• Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    3.93 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.13 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.08 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    64.5 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    61.6 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    84.3 / 100.0


  • The University of Cumbria is a perfect blend of old and new, as one of Britain's newest universities, with an illustrious history of educating professionals for more than 150 years.
  • It was formed in 2007 from Cumbria Institute of the Arts, St Martin's College and the Cumbrian campus of UCLan.
  • The university's academic strengths are in education, healthcare, science, business, sports, visual and performing arts, humanities, social science, law and criminology and outdoors.
  • It specialises in employer-focused courses, offering a unique blend of academic excellence and practical experience.
  • Over 9,500 students study at campuses and sites in Carlisle, Ambleside the Lake District, Lancaster, Barrow and London.

Location and Transport

  • Well connected campuses and sites in Cumbria, Lancashire and London each have their own distinct identity, but all have one common feature; students say they love the smaller, vibrant, safe and friendly campuses and sites, which offer a more personal student experience.
  • Campuses are based at Carlisle, Ambleside the Lake District, Lancaster, Barrow and London.
  • The largest campuses are in the impressive county towns of Carlisle and Lancaster.
  • Carlisle, the capital city of the Lakes, has a fine historical centre and excellent road and rail links.
  • Lancaster is a city of rich heritage, and also has a strong, exciting student vibe, being home to two universities. It is also brilliantly connected, with excellent road links and direct and quick rail routes to the major UK cities of London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Major airports of Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds/Bradford and Glasgow are all within easy and quick reach.

Entry Requirements

  • General entry requirements are that you need to be able to demonstrate evidence of ability in written English (for some courses this is by achieving grade C or above at GCSE) and a minimum of two or three A levels depending on the course criteria.
  • The university uses the UCAS tariff system. Detailed course-specific entry requirements can be found on the course pages of the website and prospectus.
  • Our aim is simple, to help you find the right course for you. Our friendly and experienced staff are on hand to via our dedicated course enquiry centre.
  • There are lots of opportunities to visit our campuses, meet current students and course tutors and find out more about the admissions process.

Student Mix

The 9,065 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 77%
  • Postgraduate 23%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 70%
  • Part Time 30%


  • UK 97%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 1%

Student gender

  • Male 30%
  • Female 70%

Course Flexibility

  • The university specialises in employer-focused courses, offering a unique blend of academic excellence and practical experience. Many courses offer extensive and practical work-based experience.
  • A number of courses are available part-time, by distance and blended learning, and incorporating sandwich placements. The university also offers a wide range of undergraduate courses with foundation entry.
  • Our leading Schools Direct delivery, with excellent partnerships, enables students to choose a route that offers largely school based learning.

Teaching Standards

  • The National Student Survey 2015 showed an overall increase in satisfaction while the sector average has remained static since 2014.
  • 17 of the university's subject areas achieved a 90% satisfaction rate or over from their students, with three subjects scoring 100%.
  • A higher percentage of the university’s academic staff hold a teaching qualification than the sector benchmark figure.

Research Standards

  • The university has strong and growing research credentials, with leading edge expertise in education and health, as well as specialist strengths in English, Forestry, Conservation and Upland management.
  • The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) results, showed a considerable increase in research that is recognised as ‘world-leading’ and 'internationally excellent'.
  • Across six units of assessment submitted, 80% was considered to be of a standard recognised internationally or higher. This includes 33% internationally excellent or higher.
  • 7% of University of Cumbria research was graded as world leading.
  • In 2016 the University of Cumbria gained the HR Excellence in Research Award, recognising the university's commitment to supporting the growth and career development of its researchers, with the aim of improving the quantity, quality and impact of research undertaken at the institution.

Academic Strengths

  • The university has a well established reputation for delivering career-focused programmes of study, with strong business partnerships combined with extensive experiential learning opportunities; a high number of courses also carrying professional body accreditations.
  • This in turn supports the university’s especially high rates of employability following graduation.
  • With particular strengths in education, healthcare, and the arts, the university is developing its portfolio with growth across a number of subject areas, including criminology, law and outdoor studies.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Student Facilities

  • All our campuses are within easy walking distance of bustling town centres and the wide cultural offering they provide including bars, shops, museums, galleries, nightlife, as well as being on the doorstep of some of the country, if not the world’s finest outdoor space – the Lake District National Park.
  • Learning and eResources are accessible 24/7. Blackboard – the online learning environment where students and staff can collaborate on work from any location available 24/7, including via a smartphone app.
  • On and off campus halls of residence, dining halls, bars and refreshment facilities, theatre at Brampton Road, Sports Centres and Gyms in Carlisle, Lancaster and Penrith, plus substantial discounts on local area facilities.
  • Extensive library resources and IT suites, plus break out and touch down spaces.
  • Excellent support service covering learning and study skills, finance, child care, disability and special needs.

Disability Services

  • Additional support services are provided for disabled students, which includes students with learning difficulties (such as dyslexia) and some aspects of mental ill health with counselling support services.
  • An individualised disability/SpLD action plan giving staff an overview of the impact of your disability/SpLD and detailing the adjustments that you require.
  • For more information on the university's Disability and SpLD provisions and policies please see the website.

Students' Union

  • The award-winning University of Cumbria Students’ Union (UCSU) is a student-led charity, representing the views and interests of its members.
  • Its motto 'Supporting and representing you to achieve your ambitions,' is at the heart of every action it takes and decision they make – their role is to help every student make the most out of their university experience, with a strong focus on academic development and volunteering activities.
  • UCSU and the university are joint signatories to a Students' Charter, putting SU engagement at the heart of university decision making.
  • The SU offers a wide variety of societies and social groups to choose from, great for exploring new opportunities, developing a passion and of course making new friendships and generally having great fun.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Students can earn while they learn by applying for Student Ambassador roles with the university.
  • The university's online Job Shop features local vacancies and placements suitable for studying students.

Careers Guidance

  • The university offers a dedicated careers and employability service to support students throughout their studies and beyond into the world of work.
  • The Career Ahead programme, developed by the university's professional careers advisers, helps students to identify any gaps in their skill sets, reflect on their experiences and provides opportunities to participate in exclusive programmes and mock interviews with employers.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • An exciting estates master plan in place for Lancaster will see an investment of over £9 million by summer 2017, creating a purpose-built learning environment as a central hub for all academic and research activities and student support services.
  • The university's Ambleside campus in the Lake District has recently undergone a major refurbishment which has created excellent learning facilities in the heart of the national park as well as new student accommodation.
  • In 2015 a major new science laboratory was installed at the university's Carlisle, Fusehill Street campus as part of a £3.5 million investment programme in science teaching and research laboratories.

Notable Alumni

  • Keith Tyson – Turner Prize winner
  • Helen Skelton – TV presenter
  • Tom Hopkins-Gibson – artist
  • Bryan Dick – film and TV actor
  • Conrad Atkinson – internationally renowned artist.

Further Details

Address University of Cumbria
Fusehill Street
UCAS Code C99