How to apply for an undergraduate course

So, you've finally decided on the undergraduate course that's right for you. 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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Full time undergraduate applications

If you're a student wishing to study an undergraduate degree 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 via email: Undergraduate Admissions.

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Part-time undergraduate applications

If you’re looking to study your undergraduate 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.

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Undergraduate entry requirements

Entry requirements for undergraduate degrees will vary depending on the course you choose. This information will be detailed on our course pages, in our Prospectus and on UCAS.

Some courses will require you to achieve specific grades and 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.

T Levels

Are you currently studying T Levels and thinking about what you want to do at the end of your course? UCAS have published tariff points for T Levels to support your progression to university. We recognise the value of a range of qualifications and we'll be accepting T Levels based on the tariff points allocated by UCAS and other course level requirements specified.

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Contextual admissions

In 2021/22 we launched a new approach to how we make 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 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.

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Key dates for your diary 

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


UCAS opens and 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.

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What's next?

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. Once you’ve submitted your undergraduate application, you may receive some emails from us over the coming months. These will include useful information on topics such as accommodation, student life, student finance and how to enrol.

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1. Keep checking your emails

Make sure you check your emails regularly and make sure it is the same email address you supplied on your application form. You will receive an email from us asking you to validate your email address.

If any of your contact details change, it’s important you let us know as soon as possible so we can keep in touch.

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2. The consideration stage

Your application will be reviewed by our Admissions team. We will consider your personal statement, qualifications (current and expected) and references. The time this takes varies by course, but we will let you know as soon as possible. Make sure you keep checking your emails and UCAS Track for updates.

3. Interviews and auditions

Interviews and auditions are usually held for dentistry, health, medicine, and performing arts courses. If you are invited to an interview or audition you will be emailed with more details about how to book your place. 

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4. The decision

We will get in touch with you to tell you the decision on your application. You will either receive an offer, or we will tell you the reason you have been unsuccessful.

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Bursaries and scholarships

We believe that opportunity creates success, and that’s why we offer a range of attractive bursaries, scholarships, funds and discounts to our prospective students to give them a helping hand along the way.