Returning to study

Returning to study

Returning to study

Retirement gives you the chance to do things you've always wanted to do. It also allows you to gain extra skills that may be useful for a new career you're planning.

The way we learn has changed remarkably over the last few decades – and lifelong learning is now part of government policy.

Classes are no longer confined to evenings, either. You can choose to take them part-time, during the day, at the weekend or online. From informal learning to language and degree courses, there is something for everyone to benefit from.

Higher education and university

Most universities and colleges welcome mature students for their commitment, experience and skills. And when it comes to entry requirements, many have a flexible admissions policy which takes into account work and life experience.

The UCAS guide for mature students is a thorough guide for those considering higher education. [ this link opens in a new window – Zurich is not responsible for the content of external websites ]

Finding a course

Your library or council will be able to give you details of your local colleges. The links below also have a wealth of information to draw on.

  • The Hotcourses website allows you to search a huge range of courses, from short courses to postgraduate study, many with reviews from students. [ this link opens in a new window – Zurich is not responsible for the content of external websites ]
  • A pioneer of home study, The Open University has a range of courses suited to people in retirement. [ this link opens in a new window – Zurich is not responsible for the content of external websites ]
  • The Open College of Arts offers a range of home study courses that let you focus on your creative pursuits. [ this link opens in a new window – Zurich is not responsible for the content of external websites ]
  • Age UK coordinates a network of computer training centres providing jargon-free training tailored to people in later life. [ this link opens in a new window – Zurich is not responsible for the content of external websites ]

Will you have enough money?

It's all very well wanting to learn new skills but when reality kicks in, will you have enough income to see you through retirement? Find out how much income you might need and how much you might get.

Funding and grants

Studying doesn't have to be expensive. There may be concessions if you're above a certain age and many places allow distance learning if you want to study from home.

DirectGov's student finance site provides information on all the financial help available to students in higher education. [ this link opens in a new window – Zurich is not responsible for the content of external websites ]

Retire your way

If you're 55 or over, you've got some important choices to make. We'll help you make sense of all your options.

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