How To Get Into Top Universities In The UK When You’re 30+

by Tanya May 05, 2022

For 30+ Millennials looking to study in the UK, getting into a top university can seem overwhelming or impossible.

You’re not that young or fresh out of school.

Additionally – with stiff competition and high standards, you need to give yourself the best chance of being accepted.

In this article, we will outline some tips to help you get into one of the country’s top universities.

Use your life experience to your advantage

The youngest Millennial is 25 years old, the oldest is 42.

Chances are you’re 30+ and have some work experience behind you. Use this to your advantage.

Many top universities in the UK place a lot of emphasis on work experience and prior learning, so make sure you highlight any relevant experience you have in your application.

In addition, don’t be afraid to talk about any non-traditional routes you’ve taken to get to where you are today.

For example, if you’ve had to work a few odd jobs, build your own side hustle to something impressive, or taken a couple of gap years before applying to university – all of this shows you have some life experience and wealth of knowledge.

Many universities see this as a positive – it shows that you’re resilient and have taken the time to figure out what you really want in life.

Research the admission requirements

Assuming you know exactly what you want to study, you can start researching the admission requirements for that particular university.

If you’re still not sure what to study or which subject would more suit your personality, read this article.

Each university has different admission requirements, so you must do your research before applying.

For example, some universities may require you to take specific subjects at A-level (the UK equivalent of high school), while others may have general entrance requirements.

In addition to academic requirements, many universities also look at factors such as your extra-curricular activities, your personal statement, and your references.

Make sure you’re familiar with the requirements of each university you’re applying to, and put together a strong application that will give you the best chance of being accepted.

If writing or self-expression is not your strongest suit,  consider using personal statement services and professional student advisers to help increase your chances.

These professionals know the admission requirements inside and out and can help you build a strong application.

Work out a comprehensive study budget

Studying at a top university in the UK can be expensive, so it’s essential to work out a comprehensive study budget before applying.

In addition to tuition fees, you’ll also need to factor in costs such as accommodation, food, books, and travel.

One way to help offset the cost of studying is to apply for scholarships and bursaries. Many universities offer financial assistance to students from low-income backgrounds, so make sure you look into this before applying.

In addition, many top universities in the UK also offer generous funding packages to international students. If you’re not a UK citizen, make sure you research the funding options available to you before deciding.

Considering that you probably have some work experience, it may not be impossible for you to study full time, whilst doing work in your spare time to help cover the costs. However, consider the time implication of taking a job in your off time, as your studies may keep you busy full time.

All in all, getting into a top university in the UK is a challenge, but it’s definitely worth undertaking. With a little bit of hard work and dedication, you can make your dream of studying at a top university a reality!


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