So interestingly when i was a graduate recruiter, in the region of eight to ten per cent of our applicants were over forty. And i was always extremely positive about attracting and engaging with that cohort of mature students, who were often looking to change careers and looking for a graduate scheme or graduate opportunity which. The term mature student covers students from age 21 to pensionable age who are studying to improve their career prospects. some mature students may have few or no previous qualifications, and may be taking access to he diploma courses, or enrolling on their first degree course based on their work or life experiences. Others may be returning to do a postgraduate qualification or a degree in a new subject area as part of their career progression. Mature students and career changers challenging assumptions and overcoming barriers the legal market is an extremely challenging one for aspiring solicitors with relentless competition for outstanding academic results, training positions and placements for that essential legal work experience. For mature students, theres potentially an added cost to consider if youre already working, in that you might have to sacrifice your salary (or part of it) to study your degree. Mature students play a huge part in the life of the uks higher education sector, and the healthcare professions in particular welcome the experience that mature students can bring. Case study find out how mature student claire balanced a full time degree course and family commitments. Mature students could range from those who have taken a gap year to travel andor volunteer, to people who have been out of education for a while to concentrate on other responsibilities (such as raising a family), and those who may have worked to save money to pay for their own education. For many mature students, the only option is to study part-time. Part-time students usually pay per module and (if they are uk students) can ask their local authority for help in the form of a fee grant. The la will advise you if you are eligible for this it will depend on your income and whether you are considered a special case. As a mature applicant, make sure that you emphasise in your application the advantages you have over younger students. For instance you may have life experience that will help with various aspects of the work. This will be valued by admissions staff be more emotionally resilient than younger students have already developed certain.