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Mature students: how to apply to St Mary's University

Entry requirements

All courses have their own entry requirements, which are listed on this website and in our prospectus. We recognise a wide range of qualifications, but as a mature students, you may qualify if you can provide evidence of your ability to successfully pursue the degree you want to apply for. We will consider your overall experience. Normally, you would be expected to have at least one A level or the equivalent, except for ITT Primary teaching where entry requirements will be higher.

For more information regarding entry requirements, please contact our Admissions Team.

Part-time study

Many of our programmes can be studied on a part-time basis. This is daytime study of between four and six hours per week. It is possible to vary the amount of study you take on each year and, therefore, the time it takes to complete your degree will vary.

Many mature students spread a three-year degree over six years and you may choose to study for a Certificate or Diploma of Higher Education, if you do not wish to commit yourself to a full degree programme.

If you have not studied for a while, we also allow you to take one or more modules as an associate student. Intending students are advised to discuss their applications with the relevant programme director (see the 'Find Out More' section for your chosen course).

How to apply

You will need to apply through UCAS for full time courses. The UCAS website also has a section for mature students with useful tips and advice about choosing courses, coping with study and money matters.

Cost and financial aid

All students pay the same tuition fees; however most students can apply for student finance support in the form of loans and grants provided by the government . The amount you get depends on your family situation and the type of course you are doing. You may receive extra help if you have children.

St Mary’s also offers range of scholarships that you may be entitled to.