Masterclass UCAS points reduction is subject to the following terms and conditions. These conditions are subject to periodic change, for the most up to date terms and conditions please get in touch:


From the week commencing 8th June 2020, we have been delivering a selection of our Masterclasses online. The platform being used is Clickmeeting. More information about this platform can be found at Full attendance and participation in these masterclasses will still result in a reduced offer being made on future applications to related courses for eligible participants (please see the table below for clarity on which courses are eligible). The Terms and Conditions outlined below are still applicable to all sessions delivered in this manner.


All Masterclasses planned for delivery in academic year 2020/1 are planned to be delivered virtually, avoiding any in-person contact. This will be reviewed in summer 2021, in line with the government guidance and the University's policies, to see if we are able to offer in-person events in the academic year 2021/2.


Terms and conditions

  • For virtual Masterclasses delivered in the year 2020/1, all registrants must give details of their year of intended study. The reduction will only be available on applications to begin in September of the stated year. (Accepted applications years: 2021, 2022). Any applications already made for September 2021 start cannot be retrospectively amended.


  • Applicants wishing to make applications for 2023 onwards should look to attend another masterclass or similar event in the future, closer to their application date.


  • Due to limitations with online delivery, for Virtual Masterclasses attended in the 2019/0 academic year the reduction in points will only be applicable to applications made for related courses for September 2021 starts. Any attendees who made an application for subsequent years will not receive the reduced offer for related courses. Any application for September 2020 start cannot be retrospectively amended.


  • The reduced UCAS points offer can only be applied to University of Cumbria courses linked to the masterclass attended. Please see the table below for clarification.


  • The reduced UCAS points offer can only be applied to level 4 undergraduate programmes at the University of Cumbria. This excludes any Integrated Foundation Years, Top Up programmes, CPD modules and programmes, or post-graduate study. 


  • The UCAS points reduction will only be applied if the masterclass is attended prior to submitting an application for the degree programme through UCAS (allowing time for administrative processing of the attendance). Points cannot be redeemed retrospectively if you have already applied for one of the eligible courses at the University.


  • UCAS points will automatically be deducted from the top of the range upon application.


For example: University of Cumbria entry requirements for BSc Hons Applied Psychology are 104-120 UCAS points. The standard offer would be at the top of the range, 120 UCAS points. Following attendance at a relevant masterclass, an applicant would be made a reduced conditional offer of 104 UCAS points.


  • The standard reduction is 16 UCAS points. A specified number of masterclasses delivered in the year 2019/0 (shown in the table below) were eligible for an optional 24 UCAS point deduction. To receive the additional points, the applicant must have completed a reflective piece equivalent to approximately 1000 words after the masterclass and submit it to an academic for marking. Further details of this was provided at the affected masterclasses. This is not applicable to 2020/1 Masterclasses, whether virtual or in person.


  • To receive the reduction in points, it is imperative that the applicant accurately completes all personal details requested at the end of the masterclass, or on registration for the event if being delivered virtually. If incorrect details are provided, the University of Cumbria will not make efforts to contact the attendee for corrected data, and the applicant may be ineligible to receive the reduced offer.


  • Attendees at Virtual Masterclasses must attend and engage with the session fully. Those who leave midway through or join significantly late will not be eligible to receive the reduced offer. The only exceptions to this are circumstances where an attendee has poor internet conenction and drops out, this will not count against, as long as they return for the remaninder of the session.


  • The UCAS points reduction cannot be redeemed at a different institution or against courses that are not listed in the terms and conditions.


  • Only one UCAS points deduction offer can be redeemed per course upon application - attending multiple masterclasses for the same degree programme will not result in the accumulation of points. If multiple events are attended the University will deduct the relevant points from any relevant course applied for. This UCAS points reduction cannot be applied in conjunction with the Summer University offer for the same degree programme. If an applicant attends the Y12/13 Summer University in addition to a masterclass, the applicant would receive an offer based on the greatest reduction in points for the applicant.


  • Applicants can only have reductions attached to their profile for a maximum of 2 Masterclass subject groupings

For example: A student attends a "Home-based Injury Prevention for Runners" Masterclass (Sport & Rehabilitative Sciences) in September 2020, then attends a "Observational Sketching" Masterclass (Art & Design suite) in November 2020. They will be eligible to receive the reduced points for either set of courses.

Scenario 1: If they go on to attend a "Group Leading" Masterclass (Working with Children and Families) in January 2021, this will over-ride the first one attended and they will no longer be eligible to receive a reduced offer for applications to Sport and Rehabilitative Sciences courses.

Scenario 2: Alternatively, if they attended "Youth Crime Prevention through Sports" Masterclass (Sports and Rehabilitative Sciences suite) in January 2021, this would NOT override the first event, as the subject groups do not conflict.


  • For events in 2020/1 and onwards, UCAS points reductions can only be applied to applications made in the year specified on registration for the event. If a registrant selects an option further than 2 years in the future (2023 or onwards), the reduction cannot be applied.


  • For applicants not domiciled in the UK, attendance at a Masterclass will be used as contextual information and considered as part of an application.

For events taking place between September 2020 and August 2021 (inclusive)

Subject GroupingsMasterclass Titles

Art & Design

BA (Hons) Fine Art
BA (Hons) Illustration
BA (Hons) Graphic Design
BA (Hons) Photography

  • Observational Sketching

  • The New Portrait

  • What's Your Type?

  • Single Point Lighting Photography


BA (Hons) Business Management (all pathways, with and without sandwich year)
BA (Hons) Business, Accounting and Finance (with and without sandwich year)
BA (Hons) International Business Management (with and without sandwich year)
BSc (Hons) Project Management

  • Superhero Leadership: The power to change me and then the world

  • Was Machiavelli really saying evil is necessary for good?: Using and abusing power today, a leadership discussion

Conservation & Zoology

BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation Science (with and without sandwich year)
BSc (Hons) Marine and Freshwater Conservation (with and without sandwich year)
BSc (Hons) Zoology (with and without sandwich year)

  • Every Species Matters: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Resilience
  • Insects in a Changing Climate

  • Battle of the Beasts: Vertebrates vs Invertebrates


BA (Hons) Education Studies
BA (Hons) Primary Education (3-11) with QTS
BA (Hons) Primary Education (5-11): Inclusion with SEND with QTS
BA (Hons) Teaching and Learning

  • Role of Working Memory in Classroom Learning of Children

  • Fieldtrips in Teaching

  • What should contemporary primary education aim for? A philosophical exploration


BA (Hons) English Literature
BA (Hons) Creative Writing

  • Exploring the Social, Geographical and Cultural Contexts of Wuthering Heights

  • The Final Frontier: Truth and Nature in Death of a Salesman 

Environmental Studies

BSc Geography
BSc Outdoor Adventure & Environmental studies
BSc Forest Management (with and without sandwich year)
FdSc Forestry
BSc Woodland Ecology and Conservation (with and without sandwich year)

  • Dealing with the 'Wicked' Problem of Climate Change

  • Storytelling for Environmental Justice

Health & Social Care

BSc (Hons) Health & Social Care

  • Ethics, Values and Principles in Health and Social Care



  • Media, Manipulation and Misrepresentation of the Law

  • Criminal Examination

Media Arts

BA (Hons) Film and Television
BA (Hons) Games Design
BA (Hons) Wildlife Media

  • An Introduction to Wildlife Photography

  • An Introductions to Wildlife Documentary Filmmaking

  • How to Pitch a Television Programme from Idea to Broadcast

  • An Introductions to Documentary Filmmaking

  • Using a Classic Shot List

  • Wildlife Tracking, Identification and Recording

  • Games Asset Pipeline

  • Multi Camera in Film, Television and Live Events


BA (Hons) Adventure Tourism
BA (Hons) Outdoor Education
BA (Hons) Outdoor Leadership

  • Controversial Issues in Outdoor Studies

  • Tumblehome – Some stories and lessons learnt from a journey home

Policing, Criminological and Psychological Studies

BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology
BSc (Hons) Criminology (all pathways)
BSc (Hons) Professional Policing
BSc (Hons) Psychology
BSc (Hons) Security, Intelligence and Investigative Practice

  • The Psychology of Gender and Sexuality

  • Understanding Behaviour that Challenges When Working with Children

  • In Cold Blood? An Exploration of the Psychology of Violent Behaviour

  • Technology and Child Development: Friend or Foe?

  • The Teenage Brain

  • How can we encourage good mental health and wellbeing at university?

  • The Psychology of Studying: Exploring Evidence-Based Study Techniques

  • Gangs and Violence: From the Peaky Blinders to The Krays and Beyond

  • Covid, Communities and Criminology

  • Lockdown and Domestic Abuse: exploring the impact of extended periods of enforced lockdowns on domestic abuse/violence victims.

  • Combatting Terrorism

  • Investigating serious crime

  • Digital Investigations

  • Spinning the Wheel - Police Decision Making

  • An Expert Witness - Police Officer witness statements


Sport and Rehabilitative Sciences

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching and Physical Education
BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation

  • Home-based Injury Prevention for Runners

  • Youth Crime Prevention Through Sports

  • Sport and Health - An Obvious Alliance

  • Where's Yoda When You Need Him? A Quick Guide to the Role and Value of Mentoring from a Community Coaching Perspective

  • Developing Young People in Sport: What do we need to know?

  • Offender Rehabilitation - Occupational Therapy in Prison Settings

  • Doing, Being and Becoming an Occupational Therapist


BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
BSc (Hons) Forensic Science
BSc (Hons) Microbiology

  • Microbiology - Why Microbes Matter

  • The Application of Spectrophotometry to Forensic and Biomedical Sciences

  • Secrets in the Blood - Diagnosing Disease

Theatre & Performance

BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance

  • Using Vocal Technique and Text Delivery to support Acting Through Song for Musical Theatre and Classical Art Song

Working with Children & Families

BA (Hons) Working with Children and Families

  • Group Leading with Children, Young People and Families

  • Do you want to change the world? You can!

  • Let's go on a Bear Hunt!

  • Have I Got News For You

  • Round The Clock: Day In The Life

For sessions that took place in previous years, to confirm the related offer reduction, or to check your eligiblity, please contact

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