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Validated email When we receive your application, we’ll send you an email to the email address you used on your application, to make sure it’s the right one. You’ll need to click on a link within that email to validate your email address, so we can be sure it’s you we’re emailing. If you change your email address during the application process, e.g. from a school/college email to a personal email, we will resend the validation email.
Conditional Offer An offer to study here that is based on you meeting certain conditions. These conditions are usually academic, and we will normally specify the grades you need in order to confirm your place.
Unconditional Offer This offer means that you’ve already met the conditions required to study here, so the place is yours if you want it!
Firm Choice This is your first choice course/institute. It may be a conditional or unconditional offer. Universities usually refer to this as CF (conditional firm) or UF (unconditional firm).
Insurance Choice This is your second choice, and is your backup to your firm choice, in case you don’t meet the entry requirements of your Firm choice. Universities usually refer to this as CI (conditional insurance) or UI (unconditional insurance).
Confirmation Once you have met the conditions of your offer, we will automatically confirm your place on your chosen course, normally through UCAS.
Clearing An opportunity after results day for students who don’t have a confirmed offer to find a place at University.
UCAS Personal ID Your unique 10-digit identification number given to you by UCAS once you submit your UCAS application.
UCLan ID Number A unique 8-digit number preceded by a letter (normally a ‘G’) that identifies you to UCLan. You may also see it called your ‘G-number’, ‘ID number’, ‘student number’ or ‘reg number’. Your UCLan ID number will be on most correspondence from us. You’re likely to be asked for it if you contact us, so keep it to hand.
UCLan Network Account Once we receive your exam results and you confirm your acceptance onto your course here, we’ll send you an email containing your UCLan network account username and password, which you can use to enrol and access a wide range of services. You’ll use your UCLan network account details to enrol on-line and to access the Student Portal, where you can access teaching materials, timetables and more.
Enrolment For new students, ‘enrolment’ is the formal process of confirming your course details, accepting our rules and regulations and agreeing to pay tuition fees. Enrolment is usually done online before you arrive. Once you’ve enrolled, we’ll send you an email or a letter that says “Acknowledgement of Enrolment”, so you’ll know you’ve enrolled.
Returning students need to enrol at the start of every academic year they’re studying here.
Getting a UCLan card doesn’t mean that you’ve enrolled.
Once you receive your UCLan network account username and password, you can login to the student portal and find out when online enrolment is open for your course.
For more information about enrolling go to www.uclan.ac.uk/enrol
Induction Induction refers to the wide range of activities you’ll experience when you first arrive at UCLan. During ‘Induction’ you’ll receive information about your course and meet other students and tutors; complete administrative tasks (such as ID checks) and have the opportunity to take part in various ‘Freshers’ events.
If you’re going to be living in our halls of residence, we require all residents to complete e-induction, which is different to course induction. E-induction covers essential information you’ll need about health, safety and security whilst living in halls of residence.
Once your place at UCLan is confirmed, our Admissions team will send you an induction pack, which includes an induction guide booklet, containing lots of information about what you will be doing during induction and where to get help and information.
Fresher A ‘Fresher’ is the name given to a new student who is ‘fresh’ to the University. There are lots of activities for ‘Freshers’ designed to help you settle in, make friends, and have fun during your first few weeks here at UCLan.
myUCLan This is the name for two important services at UCLan: our Student Portal and our student record services interface.
The Student Portal allows you to access your online learning materials, timetables and attendance records, and also to submit assignments, get assignment grades, connect with your tutors and more.
The student record service interface allows you to update contact details, check if you’ve passed a module, enrol on your course, register for an elective module, and much more.
Once you have your UCLan network account username and password, you can login to the Student Portal via the ‘student’ tab on the top right of our homepage www.uclan.ac.uk
You can access your student record service interface from the Student Portal.
UCLan Card/
University ID Card
A credit-card sized plastic ID card you’ll need if you’re studying at UCLan’s Preston or Burnley Campuses. It’s used to access some buildings (eg, the library), is scanned to register your attendance at classes, and used wherever you need to prove your status as a UCLan student. It also shows your UCLan network account username and password. To upload a photo for your UCLan card go to: https://apps.uclan.ac.uk/studentphoto

 

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Term Dates

To help you plan ahead, the Academic Calendar gives you the key dates throughout the upcoming academic year. It contains information regarding term and semester dates, examination dates, vacation and publication of results. Different dates may apply for some programmes but where this occurs the School will inform their students directly.

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General Admission Frequently Asked Questions

The admission process naturally produces a variety of questions. In order to help parents navigate the application process we have compiled a list of the most frequent concerns, if you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, please get in touch with us through our Admissions contact page.

What is the UCAS points tariff?
What Accommodation is available and how much does it cost?
Can a student bring a car to university?
Are there opportunities for working while studying?
How much time do students spend studying?
Is there extra study skills support?
How safe is it in Preston?
What help is available for students?

What is the UCAS points tariff?

The UCAS points tariff is a way of allocating points to compare qualifications that are needed by a university in order to gain access to a course.

University offers can be based on either grades or tariff points.  The higher a grade, the more points it will be allocated. For a full list of tariff points, please see the UCAS website www.ucas.com/students/ucas_tariff/.

Please note that not all qualifications in the tariff will be included in an offer. For instance, we wouldn’t normally include AS grades, because we need entry qualifications to reflect depth of study or particular academic subjects.

What Accommodation is available and how much does it cost?

We are committed to ensuring that all our students enjoy high standard accommodation throughout their stay at the University. There is a wide choice of University-owned halls of residence and University approved private accommodation to suit everyone.

We are dedicated to ensuring all first-year students get a place in University approved halls and have over 2,200 places in a wide choice of University halls of residence. Centrally located, with all the comforts of home (including free internet access) our halls of residence are the number-one choice for most first-year students. All are self-catering, and laundry facilities are available on campus.  Private properties are inspected on a rolling programme to ensure that they’re suitable, and landlords are required to agree to a code of conduct.  More information, including prices, can be found on our website www.uclan.ac.uk/accommodation

As our accommodation is self-catering, we operate a ‘smart card’ scheme at the various food outlets on campus. Student can top up their smart card using cash or card at various outlets on campus, or via phone. Parents can top it up too by calling us with your details on 01772 892080 between 10am-2pm each working day.

Can a student bring a car to university?

As a city-centre campus, parking is very limited and is not available for those living in halls of residence. Students living in our halls of residence won’t need to travel by car – all the halls are within easy walking distance of all University buildings, the town centre, railway station and bus station.  

For those living off campus at home or houses away from the main campus and the city centre, it may be easier to park at their accommodation.

On-campus parking permits are only available for those living more than 20 miles away, for a charge.

Are there opportunities for working while studying?

Many students take on part-time work to pay towards their University expenses and gain valuable employment experience. Being in the heart of the city, there are plenty of job opportunities close to campus.

The Bridge Student Employment Service is a one-stop shop for students at UCLan who are looking for part-time, temporary or holiday work.  The team here can help students to find appropriate job vacancies with specific skills or for those who want to work in a specific area.  All employers who register with The Bridge must agree to recognised standards such as minimum wage and health and safety regulations. 
So that studies won’t be affected, we recommend students work no more than 17 hours per week during term time.

How much time do students spend studying?

University places much greater emphasis on independent learning when compared with school or college. So while contact time in the classroom or lecture theatre may seem less, with anywhere between 10-15 hours per week, students are expected to carry out independent study outside of lectures, using the University resources to review, research and extend your understanding of the topic. Typically, this amounts to a working week of 37 hours during term time.

Is there extra study skills support?

Yes. We appreciate it may be some time since our new students have studied, or they may need to polish up their essay writing skills or practice giving a presentation. Access to a range of support and advice is available to help with academic skills, including peer support from second and third year students, as well as academic experts to help develop the skills to study and learn independently. Find out more at the Student Portal : Student Support and Wellbeing 

How safe is it in Preston?

At UCLan our aim is to provide a safe and secure environment for all staff and students, and we work hard to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students. Our attractive, compact campus benefits from 24-hour security, CCTV and site wardens, and initiatives like free night buses and preferential taxi services. In addition to the Campus Security team, UCLan also has its own Police house allowing student to pop in during surgery hours.

What help is available for students?

  • The <i> is our acclaimed one-stop student information centre, located at the centre of the campus on the ground floor of the library. Offering help and advice on all aspects of University life, from accommodation, finance, course information and childcare queries and more, it is an invaluable resource to all of our students.
  • The Welcome Team and Peer Mentoring offer peer-to-peer support and advice from other students so that students can meet and talk to someone who has had the same experiences.
  • The specialist staff in our with Student Support and Wellbeing Team are available to help with any problems. They can help with careers advice, financial advice and guidance, an on-campus health centre, independent academic advice, a counselling service, and a multi-faith centre, as well as providing support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.
  • Students are assigned a personal tutor from their School who is available to help and to monitor progress whilst at University.

 

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PROFESSIONAL HEALTH COURSES - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Applying for a professional health course can raise more queries than other degrees due to their complex nature. We have collated the most commonly asked questions in relation to these courses, if you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, please get in touch with us through our Admissions contact page.

Can those with a criminal record apply to study a professional health course?
How do applicants get a DBS Enhanced Disclosure?
Are DBC certificates from a previous role acceptable or is a new one needed?
Are medical examinations required?
How are professional health courses funded?
Who is eligible for NHS funding?
If not eligible for NHS funding, can applicants pay their own fees?
How are applications for the NHS bursary made?
How is the NHS bursary paid?
Where will are the professional placements based?
How much of the Nursing course will be spent on professional placement?
Is it possible to change Nursing course branch once already accepted?

 

Can those with a criminal record apply to study a professional health course?

There isn’t a straight ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer for this, as it depends on the applicant and the particular conviction or caution. For those with a criminal record, we ask for complete honesty with us from the start, so that we can make a decision on whether or not to offer a place based on the information given, and how that compares to the results of the applicants Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure.

All students on our professional health courses must complete a satisfactory DBS Enhanced Disclosure. This includes students on our Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Practice and Operating Practice Department and Social Work courses. When we send out invitations to interview, we will advise on this procedure. During the application process, applicants are asked to declare any criminal convictions or cautions, and then we will decide if an offer can be made. If a place is offered, we will then obtain a DBS Enhanced Disclosure and it must match the applicants original declaration exactly, otherwise we may have to withdraw the offer.

UCLan adheres to the DBS “Code of Practice” and you can read more about this at Gov.UK

How do applicants get a DBS Enhanced Disclosure?

As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to complete a DBS Enhanced Disclosure form, either at interview or before enrolment. Once an offer of a place is accepted, we will submit the applicants DBS application form to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). When the DBS have processed the application, they will send two certificates, one for us and one for the applicant. Most DBS Enhanced Disclosures take approximately a month to process, but in some cases it can take longer.

Are DBC certificates from a previous role acceptable or is a new one needed?

Yes. All students on professional health courses must have a recent DBS Enhanced Disclosure.

Are medical examinations required?

Yes. Students on our Nursing, Midwifery, Operating Department Practice, Paramedic Practice and Social Work courses all need to receive satisfactory medical clearance before they can start their chosen course. We will discuss this during interview. (Paramedic Practice students undergo a fitness test during the selection process - if this is passed then a further medical examination won’t be needed).

How are professional health courses funded?

Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Practice and Operating Department Practice courses are funded by the NHS. However there are differences between degree level and diploma level courses, please see the table below.

 

Degree

Diploma

Tuition fees

Paid for by the NHS. This money does not have to be paid back.

Paid for by the NHS. This money does not have to be paid back.

Living expenses

Means-tested bursary available.

Non-means tested bursary given to all eligible students.

Student Loan

Available, must be paid back on completion of course.

Not available.

The NHS Student Grant Unit calculates the amount of bursary applicants would be entitled to. For degree-level students, this is means tested and for students living at home, other household income will be included in the consideration. For diploma-level students, the non-means tested bursary can be increased with additional allowances, depending on personal circumstances. For more information, please visit the NHS Business Services Authority website www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students.  

Who is eligible for NHS funding?

Normally, if those ordinarily resident in the UK are eligible for funding from the NHS. 
At UCLan, we only have places for NHS-funded students, so for those not eligible for NHS funding, we won’t be able to offer a place. More information can be found at www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students

If not eligible for NHS funding, can applicants pay their own fees?

Unfortunately not. We only have places for NHS-funded students, so for those not eligible for NHS funding, we won’t be able to offer a place.

How are applications for the NHS bursary made?

We are responsible for registering applicants with the NHS Student Grant Unit. Once they receive the information from us, they’ll be in touch with the applicant with instructions about how to apply for the bursary. Once the bursary application had been made, the NHS Student Grant Unit will process it, and inform the applicant how much they’re entitled to.

How is the NHS bursary paid?

The NHS Student Grant Unit is responsible for payment of the bursary. It is usually paid on a monthly basis directly into the applicants bank account, once they’re enrolled on the course.

Where will are the professional placements based?

Here at UCLan we work with the following local NHS trusts:

  • East Lancashire
  • Blackpool & Wyre
  • Ormskirk and Southport
  • Preston and Chorley
  • Wigan and Wrightington

We’ll discuss placement preferences during interview, we try to place students as close as possible to where they will be living, as placement shifts will include 7.00am starts.

How much of the Nursing course will be spent on professional placement?

Nursing courses are split 50/50 between studying at UCLan and gaining valuable training on clinical placements. Usually, blocks of study are 6 weeks long, with three set days in University. Blocks of clinical placement are usually eight weeks long, and during placement students experience working full-time across the entire shift pattern, so this will include early, late and night shifts. Students rotate between studying here and being on clinical placement for 45 weeks of the year, with seven weeks of holiday. Nursing courses normally last for three years.

Is it possible to change Nursing course branch once already accepted?

Not really. We have an exact number of students to recruit onto each of our Nursing courses each year, and once these places are filled, we can’t accept any more.  Once each course is full, a space would only become available if there is a withdrawal. Usually, this doesn’t happen, and so swapping between courses is not usually possible. Therefore we ask that applicants are 100% sure about their chosen branch of Nursing before accepting a place on the course.

 

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