You are a mature student if you are over the age of 21 when you start your higher education studies. At Plymouth Marjon University we welcome people of all ages to our undergraduate courses. In fact, adults returning to study are some of our most able students, bringing experience and skills gained from work, family and other life experiences. Our mature students come from a wide range of educational and work backgrounds, and span a very wide range of ages, and together they are a third of our total student population.
Are you wondering if becoming a mature student is right for you? If so, this page was written by a mature student to tell you the key things you might need to know , so read on! If you have more questions you can use the chat feature on this page to put them directly to a mature student, or you can see our mature student FAQs.
We have a position of mature students' officer in the Student Union who you can also contact about mature student life. Find details for the Student Union Officer contacts.
Many mature students who have been out of education for a period worry about their ability to return to academic study. If you would like to brush up on your academic skills, you can attend study skills sessions and talk to your personal development tutor. Our tips:
Many mature students worry that they will be the only mature student on their course and will struggle to make friends. But they quickly realise they aren't the only ones. We have a lot of mature students and we're a really inclusive community. Give yourself time and take advantage of the opportunities to meet new people. Our tips:
Involve your family and friends in your university life and talk to them about your experiences here. It is better for everyone to understand in advance how studying will impact your life and the time you have available. Be realistic about what time you will need and plan around the busy times of the year. Also remember studying can be tiring, plan your week to ensure you get enough rest!
Marjon recognises that many students will be combining their studies with caring for children. Flying Start Nursery is located on campus and a full range of childcare facilities advice is available through the Plymouth City Council website.
The Students’ Union can run family-friendly events so that you have the chance to meet other students that may be in the same position as you. Speak to the SU about putting these events on throughout the year.
Students have several options to consider when thinking about which accommodation to choose. Living on campus is great for many new students; however this isn't for everyone. Look at our accommodation options and see what suits you best. If you would prefer not to live on campus then we recommend that you choose off-campus accommodation that is university approved.