Oxford is looking for the best and brightest candidates, irrespective of their age or background. Just like everyone else who applies, mature students need to demonstrate academic ability and commitment to study. ("Mature student" means 21 or over at the start of October in your first year.)
As a mature student, you can apply to any college or PPH. One college, Harris Manchester, and three of the Permanent Private Halls, Blackfriars, St Stephen’s House and Wycliffe Hall,
take only mature students. A college environment specifically catering
for mature students can provide excellent peer support in which to enjoy
the varied and fast-paced life of Oxford.
For more information about all the undergraduate colleges please see our college pages.
Department for Continuing Education
Foundation Certificates in English and History
Oxford offers two Foundation Certificates, in
English Literature, and in History. These are
part-time two-year courses for mature students.
If you do well enough you could progress to a
degree at Oxford by applying to join the second
year of an English or History degree course.
The Department for Continuing Education
also offers a full range of part-time
Undergraduate Certificates, Diplomas and
Advanced Diplomas in other subjects. Some
of these may be studied online, and all earn
nationally recognised credits.
For further details along with details of how to apply for these part time courses or the Foundation Certificates, please see the Department for Continuing Education website.