Undergraduate study

Undergraduate courses are not just for those considering changing course they may also be the route to applying for a professional training eg dentistry, medicine or psychology etc.

  • Applications are via UCAS. The UCAS website has lots of useful information about application deadlines, advice on applying and importantly all the course listings.


Certain undergraduate courses, especially in more vocational areas, may attract funding above and beyond the usual student loans system. Find out as much as you can about what is available. Course providers should be able to tell you what funding may be available, if any at all.

As a general rule, students who have previously completed an undergraduate degree will not be able to qualify for government support for a second undergraduate degree. This includes the tuition fee loan and the maintenance loan.

There are exceptions for students studying a second degree in:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary science
  • Architecture
  • Social work
  • STEM subjects (part-time only)

Such students may be eligible to qualify for the maintenance element of the loan and university bursaries, but would not be able to qualify for a tuition fee loan.

The University of Manchester will be offering the Manchester Bursary to eligible ELQ students as long as they have completed an assessment by Student Finance England.

A small number of employers offer financial support in the form of a bursary, sponsorship or scholarship for part or occasionally all of your undergraduate degree. This kind of funding is usually offered with paid summer internships or an industrial placement, in return for you joining the company as a graduate when you complete your studies. These awards are quite rare and can usually be found with engineering and science related organisations. The best ways to stay informed about these opportunities are to google ‘undergraduate sponsorships’ or ‘undergraduate bursaries’, and follow us on Facebook, both via your School group and the Internships and Work Experience group.