Thinking of returning to education at the age of 19 or over? No matter where you are in your journey, we’re confident that we can support you through your next adventure. We welcome all students from all ages and backgrounds. Study something you are passionate about and grow your skills to help reach that next stage in achieving your life’s goals.

Returning to Learning?

In the faculty of Arts and Humanities, we run a bridge course aimed specifically at mature students. This course has been designed by UEA academics to run over a few weeks and provide learners with insight into what Higher Education is like as well as practising study skills. Upon completion of the course, you can progress into a Humanities Foundation Year that helps you to build on your knowledge and start thinking about what degree subject you would like to move into.

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Just like all our students, you will have so many opportunities to make the most out of your university experience. Whether you are juggling the demands of family -your career as well as your studies - extra-curricular activities can help enhance your experience during your studies. Meet like-minded people, add to your CV or just simply, have fun! You can do it all here.

The Student’s Union hold many events specifically for mature students, this includes:

  • The uea(su) buddy scheme

  • SU clubs and societies which are open to all students, or start your own! Visit the Opportunities Fayre to find out more about activities for over 21’s, this currently includes: yoga, football, open mic nights, a weekly quiz

  • Mature Student’s Assembly (an open forum) 

What's more - as a mature student you get access to the postgraduate facilities on campus: The Scholar’s bar and kitchen. 

Contact: with your age, UEA username (abc12xyz), and ask for access  or just come and talk to uea(su) reception upstairs in Union House.


We understand that your decision to re-enter education is not an easy one, we’re here to help. Our student support services are committed to the well-being of all students and their varying needs. They can offer guidance to any student who wishes to make the most out of the opportunities available to them here, or those experiencing difficulties. These include:

  • Financial advice; the uea(su) have some great advice here or try out the cash flow budget tool

  • Childcare and family life

  • The Learning Enhancement Service

  • Disability advice

  • Counselling Service

  • In faculty support

For your convenience, we also have on campus facilities such as: Medical Centre, Dental Practice Nursery, and Sportspark.

Student Support Services

On campus facilities

In addition, you can receive academic support from:

  • Learning enhancement tutors  

  • Peer assisted learning 

  • Sabbatical Officers – SU 

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Prepare for University

We offer a free online course - Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) - to help you explore the essential needs for success at university. Your learning will be supported by online forums and discussions, where you will also gain tips on how to cope with a different learning environment.

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