If you are 21 years or over and would like a Durham University degree but think you will not be accepted because you do not have the necessary qualifications, think again. Come and talk to us. Attend a mature student taster session. We will look at your application with an open mind.
We will consider your experience and other qualities, so a lack of qualifications need not stop you from pursuing undergraduate study. We want to help you achieve your aims – whether you are looking for a change of career or a stimulating course to study in retirement. We can even help prepare you for your undergraduate studies with a Foundation Year, where we will help you to develop the skills and knowledge you will need to succeed in your chosen degree. Take a look at our courses database or get in touch - we would love to speak with you.
You will receive all the support you need to get back into learning including:
- Support and guidance on application through to in-course support (via your academic advisor and college mentor)
- Computer literacy courses
- Introductory sessions
- Social events and representation specifically for mature students
- On-campus childcare facilities (at Durham City) and links with local childcare providers
- Dedicated careers advice from the start of your degree, including links with local employers and the opportunity to meet employers through organised careers events.
My wife had completed a degree at Durham University’s Queen’s Campus as a mature student, but despite her reassurances and encouragement I still imagined I would struggle and flounder. I also thought I would be a second class citizen as a mature student. Now, looking back, my views have totally changed and I can’t imagine what I was worried about. I absolutely loved it.Phil Taylor, 38
If you have been away from education for a while you might need a bit of extra support. Our Foundation Centre programmes are designed to give you the skills and knowledge to go on to a wide range of Durham University degrees. You can complete courses over one year full-time or two years part-time, depending on your circumstances, and then carry on to the first year of an undergraduate degree programme in a range of subjects.
Our staff who teach in the Foundation Centre are well aware of the obstacles you may face as a mature student. In fact, many of them have been mature students themselves here at Durham - so you'll find this course very sensitive to your particular needs.
All colleges welcome mature students, whether you choose to live in college or private accommodation. Your college can help you settle in to returning to study through the tutorial system and college groups.
Find a course that's right for you
Why not look at the range of courses available?