It’s Never Too Late to Pursue Higher Education

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When the words “higher education” are used, a bunch of thoughts tend to automatically spring to mind. We think of college campuses, libraries, lectures, seminars, and events such as freshers’ week. But hand in hand with these thoughts come associations to do with young adults aged between 18 and 21. This is because many students at higher education institutions tend to fall into this age category. It makes sense – many people finish their compulsory education and step straight into higher education to pursue further qualifications. But it’s important that this doesn’t necessarily have to be the only route into higher education. Mature students, or students aged over 21 when they commence study, form a large percentage of the majority of institutions’ student bodies. They form valuable members of any academic field, and it’s extremely important to bear in mind that there is no age limit when it comes to expanding your knowledge and boosting your personal qualifications. Here’s everything you need to know about pursuing higher education as a mature student!

Flexible Learning Options


When you step straight from compulsory education to college, the transition is relatively simple. You’re not used to having a large income anyway, you probably don’t have many responsibilities, and there’s a good chance that you don’t have any particularly large outgoings or debts. However, heading back to education as an adult can be relatively difficult. You may find yourself trying to balance education with a job, childcare responsibilities, or an otherwise hectic schedule. But not to worry. There are flexible learning options out there. Here are just a couple to consider.


Online Courses


One option that may appeal to you is an online course. The majority of institutions now offer online courses as a form of distance learning, meaning that you don’t have to attend classes on campus to gain your qualification. Instead, you can study online around other commitments. This gives you a better opportunity to fit education into your current schedule, as all you will need to study is access to a laptop or desktop computer and an internet connection. There are all sorts of courses available online, from a bachelors in nursing to a masters of social work online.


Part-Time Courses


If you find that you do work better on a face-to-face basis and you want to get involved with higher education on campus, there’s always the option of a part-time course. This will take twice as long to complete as a full-time course (with a part-time bachelors generally taking six years and a part-time masters taking two years), but it allows you to reduce your weekly workload, giving you time to study around other events and responsibilities in your life.


These are just a couple of ways that you can incorporate higher education into an already busy schedule. Remember that where there’s a will there’s a way! You just have to commit to your studies and find a way to make them work!

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