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Adult Learners

Our community of students really does span the generations and we welcome applications from people of any age. Adult learners make up around a third of our undergraduate community and make a valued contribution to life at the University.

What is an adult learner?

The term 'adult learner' is used to describe anyone who is considering applying to university for the first time and who has had a break from education and/or who is applying with non-traditional qualifications.

Helping you on your journey

Bradford has a good reputation for supporting adult learners and has pioneered many initiatives to ensure that the large number of adult learners who choose to study here are welcomed and helped to succeed.

Contact our Adult Learner Adviser

We have two dedicated Adult Learner Advisers who are able to offer free, impartial advice to anyone considering applying to University.

Caroline Priestley, Adult Learner Adviser

Mohammed Amad, Adult Learner Adviser

Student Support

  • Trans:it Summer School - The university runs a transition summer school aimed specifically at mature students.  The 'Trans:it Summer School (mature students)' is designed to help new students understand more about learning at University, familiarise themselves with the campus and to meet other students.  It runs over two days, usually in September, just before term starts.  To find out more visit Trans:it.
  • Academic Skills - helps students with all areas of academic study and interpersonal skills, including maths and numeracy, note taking, writing, reading, time management and presentation.
  • Career and Employability Services - experienced careers advisers can help you to decide upon your career direction, find job opportunities and develop your employability skills through a variety of accredited modules, seminars and one-to-one career guidance interviews, as well as a range of interactive learning resources.
  • Nursery - the University of Bradford Nursery is registered for 69 children, aged from six months to five years. It has two baby units and two pre-school units.

Find out more on the Student Services and Support website.

Come for a visit

We offer a range of activities designed to help you to prepare to study and plan your return to education.

  • Open Dayswe’ll give you a guided tour of our campuses so you can explore our world-class teaching facilities and accommodation, talk to current students, meet your future lecturers and ask any questions you like about life in Bradford, the University and the course you are interested in.
  • Taster days - enable you to experience a course before you apply. They usually involve completing interactive activities and/or a mini lecture.
  • Drop-in sessions - the Adult Learner Adviser holds drop in sessions to answer any questions you may have.