Never too old for new tricks: the joy of being a mature student

Going back to university may seem daunting, but the rewards are worth it

Age is not a barrier when it comes to learning. About 40% of mature students studying at university are over the age of 30, some in their 50s and 60s. Many have mortgages, families and are in full-time employment.

Although the prospect of returning to education, essay writing and mixing with younger students can seem daunting, having a few extra years on your peers can be a distinct advantage. Ucas says that universities are happy to accept older students as most arrive with high levels of enthusiasm, commitment and additional life experience.

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