Over a third of students at UK universities are
classified as 'mature' - that is, over 21 years
That means we understand that people have different backgrounds,
qualifications and needs when it comes to studying for a degree.
The Gateway can give you the advice, information and
encouragement you need.
- You might be surprised at how conveniently you can fit your
studies into your week
- Most full-time courses involve no more than 12 to 16 hours each
week in class (although nursing,
social work and teaching courses will demand more of your
- You can arrange the study you'll need to do outside the
classroom around your own weekly commitments (eg we have learning
resources available online). View our study facilities and student support services
- We have part-time – as well as full-time – courses to suit busy
lifestyles - and if you find full-time hours aren't suiting you,
you can usually switch to part-time
- Our subsidised childcare facilities
can take other little worries off your mind too.
Be part of our community
- There's great help with important aspects of study, like essay
writing skills, computer training and exam technique. See our
- The advisors in the Gateway will be happy to talk through
details of grants, loans and scholarships you may be entitled to
- The Students' Union
Advice and Support Centre offers guidance on finance,
accommodation, employment benefits, health and safety, concerns
relating to all students, and more
- Find out about the advice and
support we offer
- Remember you'll always find a friendly face – and good solid
information on any aspect of Higher Education – in the Gateway in Wolverhampton city centre.
If you are worried about not having any formal
qualifications, or if you've been out of the education system for a
while, you can study for an Access to Higher Education
Offered at colleges across the country, the Diploma allows you
to choose from a variety of subjects depending on what you want to
study at university.
Work experience and non-standard qualifications
Like you, we value your work experience.
If you don't think you have the right qualifications, you could
still get in with the right work experience.
We consider 'non-standard' qualifications, or learning gained at
work, in place of more conventional qualifications.
We look at any learning you have already done. For example, HNC
or Open University credits and some professional qualifications
count towards entry; and we may take into account what you have
gained from courses which were not formally assessed or
Find out more
Find out more about our entry
requirements, or contact The Gateway to discuss your