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. 

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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. 

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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.

Useful information

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Now you've got an idea of which Uni you want to apply to, it's time for your personal statement. Here are some top tips on how to make a great impression.

Visit us

Travel details for Preston, Burnley and Westlakes can be found on our Campus pages. Access guides for the University buildings are available via AccessAble.

Accommodation

There’s something special about living in university accommodation, especially if it’s your first time away from home. With a wide range of accommodation options, we'll help you find the right place for you.

Student support

We pride ourselves on our excellent student support services, we offer expert advice and support with health and wellbeing, inclusive support, financial advice and much more.

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 cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk