University of Central Lancashire:
Building on strong foundations.
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston was founded in 1828. ‘Ex solo ad solemn’, or in translation, ‘From the Earth to the Sun’, has been its motto ever since – helping people from all walks of life to make the most of their potential is what UCLan’s all about.

UCLan has evolved over the years to become a world class institution, recognised with its inclusion in the 2010 QS World Rankings – the first Modern University in the UK to gain this status. With 11 areas of research judged ‘world leading’ in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, UCLan has the global recognition of its peers, with a focus on applied research, including the identification of human remains in mass disasters, the development of new sign languages, and a variety of health-related research initiatives that are helping to change lives around the world.

Amongst its programme portfolio of some 500 undergraduate and 200+ postgraduate courses, UCLan has been at the forefront of developing degrees in the emerging disciplines of Journalism, Fashion, Forensics and Sports Science. The range of excellence extends to include the likes of Pharmacy, Architecture, Astrophysics and the first new School of Dentistry to be launched in the UK in more than a century.

The University aims to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip its graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work. Not only are employability skills embedded into every degree course, but the sector-defining ‘futures’ careers and employability service offers help and advice, courses and work experience opportunities to help UCLan graduates’ CVs stand out from the pack. Capital investment in outstanding facilities and a dedicated student support service, The ‘i’, combine to help UCLan be awarded the accolade ‘Times Higher Top Modern University for Student Experience 2010’.

A truly global institution, UCLan’s student body includes 120 nationalities; its partnership network extends to 125 countries in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia; it runs 100+ student exchange programmes; it has a new campus in Cyprus and further campuses are being developed in Thailand and Sri Lanka. The University encourages and nurtures originality, from its ground-breaking Energy Management partnership with BAE Systems to its launch of the world’s first International Fashion Institute and the UK’s first MBA in Fashion and its proud record of student business start- ps. With a world class academic reputation firmly rooted in relevance, UCLan is focused on a future of providing innovative thinking– for the real world.


UCLan enjoys well-established, extensive links with partner institutions and as one of our partner students you will be in good hands and excellent company.

Each partner delivers a range of UCLan higher education (HE) courses, allowing students to study locally for their HE award. Some partnership courses enable students to begin their studies within a partner institution and complete them at UCLan, while others are delivered entirely by our partners. Partnership courses are also offered at the University and all students follow the same course, experience the same assessment, and progress to the further stages of the course in the same way.

UCLan students in partner institutions have a closely comparable experience to those studying at the University. Partnership courses have a course leader or co-ordinator based at the partner institution and at the University.

Many of the courses run in the partner institutions have opportunities to progress onto UCLan to complete your programme or to study for a higher qualification. For example, you can top up a HNC/D or a foundation degree to an honours degree.

AAS College is franchise partner of the University, and the benefits that its students enjoy are:

  • Follow the same UCLan curriculum.
  • Be taught the same courses and projects with those taught at UCLan.
  • Use module descriptors, project briefs, teaching schemes, bibliography and notes sent by UCLan every September.
  • Host teaching and academic staff representatives from UCLan at least twice per year.
  • The same assessment procedure for the progression of its students. The assessment procedure for senior students is exactly the same with the University of Central Lancashire because their scoring is validated by presenting their works at the college degree show and their portfolios by external examiners who visit AAS every June.
  • AAS students are UCLan students as well and like those they possess UCLan ID cards which give them access to University’s Blackboard system and to international digital libraries.
  • Students’ visits at UCLan main campus, because the same curriculum run simultaneously, so students have the possibility to make common critiques with their British co-students.
  • The possibility to student exchange programmes for a semester.
  • The Bachelor of Honours and Master degrees that AAS students get are exactly the same with those UCLan students get in Preston and are acknowledged in Great Britain and so in Europe.
  • The degrees awarded to our students by UCLan are acknowledged by NARIC which offers them full academic and professional rights in Great Britain, where Mother University is situated.