Study at Bath after a break from education
If you're 21 or over and thinking about studying an undergraduate degree, find out how to apply for our courses as a mature student.
If you are 21 years old or over when you start your course, we consider you a mature student. You might be applying to University after a break, or taking a slightly different route to get to University, but the application process is the same for you as it is for anyone else. You apply for undergraduate degrees through UCAS, which has specific guidance for mature applicants.
Qualifications we accept
We want to make sure that you are prepared for the academic demands of our courses so we recommend that you have taken an academic qualification at a Level 3 standard (equivalent to three A levels) within the last three years.
You can apply with a variety of qualifications, including the Access to HE Diploma and Open University credits. Each of our courses has different entry requirements which you can find using Course Search.
Preparing your application
You should complete all sections of the UCAS form. You need to include details of all qualifications, even if you achieved these a long time ago.
You will also have the opportunity to provide your full employment history in the 'Details of paid employment to date' section. You should include reasons for gaps in employment (like travel or unemployment) even if these do not appear relevant to the application.
As part of the application you will be asked to supply an academic reference from a teacher or tutor associated with your recent study. If you can't get one, we may consider a detailed reference from an employer.
Visit the campus
You can get dedicated information from our Mature Students stand at University Open Days.
If you can’t make one of our Open Days, you can organise an individual visit.
Refresh your study skills
We run a two-day Higher Education Study Skills workshop for University of Bath undergraduates who have either completed an Access to Higher Education Diploma or are aged over 25. It takes place just before the start of semester one.
Supporting your academic and personal progress
At Bath, you get advice, support and guidance on a personal level to help you stay focused so that you can study to the best of your ability.
If you have children you may be able to use our nursery on campus. It has 48 places available for children of students and staff.