Admissions FAQs

Here is a collection of our most commonly asked questions along with answers to help you find the information you need.

Applying

How do I apply for an undergraduate degree at Lancaster University?

You can apply by going to the UCAS website and clicking on Apply. Once you begin your application there are help texts to help you through each section of the form. If you are applying directly from school or college, there should be a member of staff who can advise and guide you through the process.

I'm an international student - should I still use UCAS?

Yes, please apply using UCAS. We can't accept 'direct' applications.

What are the UCAS deadlines for applying?

Completed applications, including a reference, should be sent to UCAS by the 15th January in the year of entry. If you are also applying for a course in a medical or related subject not offered by Lancaster, and/or a course at Oxford or Cambridge Universities, then you will need to apply by the 15th October in the year before you wish to enter university. The final deadline is 30th June however you should note that some of our courses may have closed after the initial 15th January deadline so please check first. Applications received by UCAS after 30 June will automatically go into Clearing.

If I apply to Lancaster University, when will I hear the outcome of my application?

Once we have received your application from UCAS, it will be sent to a team of admissions tutors in the relevant academic department. Our tutors will consider the application and make a recommendation to the central admissions office where your application will be checked and the decision confirmed to UCAS. Our tutors aim to make recommendations within two weeks of receiving the application details but for some courses the timescale will be longer, particularly if there are other factors in the decision making process e.g. an interview, portfolio assessment or similar. Please also bear in mind that applications submitted just before holiday periods (e.g. Christmas) will take longer to process.

Can I change my course choice at Lancaster once I've submitted the UCAS form?

Please contact the Admissions Office and we will check with the admissions tutors. If we agree the change, we will tell UCAS and you will see the updated course choice on UCAS Track.

Can I apply using an old application (from a previous year)?

If you applied in a previous year and want to re-apply in the current cycle, you will need to start a new UCAS application. It's not possible to transfer your old application across to a new cycle.

I am applying to Lancaster but I have been ill during my sixth form studies and I would like this to be taken into account. What should I do?

If you have submitted a UCAS application but there are issues that you would like the admissions selectors to consider, please contact the Admissions Office after you have submitted your form. Please give your name, UCAS personal ID and a brief description of the illness, personal issue etc. We will then contact you if we require further information or medical evidence.

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UK Applicants and Qualifications

Can I retake A-levels (A2s) and still be considered?

Yes, our admissions tutors will normally consider applicants who are re-taking A-levels however they may adjust the offer conditions to reflect the retaken examinations

Will you consider my application if I have retaken (or are retaking) AS levels?

Yes, our admissions tutors will normally consider applicants who are re-taking AS levels.

Do you accept General Studies A-level?

Yes, we accept General Studies A-level although typically this subject would be taken as a fourth A-level.

Do you prefer A-levels to other qualifications?

Please go to our Course Search where you can see entry requirements for each course. Where admissions tutors have a preference for A-levels, this will be stated.

Are there any A-level subjects which you do not accept for entry?

No, we accept all A-level subjects but please see the detailed course requirements for the degree(s) in which you are interested as there may be subjects which are compulsory, for example English Literature A-level for our single and combined major English Literature degrees.

Will you accept 2 A-levels (A2) and 2 AS-levels instead of three A levels?

We would only accept this combination in exceptional circumstances.

Do you include the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in offers?

Typically, we would not include the EPQ in an offer as our offers are usually based on three A-levels. However, we welcome the EPQ as adding value to a student's academic profile and may take it into account during the results period in the summer.

 

 

Do you accept combinations of qualifications with equivalent UCAS tariff points?

Our offers are made on the basis of qualifications rather than UCAS Tariff points. Where you are presenting with a combination of qualifications we will in most cases be able to consider these. Some qualifications are not considered and this may vary according to which degree you are applying to. We include on the UCAS course listing detail of which qualifications are considered for our degrees. If you require further advice please contact our UG Admissions team office.



I'm taking BTEC qualifications (e.g. BTEC Extended Diploma) - do you accept these qualifications?

Yes, we accept BTEC qualifications for most of our degree programmes. Please visit our Course Search where you can see entry requirements for each course, including BTEC requirements.

 

Will you accept OCR Nationals in place of A-levels?

Yes, we will accept OCR National qualifications for most of our degree programmes. If you are in any doubt about eligibility, please contact the Admissions Office.

I'm in the second year of an HND programme and want to top-up my HND to a Bachelor's degree - do you offer this at Lancaster?

No, we don't offer top-up years for any of our degrees.

I have National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) - do you accept these for entry?

We don't accept NVQs in their own right for entry to our degree programmes. Applicants with NVQ qualifications will also need to have Level 3 academic qualifications such as A-levels, BTEC qualifications or an Access to HE Diploma.

Do I have to sit any institutional test in order to get admission?

No, we don't ask applicants to sit an institutional admissions test. For a few of our degrees, you may be asked to take a professional test or interview, however you will be told about this when you apply.

I'm taking the Welsh Baccalaureate - will you include this in my offer?

Our offers do not include the Welsh Baccalaureate. Applicants with this qualification will be made an offer on the basis of three A-levels (or equivalent) in the usual way. However, we do acknowledge the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate and this may be taken into account when the results are published in the summer.

I'm taking Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers. How can I find out your requirements for these examinations?

We accept Scottish Higher qualifications for all of our degree programmes. Please visit our Course Search where you can see entry requirements for each course, including Higher requirements.

I am taking the Cambridge Pre-U qualification - what are the requirements for a course where you typically offer AAB in A-levels?

We would typically require an overall pass in the Pre-U including specific grades in three Principal Subjects. Please contact the Admissions Office for detailed advice.

I'm a mature student and I don't have GCSE Maths and English - but I'm taking Adult Numeracy and Literacy Level 2 Key Skills qualifications - will you accept these instead?

For most of our degree courses a pass in KS2 Adult Numeracy and Literacy will be sufficient however where a course requires a specific grade e.g. B in GCSE Maths, then you may need to take the GCSE as Key Skills and other Level 2 qualifications may not be graded.

I'm taking the ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (Level 3) qualification – do you accept this?

Whilst we recognise the value of the CoPE in extending students' skills portfolio in preparation for university, we don't currently include the CoPE in our offer conditions. However, our admissions tutors may take the qualification into account alongside academic results when these are published in the summer.

I'm studying at another university in my first year but I want to transfer to Lancaster University for the rest of my degree. Will Lancaster accept me?

We will consider applicants for direct entry to Year 2. Please bear in mind that: a) we would want to check that your pre-degree qualifications (e.g. A-levels) would have met our entry requirements into the first year; b) we typically ask for upper second class honours marks in the first year at your current university; and c) we would require a reference from one of your current tutors. Application should be made via UCAS in the usual way.

I want to transfer from another university into year 3 (final year) of a degree at Lancaster - can I do this ?

No, Lancaster University doesn't permit entry into year 3 (or 4) of any degree programme.

Can I study part-time at Lancaster University?

Yes, we do offer some of our degree courses on a part-time basis but lectures and tutorials will take place during the day rather than in the evenings or at weekends. Please contact the Admissions Office for further details.

I want to study Medicine but I'm not sure that I have the correct qualifications - can you help?

For information on our MBChB degree in Medicine and Surgery, including detailed information on entry requirements and the application process, please visit the Lancaster Medical School website.

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International Applicants and Qualifications

How do I apply for a degree at Lancaster University?

You can apply by going to the UCAS website and clicking on Apply. Before you start, it's a good idea to read the How to Apply section and watch the UCAS video for international students. There are also helpful introductory texts in a number of international languages.

What are the UCAS deadlines for applying as an international student?

Completed applications, including a reference, should be sent to UCAS by 15th January if possible. The final deadline for applications from non-EU international applicants is 30th June but some highly competitive courses may have closed for new applications before this date.

I have high school qualifications from outside the UK - how can I find out if you will accept my qualifications?

Please see our International Qualifications page for details of the qualifications that we accept for entry and a range of typical grades required.

I'm taking an international student Foundation Programme at a college in the UK. How can I find out if you will accept this course for entry?

We consider applications from students taking a range of international student Foundation Programmes both in the UK and across the world. For a list of programmes that we recognise, please visit our foundation programme pages. If you cannot see your programme on the list, please contact the Admissions Office for advice.

Lancaster University also offers international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the direct entry requirements for an undergraduate degree course the option of completing a degree preparation programme at the university’s International Study Centre.

I'm studying at another university in my first year but I want to transfer to Lancaster University for the rest of my degree - can I do this?

We will consider applicants for direct entry to Year 2 for most of our degree programmes. Please note that a) we would want to see that your pre-degree qualifications (e.g. high school diploma) would have met our entry requirements for the first year; b) that we would typically ask for high marks in your first year at your current university ; and c) we would require a reference from one of your current tutors. Application should be made via UCAS.

I want to transfer from another university into year 3 (final year) of a degree at Lancaster - can I do this?

No, Lancaster University doesn't permit entry into year 3 (or 4) of any degree programme.

I'm taking my first language (e.g. Chinese) as one of my A-levels. Will you consider this for entry purposes?

We sometimes accept a first-language A-level (e.g. Chinese, Russian, Arabic) if you’re taking three A-Levels, but we would prefer that a first-language A-Level was one of four subjects being taken. In the event that the first language A level is one of only three A levels being taken, we would be likely to ask for higher grades if we made an offer.

I am an international student studying A-levels in my home country - will the same A-level grades be required as those for UK students taking A-levels?

Yes, we would typically require the same A-level grades, regardless of where the examinations are being taken.

I am taking the International Baccalaureate. I know the points requirements for the course that I want to study but I have a detailed question about Higher Level and Standard Level subjects.

General points requirements (overall points and points required from 3 Higher Levels) can be found in the entry requirements section for each course in our Course Search. If you would like further advice, please contact the Admissions Office.

Which English language tests do you accept as evidence of language ability?

We accept a range of internationally recognised English language tests. Please visit our English language requirements pages for further details.

Can you tell me about any scholarships that are available for international students?

Details of scholarships and other financial information for international students can be found on our Student Funding pages.

Do you have a representative or someone that I can talk to in my home country about studying in the UK and specifically at Lancaster University?

Yes, we have a global network of agents and representatives. You can find contact details for your local representative.

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General

I'm not sure whether I qualify for UK fees or if I will be charged at the Overseas fee rate?

If you have submitted an application via UCAS then we will let you know our provisional fee classification once we have made an offer; students who have not yet submitted an application can request a provisional fee classification by sending details of their immigration and residential status to the Admissions Office.

How can I find out about career prospects for my proposed degree course?

To find out about employability data and lots of other student/graduate statistics, visit Unistats and follow the search prompts.

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How to Contact the Admissions Office

How can I contact the Admissions Office?
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