"We value our mature students at London Met. They bring a wealth of life experiences with them which enrich their studies, and those that study with them. We understand that many mature students come to us without having traditional qualifications.
"I was a mature student myself – I was born in Newcastle on a council estate. I actually had good O level* results but I didn’t stay on for A levels. After I had my children I went to university as a mature student whilst balancing looking after a young family. It became something that I realised I should have done. I got a job at Newcastle University as a medical researcher but I worked full-time and did my degree full-time. Studying is hard but has the potential to transform your life. Higher education transformed mine. It's so rewarding and you will complete your studies with not only a degree, but with confidence, new skills and lifelong friends.
"We have a variety of degree programmes to choose from, many of which offer work placements to make sure you are fully prepared for when you graduate. Your work or voluntary experiences may even count towards some parts of your course through our Accreditation of Prior Learning scheme, saving you time and money.
"London Metropolitan University is unique in that almost 70% of our student cohort are mature students, and our strength is that we offer a supportive learning and teaching environment for our students. We know that you are unique too so come and join us!"
Professor Lynn Dobbs, Vice-Chancellor
*Now known as GCSEs
As far as Lynn knows she's still the only person from her council estate to get a degree.
We love working with mature students and making the path to university as easy and obstacle-free as possible. We know how scary university can sound, which is why we would love to help you in any way we can, to enable you to make the right choices. You can do it if you want to!
We are proud to have a diverse student cohort – 69% of whom are mature learners – and their contribution to the University is invaluable.
Mature students don't necessarily need formal qualifications to study with us. You're considered a mature student if you're aged 21 or older when you start your first undergraduate degree course. If you have relevant work or life experience, are enthusiastic and committed, then we invite you to come to one of our Open Days.
You can also have a chat with one of our London Met students to see what it's like to study with us.
We understand that many of you have commitments outside of university and we are proud to say we have a student/parent liaison adviser at London Met, Susie McLoughlin, who can provide information on financial and other matters regarding being a student and a parent.
We offer incredible support here at London Met. Take a look below.
Shadowing a London Met student
Did you know you can shadow a London Met student? If you're aged 21 or older, you can spend an hour or two or even a whole day with a current student and see if university is for you. Please note: due to COVID-19 we have temporarily stopped our Shadowing scheme, but hope to revive it when safe to do so. Stay safe.
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Hear from some of our mature learners
Egheosa Abifade RD
Dietetics and Nutrition BSc
"I was fortunate to be taught by current NHS practising dietitians. I had exams where actors were brought in to play patients and access to a simulated mock-NHS hospital ward in our placement preparation modules. The course really prepared me to go straight out into the working world."
Syed Enam Ahammad
Legal Practice Course – PG Dip, Law with International Relations – LLB (Hons)
"During my course, I visited the Local Authority’s offices and town hall, The House of Commons and The House of Lords..."
Sports Science and Physical Education BSc, Sports Therapy MSc
“The best part about London Met is the opportunity for work experience”
Biomedical Science – BSc (Hons)
"I’m really really glad I came here for the people that I’ve met, and the experiences I’ve had."
International Relations BA (Hons)
"London Met gives you a platform to shine. The sky is the limit..."
Fine Art BA, Fine Art (Painting) MA
"The workshops are like playgrounds for adults. The technicians and the school keepers are very friendly, and they really go out of their way to help out. Also at The School of Art, Architecture and Design you get your own studio even if you are part-time, on both the BA and MA."
Mathematics BSc (Hons), Data Analytics MSc
"Even as a mature student, I've never felt too old to be in university. I enjoyed the University so much that I didn't want to leave!"
Mathematics (including foundation year) BSc (Hons)
"I felt bored sitting at home after retirement. I decided it would be a good thing to refresh my brain by coming back to school l and studying something new."
MBA, Health and Social Care BSc
"The fact my product is featured in the BBC Good Food magazine Christmas edition is a direct result of me going to Accelerator."
Pharmaceutical Science BSc (Hons)
"It’s great to learn about the endless opportunities that I can pursue after studying this course at London Met"
"They have a lot of support in place to help students to achieve their best."
Creative Writing and English Literature – BA (Hons)
"London Met cares about its students and goes above and beyond to ensure the student experience is valued at every level. I have had tremendous support from my lecturers and student services who are always willing to assist no matter what."
Creative Writing BA (Hons)
"I started my degree when I was in my late twenties which made me a mature student. Because of this, there were some universities who were unable to offer me a place. London Met allowed me to submit a portfolio of work and accepted me based partly on that portfolio. I still feel extremely grateful that I was offered the opportunity. I was determined to do the best I could and I graduated with a first class degree."
"London Met has one advantage that most other universities do not have, and that is the preparatory foundation year."
Education Studies BA (Hons)
"I’m grateful that the University took me in and gave me opportunities."
Fine Art BA
"Integration is one of the most palpable characteristics of this University. I never felt in any way different being a mature student."
Sports Therapy BSc
"The clinic is a really interesting component of the Sports Therapy program – it allows students to put into practice the skills learnt in an environment where real injuries are treated from first point of call to treatment and rehabilitation."
International Business Management BSc
"To study International Business Management in such a multicultural and diverse environment was a wonderful experience. I also valued how lecturers interacted with us during workshops."
Sports Management (BA)
"I liked how it gave me the freedom to pursue the career that I wanted."
International Relations BA (Hons)
"Our tutors are really awesome – they are 100% involved in helping us achieve our best."
Diplomacy and International Relations BA (Hons)
"I came to an open day and saw that there were mature students – and that there were students from different countries. That was something that made me feel very comfortable, and it was one of the reasons why I decided to come to London Met."
Jewellery, Silversmithing and Allied Crafts BA (Hons)
"It was incredibly technical, we learnt perfect bench skills, argued what art and design meant and made amazing things."
International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies BA (Hons)
"The feeling of belonging, a sense of community is the best thing about London Met."
Chemistry Extended Degree BSc (Hons)
"Thanks to London Met I finally had something to wake up excited about. This University has given me the chance to push and strive for something I am passionate about."
Sociology and Social Policy BA
"I felt happy being here. The vibe was great and it was diverse and you could see from the way the teachers spoke, especially at the open day, that I'd just feel at home."
Event Management BA
"I spoke to the head of the course, who said that London Met had a diverse mix of students from all backgrounds and ages and I would not feel out of place as a mature student."
International Business and Marketing BA
"We had a lot of lecturers who did an awesome job. Still to this day I apply some of the methods that I learned during my courses at my work as Head of Social Media at GROHE."
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