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Parents and carers guide to university

The months leading up to your child starting university can be an exciting but anxious time for everyone involved. As a parent, it’s natural to worry about the significant costs of a degree. As well as if it will benefit your child's life and career in the long-term.

Your child may be feeling overwhelmed by the number of potential courses and universities to choose from. Knowing that the decisions they make will shape the next few years of their life and beyond. 

If your child is considering moving away from home for the first time, they may have a few concerns. Whether they’ll be able to make new friends, settle in and succeed at university. It can also be a stressful time for parents as you agonise over how your child will cope living independently. And how you’re going to cope with ‘empty nest syndrome.’

This helpful webpage provides practical information about what applying to university involves. And how you can support your child at this important crossroads in their life. We hope this guide will help to ease any worries you’ve had. As well as giving you some assurance that your child will be supported. And will always have somewhere to turn for help throughout their time at university.

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Key university dates 

The timeline should give you a good idea of how much time your child has to think about their university choices. As well as submit an application, apply for a student loan and accept an offer. 


During this time your child should think carefully about what course(s) they’d like to study and which universities are right for them. The UCAS website is a good starting point. Encourage them to do their research by checking out university websites and prospectuses. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Open Days and attend UCAS Fairs to help them reach a decision.

If your child is thinking about coming to the University of Central Lancashire. Then visit our Undergraduate webpage to explore our courses and find out when our Open Days are taking place.


Preston Open Day - June

Our undergraduate Open Day in June is the perfect opportunity to explore our Preston Campus, discover facilities, meet academic staff & chat to students.

25 June 2022
9.00am – 3.00pm BST

Virtual Open Day

Our Virtual Open Day is a great opportunity for students interested in both Undergraduate and Postgraduate study with us. We’re looking forward to bringing you an interactive experience at our Virtual Open Day.

09 October 2021
9am - 3pm BST

If you have any questions

If you still have some unanswered questions, our Course Enquiries Team will be happy to help.

You can call them on 01772 892400 or email

The best way to discover what student life is really like is to ask our students themselves. Our friendly Student Ambassadors will be happy to answer your questions in an online chat.

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