Here at the University of Central Lancashire, many of our students are over 21 when they start their degree. Whether you want to start a new career, improve your current job prospects or simply wish to study a subject you love, we have a course to help you achieve your goals. We welcome your enquiries, so please call for help and advice on 01772 892400, and you could be starting your dream degree this September.
Your previous work and life equip you with transferable skills - maybe you’re skilled at planning your time, writing documents or have worked as part of a team. All of these provide valuable experience for lectures, tutorials, group work and working to deadlines. For students with a sufficient level of past learning from experience level or qualifications we offer an Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) scheme. This enables you to receive recognition and formal credit for learning acquired in the past, through formal study and also work and other life experiences.
If you're considering returning to study, you probably have many questions. From funding to accommodation to courses and entry requirements, there's a lot to take in.
Returning to education when you are over 21 may seem daunting. However, don't forget that being a little older brings with it other advantages and benefits.
Download our 'Guide for Mature Students' which will give you further information to help you and guide you in the right direction with all you need to know and the services available to you at the University of Central Lancashire.
If you’re not up to speed with IT or need to update your study skills, our friendly and experienced Learning and Information Services staff are available to provide technical support, ensure you have all the latest software packages and remote access services and can help you make the most of the Library’s many resources.
If it’s been a while since you last wrote an essay or you’re struggling with your referencing, with our help you can learn how to study more effectively and communicate at an advanced and professional level. You can access one-to-one individual academic support, weekly writing workshops and we can even arrange bespoke specialist workshops in conjunction with your module tutors or course leaders. See WISER for further information.
Want to know how to make the most of your UCLan experience? Sometimes the best person to ask is another student who has been exactly where you are right now. We can match you up with a fellow student (a mentor) who will meet up with you on a regular basis. If you would like to know more please email us PeerMentoring@uclan.ac.uk
For students in financial hardship we can provide short term loan and grant assistance; each student is considered on an individual basis.
For more information about Student Finance, including the Access to Learning Fund, Bursaries, Additional Funding and Short-term Loan Support, email SFSTeam@uclan.ac.uk or telephone 01772 892583.
The University of Central Lancashire is a diverse environment, which brings people into contact with each other in a wide variety of ways. The University community includes students who are children (those under the age of 18) and vulnerable adults. We have a duty to safeguard these groups of individuals, as well as a duty to provide a safe environment in which our staff can work and all of our students can study and where relevant, live. We therefore ask all applicants who have accepted a place with us if they have relevant unspent criminal convictions obtained in the UK or other jurisdiction. This is so that we can consider the implications of any convictions, assess any risks to you or others within the University environment and determine whether we can reasonably manage any risks to enable you to take up your place here. Having a relevant unspent conviction therefore is not an automatic barrier to taking up your place on your chosen programme. Therefore, if you accept an offer the University will ask you to disclose details about relevant unspent convictions and supporting information.