undergraduate students are normally entitled to a Tuition Fee Loan, which means you do not have to pay tuition fees upfront. You do not start to make loan repayments until the April after you graduate and you are earning £21,000. Your loan is written off after 30 years if you have not repaid it in full. Additional funding may be available, e.g. if you have to pay for childcare or have adult dependents.

You can find information about student finance on the Student Finance England website or ring their helpline for advice: 0845 300 50 90. Student Finance applications usually open towards the end of January with an initial deadline of May.

If you have studied at degree level before, there may be restrictions on your entitlement to financial support. To check your eligibility, you should contact Student Finance England.


  • If you do study at Manchester Metropolitan University, we currently offer a £3,000 Student Support Package. The criteria are subject to annual review and certain conditions apply. You can find out more about our Student Support Package on the Money Matters single year webpages.

Mature entry sessions - book your place

Considering applying to start University in 2016?

We offer an interactive presentation that covers various aspects of the preparation, research and application process.

The sessions are held at our Manchester Campus and are offered on specific dates during the application cycle. The sessions begin at 6pm and finish at 7.30 and take the form of a presentation with time for questions.

If you are unsure whether our session is for you, please contact us on or 0161 247 6969.

You can also check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

If you would like to speak to our course enquiries line to get information about our courses and life as a student at Manchester Metropolitan University, please call 0161 2476969

5 steps to University

You should attend if you are at the early stages of the planning process and are unsure how to go about researching courses and applying. This session will help you identify important isuues, websites, dates and deadlines.

Aims of the session
At the end of the session you should know what course options exist in Higher Education, understand entry criteria, be able to identify what you need to consider, reseach and how to get key information.

The topics covered in the session are

  • Why HE?
  • Courses available
  • Entry requirements - academic
  • Other entry criteria - work experience, interviews, auditions, portfolio
  • The application timeline
  • Financial considerations
  • Sources of information (including key websites/Open days)
  • Next steps

View upcoming sessions and book your place now

If you are an International applicant or are interested in part-time study:
There is information for International students on our International website. You can find information about fees and finance on our Money Matters single year page

*Number of students over 21 years of age on entry to an undergraduate degree in September 2014.

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