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.


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.

Check 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).

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 your 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 15th 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 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 £25,000 (subject to parliamentary approval). 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: 0300 100 0607. 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 study at Manchester Metropolitan University, we currently offer a £750 per year Student Support Package for new, full-time, first year undergraduate students from a household with an income up to and including £25,000. The criteria are subject to annual review and certain conditions apply. You can find out more about our Student Support Package on our Money Matters page.
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