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Return to Study

It's never too late to gain new skills, improve your job prospects or change your career path. We offer a warm welcome to mature students from any background considering university for the first time and anyone who's returning.

At the University of Central Lancashire more than half of our students are over the age of 21, so we know how to ensure your University experience is a great one.

Age is no barrier to returning to study and undertaking a degree, in fact it can be a distinct advantage in the skills, motivation and life experience you bring with you. Transferable skills like planning your time, writing/filling in documents or working as part of a team, all provide valuable experience for university level study.

Whether you are looking to gain new skills, improve career prospects, change your career path or to follow your passion, we have a wide range of part-time and full-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses to help you achieve your goal.

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Help and advice

If you're considering returning to study, you probably have many questions. From financing your studies and managing other commitments to specific courses and entry requirements, there's a lot to take in. But don't worry we're here to help answer all your questions and support you every step of the way.

We welcome your enquiries, so please call for help and advice on 01772 892400.

Learning to learn again and one-to-one support to help you!

If it's been a while since you last wrote an essay or assignment and some of the language seems daunting, learning (academic) support is on hand to get you into a university learning mindset. We can support you to learn the skills needed to write an essay, study more effectively or communicate professionally. You can access support, writing workshops and we can even arrange bespoke specialist workshops in conjunction with your tutors.

Our friendly Learning and Information Services staff are also here to help you get up to speed with the latest technology and provide technical support so you can make the most of our Library's many resources.

Contact The <i> Student Support Centre on 01772 895000 or email to speak with an experienced advisor.

Want to know how to make the most of your student experience? Sometimes the best person to ask is another mature student who has been exactly where you are right now. We can match you up with a fellow student (a mentor) who will meet with you on a regular basis. Once you have accepted an offer and want to know more please email

To chat to another mature student now where our Ambassadors are on hand to chat and answer your queries.

Find out more about ways of funding your studies, applying and accessing student finance or what support is on offer at the university. We may be able to offer short-term loan and grant assistance, including our Access to Learning Fund, bursaries and other support.

Email our Student Finance Support Team at or call +44 (0)7772 892583.

We can help you balance your family commitments with your studies in several ways. Our professional Pre-School Centre on our Preston Campus welcomes children aged from six months to four years or we can support you to access grants available for childcare, Parents' Learning Allowance or Child Tax Credits.

If you're a carer (paid or unpaid) for a dependent, who relies on you for support, we can provide you with a dedicated staff member to support you to manage your caring responsibilities with your studies.

Contact The <i> Student Support Centre on 01772 895000 or email to speak with an experienced advisor.

Our accommodation service can house you in flats together with other mature students, we also have some self-contained flats available if you want to live on campus.

University accommodation offers great value for money and prices include fuel and water bills plus internet access. Halls of Residence staff and 24-hour security provide peace of mind and assistance whenever you need it. Living in halls can be an opportunity to meet new people, make lifelong friendships and participate in social events.

If you are returning to study as a mature learner, you may not want to live in halls, if you prefer to find somewhere off campus, such as a shared house or flat, we operate a private landlord registration scheme which offers good quality accommodation close to the campus.

Find out more about the types of accommodation that are available to you, locations, prices and how to apply on our accommodation pages.

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Return To Study Entry Programme - Health And Social

Interested in a professional career in Health and Social Care, Adult or Mental Health Nursing but don’t have the formal qualifications to meet the entry requirements?

Return to Study is for those who have experience working in the sector, whether it’s been a while since you last studied or you don’t have the formal qualification, this course is designed to refresh your learning skills and build your self-confidence.

The entry programme is free of charge and there are no formal entry requirements, applications require a personal statement that will be reviewed to assess suitability. Full DBS clearance is required as part of the admission to the degree programmes should learners demonstrate the capabilities to progress. Find out more via the course page or join us for a live chat to discuss the programme, see our upcoming events below for more details.

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Could your experience give you a head start?

Your previous work and life have equipped you with transferable skills and valuable experience. If you have a good level of experience or previous qualifications you may benefit from our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) scheme. This scheme allows you to receive credit for your previous work and experience, giving you a head start on your new course.

Find out more