Mature age students
What is a mature age student?
A mature age student is anyone who isn’t an immediate high-school leaver. If you took time off after school, if you’re working and seeking career development, if you want a whole new career or if you’re studying for interest, that includes you.
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All our courses and degrees are designed in collaboration with industry so you know you’re learning the skills and knowledge to kick-start or grow your career.
How to enter university as a mature age student
We look forward to welcoming you to study at Torrens University. We have a simple application process, and our dedicated Future Student Advisors are on hand to support you throughout.
Apply to university as a mature age studentIf you’re ready to begin your career development journey with us, applying is easy. Check admissions criteria, entry requirements, key dates and fees, then submit your application online.University entry for mature age studentsWe recognise the knowledge and experience the previous study and work has given you, and it may make you eligible for credit towards your course and fees.
Why study with us
As the country’s fastest-growing university, Torrens University Australia brings a fresh approach to higher education. With employability at the centre of everything we do, we offer industry-relevant courses taught by leading experts.
When I realised I could study online and part-time, being a mature aged students, this put me at ease knowing my family and work life would not be as greatly affected.Elennie PerrettDiploma of Counselling and Communication Skills
I chose to study business information systems because I wanted to combine my business knowledge with my passion for technology. I chose Torrens University because it offered me valuable subjects and real-world skills.Gonzalo SanchezMaster of Business Information Systems
Torrens University has a modern approach to study, especially for the online cohort. The emphasis on virtual teams and virtual work places us in a position of having experienced the approach, rather than just studying the theory.Krystyna PaszkiewiczMaster of Global Project Management
20,000+ industry placements
Students have access to thousands of industry placement opportunities with top-tier employers.*
Our courses are co-designed with industry, giving you confidence you’ll graduate work-ready.*
5-star graduate salary
Our postgraduates earn a salary within the top 20% in Australia (The Good Universities Guide).*
Customise your course and study online, on campus or a blend of both.*
Flexible study options
Life as a mature age student
There’s a lot to look forward to as a student at Torrens University. Our flexible study options, pathways and Recognition of Prior Learning means learning fits around your life.
Your guide to becoming an adult learnerReady to commence study as a mature age student? Here's everything you need to know.Everything you need to know about Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)We recognise the knowledge and experience the previous study and work has given you, and it may make you eligible for credit towards your course and fees.From a career in finance to taking out the frame+work photography competitionEncouraging students to develop their skills and have their work acknowledged by their peers, Learning Facilitators and industry partners.
Frequently asked questions
Can I get course credit for previous experience?Yes, course credit is available for most courses upon application and academic approval (excluding Higher Degree by Research programs).
If you have already completed a qualification or have relevant work experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Review our Course credits page or chat to our Future Student Advisors.
What if I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?Torrens University Australia has a range of application pathways to help you gain entry into our degrees based on different criteria.
To find out more, visit Study Pathways or contact our Future Student Advisors.
What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)?
- Recognition of Prior Learning is an assessment process that recognises experience, previous study and qualifications, and other forms of informal and non-formal learning, to determine if you meet course requirements.
- If you have relevant qualifications or experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course and a reduction in tuition costs.
- Please speak to our Future Student Advisors to discuss your prior learning experiences.
For more information, please visit Course credits.
Am I eligible for FEE-HELP
If you are a domestic student attending university or an approved higher education provider, you can get a FEE-HELP loan to pay all or part of your tuition fees. You are eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for a unit of study (i.e. subject) if you:
- Undertake study with an approved provider.
- Meet the citizenship and residency requirements:
- An Australian citizen or a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets the long-term residency criteria and who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to your course; OR
- A permanent humanitarian visa holder who will be a resident in Australia for the duration of your unit; OR
- Are a permanent visa holder who is undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be a resident in Australia for the duration of the study.
- Enrolled in an eligible unit of study by the census date for the unit.
- Have not exceeded the FEE-HELP limit.
For full details, visit the Australian Government website Study Assist.
If you are still unsure, please contact our Future Student Advisors who can talk you through the information.
How do I apply for a scholarship?Torrens University has a wide range of scholarship options to support new, returning, international and Australian students. They all include a reduction in tuition fees, and some scholarships include a mentoring component with our industry partners.
Domestic students When you speak to our Future Student Advisors, let them know you wish to be considered for a scholarship in your application form. They will show you how to apply for a scholarship.
International students Please contact your Education Agent for further information. Alternatively, you can call us on 1300 575 803 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details, explore our range of scholarships.