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Cumbria University

UCAS Code: C99

Location: North-west England Show on Map

Site: Sites at Carlisle, Ambleside, Lancaster, Penrith, Workington; teaching site in London

A modern university

Student Population

Total Students:10,710
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:8,935
Full Time:70%
Mature on Entry:30%
UK Students:98%
State school entry:96%

Teaching Staff

390+ full-time, 180+ part-time

Broad study areas

Art & design; performance arts; business; nursing & health-related subjects; humanities; IT & science; teaching; sport, tourism & leisure.


Admission Information:AS-levels may be considered, but only in combination with 2+ A-levels or equivalent. UCAS tariff used, to which AS-levels and key skills can contribute.
Points on Entry (Mean):253
Drop Out Rate:11%
Accommodation:Many first years housed


Founded:2007, a regional merger of 3 HE institutions: St Martin's College (an HE college in Lancaster, Carlisle and Ambleside), Cumbria Institute of the Arts (Carlisle) and the UCLan campuses at Penrith and Carlisle.
Site:Sites at Ambleside (in the Lake District); Carlisle (two campuses); Lancaster (single open campus 5 minutes from city centre); Penrith (rural campus a mile from town); Energus Building at Lillyhall in Workington; plus London teaching site in Bow.
How to get there:Ambleside: rail to Windermere and taxi ride, or by road via M6 then A591. Carlisle: rail (London–Glasgow) or by road via M6 then A69. Lancaster: rail (London–Glasgow line) or by road via M6; frequent local bus service. Penrith: rail (London–Glasgow) then taxi, or by road (M6). Workington: by rail (London−Glasgow line, then Carlisle-Workington) or by road via M6 and A66
Special features:New facilities in Furness College, allowing university education in Barrow-in-Furness.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Learning, information & student services on all main campuses: student finance, international student advice, disability and specific learning difficulties, residence life, academic skills, counselling, mental health and wellbeing and careers guidance. SU adviser, chaplain, SU solicitor; chapel, medical centre.
Amenities:Campus bookshop, SU bar and social club; shop.
Sporting facilities:Sports centre with 4 badminton courts, gymnastics area, conditioning room, sports injury clinic. Floodlit all-weather pitch, tennis and squash courts, gymnasia, multigym with equipment for aerobic exercise at Lancaster. Similar facilities at Penrith. Varied facilities at other sites.
Accommodation:Many first-year students housed. 1000 rooms across the campuses: 394 in Cumbria, rent £78 per week to £95 pw ensuite; 500 rooms in Lancaster, rent £72-£78 pw; 170 in Penrith £64-£90 (ensuite) pw; all on 42-week contracts. Some accommodation self-catering, some catered, depending on campus. Students live in privately-owned accommodation for 2+ years: rents £50–£60.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:Libraries on 6 sites: total of approx 300,000 items, including books, journals, multi-media items. Plentiful study places; networked PCs. Information provision, £92 pa spent for each student (FTE). Specialist collection: Teaching practice collections.
Other learning resources:Multi-media facilities and media equipment, computer laboratories, art, wood, metalwork and ceramic studios, dance and drama studio, music recital and rehearsal rooms. Paramedical building for OT, radiography and imaging science.
Study abroad:European university links.
Careers:Information and advice service on main campuses.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £6200 pa (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.
Term-time work:University allows term-time work for full-time students. Some work available on Lancaster campus in bar, catering or sports centre; careers service advertises jobs off campus.
Financial help:128 scholarships of £3000 in Year 1 (£1500 pa thereafter) open to students resident in a low-participation neighbourhood whose family income is up to £25k pa (weighted towards those who are eg disabled, are care leavers, whose family income is particularly low); 295 bursaries of £1500 pa awarded to those eligible for, but not awarded one of these scholarships. Also 12 awards of £1000 for achievement by specified students (eg low family income, care leavers) in academic, arts, sport or community activity; 4 choral scholarships of up to £5300 pa. Small bursaries may be awarded, if eligible, from university hardship funds.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £8400 pa for first degree courses. International students pay £8540 pa.


Academic features:

Range of modular studies and professional courses in eg nursing, teaching, occupational therapy & radiography, law, youth & community work.

Awarding body:

University of Cumbria

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BSc, BA/BSc(QTS), BEng, LLB, FdA, FdSc.

Length of courses:

3 years; 4 years (eg QTS courses); 2 years (FdA/FdSc)

Main subjects offered:

  • Acting
  • Animation
  • Art
  • Arts Management
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Ceramics
  • Childhood Studies
  • Community Arts
  • Computing
  • Conservation
  • Contemporary Decorative Arts/Crafts
  • Costume Design
  • Counselling
  • Creative/Performance Writing
  • Criminology
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Education
  • Embroidery
  • English
  • Events Management
  • Film Studies
  • Forensic Science
  • Forestry
  • Graphic Design
  • Health
  • History
  • Human Resource Management
  • Illustration
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Interactive Games Production
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Medical Imaging
  • Midwifery
  • Multimedia
  • Music Theatre
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Performance Arts
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Physiotherapy
  • Policing
  • Psychology
  • Radiography
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Science
  • Social Work
  • Sports Sciences
  • Sports Studies
  • Stage Management
  • Teacher Training
  • Theology
  • Web Development/Design
  • Wildlife Management
  • Youth & Community Work

Student view


Ambleside Campus


Located in the heart of the Lake District, with stunning views, this campus is certainly a great place to study. Ambleside is busy little tourist town, with many jobs available (but living costs and public transport fairly expensive). Majority of first years live in halls, 2 minutes walk from college. SU bar (the Overdraught) is largest venue in town and has many events throughout the week. Brand new library with many state-of-the-art equipment. Sports facilities are limited at best but plans underway to improve them. Despite this, there is still a strong BUCS participation, as well as many other clubs eg mountaineering, kayaking and dodgeball.


Carlisle Campus


It’s next to the city centre, on the site of the old infirmary which has been extensively refurbished. Recent developments include a sports complex, halls of residence and student bar. Learning gateway centre and SU building planned. Carlisle is an historic border city surrounded by beautiful countryside with excellent shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Student body is growing and the SU is very active, running many clubs, societies and organising entertainment events. Halls are stylish, modern and comfortable; housing off-campus arranged through the accommodation office as a head lease scheme (so students only have to deal with the university and can be guaranteed housing that meets all safety and living standards). Sports are very diverse and the sporting facilities offer virtually endless opportunities at extremely reasonable rates with big discounts for student users.


Lancaster Campus


A very friendly campus, only ½ mile from Lancaster, which has usual high street stores, great little boutiques and specialist shops; also pubs and restaurants for all tastes and great places for theatre, music and films. It’s close to coastal and countryside activities, including Lake District, and 60 miles from Manchester and Liverpool. Seven halls on-site (all with irons, kettles etc); self-catering residences are in town, 15 mins’ walk from college. Campus has medical centre, laundry, TV lounges, coffee bars, bookshop and SU shop (stationery, food etc); 2 bars sell alcoholic and soft drinks at cheap prices. Active SU campaigns on student issues, runs student advice centre, organises entertainments eg themed nights; also runs successful sports clubs and societies. Great sport facilities. A place of opportunities where people can be themselves and participate in or initiate activities.



Ambleside Campus

Housing: Halls for first years (self-catering, fully- or semi-catered ). Sufficient private sector houses off campus. Eats: College refectory and snack bar. Loads of local cafés and bars but few student discounts. Drink: SU bar, The Overdraught; pubs in town average £2.20 a pint, £1.80 a shot. Financial help: Good grant/loan schemes in place through student services. Best features: You get to know everybody and it’s very friendly. And worst: Everybody knows you (can be hard for some people). And it rains – a lot.

Carlisle Campus

Housing: Reasonable rates for halls accommodation; head lease scheme for housing off-campus. Eats: University dining room. Wide range of restaurants in town. Nightlife: SU bar on campus, with friendly staff. Excellent variety of student friendly pubs and clubs in Carlisle. Sports: Newly established sports and societies use the local sports centre for reduced price. Jobs: Part-time work available in shops and pubs in town. Financial help: Really good, and you can apply throughout the year.

Lancaster Campus

Housing: Above average standard on campus. Eats: Refectory, incl. vegetarian provision, coffee bars have snacks. Chinese, French, Mexican, Indian, Italian, all in town. Drink: SU bar very cheap. Vast range of pubs in town. Nightlife: SU ents incl themed nights, quiz night, visiting bands, balls. Sports: Sports complex, multigym, astroturf. Access to Lancaster University facilities; private clubs have student rates. Travel: Trust funds and travel scholarships through the chaplaincy. Jobs: Easy to get part-time work eg SU bar and shop.

Past Students

David Coates (broadcaster).

More info?

Contact Vice President Ambleside (tel 015394 30376), Vice President Carlisle (01228 616253), Vice President Lancaster (01524 526567) or or email info@su.cumbria.ac.uk, website www.thestudentsunion.org.uk



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