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How to apply – Undergraduate

If you’ve finally chosen the degree programme that’s right for you … congratulations! With one of the first big decisions now made, we’re here to help guide you through your undergraduate application as smoothly as possible.

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We’re delighted to accept undergraduate applications from all individuals who have the necessary skills and abilities to succeed in their studies and welcome students from all walks of life.

Depending on whether you’re looking to study a full or part-time degree course, there’s a few different ways to apply to us, which you’ll find below.

If you're a student wishing to study full-time with us, you should make your application through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) anytime from early September for the following year.

Visit UCAS below, click on 'apply' and register for your account. You'll need our institution code which is CLANC 30 to hand. The UCAS website provides helpful hints and videos along the way to help you with your application.

If you are experiencing any issues with completing the online application form, please contact the Admissions Team

If you’re looking to study your degree part-time, you can apply directly to us via our online application portal. You’ll need some details to hand before you start, and you’ll also need to submit a personal statement which outlines your passion for the subject area and why you want to study your chosen programme.

Entry requirements will vary depending on the individual course. This information will be detailed in the University prospectus, on our course pages and on UCAS.

Some courses will require you to achieve specific grades and in some cases may ask you to have grades in certain subjects. Many courses require the equivalent of three A2 level qualifications and all applications should demonstrate satisfactory performance at GCSE level. Most of our courses require a pass in GCSE Maths and English.

However, please be aware that for 2021/22 the University is launching an new approach to how it makes offers, taking into consideration additional background information about our applicants. This is known as a contextual admissions policy and is designed to take into account the barriers some applicants may face and how they may impact grades. We will be making offers to some applicants at a reduced tariff of 8 UCAS points for applicants who are currently in care or have been in the care system, or who are from areas of disadvantage and with lower rates of progression to higher education as a result of multiple socio-demographic factors. 

In addition to the above, we offer a range of foundation entry programmes, alongside a return to study programme, and you may also be eligible for prior credit from learning or work experience.

If you're a full-time applicant, depending on when you apply, what courses you've chosen and your final results, there's different key dates that may apply to you throughout the year:

  • September
    UCAS opens are you can start to make your application for university entry the following September. Start to put your UCAS application form together, take your time and ask for help from your school or college to make sure your personal statement makes your application stand out.

  • October
    This is the UCAS application deadline for places on our Medicine and Dentistry programmes if you're a UK student.

  • November - April
    We will start sending out offers - some courses may also require that you attend an interview and you may be invited to attend an Applicant Day to find out more information.

  • January
    Closing date for UCAS applications if you want to have equal consideration for your place. However, applications received after the closing date will still be considered by us for most courses. Consider applying for your student finance early – more information available via Student Finance England.

  • 25 February- 30 June
    If you have not already applied though UCAS you can still make an application – any applications received after 30 June will go into clearing.

  • March and April
    Once you accept an offer from us as a Firm choice (unconditional firm or conditional firm) you can apply for student accommodation.

  • May
    If you received decisions from all your universities by the 31 March you must reply to them by 4 May or they will be declined. If all the decisions are by 5 May you must reply to them by 8 June or they will be declined.

  • June-August
    Exam results are released - if you have a conditional offer from us, we will be waiting to find out your grades before your place is confirmed. Call us if your results are not quite what you expected, and we’ll be happy to discuss your options.

You are one step closer to starting university and we’re looking forward to welcoming you onto your chosen course here at the University of Central Lancashire. Now that you’ve applied, you may receive some emails from us over the coming months on topics such as accommodation, student life and how to enrol.

So, please make sure you check your email address regularly and make sure it is the same email address you supplied on your application form. If any of your contact details change, it’s important you let us know as soon as possible so we can keep in touch. Please let us know if you change your:

• address
• phone number
• email address
• name

If you applied through UCAS, then the easiest way to make changes to your contact information is to update your details through UCAS Track; all updates are then shared with every University you’ve applied to.

If you applied direct, then please email us at with any changes to your details.

Please include your University Registration Number in all correspondence – this can be found at the top of any letter or email that you have received from us.

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.

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Accreditation of prior learning

If you’re looking to apply to one of our degree programmes, you may be able to transfer credit from previous academic, professional, vocational or even experiential learning to count towards your course. In some circumstance, you may also be able to claim credit even if it’s not directly related to your main area of study.

Find out more about prior learning

Personal statements that stand out

Many courses are highly competitive with candidates having similar grades, so conveying your enthusiasm about the course you've applied for and setting yourself out from the crowd is key. We've put together some top tips and advice on how to make the most of personal statement.

Personal statement support