Pre-registration Nursing

Pre-Registration Nursing

A warm welcome to the University of Central Lancashire and the start of #TheUCLanExperience! Moving to university is a big change, so we want to make sure your transition is as smooth as possible. It’s never too early to start planning for your arrival and for your future nursing career and the information contained on the next few pages will introduce you to the university and help you start planning for your arrival.


Funding Your Studies

You will make your life much easier if you apply for your NHS bursary loan as early as possible and we would encourage you to start the application process as soon as possible. Now is a good time to also familiarise yourself with the number of loans and grants the government offer. If you need any further advice you can contact our Student Finance Support Team on 01772 892583.

We also recommend applying for a student bank account before you arrive so that your maintenance loan can be paid directly into your account. Ensure you shop around for the best deal and take advantage of incentives such as free gifts and interest free overdrafts. If you require a letter confirming your study with us, please use our online request service.


Student Accommodation & Travel

If you are already holding a student accommodation offer from UCLan, you will have received details of where and when to collect your keys. You can also access this information via the Accommodation Portal. If you’ve not already applied, you should check the latest room availability for university owned or leased accommodation or talk to our team who can help you arrange private accommodation if you would prefer.

If you’re living off campus and commuting to and from Preston, our sustainable and active travel information will provide you with details and discounts for your journey.


Validate your email address

You should have received an email from us which will allow you to validate your personal email address if that is the one you’ve provided. If you have not received this email, and it’s not lurking in your junk mail, please email Once you’ve validated your email you will receive other important information from us over the following weeks, including your username and password so you can access the university network - so keep checking your inbox!


Course Enrolment

Enrolment is the formal process which will confirm your status as a student at the University of Central Lancashire. Once you have received your username and password you should use these to enrol on your course as soon as possible, so as not to delay any student finance or access to other university services. The online registration process should take no longer than 10 minutes and is a simple confirmation of your details.


Your UCLan Card

Your UCLan card is your University identification and will provide you with access to the university network and a variety of services. You will also need your card to register your attendance at lectures and classes.

Order your UCLan card by uploading a photo using our online photograph service. Have your student ID number to hand. Your UCLan Card will be posted out to your home address or if less than 2-3 weeks prior to Welcome Week, is will be ready for collection from the library when you arrive.


All our student nurses need to measured and fitted for their uniforms. This is carried out by Dimensions who visit campus one day only for each cohort. Your first set of uniforms is included in your fees. However, should you wish to purchase additional tunics or trousers, a price list is available on request.

Please check back soon for uniform dates and availability.

For UCLan Clinical placements we use your address from your student record to enable us to source a placement in close proximity. If you commute to and from the campus please note the areas we cover for clinical placements:

Ashton / Wrightington / Wigan & Leigh / Blackburn / Darwen / Accrington / Ribble Valley / Pendle / Burnley & Rossendale (East Lancs) / Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre (North Lancs) / Preston / Chorley & South Ribble (Central Lancs) / Southport & Ormskirk (West Lancs)


Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS)

To go out on a clinical placement you must have an enhanced DBS check completed by the university. This needs to be completed prior to starting your course. The cost of your first DBS is covered by UCLan.

You should have received separate instructions on how to complete your DBS check, including a pin number and secret word. Once received, you can access and complete your application online.

If you haven’t received this information or have any queries, please contact the team via


Occupational Health

To go out on a clinical placement you must be cleared as fit for practice by The Occupational Health Unit. When you receive your firm offer from us, you will receive an email entitles ‘Pre-Acceptance Health Screening Questionnaire’ from our Wellbeing Partners which will take you through the online process.

If you do not receive the above email after confirmation of offer or you have any problems accessing the questionnaire please contact the team via


Confirmation of ID

When you arrive on campus, you will need to provide a valid proof of ID, such as a passport, driving license or birth certificate. This can be verified at the Need to Know information fair, or shown at The <i> Student Information Centre in the Library, or at any CAS Hub.

  • Proof of identity - Passport and visa (including your Biometric Residence Permit, if you have one), birth certificate or driving licence. 
  • Proof of qualifications (examination certificates or transcripts)


Make friends before you arrive

Join in the conversation on our Facebook Community. We’ve created a subject-based course group which provides an ideal opportunity to make friends and meet classmates before you arrive and ask all those burning questions about campus life! Join the Pre-Registration Nursing group today.

Great news - if you’ve already completed the above steps then you’re almost ready to start #TheUCLanExperience.

We’ve got plenty of advice on how to ensure your arrival at university runs as smoothly as possible. Please visit our Key Information Guide, First Few Weeks and our Good To Know section to find out more about those little details which will help you settle into university life much quicker.