A mature student is defined as anybody over the age of 21 when they start a course at university. At Leeds Trinity University, almost a third of our students are mature students.
We provide guidance throughout the admissions process and support once you become a Leeds Trinity student.
We spoke to Mark Brearley (BA (Hons) Journalism) about his time as a mature student at Leeds Trinity University:
How old were you when you came to university?
I joined Leeds Trinity University when I was 32 years old.
Why did you decide to come to Leeds Trinity University?
I decided to come to Leeds Trinity because the quality of the teaching is excellent. Meeting some of the course tutors at an Open Day helped me to make my decision. The personalised service was very appealing; at Leeds Trinity I felt like an individual that mattered.
Did you have any doubts or fears about going to university?
I didn't really have any fears or doubts because I was sure I had made the right decision. Coming to university gave me a strong sense of agency and ownership over my own future.
How did you find settling in to Leeds Trinity?
I settled in well. Due to the smaller size of the university, your tutors get to know you well and tailor your experience to suit your needs and requirements. The student experience is great and I made new friends that stayed with me after I finished my course.
How did you cope with the academic nature of the course?
The Journalism course was excellent and struck the right balance between academic work and practical on-the-job experience. Getting used to writing essays was challenging at first but I had excellent support from my tutors and the Learning Hub to help me through this.
Do you have any advice for mature applicants thinking of applying to university?
My advice would be to make sure you are aware of what is needed to enrol on a course. You will require original certificates or transcripts of your qualifications to enrol, so make sure you have these or get them from the relevant exam board or your former school/college. This will save you from a lot of headaches and worry during the application process. Also, make sure you do your research into the course on the website and come to Open Days to get a feel for the university.
Would you recommend studying at Leeds Trinity University?
I would recommend studying at Leeds Trinity because you get a personal, tailored university experience. Feeling both supported and engaged on the course is vital, particularly for mature students.