the number of places reserved for mature students are limited, however, so it is likely that you will still have to compete with your peers. Generally, you are considered to be a mature student if you are at least 23 years of age on january 1 of the year you enter your course. 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. 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. Direct entry for mature students students who would like to begin studying within their chosen subject department, and have the relevant qualifications to do so, can apply for direct entry onto the course. Full-time degree courses the university of sheffield offers a wide range of full-time degree courses. Youre considered a mature student if youre 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 its like to study with us. Whatever your reason for coming back to education, updating your skills, gaining a new qualification, achieving a personal goal or ambition, dit welcomes all mature students. We know it can be daunting, but you are not alone and dit has a range of supports in place to help you decide what course to take, get through the application process and get settled into college life.