We welcome applications from mature students, which is anyone over 21 years, with no upper age limit. Mature Learners enrich the student learning experience and contribute fully to life at the University.

Mature students study with us across the range of our courses, at both further and higher education levels. 

Even if you don’t have conventional entry qualifications, we offer many opportunities for adults with the right motivation, potential and aptitude. Previous achievements and work experience, as well as any examples of your art and design work, will be taken into consideration (this is called accreditation of prior learning, or APL).

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Our course tutors will offer academic support to help you successfully complete your course as well as guiding you in making future choices.

If you would like to discuss your qualifications and experience or any other issues such as finance for a course or childcare, please contact the Student Welfare Team. You may be able to get support with childcare costs; read our finance FAQs page.


This 3 day Easter School, led by the Progression team each year, is aimed at ambitious, creative mature learners, who want to find out more about entering higher education, the degree programmes we offer at Leeds Arts University and experience what university life is all about. A mature learner is anyone over 21 years.