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.


Joshua's story

Joshua studied BSc (Hons) Business and Management and graduated in 2016.

He shares his top tips on how adult learners can make the most of their time at university and what makes him smile about Bradford.

Discover the impact his degree has made on his career and some of the opportunities he gained before graduating. 

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.

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How we support adult learners

  • Trans:it Summer School: the Trans:it Summer School is designed to help new students understand more about learning at University, familiarise themselves with the campus and meet other students.  It runs over two days, usually in 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
  • Nurserythe University of Bradford Nursery is registered for 69 children, aged from six months to five years. It has two baby units and two pre-school units
Adult learner

Contact our 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.

Caroline Priestley, Adult Learner Adviser

James Was, EK/EU Recruitment Officer