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    First few posts last updated in summer 2012. Please refer to later posts for more recent/up to date information.

    #1 Introduction

    Welcome to the Lancaster University forum's new FAQ thread - here as a summary of answers to the most repeated questions asked...

    Most of the questions are geared towards undergraduate applications.


    This thread will be locked to minimise clutter, so if your question's not been answered here please have a look at 'The "Question and Answer" Thread ' if it's a short query, or start a thread if you're after more of a discussion and points of view.

    The university itself answers quite a few FAQs here, and you can always ask the Admissions Office, on +44 (0)1524 592028, if you have any really unusual issues.


    We'll go by one topic per post:
    #2 The Low-Down On Qualifications
    #3 Which College Should I Apply To?
    #4 When Will It All Start?
    #5 Is The Weather Particularly Bad In Lancaster?
    #6 LUSU! [Lancaster University Students Union]
    #7 Transport To And Around Lancaster
    #8 I Need To Eat! What's The Food Like On Campus?
    #9 Accommodation - When Will I Find Out?
    #10 How Does The Minor System Work In Lancaster?

    More will be added in due course...

    If there's anything I've missed out, or anything that really needs to be added to the thread, please PM me!
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    #2 The Low-Down On Qualifications

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    UK applicants and qualifications

    Can I retake A-levels (A2s) and still be considered?

    Yes, our admissions tutors will normally consider applicants who are re-taking A-levels however they may adjust the offer conditions to reflect the retaken examinations.

    Will you consider my application if I have retaken (or are retaking) AS levels?

    Yes, our admissions tutors will normally consider applicants who are re-taking AS levels.

    Do you accept General Studies A-level?
    Yes, we accept General Studies A-level although typically this subject would be taken as a fourth A-level.

    Do you prefer A-levels to other qualifications?
    Please go to our Course Search where you can see entry requirements for each course. Where admissions tutors have a preference for A-levels, this will be stated.

    Are there any A-level subjects which you do not accept for entry?
    No, we accept all A-level subjects but please see the detailed course requirements for the degree(s) in which you are interested as there may be subjects which are compulsory, for example English Literature A-level for our single and combined major English Literature degrees.

    Will you accept 2 A-levels (A2) and 2 AS-levels instead of three A levels?

    We would only accept this combination in exceptional circumstances.

    Do you include the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in offers?
    Typically, we would not include the EPQ in an offer as our offers are usually based on three A-levels. However, we welcome the EPQ as adding value to a student's academic profile and may take it into account during the results period in the summer.

    Do you accept combinations of qualifications with equivalent UCAS tariff points?

    No. We always express our offers in terms of qualifications and grades (e.g. AAB in three GCE A-levels, or 3 Distinctions in the BTEC Extended Diploma). We don't automatically accept equivalent combinations of grades from these qualifications, nor do we accept UCAS tariff points equivalents made up from multiple qualifications.

    I'm taking BTEC qualifications (e.g. BTEC Extended Diploma) - do you accept these qualifications?
    Yes, we accept BTEC qualifications for most of our degree programmes. Please visit our Course Search where you can see entry requirements for each course, including BTEC requirements.

    Will you accept OCR Nationals in place of A-levels?
    Yes, we will accept OCR National qualifications for most of our degree programmes. If you are in any doubt about eligibility, please contact the Admissions Office.

    I'm in the second year of an HND programme and want to top-up my HND to a Bachelor's degree - do you offer this at Lancaster?
    No, we don't offer top-up years for any of our degrees.

    I have National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) - do you accept these for entry?
    We don't accept NVQs in their own right for entry to our degree programmes. Applicants with NVQ qualifications will also need to have Level 3 academic qualifications such as A-levels, BTEC qualifications or an Access to HE Diploma.

    Do I have to sit any institutional test in order to get admission?

    No, we don't ask applicants to sit an institutional admissions test. For a few of our degrees, you may be asked to take a professional test or interview, however you will be told about this when you apply.

    I'm taking the Welsh Baccalaureate - will you include this in my offer?
    Our offers do not include the Welsh Baccalaureate. Applicants with this qualification will be made an offer on the basis of three A-levels (or equivalent) in the usual way. However, we do acknowledge the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate and this may be taken into account when the results are published in the summer.

    I'm taking Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers. How can I find out your requirements for these examinations ?
    We accept Scottish Higher qualifications for all of our degree programmes. Please visit our Course Search where you can see entry requirements for each course, including Higher requirements.

    I am taking the Cambridge Pre-U qualification - what are the requirements for a course where you typically offer AAB in A-levels?
    We would typically require an overall pass in the Pre-U including specific grades in three Principal Subjects. Please contact the Admissions Office for detailed advice.

    I'm a mature student and I don't have GCSE Maths and English - but I'm taking Adult Numeracy and Literacy Level 2 Key Skills qualifications - will you accept these instead?
    For most of our degree courses a pass in KS2 Adult Numeracy and Literacy will be sufficient however where a course requires a specific grade e.g. B in GCSE Maths, then you may need to take the GCSE as Key Skills and other Level 2 qualifications may not be graded.

    I'm studying at another university in my first year but I want to transfer to Lancaster University for the rest of my degree. Will Lancaster accept me?
    We will consider applicants for direct entry to Year 2. Please bear in mind that: a) we would want to check that your pre-degree qualifications (e.g. A-levels) would have met our entry requirements into the first year; b) we typically ask for upper second class honours marks in the first year at your current university; and c) we would require a reference from one of your current tutors. Application should be made via UCAS in the usual way.

    I want to transfer from another university into year 3 (final year) of a degree at Lancaster - can I do this ?
    No, Lancaster University doesn't permit entry into year 3 (or 4) of any degree programme.

    Can I study part-time at Lancaster University ?

    Yes, we do offer some of our degree courses on a part-time basis but lectures and tutorials will take place during the day rather than in the evenings or at weekends. Please contact the Admissions Office for further details.

    I want to study Medicine but I'm not sure that I have the correct qualifications - can you help ?

    The MBChB degree in Medicine and Surgery follows the University of Liverpool curriculum but all of the academic work is based at our Lancaster Centre for Medical Education (CME). Enquiries about entry criteria should be made to the CME; application is via UCAS to the University of Liverpool using their institution code (L41) and the course code A105 (the code for studying the degree at Lancaster).

    I am applying to Lancaster but I have been ill during my sixth form studies and I would like this to be taken into account. What should I do?
    If you have submitted a UCAS application but there are issues that you would like the admissions selectors to consider, please contact the Admissions Office after you have submitted your form. Please give your name, UCAS personal ID and a brief description of the illness, personal issue etc. We will then contact you if we require further information or medical evidence.
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    #3 Which College Should I Apply To?

    Colleges are a big concern for many incoming students. However, once you enrol and begin your studies, you will probably wonder what you were worried about. In essence, every college offers the core necessities – accommodation, social areas [and a bar], welfare staff/support, a varied social calendar, the chance to get involved in student politics and college sports.

    The main differences come from the types of accommodation on offer and the position of the college on campus. The stereotypes that are attached to each college hold no real value – every college features a mixture of people and people on a range of courses.

    There are three ensuite-only colleges.
    These are:
    Fylde, Cartmel, Lonsdale.
    If you think you would rather have a different type of accommodation – or you would like to retain the option of staying in a different type of room later on in your degree – you will probably want to select from the remaining five.

    The townhouses are particularly popular, offering a multi-level residence for 12 students with a ground floor social space and bathrooms for every 2 people. This type of accommodation is only available in:
    County and Grizedale.

    In terms of location…
    South-west campus is a recent extension to the main campus, playing hosting to 3.5 colleges. No teaching takes place in this part of campus, but they do have 3 bars and a dining area [Baker Farm House]. The nearest shop is a few minutes walk, up near Pendle College bar, and the central square [Alex Sq] is a 5-10 minute walk away. Note, although this part of campus is listed separately, it is not separate from the campus – it is fully integrated.
    The colleges located here are:
    Lonsdale, Cartmel, Pendle [ensuite] and Graduate.

    On main campus…
    A central, pedestrian spine runs the length of campus. This provides a quick and covered route for moving between the main teaching buildings. Following this spine from south [where south-west campus joins main campus] to north:
    Pendle [college centre and standard rooms] -> Grizedale -> Fylde -> Furness -> [Alex Sq] -> Bowland -> County.

    In summary, to pick your college, you could answer the following questions in order:
    - What type of room would I prefer? [Standard, ensuite, townhouse, studio.]
    - Whereabouts on campus would I prefer? [South-west, north where County is, central like Furness and Bowland?]
    - From the information provided by the colleges, which do I think is most appealing?
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    #4 When Will It All Start

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    Term Dates
    Academic Year 2012-2013
    Michaelmas Term:
    • 5 October 2012 to 14 December 2012
    Lent Term:
    • 11 January 2013 to 22 March 2013
    Summer Term:
    • 19 April 2013 to 28 June 2013

    Academic Year 2013-2014
    Michaelmas Term:
    • 4 October 2013 to 13 December 2013
    Lent Term:
    • 10 January 2014 to 21 March 2014
    Summer Term:
    • 24 March 2014 to 27 June 2014
    Freshers’ Week begins on the Saturday/Sunday prior to the term start dates.
    So, for 2012, that will be September 29th/30th. The colleges are split in half – four colleges will move in on the Saturday and begin their fresher programme then; four will move in on the Sunday and begin their programme a day later. The colleges alternate each year.
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    #5 Is The Weather Particularly Bad In Lancaster?

    In short, no.

    Lancaster has a reputation for being incredibly wet and windy. Not an attractive description! However, in reality, it isn’t so different from most of the north of England. Certain areas of campus do often feel like wind tunnels. Yes it rains – some weeks, it will rain a lot, others not much [if at all]. But, Lancaster usually has pleasant springs/summers – the campus basks in sunshine and every patch of grass available is host to students relaxing and pretending to revise.

    In other words, you will want to pack a good waterproof coat. But, you’ll also want some shorts come summer term!
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    #6 LUSU!

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    Lancaster University Students' Union

    LUSU is Lancaster's Students' Union, an organisation independent of the University, here to represent the student body. Collectively we choose fellow students to represent our views, expectations and needs within the University and the wider community. These students are known as officers and it is their job to see that their needs are met and hopefully exceeded.

    With the support of a 50 strong professional staff team, student staff and a set of student volunteers, we also run activities and essential services which enhance the academic, social and support services of the University.

    Love Socialising? LUSU puts on a wide range of activities and events throughout the year, such as our annual Christmas Market with fairground rides and live entertainment, Campus festival with live music food and fireworks and the all important Graduation ball. LUSU also runs the Sugarhouse, Lancaster’s largest nightclub; with a student only door policy it is the safest and most popular nightclub in the city.
    Love sport? If you want to play sport at Lancaster, there are loads of different ways you can get involved. We have clubs playing a wide variety of sports each week and the pinnacle of the sporting calendar is the annual Roses tournament, where Lancaster’s finest take on York University.

    Love doing your own thing? LUSU has over 140 activity groups that you can be part of; it’s a great way to find people of similar interests to yourself. Our societies cover interests such as baking, free running, sky diving and ballroom dancing and causes such as Oxfam. If we don’t have a society for your interest, we can help you set up your own group.

    Love volunteering in your spare time? LUSU involve is here to provide you with opportunities to gain new skills that will make you stand out from the crowd. We have a fantastic range of volunteering projects for anyone interested in developing new talents, meeting new people or just making friends. If you’re interested in the environment, GreenLancaster provides students with the chance to get involved in a wide range of environmental projects and campaigns, both on campus and in the local area. LUSU involve doesn’t stop at volunteering either, every year we help hundreds of students learn useful skills in setting up their own business or social enterprise.

    As well as providing all these opportunities, LUSU is here to support you through your study. LUSU Education and Support offers advice and information separate to the university about your studies, housing, wellbeing or finances. We have an online jobshop where we advertise student friendly employment opportunities on campus and in the city, including jobs within LUSU’s services. We also run two shops on campus for your convenience, both of which run regular offers and promotions with our Purple card.
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    #7 Transport To And Around Lancaster

    Local
    Lancaster University is incredibly well connected to the local area, with an extensive, reliable and regularly set of bus links. A return ticket from campus to the city centre is around £2.50 on the 2/2A/3/4 routes.

    2/2A - These run until quite late at night, and are usually the first to begin in the morning. They run from campus through Hala, Bowerham, Lancaster, Torrisholme, Morecambe and Heysham. Bowerham is a popular student residential area, where a lot of students live in second year.
    3 - The 3 is the "quick" route into Lancaster city centre, taking around 10 minutes. It runs straight along the A6, making it quicker than the 2/2A [except when there is lots of traffic on the A6]. From Lancaster, it carries on to Morecambe, through Bare.
    4 - The 4 travels through Bowerham to Lancaster, and then on through Bare to Morecambe. It takes a slightly different route, avoiding the A6 the majority of the way into Lancaster.
    X1 - This is the bus to the train station. It has shorter running hours than the other buses, but conveniently stops right outside the station. If you need to get to the station when this bus isn't running/isn't timed correctly, you can get any bus into Lancaster and walk the approximately 5 minute journey from Common Garden Street up to the station.
    40 - This bus travels between Morecambe and Preston, passing through Lancaster, the university and Garstang on route. A good service, which often works out cheaper than getting a bus into Lancaster and a train on to Preston. You'll want a Lancashire DayRider [around £6] for a return journey [the ticket can also be used on other services in the area].
    42 - Like the 40, this is an extensive bus route. From campus, it is ideal for journeys to Blackpool. It takes around 1 hour, but it is quite cheap [the Lancashire DayRider ticket is the best] and easy [as it is just one bus all the way]. Again, to do this journey via train is more hassle - bus to Lancaster, train to Preston and then a train from Preston to Blackpool.

    From Lancaster bus station, you can get buses to a host of locations. These include Carnforth and Carlisle.

    National:

    The railway station features hourly trains to Manchester [stopping at Preston, Chorley and Bolton]. There are also regular links south to London, and north to Edinburgh and the Lake District.
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    #8 I Need To Eat! What's The Food Like On Campus?

    Lancaster University is mainly a self-catering university, although some catering options have been created in recent years.

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    Catered Accommodation

    If you thought moving away from home was about learning how to survive eating cold baked beans and burnt toast, think again! Lancaster University's Catered Accommodation option will ensure that you receive two healthy, well-balanced meals a day during term time which means that you can plan your work schedule and nights out without having to worry about food shopping and cooking preparations. Plus, there's an added bonus as you can save around £850 per year on food bills*, and will be able to partake in various themed food nights during the year, including Thai, Greek, Chinese and Indian. You'll also have the opportunity meet loads of new people along the way, so click here to find out more.

    * Based on the average cost of breakfast and dinner during term time.

    What is Catered Accommodation?

    Catered Accommodation is a social and convenient food service for students living on campus at the University. It simply involves pre-booking your meals at the start of the term alongside your rent, allowing you to have the peace of mind that you will always be assured to have a healthy meal. You dont need to worry about budgeting or even washing up...its all done for you!

    Who can use it?

    Any student who is staying in the following colleges is acceptable for this inclusive package:

    Bowland basic standard rooms
    County basic en-suite rooms
    County superior en-suite rooms
    Cartmel superior en-suite rooms
    Lonsdale superior en-suite rooms

    Where can I get my food from?

    Dining takes place in two places; on the north of campus in Cafe Twenty Ten (for Bowland and County students), and on the south of campus in Barker House Farm (for Cartmel and Lonsdale students). Simply click on the links to find out more about each of these outlets.
    When can I go there?

    Our Catered Accommodation service is available seven days a week in term time and during Fresher's Week, totalling 31 weeks.

    Breakfast is available between 8am to 11am
    Dinner is available between 5pm to 8pm
    Weekend times may alter to meet demands

    Why should I sign-up for Catered Accommodation?

    It is convenient and flexible, being within easy walking distances from all relevant college social areas. It provides tasty local and healthy foods every single day. It provides an alternative to the worry of having to manage budgeting. Both outlets have benefited from significant investment, making them great places to eat, meet and socialise. It is a great solution for someone with a busy lifestyle and most importantly, there's no burnt food or washing up!

    How do I sign up?

    You can sign up when you are applying for Accommodation at Lancaster University; you will be asked on the application form whether you would like Catered Accommodation. If you would like further information regarding accommodation at Lancaster please visit the Accommodation Website.

    If you have any questions on the catering service please don't hesitate to contact us directly on 01524 593260 or simply email us at [email protected].

    How do I pay and how much?

    When apply for your accommodation, check the catered accommodation option and when you receive the invoice pay through the University's web payments. Details of the costs can be viewed here.

    When to pay?


    Payment is due when you book your accommodation.

    Where do I collect my card?

    During the first weekend and Freshers' Week the cards will be available at your nearest dining area during opening times. Lonsdale and Cartmel Colleges pick-up from Barker House Farm; County and Bowland pick up from County South Restaurant.

    What am I entitled to?

    You are entitled to breakfast and evening meal for 30 weeks term time and Freshers’ Week. Menus are available here and at each dining area.

    Can I use my card in vacation time?

    No, the scheme operates in term-time only; dates will be advertised in advance. However additional funds may be added to your card for other food purchases in University outlets. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

    Can I bring a friend who is not in the scheme?

    Yes, but payment will need to be made for their meal.

    What if I have a special diet?

    No problem, just speak to a member of the catering team on your first day and we will try to accommodate you needs. Or in advance contact Catering Bookings.

    What happens if I miss a meal session?

    Meals cannot be carried over or transferred, if you cannot attend please contact the Catering team in advance to discuss alternative arrangements.
    If, like the majority of students, you opt to have a self-catering contract, there are loads of food options available.

    On Campus:
    Spar - Has a hot food counter and a reasonable range of frozen, grocery and fresh products. Prices tend to be slightly higher than a normal supermarket, but it is good when you just need a couple of things. That said, some people do seem able to do their weekly shop instore, as all the basics are covered.
    Central - LUSU-run mini supermarket. Co-Op branded. Again features a range of fresh, frozen and grocery goods.
    LUSU Shop - Good for sandwiches, drinks and snacks. Often features some vegetarian and even vegan options.
    Gregg's - Known for having rather large queues! Standard store, with sandwiches, cakes and pasties.
    Diggles - Sells hot pasties, like Gregg's, but is best known for milkshake! An extensive menu of very tasty milkshakes - a perfect treat.
    Chip Shop, Pizzette, Sultan's, Chinese Restaurant, Wib Wobs [Burgers], Baker Farm House etc. - There are various restaurants and take aways on campus, some with extensive opening hours [like Pizzette]. Between them, you can get burgers, pizzas, Indian curries, Chinese food and even good old fish and chips.

    Off Campus: Lancaster

    Lancaster is host to various bars and restaurants, including some chains [like Bella Italia and Wetherspoons] - you can find Indian, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, French and some good vegetarian options available.
    There are a range of places to buy food to cook at home [as the university accommodation options come with good quality kitchens]. These include Booths, Sainsbury's, The Co-Op and the bi-weekly market [which includes fruit and vegetable stalls, cup-cake stalls, bread stalls, stalls selling olives and cheese, local meats and hot, cooked food]. You can also find good vegetarian options at the Single Step Cooperative and items in the Marks and Spencers food hall. Other bits and pieces can be found in the Chinese and Thai supermarkets, Farm Foods, Holland & Barrett, Cool Trader, Home Bargains and the pound shop. It can pay to shop around!

    Off Campus: Further Afield
    Asda - Located half way between Morecambe seafront and Lancaster. Realistically, it is two buses from campus. Quite a busy store. Most students tend to order online and have it delivered to campus instead - saves time and can work out cheaper than the bus fare, especially if you order with friends.
    Sainsbury's - The larger Morecambe store, with a clothing and home section. Has lots of counters, including pizzas and hot food. They even have a service where you can buy a pizza and take it away hot for an extra £1 [much cheaper than a pizza take-away!]. One bus from campus - a 2A [stops right outside] - but takes around 45 minutes to get there.
    Morrisons - By the sea-front in Morecambe. One bus [preferably a 3/4 from campus]. Full-sized store.
    Tesco - There is a Tesco express in Lancaster itself, but there is a slightly larger Metro store in Morecambe. One bus from campus.

    Thus, there are lots of options available! Even if you are self-catered, you can eat out on campus relatively cheaply, and you have the flexibility to try different places [or different recipes back in your flat].
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    #9 Accommodation - When Will I Find Out?

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    Undergraduate Applications

    Once our application site opens in June we will send an email to all students that have accepted a place on a course, inviting them to create an account, and then apply for college membership and accommodation. As more students accept places through the summer, they will be picked up and emailed in weekly batches.


    We endeavour to place every student in one of the two colleges they are asked to choose when they apply, though this is not always possible. We also take into account the type of accommodation you are applying for in deciding which is best for you. Although we ask for your preferences you should be prepared to accept some concessions if we are unable to meet all of your criteria. Please notify us of any special circumstances regarding disabilities, medical conditions and allergies when you apply. You may wish to view details about adapted rooms for students with disabilities here.


    Guarantees

    Incoming Undergraduates for whom Lancaster is their first choice university, and who have firmly accepted an offer via UCAS, are guaranteed a place in residence if they apply before 15 August. We will endeavour to accommodate Insurance and Clearing students but are unable to guarantee this, though the Students' Union housing office is able to provide advice on accommodation off-campus.


    Providing we receive applications by the relevant deadlines, we also guarantee to accommodate the following: Undergraduates returning to Lancaster after a placement year abroad or in industry; overseas students throughout their course; students with special needs or disabilities; and students on Study Abroad programmes.


    Erasmus exchange students are not guaranteed a place in university accommodation.


    If we don't receive your application by the relevant deadline we will assume that you are making your own arrangements off campus.


    Accommodation Offers, Contracts & Payments

    We will send your offer of accommodation by email, and you can check the status of your application in your online account. You must respond to the offer within 7 days if you wish to accept the room offered, by following the instructions given. When you click to accept the offer you are accepting the terms and conditions of the contract, and you must pay the £200 deposit to secure the room. If we don't hear from you within the 7 days we will be unable to hold the room for you.


    Please note: We do not allocate undergraduate rooms until the UK exam results are published in mid August, and offers to those confirmed as attending are sent out thereafter.


    The contract you accept is legally binding, and sets down the conditions of the agreement between yourself and the University. You cannot be released from it, and will be obliged to pay all residence charges relating to the contract. You must therefore budget carefully, making sure you have enough money to manage during your time in Lancaster. Please make sure you understand this completely before applying for or accepting a room.


    You will be asked to pay the deposit with a credit card via our secure website, in order to accept the offer. This is fully refundable at the end of the tenancy providing the accommodation is left as you found it, and that no deductions have been made during the year. Financial regulations mean that we can only refund deposits to the person that made the original payment.


    There is also a £30 college membership fee payable, which your college will send you details of in September.

    It can be alarming, as a lot of universities inform their students earlier than Lancaster. However, try not to worry. Offers of accommodation tend to come through in late August/early September. When you are offered a room, you will be told the college and type of room, but not the actual room number or block you will be living in. You will be told that on move in day in late September/early October [you will go to your college reception to be given your key - there will be people on hand to show you to your room].
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    #10 How Does The Minor System Work In Lancaster?

    A degree at Lancaster is divided into two sections - Part One and Part Two. Part One is, essentially, your first year. Part Two are the years that follow. Generally speaking [although not for all courses], Part One does not count towards your final degree classification.

    During Part One, your year is divided into three parts. Thirds of the 120 credits you will study in that year.

    For some courses, like medicine and law, your major takes up all 120 credits. For these courses, you are not required to take a minor.
    For some courses, the major takes up 2/3 [so 80 credits], allowing you to take up one minor.
    For others [indeed the majority of the humanities], the major takes up just 1/3 [40 credits] of your first year. This means you must take up two minors. For example, History [major] with Politics and English Literature as minors.

    You need to achieve 45% in your major and a minimum of 40% in your minor modules to progress onto Part Two.


    There will be takes during Freshers' Week, outlining the courses available. You confirm your enrollment on any minor modules during this time.
    At the end of your first year, you can change your degree. If you have taken minors and achieved 45% or more in them, you can change your major subject. You can also maintain minors during your Part Two study, should you wish.

    (Original post by Lancaster University)
    Flexible Study
    Lancaster prides itself on having a flexible approach to undergraduate study, particularly in your first year, and is one of only a handful of universities within the UK that allow students to study additional minor subjects alongside their major subject.

    Depending on which subject you choose to study at Lancaster, you will have a level of flexibility during the first year of your degree programme (which we call ‘Part I’) through which you can choose to minor in other subjects to either complement or contrast with your major subject.

    For example, a student starting an English Language undergraduate degree at Lancaster in 2013 may also choose to minor in History and French in the first year of her studies. At the end of the first year, she can then choose to either continue with just one of these three subjects during her remaining studies at Lancaster, or can combine two of them and then graduate with a joint honours degree.

    As well as providing you with the opportunity to widen your knowledge outside of your core subject area, having this flexible approach in your first year at university allows you to make the right decision about your future path of study. By studying a selection of academic disciplines you have the opportunity to switch the focus of your degree as your interests evolve and as career opportunities develop. It can also help to differentiate your degree when you enter the job market and provide you with a study programme that is tailor-made for your specific academic interests.

    Please note: You don’t have to choose your Part I minor subjects until you have accepted an offer to study at Lancaster and have registered with us in the October of your year of entry, so you do not need to list your first-year minor course choices on your UCAS form.
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    #When will I find out my room number?

    Move in day.

    When you are given your offer of accommodation, you are told the college and type of accommodation. You are not, however, told the block name or the specific room number. Some say this is to allow the residence teams extra flexibility prior to move in day.

    When you move in, on the Saturday or Sunday before freshers [depending on your college], you will report to the main building for your college. There will be reps to guide you and desks to queue at. From there, you should be given some information about freshers and your room keys. Reps should be around to take you to your room - and even to help you move in - from there.
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    #7 Transport To And Around Lancaster

    Local
    Lancaster University is incredibly well connected to the local area, with an extensive, reliable and regularly set of bus links. A return ticket from campus to the city centre is around £2.50 on the 2/2A/3/4 routes.

    2/2A - These run until quite late at night, and are usually the first to begin in the morning. They run from campus through Hala, Bowerham, Lancaster, Torrisholme, Morecambe and Heysham. Bowerham is a popular student residential area, where a lot of students live in second year.
    3 - The 3 is the "quick" route into Lancaster city centre, taking around 10 minutes. It runs straight along the A6, making it quicker than the 2/2A [except when there is lots of traffic on the A6]. From Lancaster, it carries on to Morecambe, through Bare.
    4 - The 4 travels through Bowerham to Lancaster, and then on through Bare to Morecambe. It takes a slightly different route, avoiding the A6 the majority of the way into Lancaster.
    X1 - This is the bus to the train station. It has shorter running hours than the other buses, but conveniently stops right outside the station. If you need to get to the station when this bus isn't running/isn't timed correctly, you can get any bus into Lancaster and walk the approximately 5 minute journey from Common Garden Street up to the station.
    40 - This bus travels between Morecambe and Preston, passing through Lancaster, the university and Garstang on route. A good service, which often works out cheaper than getting a bus into Lancaster and a train on to Preston. You'll want a Lancashire DayRider [around £6] for a return journey [the ticket can also be used on other services in the area].
    42 - Like the 40, this is an extensive bus route. From campus, it is ideal for journeys to Blackpool. It takes around 1 hour, but it is quite cheap [the Lancashire DayRider ticket is the best] and easy [as it is just one bus all the way]. Again, to do this journey via train is more hassle - bus to Lancaster, train to Preston and then a train from Preston to Blackpool.

    From Lancaster bus station, you can get buses to a host of locations. These include Carnforth and Carlisle.

    National:

    The railway station features hourly trains to Manchester [stopping at Preston, Chorley and Bolton]. There are also regular links south to London, and north to Edinburgh and the Lake District.
    The buses have recently been updated.

    2A/2 - 2A will serve Bowerham every 20 minutes. 2 will operate via Greaves every 20 minutes (So the same as a 3, minus south west)

    3 - Most 3’s will now go all the way to Morecambe, improving access to Morrisons. Outside term time 3’s will only operate between Morecambe and City Centre.

    4 - This will go via Train Station then the Quay

    X1 - Being renamed (X4) and reduced slightly

    X4 - Changes to the old-X1, a small number Monday to Friday peak hour journeys running directly between the Railway Station and the University as well as the hourly Sunday service.

    12 - This will no longer go to the train station. It will also be expanded to double decker due to popularity.
 
 
 
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