Information for mature students

At Kingston University, all our students come from a diverse range of backgrounds and have taken many different routes into higher education. Over 45% of our student population started their course over the age of 21.

If you're joining us after taking time out of education, whether it's to forward your career or explore an area of interest, there is lots of support available to you.

If you have children and will be studying alongside being a parent, you may find our Information for students who are parents webpage helpful.

Before you start

You can visit us at one of our Open Days to help you decide if Kingston is the right place for you. We also offer information and advice about choosing the right course and applying for an undergraduate degree.

Our Head Start programme can help you prepare for life as an undergraduate student and feel more confident about starting at Kingston. Events are held over one day or three days, so you can pick the option that works best for you. There is also a targeted day for mature students to help you meet others who may be in a similar situation to yourself.

Welcome Week activities run to help you settle into life as a Kingston University student. The week is a good opportunity to help you meet new people and familiarise yourself with your course and support services.

On-course support

Our fees and funding webpage has lots of guidance about funding your studies, including scholarships and bursaries.

We know that you may have taken time out of education, and if you feel like you need additional support with academic skills, there is a range of faculty and course-specific support that you can access.

We have specific support for students with disabilities, as well as a range of services you can access to support your wellbeing.

To get the most out of your university experience, you can access lots of different enrichment activities to help enhance your skills. Our Careers and Employability Team will support you across all stages of your career development journey.