mature student

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In further and higher education, as defined by the Universities and Colleges Applications Service (UCAS) and for the purposes of government initiatives such as Aimhigher, a student over the age of 21 is referred to as a mature student in order to distinguish them from those who form the majority in that sector; in other words, 16–19‐year‐olds in further education, and 18–21‐year‐olds in higher education. ‘Mature’ in this case is indicative only of the students' relative age and should not necessarily be taken to imply anything about their developmental stage or general behaviour. Mature students may gain access to further and higher education through specialized routes (for example, Access courses) and without meeting the same specified entry requirements as younger applicants.

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