How to apply

How to Apply



All full-time undergraduate applications must be made through UCAS.

Important Dates

1st September - You can apply to UCAS from 1st September for entry the following autumn.

15th January - The normal closing date for receipt of applications, following which you can apply through UCAS Extra.

30th June - UCAS deadline for international applications.

When making your application you will need the UCLan Institution Course Code: C30 and the UCAS course code which you can find by searching for your course.


You can apply for many of the part-time UCLan courses using our Online Application System. For other part-time courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading an Application Form (.pdf, 195KB) please also see our Guidance Notes (.pdf, 161KB)

Qualified Health Care Professionals

Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial study leave support. Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:

Post-registration Recruitment, College of Health and Wellbeing, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE
Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/ 893839

Professional Health courses faq (.pdf)
Health CPD Workshops 2013-2014 booking form (.pdf 51KB)


You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

PGCE and other Teacher Training qualification for the Further Education

For PGCE and other Teacher Training qualification for the Further Education sector, including specialist Maths teaching courses Please apply directly to the college(s) of your choice, using the special application form they will send you. The contact details for each college can be found under each course in the How to Apply section:

International Students

UCLan welcomes applications from international students and there are various ways in which you can apply. To find out more visit the international applications page.

Mature Students

Mature students may not meet the standard entry requirements but they may still be considered for a place on a course. You could have to provide evidence of your ability to benefit from a higher education course which may be based on your life, work experience and continued personal and professional development. Past experience is not always enough but UCLan can advise on various access programmes designed to prepare you for study at higher education level.

Entry Requirements

UCLan entry requirements will vary depending on the individual course. This information will be detailed in the University prospectus, on course pages and in standard UCAS publications.

Some courses will require you to achieve specific grades and in some cases in certain subjects. Others may require you to reach a specified number of UCAS Tariff points. Many courses require the equivalent of three A2 level qualifications.

All applications should demonstrate satisfactory performance at GCSE level. We normally ask for at least five passes at grade C or above. You must pass GCSE Maths and English for all of our courses.

UCLan accepts all Advanced Level subjects for admission purposes. This includes linear and modular A Levels and General Studies.

GCSE's 2017 onwards
UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above.  However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

Advanced Subsidiary Qualifications
AS Level qualifications achieved at the end of Year 12 are a useful indicator of potential. However, we will only offer a student a place based on their A Level achievement at the end of Year 13. UCLan does not make unconditional offers after one year of post-16 study.

If you are unsure whether your undergraduate qualification is equivalent to A Level study or whether it will be accepted by UCLan, view the complete and up to date qualification list provided by UCAS.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

You may have previous experience or learning which could count in part towards your final award. If you wish to be considered for entry at an advanced point, for example Years 2 or 3, you should indicate clearly on the application form and send evidence of your prior learning or qualifications. We may contact you for further information.

For more information, visit the APL page.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much will my course fees be?

Your tuition fees will be dependant on what course you choose to study and how you choose to study the programme. The fees are reviewed on an annual basis and the information for Home, European, Island and International based students can be found on our Fees and Finance section.

Whether you are applying for courses at either undergraduate or postgraduate level, you may be entitled to bursaries, grants, scholarships or discounts so please read the information carefully to discover what you may be entitled to.

When can I apply for Accommodation?

There is a plentiful supply of good quality student accommodation on or next to the campus in the heart of the city of Preston, both University and privately owned. All residences are self-catering, and laundry facilities are available on campus. Private properties are inspected on a rolling programme to ensure that they are suitable, and landlords are required to agree a Code of Conduct.

The online accommodation applications are available from the start of April to all students that have made UCLan their firm choice following their offer. Information will be distributed by the Admissions office, notifying when the online application system goes live and providing you with your login details.

Please be aware you will not be able to apply for accommodation unless you have made UCLan your firm choice.

More information, including a break-down of prices, can be found on our website on Accommodation.

Can I defer my start date?

Yes. We do allow students the opportunity to defer their place at University to the next entry intake. You will need to request this option and provide us with your name, course, date of birth and your UCAS/UCLan ID number. We ask that this request is made in writing, email format is accepted.

What is Clearing?

Clearing is a period in the admissions cycle that allows a student to apply for a course, should they be left without an offer following exam results. This service runs between July and September, although is more commonly used by many during mid-August following A Level results day.

UCLan courses holding vacancies will be listed on both the UCLan and UCAS website. The vacancy list will change regularly so please keep yourself up-to-date during this period.

We ask that you contact the University first before referring your application to us via UCAS. You will need to provide us with your name, UCAS ID number and the name of the course that you are interested in.
We understand Clearing can be a stressful time for many students; therefore we aim to manage your enquiries sensitively and process all applications as promptly as possible.

Should you want to find out more about Clearing process, please visit the UCAS website.

When should I submit my qualification evidence?

Whether you are holding an unconditional or conditional offer, UCLan Admissions must see evidence of the qualifications listed on your original application. This evidence firstly ensures that you are eligible for your chosen course and then enables you to enrol.

A Levels and most BTEC results are sent to the Admissions office via UCAS. All other forms of qualifications should be submitted directly by the student as early as possible to the Admissions office. You can provide this information either by post, email or fax.

Please check the conditions of your offer to ensure all the necessary evidence is provided. You will be restricted from enrolling until the qualification is submitted.

When can I enrol?

You are able to enrol from 1st September once your place has been confirmed and you have submitted your qualification evidence. This is an online process and Admissions will send out instructions and login details from mid-August onwards along with your induction material for the course.

After enrolling online you will be able to access your course timetable and other course material. During this time you can also apply for your UCLan Card allowing you full access to all of our excellent facilities, including the Library and Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre.

When does the course start?

The start date for the standard September intake for full-time undergraduate students based at Preston Campus is Monday 14th September 2014. This will include your Welcome week, which will help you become familiar with the campus and facilities and also help you settle into University life.

For students enrolling onto January intakes, beginning Postgraduate and/or part-time study or based at other campuses and partner colleges your start dates will be included in your induction material. This will be sent to you prior to beginning the course.

Further information regarding term dates and the academic calendar can be found on the student support website.

Contact and Call Back Service


Admissions Office
University of Central Lancashire
113 Foster Building,

Fax: +44 (0)1772 894954

Applicant Call Back Service

The Applicant Call Back Service provides the opportunity for those who are thinking of applying to study at UCLan to seek advice and guidance from UCLan's Applicant Guidance Officer before making an application.

This service is available Monday - Thursday between 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm. Please email us on stating your name, UCAS / UCLan number, contact details and when you would like us to call.