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Adult Learners

Who are adult learners?

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

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.

In profile - married couple achieve top grades together

Pamela and Anthony Richardson returned to education as adult learners, and studied Access Courses in Social Work and Engineering respectively at Leeds City College before joining the University of Bradford.

Both graduated in July 2019, with Pamela achieving a first-class degree in BA Social Work and Anthony achieving a first-class degree in BEng Mechanical Engineering.

We caught up with Pamela and Anthony at graduation to chat to about their experiences of studying at the University of Bradford as adult learners.

Read more about Pamela and Anthony >>

An image of husband and wife, Anthony and Pamela Richardson, on the day of Anthony's Graduation.

The University of Bradford Progression Scheme

From 2019 entry our Admissions Team will take into consideration a number of contextual factors when assessing applications. Applicants who are adult learners will automatically receive an offer which is the equivalent of one A Level grade (8 UCAS points) lower than our standard entry criteria.

The scheme is designed to benefit undergraduate applicants whose personal and educational circumstances mean they could be less likely to receive an offer based on our standard entry criteria.

Find out more about the scheme >>

How we support adult learners

  • Step Up to HE: our Step Up to Higher Education (HE) programme is the perfect opportunity to meet other students and members of staff while beginning to develop some of the essential skills you will need to make a success of your studies. Step Up to HE is free of charge and runs over two days in early September, just before term starts

  • Academic Skillsour team helps students with all areas of academic study and interpersonal skills, including maths and numeracy, note-taking, writing, reading, time management and presentations

  • Career and Employability Servicesexperienced 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

  • NurseryOur nursery offers affordable and high-quality childcare and educational experiences to children from 12 weeks to 5 years for University of Bradford staff, students and the public
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Adult Learner Advisers

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

They can advise you on qualifications, course options and how to make your application stand out.

Our advisers can also help you to organise a visit to our campus, via an Open Day or a drop-in session, to answer any questions you may have.

Contact our Adult Learner Advisers