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Return to Study

Discover our free short courses and start your journey towards a full degree. If you lack Level 3 formal qualifications to apply for a related degree, join our free fast-track Return to Study programme.

Free Return to Study entry programmes

If you don't have formal Level 3 qualifications, such as A Levels or BTECs, or are considering to return to education after a long time, our Return to Study Entry Programmes could provide you the access to studying your dream degree.

If you have work experience in a particular role and want to progress your career, refresh your skills or change direction, our free six-week courses will help to translate your experience so that you can apply to study for a degree.

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We provide a full support service for armed forces personnel and their families; from course funding and settling into university life to finding suitable training, careers advice, and making the step into civilian life.

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Supporting your success

If you’re considering returning to study after many years out of education you probably have lots of questions. From financing your studies to managing childcare, we have plenty of support available to you.

Support for mature students

Student stories

  • Neil Osbaldeston

    A Preston man has turned his love of gaming into a full-time career, after completing a BSc (Hons) degree in Computer Games Development at UCLan. Read more.

  • UCLan student inspired to return to education after four years out

    A mature Blackpool student who took a break from learning has been inspired to come back into education and study at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to pursue her dream of becoming a graphic designer.

  • Mature student Michael Newall who graduated after having a heart attack in his first year.

    A heart attack survivor has had plenty to smile about after fulfilling his lifelong dream of graduating with a philosophy degree.

  • New University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) graduate Simon Jones who has swapped life as a soldier

    Simon Jones, a former soldier who spent 26 years in the British Army swapped the front line for a First Class degree from the University of Central Lancashire.

  • New BA (Hons) Business Studies and Management graduate Jordan Creeney.

    A former Royal Air Force military man was injured out of the forces after losing a leg in Afghanistan, it hasn’t stopped him forging ahead with a new career.

  • New BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology graduate Jacqui Flynn.

    A student diagnosed with a learning difficulty and needed vital surgery while studying abroad has celebrated graduating with a First-Class degree from UCLan.