At the University of Exeter we very much welcome applicants who may not have come directly from school or college and who wish to return to education at different stages of their lives. We fully appreciate that the decision to enter higher education as a student within this category can be a difficult one in terms of commitment and financial circumstances. We will endeavour to provide the support that you need to make the most of your time here, and with that support and your own determination, you’ll find the whole experience very rewarding.
I went back to education by taking an Access course after my first child started school. Having been out of the system for ten years I felt apprehensive about taking on the commitment of a degree, especially with a family to look after. I actually found the whole experience amazing. There is so much support and understanding for mature students in terms of practical issues like finance and general, pastoral care. I graduated this year with First Class Honours and feel such a huge sense of pride in my achievement. As a result of my studies I have more than a degree; I have more confidence and the sense that I know I can do anything I set my mind to. My youngest child starts school soon and I can’t wait to begin my career!
Sanchia Hylton-Smith, BA English graduate