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If you’re applying for a full-time Honours Degree, Foundation Degree (including those with a preparatory year), Higher National Certificate or Diploma, you’ll need to apply via UCAS. You can search for a course on our website or through UCAS courses.

You can start your application on UCAS apply – you’ll need to register and create a user account. This means you can complete your application at your own speed and track your application after you’ve submitted it.

Remember, you can only submit one UCAS application per cycle, so all the courses you want to apply for have to be on the same application. There are some helpful resources on the UCAS website if you encounter any problems.

If you’re applying to UCEN Manchester, you’ll need our institution code ‘M10’ for when you complete your UCAS application.

To apply in 2018/19, UCAS will charge:

  • £13 for just one course
  • £24 for multiple courses and late applications sent after 30 June

This year, to ensure everyone has the opportunity to pursue their ambitions, we have waived our audition fee for our BA (Hons) Degree programmes in Performing Arts including:

Acting for Live and Recorded Media; Dance and Performance; Musical Theatre, and Theatre and Performance.

If you opt for a single choice, you won’t be able to enter UCAS EXTRA or UCAS Clearing, or make further choices, but you can always pay the extra £11 if you want to access these UCAS services. It’s a great option if you know which course you want to study – for example, if you’re an internal student going from a Foundation degree to a Top-up degree.

If you’re currently at school or college, you’ll need a buzzword from your tutor or careers advisor. This is like a password unique to your school or college that allows you to register your application with UCAS. Your school or college will then add a reference and submit your application.

Your tutor or careers advisor can explain how you apply to UCAS and whether there are any internal deadlines you need to stick to.

UCEN Manchester encourages all applications, including those from people who are returning to education after a time away.

You’ll still need to apply via UCAS as an independent applicant and write a personal statement, which needs to be between 1,000 and 4,000 characters. This is your opportunity to tell us about any additional skills or experience you may have, as well as why you want to study your chosen course. You can include examples of voluntary or work experience, as well as career aspirations and personal qualities that will help you study.

You’ll also need to provide details of a referee who can attest to your suitability to study at higher education level.

All applications received between September 2018 and 15 January 2019 will be given equal academic consideration. After this time if we have spaces on the course we will consider your application until 30 June 2019.

If you apply after 30 June 2019 you will need to go through clearing.

We’ll update your UCAS with the outcome of your application, so you’ll need to check UCAS Track for an update. We’ll contact you directly if we’d like to invite you for an interview or audition, or if we need any more information.

For your application, we’ll take one of these actions:

Conditional offer

We’ll set out the academic conditions you’ll need to meet in order for you to be accepted on to the course. These will be in line with our published entry criteria.

Unconditional offer

If you already meet the entry requirements for the course and we have spaces, we’ll give you an unconditional offer.


The reason your application has been withdrawn, which could be because you didn’t attend an interview or respond to a letter, will show up on your UCAS Track account. This Withdrawn option will also be used if you’ve indicated that you no longer wish for us to consider your application.


This means that, unfortunately, your application was unsuccessful at this time.

You can only reply to an offer once you’ve had decisions from all the places you’ve applied to study. Once that’s the case, you have two options:


You’re able to accept two course offers.

One will be your firm acceptance, which is your first choice. If we’ve made you an unconditional offer and you accept, then congratulations, the place is yours! If we’ve made you a conditional offer, you’ll be given the place if you meet the conditions we’ve set.

The other choice is your insurance acceptance, which is a back-up to a conditional firm acceptance. If you don’t meet the conditions of your firm offer, then your application will default to your insurance offer. If you meet the conditions of your insurance offer, you’ll be offered a place on the course.

Think carefully about which choice to accept. If you meet the condition of your firm choice, you’ll be expected to take the place. If you decide to change your mind when you get your results, you can’t swap between your firm and insurance choices.

If you do change your mind within 14 days of accepting your offer, you can contact UCAS to amend your decision. After 14 days, you’d need to contact UCAS and the institutions involved to investigate, then we can amend the decision.


You can decline your offer if you don’t wish to accept the offer we’ve made you, or if you’ve already made both firm and insurance choices.

If you used all five of your choices and received all your decisions, but these were either declined or unsuccessful, then you can apply for another course using UCAS Extra.

If you applied by 15 January 2019, you should receive our decision by 31 March 2019 at the latest, so you’ll need to reply to our offer by 2 May 2019.

If you applied after 15 January 2019, you’ll have different deadlines that you need to reply by and you can check them on UCAS key dates.

Once we have your results, we’ll be able to confirm your place. You’ll have until 31 August 2019 to meet the conditions of offer. 

If you’re concerned that you don’t meet the advertised entry criteria for any of our courses, please contact our HE Admissions Team. They’ll be happy to help. 

Each year, Clearing is available from early July to September. If you first apply after 30 June 2019, you’ll go straight into Clearing and will need to contact us directly to ask about availability on your chosen course. You’ll need your examination results to hand, as we can only make unconditional offers during Clearing. If you had conditional offers but your exam results didn't go to plan, you can use Clearing from results day, when Clearing vacancies will be listed in the UCAS search tool.

We are no longer in a position to enrol any new International students due to our current home office status as a legacy sponsor. For further information about Tier 4 of the points-based system, please refer to the Tier 4 Guidance for Sponsors on the GOV.UK website. We apologise that we are currently unable to proceed with any new applications. If you require a list of alterative UK registered sponsors please visit the Tier 4 Register of Sponsors.

If you are from a British Overseas Territories and your passport states British Citizen you can apply in the normal way. 

You are a 'British overseas territories' national if you are a national of any of these territories:

  • Anguilla
  • Bermuda
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Falkland Islands 
  • Gibraltar 
  • Montserrat
  • Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • St Helena and Dependencies (Ascension Island and Tristan de Cunha)
  • Turks and Caicos Islands 

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