Applications for all full-time, undergraduate courses should be made through UCAS between 1 September and 15 January. Applications made after 15 January may be considered by the university depending on the demand for that course. Applications made after the start of June will automatically go into clearing.
You can make between one and five applications through UCAS. You will be charged (currently £11-£21 depending on the number of applications).
UCAS keeps you informed of the status of your application(s) through their systems. You'll need an email account to apply and we keep in touch with our applicants mostly via email.
Our institutional code is C99. Course codes and entry requirements can be found on our course pages.
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Interviews and auditions
For professional courses such as teaching, healthcare and policing, you'll be required to attend an interview.
Similarly, applicants for art and performance-based courses are invited to provide a portfolio of work, or to prepare for an interview/audition/workshop as appropriate. Some courses allow you to submit an ePortfolio.
If you are asked to attend an interview, you will be provided with detailed online resources to enable you to prepare.
What makes a good application?
We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential - evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.
Make sure you include:
- Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability - check our website for the specific entry requirements for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
- A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
- A good personal statement.
- Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.
Health and DBS clearances
In addition to academic entry requirements, if you are accepted onto any course involving a placement (for example, teaching, health/social care and sport) you will need a satisfactory occupational health clearance and/or Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance prior to registration.
There is normally a charge for completing the DBS disclosure procedure. You will also be subject to any other national professional requirement introduced prior to your admission.
Courses that require DBS
Course Enquiry Centre
If you have any questions about studying at the University of Cumbria, please contact our Course Enquiry Centre.
Whether you are looking to study here in the future or are a current student looking to progress to the next level we're here to answer all your questions.
0845 606 1144