Undergraduate study

The University of Central Lancashire is a great place to study an undergraduate degree in the North West. Choosing a university is a big decision. We'll help find the course that’s right for you.

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Book a place at our Undergraduate Open Day on Saturday 17 June. Here you'll be able to explore our campus and facilities, meet academic staff and chat to students.

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What undergraduate course do you want to study?

We have a broad range of subjects and undergraduate degree programmes to choose from. From law and sciences, to arts and healthcare - there will be something to suit you. Browse our wide range of subject areas and take the first step towards your future career.

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Study an undergraduate degree

Choosing a university is a big decision. Let us help you with the information below. Once you've decided on a course you can also check your eligibility with our UCAS points calculator.

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Student living costs

Thinking about applying to university and wondering how you’ll afford it? We can help you understand how to manage your finances. Find out what support is available during your time at university.

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Undergraduate degree FAQs

Undergraduate degrees are typically for students starting out in university life for the first time. They will normally be your first degree and follow on from completing your A Levels, BTECs, Level 3 NVQs or T Levels.

Once you’ve graduated, you might also decide to explore a subject in more depth by taking on a postgraduate degree.

We work closely with leading employers across the North West to secure work experience opportunities for our students. It’s the reason why 95 percent of our graduates are in work or further education within six months*.

*HESA Employment Performance Indicator 2018 (full-time, home-domiciled, first degree leavers)

An undergraduate degree usually takes about three years to complete if you're studying full-time, or five to six years if you're studying part-time.

Some students opt to take a Foundation Year before they start their full undergraduate degree. Our Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to directly enter their chosen honours degree programme. It involves an extra year of study which will help you get the skills you need.

Choosing what to study at university can be overwhelming. It's a big decision that can have a huge impact on your life and career. UCAS have some handy guidance to help you decide the course that is right for you.

We have a broad range of subjects and courses at various levels. Across our four campuses we have something to suit everyone. Learn more about what subjects we have to offer.

There are plenty of excellent reasons to go to university to study an undergraduate degree. Not only will you become an expert at your chosen subject, you will have unforgettable experiences along the way. You'll make lots of new friends and meet people from all over the world. It's also a great way to better your career prospects and increase your earning potential.

University is more than lectures, classes and assignment. It's a unique opportunity to get to know a diverse range of people and cultures. You'll develop independence and confidence and try new activities. As an undergraduate student, you’ll enjoy the perfect mix of academic study and a range of opportunities that will set you up for a lifetime of success. 

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Studying an undergraduate degree opens up a world of employment opportunities for you. You could study a vocational course such as nursing, or keep your options open with a humanities degree. At UCLan you will gain skills and experience that employers value considerably. Plus, your earning potential increases once you graduate. This means you could earn on average 30% more in your lifetime than a non-graduate (Institute of Fiscal Studies).

Have you already decided on your career path? Are you still considering your options and what subject areas interest you? Whatever stage you’re at, we’ve got advice and guidance to help. Our courses have a strong focus on employability and our Careers Team are here to support you every step of the way.

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. Application deadlines through UCAS vary for different courses:

  • For medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry courses you will need to apply by the deadline in autumn, usually around mid October.
  • For equal consideration on all other courses, you'll need to apply by January. Usually this is around the end of January but please check UCAS for official dates.

We accept applications for a lot of courses throughout the year, but some of our more popular courses may stop accepting applications after the equal consideration deadline in January. Find out more information on how to apply for an undergraduate course, including entry requirements and contextual admissions.

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Your life at the University of Central Lancashire

We know you've got some difficult decisions to make about the university that's right for you. Looking for an unforgettable student experience? UCLan is the perfect destination. Gain friends for life, learn about yourself and make memories that will last forever.

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Made your decision? Let's start your application

Have you done your research and chosen the perfect degree course? Then it’s time to start your application and personal statement. Depending on whether you’re planning to study full or part-time, the application process might be different. We’ll be with you every step of the way. 

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Returning to study and not sure where to start?

Have you been out of study for a while? Do you lack the formal qualifications to apply for a degree course? Whatever your age or background, thinking about going to university can be daunting. We can help you start your university journey with our free short courses. 

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Want to know what life is really like at UCLan? View guided tours, accommodation info and more.

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Useful information

Foundation entry

Looking to start a degree but don’t necessarily have the right qualifications? We have a wide range of foundation entry degree courses.


There’s something special about living in university accommodation, especially if it’s your first time away from home. With a wide range of accommodation options, we'll help you find the right place for you.

Student support

We pride ourselves on our excellent student support services, we offer expert advice and support with health and wellbeing, inclusive support, financial advice and much more.

Fees and funding

Studying with us is one of the biggest investments you'll make towards your future. We're here to help you every step of the way. Find out about tuition fees and financial support available such as scholarships and bursaries.