Mature Students

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We love it when mature students apply to study with us and aim to make the journey as hassle-free as possible. Whether you're returning to education for a change in career or to enhance your knowledge and become qualified in your current field, by choosing to study a business, law or accounting and finance degree at Salford Business School, you will receive the support, expert knowledge and industry expertise you need to progress your career and become industry-ready. 

We offer additional support to students with families and who have caring responsibilities. You might also be able to use your prior learning to count towards your qualification with us

Returning to education might seem scary, but it might be the best thing you've ever done. All the information you need to make your decision will be linked below. For more specific questions, please either register for an Open Day or email to speak to the Admissions Team. 

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Start your journey with an open day

Choosing what to study at university can be a big step, especially if you've been away from education for a while.

Learn more about degree course at Salford by joining our next online Open Day.

You can speak directly to course leaders, ask questions, explore course modules and consider your options.

Support for mature learners

At the University of Salford, we encourage students from all backgrounds to succeed to the best of their ability, regardless of what time of life they choose to join us.

At Salford, askUS is at the core of our student support service, offering information and advice on matters such as finance, wellbeing and counselling, learner support and more. Once you’re a student here at Salford, if you have any worries, concerns, or need advice on a particular topic, askUS should be your first stop.

Everyone has different circumstances, challenges and support needs, so don’t feel like you need to deal with everything on your own, especially when facing some of the issues that may arise during your studies. We want you to feel like an integral part of our student community, and there are a range of staff and student-led services available that can be of benefit to you during your studies, whether you’re 21 or 70.

Student finance

Even as a mature student, you might be able to apply for student finance. The amount varies depending on your family situation and other circumstance. You may get extra help if you have children. Course fees are the same for all students.

Entry requirements

Applying to university as a mature student is a very similar process to if you were applying straight from sixth form or college. Within UCAS Apply, you will create a profile where you can upload a personal statement, enter your personal details and apply for up to five courses. These can be at the same or different universities. The UCAS application deadline will be the same as other students. 

Mature Student Entry Requirements

The standard entry requirements for each course are detailed in the relevant coursefinder page. If you already have these entry requirements, you can apply to the course as normal. 

We acknowledge that prospective students returning to Higher Education may not have gained the traditional entry requirements. The Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES) has been developed to offer students who have gained the knowledge, skills and experience that are equivalent to the academic entry route the ability to continue in their education.

Applicants seeking entry onto their chosen course through SAES can do so by applying to their chosen course via UCAS for undergraduate programmes and through the application form for postgraduate programmes. If you are a candidate for SAES, then you will be contacted by our admissions team.

Travelling to university

We are committed to delivering the best experience to all our students, whether they live on campus or not. We are easily accessible via public transport, as we are on a main bus route and have Salford Crescent train station in the middle of our Peel Park campus. If you choose to drive in there is car parking available, and we also have spaces for over 400 bicycles across campus for those who prefer pedal power!

Across campus, we have hubs for our commuting students with study spaces, comfy seating and storage facilities. The common rooms also have kitchenettes with microwaves, fridges and washing up facilities, enabling you to heat up your lunch or make a brew between lectures. 

Hear from our students

Clare Wild

"As I had family responsibilities, the university I chose needed to be easily commutable. Great transport links and Salford Crescent train station right on the campus - ticked that box.

However, the deciding factor for me was the unique course content, in fact, I only applied to the University of Salford as I knew it was the right choice for me! It was reinforced that Salford was the place for me when I spoke to current students who told me their positive experiences and praised their tutors' attitude." - Clare Wild

Chris Flemming

"The tutors I have had from day one have not just been supportive they have gone above and beyond for me and I think every student would agree, my tutor printed out the lecture slides for me for every lecture and every seminar, they have had 121’s with me at a moment’s notice because I was struggling with an assignment. It just seems like nothing is ever too much and has given me a lot of interest in teaching Law in the future." - Chris Flemming


Frequently Asked Questions


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