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 an 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.

Come to an 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 2018).

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, a typical undergraduate student is expected to spend between six and 10 hours on campus per week. You will also need time outside of those to study and complete coursework.

Visit the subject stands for each school to speak to academic staff and current students about the split between class time and self-study. The Student Support stands can also provide information 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. UCAS Undergraduate Apply is open for 2020 entry.