How exactly does studying a career at UNED work?

The National University of Distance Education (@UNED) is the one with the largest number of students throughout the country, offering a large number of degrees (before the Bologna Plan, diplomas and degrees) as well as different university access courses for people over 25, 40 and 45 years old. The UNED centers are distributed throughout the national territory, trying to supply all population areas, including rural areas, with their associated centers.


For those who have not finished the Bachelor and passed the Selectividad or the University Access Test (previously Revalidation, although this test is still valid to access the university), the UNED offers courses of one academic year for those over 45 years of age . Students who wish to enroll in Direct Access Courses must be of the age required in each case., before December 31 of the calendar year in which said test is held.

People who are or have reached 40 years of age before December 31 of the year in which the academic year begins and prove a certain professional or work experience, They will be able to take a Bachelor’s degree at the UNED related to that previous experience, as long as they do not already have a degree that gives them access to the University (PAU-selectivity, diploma, bachelor’s degree, higher technical vocational qualification, etc). According to the agreement of the University bodies, a minimum of 10 years of work or professional experience will be required to be able to access a degree at the UNED.

Benefits of studying from the age of 60

How to study a career

The UNED makes available to the older student a whole set of human resources and means so that they can develop an autonomous learning adjusted to their needs and schedules. This learning system based on the use of active methodologies, in which each student is the protagonist of their own learning, is the idea that underlies the European Higher Education Area for the training of professionals capable of responding to the challenges of the Knowledge Society.

The UNED provides teaching through the modality of blended education, which is characterized by the use of a specific didactic methodology, with the joint use of print, audiovisual and new technologies, especially virtual learning communities, as well as face-to-face assistance to students through the tutor teachers of the Associated Centers and the various communication systems between teachers and students.

UNED Senior

It is a training program that includes current affairs and personal development strategies. Its objectives are:

  • Offer training on topics that interest people over 55 years of age, in order to improve their quality of life.
  • Provide knowledge, learnings and strategies for integral development and personal autonomy.
  • Promote communication through interpersonal relationships and the intergenerational encounter.
  • Provide all those elements necessary for a better knowledge of the cultural environment.

At UNED Senior you will have your own university space, a meeting place to exchange knowledge and experiences; a flexible itinerary, adapted to the needs of each student; and personalized guidance. You will also have training close to your place of residence and access to Information and Communication Technologies. It is aimed at people over 55 years of age, regardless of their academic training, interested in enriching their knowledge.