Whether you want to change careers or maximise your earning potential, a degree could be just what you need…
The older you get, the more you realise that a job isn’t just a job. You spend so much of your life working that you simply have to enjoy it, and if you don’t, it’s time for a change – so why not do something about it? It’s never too late to go to uni and getting a degree can open doors you never thought possible. From fashion to nursing, technology to sports science, this is your chance to find your calling and do something you love.
The possibilities are endless
There are 160 different undergraduate courses at Leeds Beckett University, so you could take your career in a completely new direction. Want to be an engineer? A degree can make it possible. Interested in childcare? They have a whole range of courses to choose from. Fancy a career in tech? You can do anything from computer security to games design.
Fashion, sports, criminology – you name it, they do it. But you don’t have to know exactly what you want to do before you start. You can work it out along the way by tailoring your modules and choosing your areas of study. Their business and management degree, for example, covers marketing, finance, leadership and more, so you can explore your options and find a career you truly enjoy.
And that’s what it’s all about – forging a career. Leeds Beckett works closely with local businesses to find out what they need and make sure their courses will get you work-ready. It’s not just study – they’ll help arrange work placements, introduce you to employers and give you all the advice you need to turn your degree into a job. There’s always someone on hand to help you update your CV and do mock interviews, even after you’ve graduated.
You can fit your studies around your life
Of the 160 courses Leeds Beckett offers, around 100 of them are available part-time. That means you can juggle work and family commitments around your studies. And even if you do choose a full-time course, a university day isn’t the same as a workday. Depending on your course, you may only have 8-14 hours of seminars and lectures a week – the rest is independent study. That gives you a total of 30-40 hours of study a week, but you can do most of it on your own schedule.
Late nights, early mornings, while the kids are at school – you can fit your studies in whenever it’s convenient to you. Their award-winning library is open 24 hours a day, so you’ll have full access to all the books and journals you need. You can even work from home because they’ve digitalised much of their collection to make it easier.
If you’re worried about being surrounded by teenagers, don’t be. 30% of full-time students at Leeds Beckett are mature students and most of their part-time students are too, so you’ll be in good company. In fact, you’ll probably finish your degree with a lot more friends than when you started. You’ll find that your life experience comes in really handy – whether you’ve been travelling, working or raising a family, the skills you’ve learned along the way will pay dividends when you start your degree.
It’s easier than you think
That same life experience will also help you get in. Entry requirements are often a lot more flexible for mature students, so if you don’t have the qualifications they’re asking for, it’s not the end of the world. They’ll take a view, looking at the wider picture and considering what you’ve been doing since you left school before they make a decision. The best thing you can do is give them a call because they consider everyone individually.
Once you’ve done that, it’s time to apply. If you want to study full time, you have to do it through UCAS, but it’s as simple as filling out a form and writing a personal statement – if you don’t have the right qualifications, this is your chance to explain what you do have and why they should consider you. There’s no obligation here, so even if you get in, you don’t have to take your place. Want to study part-time? You’ll need to go through Leeds Beckett’s application portal, but it’s just as easy.
And then there’s the elephant in the room – money. Whether you’re 21 or 41, it’s hard to imagine giving up your job and your income to go to university, but you don’t need a big pot of gold to do it. Assuming you haven’t done an undergraduate course before, you can get the same student loans as everyone else. There’s a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of the course itself and a maintenance loan to help with living costs, the latter is based on your household income, so the more you need, the more you’ll get. There are even additional grants to help students with children, dependents and disabilities.
Apply now and make the most of Clearing
Leeds Beckett is in Clearing and they have places to fill, so if you want to go to university and change your life, there’s no time like the present. Applications close on 20th September 2019 and you’ll get an answer really quickly, so you can start your course as soon as possible. But don’t worry if you miss the deadline, you can apply for the 2020/21 academic year from October.