You’ve applied! You’re just a few steps away from starting your university career with us and you’re probably facing many big decisions. However, we are here to help every step of the way.
Once you’ve received all your offers and decisions from your chosen universities, you must choose two offers to hold as a first (Firm) and second (Insurance choice).
Be sure to take time to consider all your options. If your offers are subject to passing exams, choose ones that are realistically achievable. If we are your first choice University (Firm) and you meet the conditions of our offer, your place will be confirmed via UCAS. If we are your insurance choice University, but you meet the conditions of our offer, your place will also be confirmed via UCAS.
|Offer Received||Respond by|
|On or before 31 March 2020||5 May 2020 (if postal address is in the EU)|
|On or before 6 May 2020||
4 June 2020 (includes applicants with a postal address outside the EU but not applicants using Extra to find a place)
|On or before 4 June 2020||18 June 2020 (except if you’re using Extra to find a place)|
|On or before 13 July 2020||20 July 2020 (including Extra choices)|
Some of our courses invite students onto campus for an interview or audition day, which will include all the essential information and a campus tour. Don’t worry though if with everything going on you don’t get chance to have a full look around campus on the day, as we run a variety of campus tours and you are also welcome to come along to one of our regular Open Days. If you have applied for a course which requires an interview, this will show on your UCAS application, where you will need to choose a date and our Admissions team will be in touch.
For courses which do not require an interview, applicants will be invited to an Applicant Day. During our Applicant Days, you will be able to take a look at where you’ll be studying during your time with us, meet course tutors, take a tour of our accommodation and more.
When applying to University, you are sent a lot of letters and emails and some of the university-specific language may be confusing. Here’s our guide to understanding your offer and the terminology behind it.
Conditional Offer – An offer to study here is based on you meeting certain conditions, usually academic but we will specify the grades you need in order to confirm your place.
Unconditional Offer – This offer means that you’ve already met the conditions required to study with us, so the place is yours if you want it!
Firm Choice – This is your first choice course/University. It may be a conditional or unconditional offer and Universities usually refer to this as CF (Conditional Firm) or UF (Unconditional Firm).
Insurance Choice – This is your second choice, and is your back up to your Firm choice, in case you don’t meet the entry requirements of your Firm choice.
Enrolment – Once you receive your UCLan Network Account username and password, you can log into the student portal and find out when course Enrolment opens for your course. Once you’ve enrolled, we’ll send you an email or a letter which acknowledges your enrolment, so you know it has been processed.
At UCLan, we have a great supply of quality student accommodation on or next to campus, which are both university and privately owned. All accommodation is self-catering, and laundry facilities are on campus.
All students that make UCLan their firm choice following their offer will be eligible to apply for accommodation through our online application system. Applications are usually available from late March and information will be sent by the Admissions office.
Your tuition fees will be dependent on which 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.
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.
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 you 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.
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 or if they have changed their mind and asked to be released from an offer they were previously holding. This service runs between July and September, although it 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 us at 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.
You are able to enrol from 1 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.
The start date for the standard September intake for full-time undergraduate students based at Preston Campus is usually around mid- September. 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, starting 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 the start of your course. Further information regarding term dates and the academic calendar can be found on the student support website.
At UCLan our aim is to provide a safe and secure environment for all staff and students, and we work hard to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students. Our attractive, compact campus benefits from 24-hour security, CCTV and site wardens, and initiatives like free night buses and preferential taxi services to get you back from the city centre helps to give you peace of mind on a night out.
Many students take on part-time work to pay towards their University expenses and gain valuable employment experience. Being in the heart of the city means that there are plenty of job opportunities close to campus.
The Job shop is here to help you find a part time job, volunteering opportunity or work experience placement. Based in the Opportunities Centre on the ground floor of the Students’ Union building, if you’re looking to improve your CV or just after a little extra money in your pocket, this is the place to find it. So that studies won’t be affected, we recommend that you work no more than 17 hours per week during term time.
You will quickly learn that studying at University places much greater emphasis on independent learning when compared with school or college. So while contact time in the classroom or lecture theatre may seem less, with anywhere between 10-15 hours per week, you will be expected to carry out independent study outside of lectures, using the University resources to review, research and extend your understanding of the topic. Typically, this amounts to a working week of 37 hours during term time.
Yes. It may be some time since you studied, or you may need to polish up your essay writing skills or practice giving a presentation. You can access a range of support and advice to help with your academic skills, including student support from 2nd and 3rd year students, as well as academic experts to help you develop the skills to study and learn independently. Find out more at the Student Portal : Student Support and Wellbeing.