University of Central Lancashire

Interested in joining a university estimated to be amongst the top 3.7% worldwide (Centre for World University Rankings 2016, CUWR)? Then take a look at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston.

UCLan offers work placements, the chance to study abroad, free sports facilities and access to free modern language classes – all of which help to equip you with knowledge, skills and experience to help set you apart in the world of work.

The university has invested in facilities that allow you to excel – from industry-standard theatre spaces and production studios, to the development of the School of Medicine and new 'phantom-head' dentistry suites.

UCLan is also undergoing a £200 million transformation, including a brand new £30 million Engineering Innovation Centre which is due to open in 2018. This investment is due to continue over the next ten years and will transform the campus for students.

Subjects available through Clearing

UCLan still has places available in a wide range of courses starting this September, from Fashion, Pharmacy and English, to Engineering, Business or Sport.

To view the university's wide range of courses offered, please visit UCLan's website and then give the team a call on their Clearing Hotline number for more advice or to secure your place. 

Open days

Once you’ve received your offer, or even before then if you need help making up your mind, you can visit UCLan in Preston.

The university's student-led campus tours are an ideal way to get a feel for the Preston Campus – whether you’ve not visited them before, or just fancy another informal look round. During A Level results week, UCLan's Campus Tours are running daily, including the weekend, from Monday 14 August to Friday 25 August. Times and venue can be found here.

There will be an Advice stand located in the Students’ Union Atrium for visitors from 17–25 August – for general queries and advice on accommodation, admissions or anything university related. Stand times and venue can be found here. There will be no formal booking, so you can just turn up.


Preston is a small student-friendly city, with easy access to the bright lights of Blackpool and Manchester. It’s also been ranked the best place to work and live in the North West (PricewaterhouseCoopers, PwC, and thinktank Demos)!

UCLan's city centre campus is just a 10 minute walk into the city, with a variety of shops, bars and restaurants right on your doorstep, and close proximity to the train station too. What's more, UCLan's approved accommodation is all a short walk away from the campus and the city centre.

There are around 2,200 rooms on or adjacent to the main Preston Campus, including en-suite or shared bathroom facilities in fully self-catered halls with shared kitchen and communal areas. Rooms are furnished and include fuel, water bills and internet access.

With the rising costs of higher education, it’s more important than ever to choose a course which gives you more than just a degree, but ensures that your time at university is a good investment, leading to a rewarding career. Find out why UCLan think you should choose them.

Top tips for Clearing 

  • When you call a university, you will need your UCAS Clearing Number which you will find in UCAS Track.
  • Be prepared! Make sure you’re around on 17August so that you can make the call yourself.
  • Do your research. Have an idea of what courses you will consider if you haven’t got the results you need. Don’t just assume you’ve missed out – check the status of your application on UCAS Track!

Find out everything you need to know by clicking here or if you need a handy guide, take a look at our clearing video.

UCLan's Clearing hotline will be open open at the following times:

  • From Monday 3 July9.00am – 5.00pm (weekdays)
  • Thursday 17 August: 6.30am – 8.00pm
  • Friday 18 August: 8.00am – 6.00pm
  • Saturday 19 August: 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Sunday 20 August: 10.00am – 4.00pm
  • Week commencing Monday 21st August: 9.00am – 5.00pm (weekdays)
  • Week commencing Monday 28th August: 9.00am – 5.00pm (weekdays)

Please note that Monday 28th August is a public bank holiday and the University will remain closed.