University education that suits your lifestyle

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.


  • 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 time)
  • 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 study support
  • The advisors in the Gateway will be happy to talk through details of loans, additional grants and scholarships you may be entitled to whilst studying
  • 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 or Stafford

No qualifications?

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 (see below) 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.

Foundation Year Courses

The University also offers 4 year degrees, which include a Foundation Year, for those who do not meet the entry requirements to go straight onto a degree. There are a range of Foundation Year courses across the faculties of the university and these are usually considered as Year Zero courses (level 3), giving you the opportunity to progress on to undergraduate degree courses. Some courses are exempt from this, for instance MPharm.

For more information visit Courses or contact the Gateway on (01902) 321032 or email

Work experience and non-standard qualifications

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.

Find out more

Find out more about our entry requirements, or contact The Gateway to discuss your options.

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