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How to apply to university in the UK

Are you an international student considering studying at a UK university? See our information about how to apply, including entry requirements, the visa process and bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply for an undergraduate course in the UK

Please note the application deadline for September 2022 entry is 30th June 2022.

If you’re from outside the UK and want to study with us, you can make your application one of two ways – either via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) or via our online applications portal.

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How to apply for a postgraduate course in the UK

Please note the application deadline for September 2022 entry is 30th June 2022.

If you're looking to start your postgraduate application and you're from outside the UK, you can apply for our postgraduate courses via our online application portal

How to apply for postgraduate research in the UK

We have an established research reputation in a wide range of academic disciplines and on completion of your research degree, you should be in a very strong position for pursuing your chosen career.

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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.

A number of our courses are designated as “controlled access” due to limited places being available.

For September 2021 and January 2022 entry points, these courses are:



Due to the limited places available, applicants for controlled access courses will be offered a place on a first come first served basis where their application meets the University’s threshold for making an immediate offer. Applications which do not pass this threshold will be grouped together and held for at least 2 weeks from receipt of the application before being considered by the appropriate academic School and a decision then made. In reaching this decision, the School may, by way of example:

  • review the content of personal statements;
  • contact applicants to determine suitability for the course; and
  • request a further piece of work, in line with information published on the course website.

Please note that if a controlled access course reaches full capacity at any point, the University will not continue to consider applications under review and applicants will be notified accordingly.