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Returners to Learning – progression scheme

Returning to study as a mature student offers exciting opportunities to develop new skills and improve your career prospects as well as opening up a whole range of new life experiences. At Sunderland, 44% of our students are aged 21 or over and we have more than 1,600 students aged 30 or over.

The award-winning Returners to Learning Progression Scheme at the University of Sunderland is designed for students studying Access to Higher Education Diplomas or other level 3 qualifications. The scheme will support you through the UCAS application process and help ease the transition to higher education. All participants will have the opportunity to take part in subject taster sessions and explore the range of courses and career pathways available to you.

Returners to Learning sessions take place between September and December and offer you the opportunity to experience:

  • UCAS application guidance and personal statement workshops
  • Subject taster sessions
  • Campus tours
  • Finance and funding guidance
  • The opportunity to speak to a member of teaching staff and current University of Sunderland students


The university has a range of support available for mature learners and parents including:

Childcare – the university's Child Care Service is available to help you ensure your children are safe and secure whilst you study.

Student Support – We have a wealth of student support available for all of our students including counselling, careers, finance and welfare for more information.

How to get involved

Please email us