What is registration?

Registration is the process through which you are formally confirmed as a student at the university.  

All students are required to complete online pre-registration and, for most students, attend a registration session on campus. 

If you are required to attend a registration session in person you will be notified about registration arrangements in advance of your course start date.  

You must complete all elements of registration required for your course. 

Online pre-registration

All students are required to pre-register.  We will contact you by email with a link to online pre-registration usually within three weeks of your course start date.  

Hints and tips for online pre-registration: 

  • You do not need to complete this task in one go, the system will remember at which stage you left the process and the next time you log back in you will resume where you left off. 
  • You will be asked for your term-time address which you may not know at this stage. Don’t worry, you can let us know this later. 
  • Remember to complete all of the mandatory fields, these are yellow and marked with an asterisk.  
  • There is also the opportunity to declare a disability/spld during this process, and to consent to share this information with your academic team. Once completed, you will be automatically contacted by our disability team within a few weeks of the start of term.  
  • Online pre-registration includes a photo upload facility, enabling us to create and activate your Cumbria Card before you arrive, saving you time at registration and providing you with immediate access to the benefits of your Cumbria Card. Please read our guide to uploading photos.
  • If you have any outstanding admissions requirements after attending a registration event, our admissions office will email you to let you know what you need to provide before you can be fully registered. 
  • Please complete the online pre-registration process as soon as possible after receiving the email from us and remember if you upload your photo you will be able to access the benefits of the Cumbria Card immediately after registration.

If you have not received an email inviting you to complete online pre-registration within one week of your start date or if you are experiencing difficulties with online pre-registration please contact registration support.

Download the photo upload guidance

Registration support


You will need to attend a registration session if you are a:   

  • Full-time student  
  • Part-time student who has applied for funding from Student Finance England (SFE) or from the equivalent Scottish or Welsh funding body.  IMPORTANT.  If you are a distance learner and will not be coming onto campus please contact Data Management to ask about providing ID.
  • Masters student on a course leading to professional registration
  • Masters student who has applied for funding from Student Finance England (SFE) or from an equivalent Scottish or Welsh funding body, but are not on a course leading to a professional qualification.  IMPORTANT.  If you are a distance learner and will not be coming onto campus please contact Data Management to ask about providing ID.
  • International student on UK Home Office Tier 4 (General) Student Visa and those paying overseas course fees.

If you have applied for student finance via Student Finance England (SFE) or the equivalent for Scottish and Welsh students, we will not be able to confirm your attendance to your funding body until you have completed registration. This will cause a delay in money you may be due.  If there is no registration session please email your campus Programme Administration office to make arrangements to complete your registration.

Registration day - finance 

Our finance team will accept payment in full or first instalment payments for accommodation and tuition fees together with Student Loan Company funding and employer sponsor letters. Payment will otherwise be taken in accordance with the published payment schedules. 

‘Drop boxes’ will be available for students dropping off funding or sponsor letters following registration day. More information about payment of full-time tuition and accommodation fees


What to bring with you to registration 

You need to bring formal identification with you to your registration session so that we can verify your identity.

Please bring one of the following: 

  • a valid passport
  • a valid photocard driving licence 
  • a valid photocard NUS card 
  • a valid proof of age ID card

If you don’t have any of the above, we need to see two from the following:  

  • utilities bill (from the last three months).
  • birth certificate.
  • information relating to any finance applications you have made or a bank or credit card statement dated within the last three months.




Please make sure that you complete the following steps:

  1. Complete your online pre-registration
  2. Set up your IT account and passwords
  3. Check out your course welcome page
  4. Let the accommodation team know when you are due to arrive and find out how you collect keys etc.
  5. Email your campus Programme Administration Office to make arrangements to complete your registration and provide any admissions paperwork
  6. Speak to your tutors about collecting your Cumbria Cards
  7. Check in with your tutor and ask them to catch you up on any key material or activities you may have missed
  8. Find out about your Students' Union
  9. Once you've set up your IT account, visit the Student Hub to find out more about student life.

Find your registration date

Tuesday 1 September

PGCE Primary and Secondary, School Direct Primary and Secondary

Online, 10:00 - 15:00

VFairs Registration.  Registration this year will be a VFairs event, you will receive an invitation and link to the event in the week prior to 1st September once you have completed online pre-registration. If you need support completing online pre-registration please contact Data Management  Please have suitable ID with you so we can complete your registration and we look forward to seeing you on the day.

For more information about induction activities please see your course page

 Registration Time Group
 10:00 AM PGCE Primary School DirectCatholic Teaching Alliance (Our Lady's Catholic High School)
 Everyone Learning (Lime Tree Primary Academy)
 Kendal Primary Partnership (St Mark's Primary)
 Sacred Heart RC Primary School
 Teach Bolton (St Simon and Jude C of E Primary School)
 Trinity School
 Yarlside Academy
 Castle Hill School
 10:30 AM PGCE Primary School Direct                  Blackburn with Darwen School Direct (Darwen Aldridge Community Academy)
 Blackpool Teaching School Alliance (Park Community Academy)
 Great Sankey High School
 Learning Futures Partnership (Tyldesley Primary School) 
 Preston Teaching School Alliance (Broughton High School)
 Shining Light (Parbold Douglas C of E Academy)
 Teach Manchester (St Peter's RC High School)
 TEAM (Wensley Fold C of E Primary Academy)
 Trinity School
 St Ninian
 11:00 AMPGCE Primary CoreLancaster campus
 11:30 AMPGCE Primary CoreLondon Campus
 12:00 NoonPGCE Primary CoreCarlisle Campus
 13:00 PMPGCE SecondaryLancaster campus
 13:30 PMPGCE Secondary School Direct         Broughton High School
 Haslingden High School
 Lancaster and Fylde School Alliance (Central Lancaster High School)
 Learning Futures Partnership (Tyldesley Primary School)
 Our Lady's High School
 14:00 PMPGCE Secondary School DirectBishop Rawstorne C of E Academy
   Blackburn with Darwen School Direct (Darwen Aldridge Community Academy)
   Everyone Learning (Lime Tree Primary Academy)
   Great Sankey High School
   Kirkbie Kendal School
   Trinity School
   Clapton Girls' Academy
   Dallam School
PGCE Primary and Secondary, School Direct Primary and Secondary, secondary education

Data Protection

Data Protection legislation ensures that all organisations who handle your personal information, including the University of Cumbria, do so in accordance with a number of good practice principles.

We collect a range of information about students to enable us to administer your studies, such as application and enrolment information, financial information, information on academic progress and student support information. For further details about the information we collect about students and how we handle it, as well as information about your rights under Data Protection legislation, please see:


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