University of Cumbria
Welcome to University of Cumbria
The University of Cumbria is a young and vibrant university that offers outstanding tuition, employability, student support and satisfaction. Set in one of the most beautiful areas of the UK, with the Lake District National Park on the doorstep, the university provides a unique, varied and memorable student experience.
Drawing together the major colleges and institutes from across the region, the university was established in 2007, but has a history of teaching and learning that traces its roots right back to 1822. Set over campuses in Ambleside, Carlisle and Lancaster, with additional sites in Barrow, London and Workington, students enjoy the friendly, close-knit communities and learning environments that the university offers.
With 93% of graduates going on to employment or further study within six months of graduating, you can feel confident about finding your feet in the world of work when you’re finished. We also offer a range of routes into Higher Education for those who have the ability but not necessarily the grades for degree study.
With over 10,000 current students, and a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on offer, it’s an exciting time to come and start your future at the University of Cumbria.
Courses and fees
A wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses are available at the university, which is well known for delivering particularly vocational programmes alongside more traditional subjects.
Specific academic entry requirements vary from course to course, and are outlined in the prospectus and website programme pages. The university is often prepared to be flexible around entry requirements as long as you can demonstrate enthusiasm and enough aptitude in your subject.
If you don’t have the necessary grades for an honours degree programme, the university offer some four-year foundation entry-level courses across some Science subjects, Sport, Social Science, Business and Education Studies.
Faculties / Departments
The university has two faculties, made up of eleven main subject areas as below:
Faculty of Education, Arts and Business
- Business School
- Creative Arts
- Education, School Direct and Partnership
- Law and Social Science
- Health and Social Care
- Science and Engineering
Faculty of Health and Science
The university has exchange agreements with partner institutions throughout Europe and the wider world – students can apply to study abroad for a semester or a full academic year on certain courses through the Erasmus programme.
The University of Cumbria has a dedicated International office for students applying to study from outside the UK, and offers a number of international scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate applicants.
Undergraduate fees for UK and EU students are £9,000 a year, and £10,500 for international students. Postgraduate fees vary from course to course – check the fees for your chosen programme here.
Bursaries and scholarships
A number of scholarships and bursaries are available to both domestic and international students; you can find more information on their website here.
The University of Cumbria in the North-West of England sits in one of the most beautiful areas of the United Kingdom. Campuses in Ambleside, Carlisle and Lancaster offer bags of character and history, with loads to do in the towns, cities and famously picturesque countryside nearby. The university also has smaller sites in Barrow, Workington and London.
Library and study facilities
Libraries are available at all the major campuses, with flexible learning spaces, information services and access to electronic resources and journals. Students can borrow up to12 library items in total at any one time (30 for students on teaching practice) and requests can be submitted to extend this limit for a short time while writing your final dissertation. Friendly and helpful librarians are on hand to help with any queries, and you’ll have access to online learning and academic skills development resources too.
Computer rooms are available on campus with IT and printing facilities for the use of all students, and you can also borrow fully charged laptops from the campus libraries. Wireless connectivity is available across all of the campuses, and the university is also a participating member of eduroam access for the research and education community.
There’s a careers and employability service at the university, offering support and advice online, via email, by phone and in person. The service also offers the Career Ahead award, developed by a team of Professional Advisers, to help you optimise your employability and chances of securing your ideal job. 93% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months of completing their courses.
The Ambleside campus is right in the heart of the Lake District, so in addition to the shops, restaurants, bars and a great local cinema you’ll find in this popular lakeside tourist town, you’ll find stunning scenery right on your doorstep with plenty of outdoor pursuits and activities to explore.
Carlisle was named the happiest place to live in the UK in a recent nationwide survey, so your chances of being contented if you study here are good. The Fusehill Street site has its own sports centre and a student bar, but with a close and bustling city centre within walking distance, you’ll find everything you need close at hand, as well as excellent transport links to other cities. All of the students are lucky enough to graduate in the splendour of Carlisle’s Anglican cathedral.
Lancaster is a fantastic student city, which benefits from being home to two universities. There are snack bars and cafes on the university campus itself, but a short stroll brings you into the city centre, housing numerous high-street stores, as well as quirky specialist shops, theatres, cinemas, pubs and restaurants. In case you do fancy a trip elsewhere there are excellent direct rail links to London, Manchester and Edinburgh.
You can find more information on all our campus towns and cities here.
The Students’ Union operates three full-time offices, one at each of the Carlisle sites and another in Lancaster. The Union facilitates a wide range of student groups, societies and sports teams, and will also support new ventures if you want to get a new group off the ground.
With dedicated officers for different areas of the student experience, including academic, community and partnership, welfare and support, the union supports you to make the most of your university experience.
There are sports centres at both the Carlisle and Lancaster campuses, offering competitive membership deals for students to make use of the gym, sports hall and excellent outdoor facilities. The Students’ Union runs a variety of clubs and teams on each campus, so there’s plenty to get involved with.
Our students love having the Cumbrian countryside on their doorstep, where there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy besides.
Medical and welfare services
Medical provision is available via local NHS services, and both Carlisle and Lancaster are served by hospitals in the cities themselves. The university provides confidential support and advice, along with a psychological wellbeing and counselling service with bases at each campus site. For those with disabilities or learning difficulties, additional support is available; the university is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.
A number of scholarships and bursaries are available to students, including financial aid through the Cumbria Bursary which is designed to support new undergraduate students with a household income of less than £25,000. The university offers expert support, advice and financial consultation, as well as specialist student support funds.
The university has halls of residence in Ambleside, Carlisle and Lancaster. Once you have accepted your offer of a place on the UCAS website, you’ll receive an email directing you to fill out an Accommodation Application form; places are allocated from April onwards. There are several room types available to suit a range of budgets, including en suite, shared facilities and some catering packages.
- Wansfell Halls - 11 rooms across 3 floors housing 3-5 students per floor.
- Helvellyn - 19 rooms across 3 floors, housing between 5-7 students per floor.
- Fairfield - 40 ensuite rooms across four floors.
- Brampton Road Halls - 113 bedrooms organised into flats accommodating between four and seven students.
- Carrock Hall - 85 en-suite bedrooms organised into 13 flats accommodating between five and nine residents.
- Denton Holme Student Village - 249 rooms within 25 town houses. Each house accommodates either nine or 12 residents.
- Head Lease properties - Good quality, affordable, centrally-heated, furnished houses close to the campus which the university rents on your behalf.
- Mill Hall - 93 single study bedrooms and one twin bedroom.
- Waddell Hall – 250 catering only single study bedrooms organised into 36 flats.
- William Thompson Hall - 104 single study bedrooms and one twin bedroom.
Other housing options / Private halls
Most students move off campus into private, rented accommodation after the first year, and some new students prefer to do that from the start. The university runs house-hunting help days and employs dedicated accommodation officers to help you and your friends find you a home.
Weekly halls of residence rents for 2015/16 range from £64.65 to £110.00, depending on room size, capacity and facilities. Rents are inclusive of internet access and all utilities.
Local private rented accommodation is readily available and relatively cheap compared to other parts of the country.
One reason students love studying here is that it brings them to Cumbria itself, home to the Lake District National Park and some of the most beautiful scenery that the UK has to offer. The university sprawls across four different campuses in Ambleside, Carlisle and Lancaster to the south, all within easy reach of the Lakes and rugged North-West coast. If the outdoors isn’t your thing, the bustling, vibrant cities of Carlisle and Lancaster, along with Ambleside’s tourist centre, present a wealth of culture, retail and nightlife to enjoy. And the region also benefits from excellent transport links, with London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham all within easy reach by rail.
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