Access and Widening Participation


Mature Students

At UCL we define mature students 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

All applications for full-time study as a mature student are made through UCAS. 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 relevant admissions tutor to discuss your particular circumstances before applying. For information on the courses we offer, and contact details for admissions tutors, please see our online prospectus

Our degrees are generally designed to be studied on a full-time basis, with teaching occuring during the daytime. However, a few departments do permit part-time study: again, please do get in touch with the relevant admissions tutor to discuss your situation. 

Would you like to visit UCL?

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: