Access and Widening Participation


Mature Applicants

At UCL we define Mature Applicants as those who are 21 years or older on the day they start their first undergraduate degree. 

We understand that good applicants might have breaks in their education for various reasons, and we want mature students to excel at UCL. 

Application information

The application process for Mature Students is the same as for all other students, with all applications being made through UCAS.

Further step-by-step guidance about applying to UCL and making your UCAS application can be found on our How to Apply and UCAS Explained pages

If you don't meet the advertised required entry requirements, or haven't studied within the last three years, we recommend that you contact the undergraduate admissions office to discuss your particular circumstances before applying. For information on the programmes we offer, and our standard entry requirements please see our prospectus.

Our degrees are generally designed to be studied on a full-time basis, with teaching occurring during the daytime. However, a very small number of departments do permit part-time study. You can find a list of these on our How to Apply page. Please do get in touch with the relevant admissions tutor to discuss these further. Contact details can be found on the programme pages of the online prospectus.

How to apply

Events for mature students

If you are interested in getting a taste of undergraduate life at UCL, then you are welcome to apply for a visit as part of our Student Shadowing Scheme. The visit would consist of a campus tour, accompanying a current undergraduate to their lecture or tutorial, and an informal chat with staff from Student Support and Wellbeing or Student Funding. The visits would be organised to fit in around your availability wherever possible. For more information, please see the Student Shadowing Scheme website

Please note that we are looking to work with students who may successfully enter UCL as an undergraduate: although we can be slightly more flexible with entry requirements for mature students, taking your work and life experiences into consideration, we do expect you to meet a certain academic level in order to ensure that you will be able to successfully engage with the undergraduate course material at UCL. 

Support for current UCL mature students

  • Student Support and Wellbeing: our team of wellbeing, disability and mental health advisers provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space, where you can discuss any issues that are affecting your studies. 
  • Student Parents: if you have children, UCL offers facilities and support to help you manage your studies alongside your life as a parent, including nursery care and family accommodation. 
  • Student Funding: UCL offers many loans and scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs. 
  • Personal Tutors: every undergraduate student is assigned a personal tutor on enrolment, usually an academic member of staff within the student's department. They will help you get the most out of your studies, and provide both support and encouragement throughout your studies. 
  • Students' Union: Mature students are represented by the Mature and Part-time Students' Officer. You can contact them on: su-mpts.officer@ucl.ac.uk

Further information

For more information, please download our Mature Student Guide below: