Building Up to Bristol for Mature Students

This Building Up to Bristol course helps mature students prepare for undergraduate study in an active and practical way. Working together with your peers, you will gain confidence and develop your understanding of academic language and culture.

Building Up to Bristol for Mature Students 2023 has now ended. Information on whether we will be running the course in 2024 will be available in spring 2024.

Course content

The Building Up to Bristol for mature students course will consist of both taught (synchronous) and self-directed (asynchronous) activities.

By the end of the course, you will be better equipped to:

  • read critically, reflect on your learning, and get the most out of your lectures
  • listen and respond constructively when working in a team or seminar context
  • develop writing styles and processes for a variety of academic contexts
  • understand the expectations of your academic community, and how to engage with feedback.

The course is not assessed or accredited.

You will be taught by staff from the Centre for Academic Language and Development. The centre specialises in helping students to develop their communication in academic contexts.

Location, timetable and workload

The course is online and designed to fit around commitments such as childcare and school runs.

Compulsory taught sessions will run for no more than 2 hours each day. You will need to complete a further 1.5 to 2 hours of self-directed activities each day. You can choose to complete these self-directed activities at whatever time suits you best.

Additionally, we will host an optional coffee morning in Bristol for course participants.


This course is free to attend.

You will need internet access in order to participate. If this is likely to be a barrier to entry for you, contact to discuss.

Entry requirements

This course is only for mature students (people aged 21 and over). It is suitable for home students who will be beginning their first foundation year or undergraduate degree at the University of Bristol. Once you have had your place on one of these courses confirmed, you will automatically be eligible for Building Up to Bristol for mature students.

If you are a mature student who is also a Bristol Scholar, you may wish to attend the week-long Building Up to Bristol for Bristol Scholars course instead.

If you are a mature international student wanting to prepare for university, you may wish to consider our pre-sessional courses.

Find out about other mature student support and events.

More for mature students

This Building Up to Bristol course is just part of our offering for current mature students.

Find out more about mature student support and events.

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