Mature students – Bath Spa University

Over 21 years old and looking to start your journey into higher education? You're not alone. Find out what it's like to be a mature student at Bath Spa and what support is available to you.

Whether you’re returning to education after a break from studying or looking to start a new career, university could be for you. You don’t have to have traditional qualifications such as A-levels to study with us - we'll accept qualifications such as the Access to Higher Education Diploma too. We’ll also take your working life, your general educational background and your experiences into account. We assess what’s known as ‘prior learning’ (APL) and ‘prior experiential learning’ (APEL) as a foundation for study in higher education.

For more information read our Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy.

We offer a range of courses that can help you to:

  • Learn new skills
  • Improve your career prospects
  • Continue your professional development
  • Gain new life experiences.

Student experiences


Need specific advice about your qualifications or have a query about applying to Bath Spa University? Please email your enquiry directly to our Admissions Service:

Alternatively, you can contact our Access and Participation Team, who will be happy to help, at:

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