Information for enquirers and applicants
We would be delighted to welcome you to the University of Central Lancashire. We are determined to provide the best experience for all our students and to make sure you enjoy your time in and out of the classroom.
We know you'll be thinking about the future, so we have put together some questions that we think you may want to know the answers to.
Your safety is our priority. We will be continuing our rigorous cleaning around campus and there will be lots of hand sanitiser stations for yor use. As per Government guidance, it won’t be mandatory for you to wear a face covering but you may choose to do so especially in crowded spaces. We also request that you take a lateral flow Covid test twice a week to ensure you haven’t got the virus and help keep yourself and others safe.
Before arriving, we would encourage you to download our campus safety app, called SafeZone – this is a way for you to contact security, raise a report, send your location and ask for help. Any reports are kept confidential.
We are planning for as normal a campus experience as possible with face-to-face teaching and full access to all campus facilities. We’ve learnt a great deal over the past year, and we know that sometimes online learning can be preferable.
The majority of teaching will be face-to-face, in person on campus (not including e-learning courses), but where we have learnt it works best, some of the learning will be available online too. Your timetable will be able to view form the end of August.
We do offer many online/e-learning courses, so if your course is normally delivered in this way that will continue to be the case. If your course is normally delivered face-to-face it will not be possible to do it completely online, either because of practical work needed, or accreditation requirements.
Where employers continue to offer placements students will be able to take up their placements.
The current UK Government rules state that you do not need to have received a COVID-19 vaccine to enter the UK. However, if you have been vaccinated, we would advise you to carry any evidence of your vaccinations with you.
Registration with a GP on arrival is encouraged to access the free vaccination. If you have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine overseas that is also available in the UK, you should receive the same vaccine for your second dose. If the vaccine you received for your first dose is not available in the UK, the most similar alternative should be offered. You should contact a GP to ensure you receive an appropriate vaccine for your second dose.
What you need to do depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive in England. Remember that the countries on the lists and the rules can change so be sure to check the UK Government website for the most up to date information.
If you are a new UCLan student travelling from a country on the UK ‘red list’ you will need to quarantine in a special hotel at a cost of £2,285 per adult. You can book a quarantine package through the Government portal. If you’re required to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel you can only arrive in England at certain ports of entry. Currently there are restricted airports that you can arrive into, keep up to date on where you can arrive here.
To help support you with these costs, UCLan will provide you with a tuition fee refund of £750, in the second semester of your studies; if you pay your full year tuition fees by 17 October 2021. However, this support only applies to new UCLan students and we are not able to provide support for quarantine for any dependents or family members who travel to the UK with you. When you arrive in the UK, you will not be allowed to leave the place where you’re staying for the first 14 days you’re in the UK (known as ‘self-isolating’) unless you’re arriving from an exempt country.
The Government does reserve the right to make checks on those in quarantine to ensure that they are present at the address given prior to arrival. If found to be in breach of these rules, people can be issued with a fine. Keep up to date with the latest Government advice here.
What you need to do before and after you travel depends on whether you have been fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme. Check the:
If you are travelling from a country on the amber list and not fully UK vaccinated please ensure you:
- take a COVID-19 test – children aged 10 and under do not need to take this test
- book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests – to be taken after arrival in England
- complete a passenger locator form
Keep up to date with the latest Government advice here.
It is more important than ever to ensure you have your accommodation booked before you reach the UK. On arrival, you will likely need to let the border officials know where you will be staying and refusal to do so may result in your entry to the UK being refused. We urge that your accommodation is secured as soon as possible and close to the campus for any potential quarantine period. You can apply for your accommodation as soon as you receive your CAS letter, you should apply as soon as possible – you do not need to wait for your visa to be issued.
If you are required to isolate in your accommodation, you won’t be able to go to lectures, the shops, or leave your flat or accommodation at all for 10 days. If this applies to you, we will ensure you have access to online learning and provide you with details of supermarkets that deliver food.
Teaching will be campus based in September 2021. Welcome week for most students begins on the 27 September and teaching starts on 4 October. If you are studying on a course that starts earlier than this, you will be notified.
You are expected to have completed any quarantine or isolation by the start date of your course ready to start your degree.
Some courses have latest date of arrival on to campus (after any quarantine period). If this is before the date of last enrolment (18 October) you will be contacted.
Your learning will be online during this period, so you do not miss out on any aspects of your course.
If you are a new UCLan student travelling from a country on the UK ‘red list’ you will need to quarantine in a special hotel at a cost of £2285 per adult. However, to help support you with these costs, UCLan will provide you with a tuition fee refund of £750, in the second semester of your studies; if you pay your full year tuition fees by 17 October 2021. However, this support only applies to new UCLan students and we are not able to provide support for quarantine for any dependents or family members who travel to the UK with you
If you are travelling from a country on the UK ‘amber list’ and have booked University accommodation for the academic year, we will provide appropriate self-isolation accommodation free of charge for up to 10 days before the start of your contract period. When you receive your accommodation check in information the available dates for your arrival will be displayed. On arrival you will be provided with a basic food pack and details of how to order food and personal supplies online.
If you are living in alternative accommodation you will need to make arrangements to get shopping delivered online as you will not be able to leave your accommodation for the first 10 days. You can get details of supermarkets where online shopping can be ordered from by contacting the Student Support team.
On your visa application you will be given the choice to either collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from a post office or to collect it from UCLan. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, UCLan is not taking delivery of BRPs. You should not choose the option which allows you to collect it from UCLan. Instead, you should arrange for the BRP to be delivered to a convenient post office within the UK and close to your term time accommodation.
You can collect your BRP once any period of quarantine is completed.
Due to the evolving nature of the current situation, we are planning how courses will be delivered, but we do know this may include a blend of digital and face-to-face delivery or the use of online learning either in the UK or in your home country. Each course will be different, so we are working to confirm the arrangements for your course in the coming weeks and month - keep checking your email for updates.
You will be thinking about how this might impact visa arrangements and when we know definitively how we are delivering our course we will confirm these arrangements and what you need to do.
This will depend upon your chosen programme of study, and whether the academic team responsible for your course, believe that you can successfully complete your programme remotely during the first Semester. We are currently collating this information and we will be replying to those students with such queries, as quickly as possible.
Fees and funding
Tuition fee payments and costs remain the same. At enrolment you must make a further payment towards your total tuition fees. We advise that you pay in full and receive a discount of £300. If you wish to pay by instalments you will need to make a payment at enrolment which takes your total payment to 50% of your first year tuition fees (with one further instalment in April) you will need to pay a further £150 for this arrangement. Whatever you decide, you will need to make this commitment during the enrolment process.
All payment options are outlined on our international student fees web page. Please read this information as it sets out the range of instalment options in relation to your chosen course and related fee costs.
We will be delivering teaching for the intake in September. If you are unable to join us in September due to COVID 19 restrictions, we will refund your deposit and any fees paid, or you can defer to a later intake subject to our terms and conditions.
If you have already paid your deposit but not heard from us, don’t panic. We are working as normal but are experiencing a slight delay in processing so it might take a little longer than normal to get in touch with you.