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Mature Students

Mature students decide to study for many different reasons, including improved job prospects, making a fresh start or purely for interest in a subject. We generally use the phrase 'mature student' to refer to people aged 21 or over, with no upper age limit.

Alternative Entry Routes

Alternative entry routes are available for applicants who do not possess the standard entry qualifications but have relevant skills and experience.

Access Courses

Mature students generally do well in their degree studies and especially so if they have previously studied on an Access course. These Access to Higher Education programmes represent an alternative to traditional school qualifications and are offered by colleges of further education, some sixth-form colleges and adult education centres. They are validated by means of a 'Kitemarking' system recognized by Higher Education's own quality assurance organisation, the QAA, and a Pass at Access is an excellent preparation for mature students wishing to go on to undergraduate study.

The University is an active member of the bodies which award the Access 'Kitemark' in the South of England and Wessex areas; this keeps us in touch with the academic needs of mature learners and enables us to smooth the path between preparation and degree.

Not all mature entrants need to have Access, or the traditional school qualifications. Non-standard entry arrangements are available for applicants who already have certain appropriate skills and subject knowledge. This involves completing an assignment to help us assess your level of subject knowledge and study skills. The induction of students who enter in this way is, in some cases, supported by a short preparatory course offered at the Bishop Otter Campus during the summer, before the degree programme starts.

For further information about joining a course at Chichester as a mature student, please contact Admissions on 01243 816002 or admissions@chi.ac.uk