How to Apply

Applying to UCP is easy!

To apply for a course just follow the three-step process below.

Choose Your Course

UCP offers a wide range of undergraduate, foundation degrees and bachelors, as well as postgraduate diploma qualifications.

Check Your Qualifications

Once you have decided on the course you would like to study, you need to check that you meet the entry requirements.

Make an Application

Once you have chosen your degree course you are ready to make an application.

Full-time Study

If you are applying for a full-time undergraduate bachelor’s course you will need to make an online application through UCAS. Applications to UCAS are made online using their web-based Tracker System via ‘Apply’

On your UCAS application you need to include the institution code for the university to which you wish to apply. The institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56. Application forms, accompanied by the registration fee, should be returned by UCAS deadlines

Applications begin 1st September and the 1st deadline is 15 January in the year before the programme commences, although it is possible to apply later than this if courses still have vacancies. Anyone applying after the 30 June by 18:00 will be automatically entered into ‘Clearing’. Clearing takes place after the publication of the A Level results in August when universities will have a clearer picture of how many offers have been accepted and therefore how many vacancies they may have.

Part-time and Postgraduate Study

If you are applying for a part-time or postgraduate course you can download a paper application form below. Please fill out and return to: University Centre Peterborough, Park Cresent Campus, Peterborough, PE1 4DZ or via email to 

EU students

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate course at University Centre Peterborough in the 2017/18 or 2018/19 academic year will continue to have access to student loans and grants, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU.

International Students

University Centre Peterborough are not accepting applications from International students for courses requiring a Tier 4 visa for the 2017/18 academic year.


When we receive your application form, an acknowledgement letter is issued and applications are reviewed by the appropriate member of staff in Admissions. Successful applicants will receive either a conditional or unconditional offer. In addition, you may be invited to an interview or assessment centre, or requested to submit a portfolio of work or samples of writing depending on the course you have applied for.

Upon receiving an offer, applicants are requested to obtain or provide evidence of further or pending qualifications that will allow them to fully satisfy the course entry criteria. Students with a conditional offer may, for example, be awaiting final results for their A Levels. Unconditional offers may also be issued directly to applicants whose qualifications fully satisfy the entry criteria of their desired course.


University Centre Peterborough welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition.

Applications from disabled students are processed the same way but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that UCP can contact you to assess how to meet any support needs you may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the campus so that this can be done in person.


To help the university reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, UCP must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

You must tell UCAS or UCP by declaring that you have a conviction on your application. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell us that you have a criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.


APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course, you should make this clear when you apply for admission. To be eligible for consideration in this way you must be able to submit certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be current i.e. completed within the last five years.

Or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.


UCP offers students mobility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere, before applying to study. The Accreditation of Prior Learning processes ensure that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you should identify any relevant prior learning when you apply. Should your previous study specifically relate to modules on the course you wish to undertake. We may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award.

Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.


It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, in which their claim is justified in detail and is supported by relevant evidence.

This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but need to be discussed with the appropriate Admissions Tutor.

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