Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

Returning to Education as a Mature Student

University of York

This course considered the perceived barriers that mature learners face and potential solutions to those barriers. It outlined the skills needed to develop as a mature student, the support systems that are available and the guidance one can expect when considering an application to higher education.

2 weeks, 4 hours per week


Iain Barr

Head of Lifelong Learning,

University of York

overall score


Learning outcomes

  • Engage with other mature learners
  • Develop a timeline of the history of mature learners
  • Evaluate their own barriers to returning to education including, those related to a sense of belonging to an education setting
  • Design an action plan to prepare for the skills and support networks learners will need in advance of, and during, their course
  • Apply the skills learned to begin making a UCAS application


  • Who are mature learners? The history of mature learners
  • What is involved in making the decision to return to education – breaking down perceived barriers
  • A sense of belonging – the range of support systems available to mature learners such as finance, child care, mature learning networks, academic skills development
  • What a mature learner may need to succeed in the learning environment – digital and academic writing skills; finance support; child care support; making a successful UCAS application

Issued on 23rd July 2019

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Free online course:

Returning to Education as a Mature Student

University of York