If you'll be aged 21 or over by 1 October in the year in which you hope to come to Cambridge and haven't already completed a higher education course then you'll be applying as a mature student. We have around mature undergraduates studying for their first degree at Cambridge, many of whom are in their 20s. If you're considering returning to full-time education, you can find more information about the structure of our coursesand how you're taught and assessed in the courses section of this website and in the individual course outlines.
My year-old son Ben and I probably have more in common than most parents and children at this stage: we both live away from home, we're working hard, permanently broke and having the time of our lives. We are both students. Given our year age difference, my son's social life in Bristol at West of England University is possibly better than mine in Oxford at Ruskin College.
Oxford is looking for the candidates with the most academic potential, irrespective of their age or background. Just like everyone else who applies, mature students need to demonstrate academic ability and commitment to study. As well as using the information below, you can read more about what it is like to be a mature student here on our current students' website.
We will offer plenty of support and guidance about starting your studies or return to study if you have taken a break. If you think your circumstances might be a barrier to you studying, we recommend that you talk to our Admissions team to explore ways that might make studying possible for you. They will discuss your aims, interests and circumstances and give you advice and guidance tailored to you and your needs. They may recommend flexible or part time learning, or advise on the type of course best suited to you or whether a course in a partner college or elsewhere would be the best first step.
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Applicants for a second undergraduate degree must apply in the same way as other applicants. You must also register for any admissions test or tests required for your course. For full details please see Applying to Oxford.
University of Oxford is one of the world's renowned institutions, and the dream of many ambitious students. Admission is highly competitive, so talent and passion for your field of study are a must. In a sense, your application to Oxford begins well in advance of the admissions process itself: you'll need to acquire substantial knowledge about your subject, and develop your ability for independent thinking.
Coming to university as a mature student can be both exhilarating and challenging. Whether you have been to university before or not, there is plenty of support on offer to help you extend your qualifications, improve your employment prospects or indulge in an interest for its own sake. Despite a wealth of life experience from work, home or prior training you may feel unsure of what is expected of you in the unfamiliar environment at university.
It has a warm and friendly atmosphere. There is a great deal of support available and each student is treated as an individual. Our diversity of age, nationality and background makes the college a very interesting and vibrant society. College accommodation is all on the main site and students can generally live in for at least the first and final years of their course.