Over a third of students at UK universities are classified as 'mature' - that is, over 21 years old.
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.
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 consider our foundation year courses, an example of this is the Learning Education and Progression (LEAP) course www.wlv.ac.uk/leap OR you could study for an Access to Higher Education Diploma. 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.
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.
The University also offers many 4 year degrees, which include a Foundation Year, for those who do not meet the entry requirements to go straight onto a degree. For more information visit www.wlv.ac.uk/courses or contact the Gateway www.wlv.ac.uk/gateway on (01902) 321032 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may want to consider our Learning Education and Progression (LEAP) course (www.wlv.ac.uk/leap) through our Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing (FEHW).
This course is ideal if you have no formal qualifications, or qualifications that are not eligible for entry onto a degree course in a health related subject.
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 certificated.