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Understand how to succeed as a mature student 

What is a mature student? What life and work experience can mature learners bring to the learning environment? Answer these questions and more with this course. 

You will will consider the perceived barriers that mature learners face and potential solutions to those barriers. You will learn about the skills you need to develop as a mature student, the support systems you can gain access to, and the guidance that is available to you in making an application to a course of interest. 

  • Who are mature learners? The history of mature learners 
  • What is involved in making the decision to return to education – breaking down perceived barriers 
  • A sense of belonging – the range of support systems available to mature learners such as finance, child care, mature learning networks, academic skills development 
  • What a mature learner may need to succeed in the learning environment – digital and academic writing skills; finance support; child care support; making a successful UCAS application 

This course is for mature students who have been out of the education system for a significant period of time who are considering their future educational and career options with a view to doing a university course. 

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to… 
  • Engage with other mature learners 
  • Develop a timeline of the history of mature learners 
  • Evaluate their own barriers to returning to education including, those related to a sense of belonging to an education setting 
  • Design an action plan to prepare for the skills and support networks learners will need in advance of, and during, their course 
  • Apply the skills learned to begin making a UCAS application 
  • Ozone Certificate

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