Case study

Forgotten Learners: Mature students getting AHEAD at Abertay

23 Mar 2018

Abertay University is committed to providing educational opportunities for mature learners, who make up around 22% of the student population. There are currently more than 900 students over the age of 25, with 371 aged 25 to 29, 169 aged 30-34, 139 aged 35 to 39 and 223 aged over 40.

Many mature students come to Abertay through the Access to Higher Education at Abertay Dundee (AHEAD) programme - a part-time evening programme providing access to a wide range of degrees.

AHEAD is for anyone who has been out of education for three years or more and does not have sufficient qualifications to gain entry. It provides the core academic and study skills necessary to successfully complete a higher education degree at Abertay. Many mature students move into Abertay through a college route, often with direct entry to second or third year of an undergraduate degree. This process is known as articulation within the Scottish system and provides a useful alternative route into higher education for many students, particularly those wanting to study later in life.