Frequently asked questions

We have pulled together the following Frequently Asked Questions, which we hope will be of help to you.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate in contacting us by using this form.


What are the entry requirements?

Each course has its individual entry requirements depending on the level of study you are applying for and the course pages can be found in the Our Courses section on the website. 

If you are applying for an HNC, Foundation Degree or BA (Hons), the entry requirement is a Level 3 qualification with GCSE Maths and English or equivalent. If you are applying for an HND, the entry requirement is a relevant HNC.

We welcome and encourage applications from mature students who may not meet the traditional entry requirements. We will take into account your motivation, ability, industrial experience and educational background.

I’ve submitted my application form, what happens next?

Once we have received your application and you meet the entry requirements, the University Centre Admissions Team will forward your details to the Programme Leader of your chosen course. The Programme Leader will then decide whether to make an offer to you or invite you to attend a short, informal interview.

How do I apply?

How you apply depends on the route of study you intend to take. Whether you are considering full-time or part-time study, applying is easy.

Simply follow the steps below:

Part-time Study

To apply for a part-time course and teacher training please complete our Higher Education application form that is available by clicking here.

Full-time Study

Applicants for full-time undergraduate courses should apply through our dedicated UCAS page. Alternatively, if you’d like to complete our online application form, our Admissions Team will be in touch to discuss and support you with your UCAS full-time study application.

If you need help with this process, contact our Admissions Team by email: or by telephone: 01254 354047.

Higher Level Apprenticeships

To apply for a Higher Level Apprenticeship, please contact our Apprenticeship Team on 0333 003 1717 or


Is there an opportunity for me to take on a qualification flexibly?

Most of our courses are offered on a full-time or part-time basis. Many of our full-time courses are available over 1.5 days per week and in some cases, you can study a degree in a day; we have many options to fit your studies around your work and home life.

Can I get help with my fees/is there funding available?

Yes, there are many options available to support students through their university studies. Click here to visit our fees and finance page, 

How do I know which qualification is the right one for me?

Take a look at our Qualifications Explained graphic to gain an insight into the different levels of qualifications we have available and the requirements for each. To discuss which level or qualification type would be most suitable for you, you can contact our Admissions Team at or by telephone: 01254 354047 or 01254 354117.

How can I get in touch with the University Centre?

If you have a question, get in touch by using the LiveChat function on the website. You can also email and telephone 01254 354117 or 01254 354047.

What is the address?

Our University Centre is across two campuses:

Nelson and Colne Campus

Nelson and Colne College

Scotland Road

Nelson, Lancashire


Accrington and Rossendale Campus

Accrington and Rossendale College

Sandy Lane

Accrington, Lancashire


You can see where your course will be based in the Our Courses section on the website. If you are invited to attend our University Centre before enrolling, we will specify the campus you should attend.