Over 21? Get answers at an Open Day

Making the decision to return to education as a mature student (over 21) can bring with it a lot of questions.

These are just three of the answers you can find by attending a virtual Open Day.

1. What qualifications do you need?

Edinburgh Napier University recognises a broad range of qualifications and is happy to accept applications from those returning to learning after a break.

However, if you have concerns about holding fewer, less relevant or older qualifications than detailed in your course of choice’s Typical Entry Requirements, a quick chat could put your mind at ease.

Tune in to our virtual Open Day and talk to a member of the Admissions team. They will be able to advise if you already have what you need and recommend the steps needed to boost your application.

2. How many mature students usually enrol?

Some of our courses are extremely popular with returning learners. Overall, more than a third of undergraduates at Edinburgh Napier are considered mature students (HESA 2017/18).

As a result, you may find yourself learning with more people your own age than you might expect. However, the prospect of having more experience than your peers certainly shouldn’t put you off – you’ll undoubtedly make new friends either way!

Talk to a lecturer or subject leader about the usual make-up of their classes. They can give you a feel for how it balances out and what you can expect.

3. Is the course structured flexibly?

We understand that many mature learners have other commitments outside of their course, whether that be work, family or other demands on their time.

Depending on the course, you will likely be required to balance a certain amount of time on campus with online lectures and classes. You will also need time to study and complete coursework.

Engage with the content for your chosen subject and speak to current students about the split between class time and self-study. The Student Support team can also provide information on the funding, learning and wellbeing services available to you.


For more information about applying to Edinburgh Napier University as a mature student, see our Application advice and support pages.