Mature students

Allow your interests to develop or improve your skills at Goldsmiths – we welcome applications from people of any age through Clearing.

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You can make an application now to study on many of our degrees from autumn 2021. Use the course finder to find out more about our programmes. Clearing opens on 5 July 2021.

“It's opened up so many opportunities for me.  And part of that is because my interests have broadened through my time studying,” Fred, BA History

Are you considering returning to education? This could be the right time to develop your skills in order to improve your career prospects, or follow your passions and pursue an entirely new direction. Our courses offer you the opportunity to take a fresh look at a subject, and spend time with people who are just as fascinated by it as you.

All of our courses are open to mature students. At Goldsmiths we welcome students of all ages because we understand the importance of real-life experience, and the insights that older people bring with them.

Almost half of our community of students is over 21, which breaks down as:

  • 22.2% aged between 21-24
  • 13.2% aged 25-29
  • 8.9% aged 30-39
  • 5.5% aged 40 and above*

Help with your academic skills

If you haven’t been studying for a while, using academic study skills - or even remembering how to write an essay - can seem daunting. Goldsmiths’ Student Support team is dedicated to supporting you through your studies, and we have an Academic Skills Centre that runs a comprehensive range of study skills workshops and sessions. 

Consider a foundation year

Goldsmiths offers degrees with a foundation year in Anthropology, ComputingPsychologyEnglishHistoryMedia & Communications and Music. There are no formal entry requirements for these courses, but you must have a lively interest in the subject. Please check the entry requirement section of the course description for more information about what we look for in an application.

These four-year degrees can be an ideal choice for those who have been out of the education system for some years. 

Find out more about returning to education, and life as a mature student in our Mature Student Guide.

Free events for mature learners

Our Accessing HE event series is designed to support your transition to higher education and introduce the resources available to you at university.

Designed for mature learners as well as those doing access courses or BTECS, each monthly webinar will focus on a different aspect of university life and will feature talks from Goldsmiths staff, current students, and graduates. Find out more about these free events.

Find out from our students about their worries before starting at university

* Figures for 2019-20 intake