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Making an Application

When to make your Application

For 2024 entry, the “on time” application deadline is 6pm on 31st January 2024. Applicants can still apply after this date and we would encourage them to do so if they have missed the deadline, but ideally they should aim to apply before this date.

You can also apply through Extra or Clearing after the “on time” application deadline. Any applications made in July, August and September will go into clearing.

It is important to stay on top of all of the different deadlines, here are the key dates in the UCAS calendar:

We accept applications throughout the academic year and we continue to give all applications equal consideration until either results day in August, or when the course is full.

How to make your Application

Like any university, to apply for a degree course you’ll need a UCAS account. It’s easy to set up your UCAS account and the application form is straight forward. To begin the process go to and choose the option to apply for an Undergraduate course. Here you will be asked which course you are applying for (a maximum of 5). You’ll also need to add your qualifications, write your personal statement and include your reference.

The application fee charged by UCAS for 2024 entry is £22.50 if you are applying for one choice, and £27 for 2-5 choices.

If you’re unsure what to put in your Personal Statement, click here to get some help.

UCAS Points

Offers will be made in the form of UCAS points. These can be gained via a number of qualifications, for example:

  • BCC or above at A2 Level
  • DMM or above at Extended Diploma Level
  • M or above at UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma Level
  • A proven interest in this area

If you’re unsure how many points you have you can use the UCAS tariff calculator.

Remember that qualifications such as Graded Examinations in Music Performance and Arts Award (Gold) can also count towards your UCAS points – check the tariff calculator!

All applicants are expected to have at least a Level 4 or grade ‘C’ in GCSEs Maths and English Language or equivalent. Non-UK applicants will need to have an English Language qualification at International Level B2 or higher, such as an IELTS of 6.0 or better (with no component below 5.5). Students with equivalent qualifications will also be accepted.

Entry criteria for International students will vary. Please see International Students for full details.

Futureworks is able to accept any applications from applicants who require a Student Visa (formerly called Tier 4 Visa) to study in the UK. Please see International Students  for full details.

UCAS Codes

You’ll need to know the UCAS code for your course in order to apply. These are:


Institution Code

The institution code for Futureworks is ‘F98’. Previously our courses were listed under UCLAN as this is our validating university. You must now apply directly to Futureworks.


BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering & Production


BA (Hons) Music Production


BSc (Hons) Game & Interactive Audio


BA (Hons) Visual Effects


BA (Hons) Post Production for Film & TV


BA (Hons) Independent Filmmaking


BA (Hons) Digital Animation with Illustration


BA (Hons) Game Art


BA (Hons) Games Design

Unconditional Offers

Futureworks aspires to be recognised as the first choice for students who want top quality, vocational and relevant education which will lead to sustainable employment in the creative industries.

We are looking for the best students to be part of Futureworks and we understand that this will include applicants who may not have the required qualifications, but do have the industry experience and/or passion to succeed. We believe that these applicants will make a significant contribution to our community and play a positive part in the world-class educational experience we aim to give our students.

We are committed to enabling these applicants to study with us and our aim is that by awarding unconditional offers post interview in some exceptional circumstances, they will have the confidence to excel through one of our degree programmes.

We believe that it’s important to meet all prospective students individually to ensure that our course is right for their skills and aspirations and that they have the full picture of what the studying at Futureworks entails. If an application is successful, the applicant will be invited to attend an interview. After the interview, we may identify that an applicant is someone who has the qualities to succeed at Futureworks, and who will gain immensely from their time with us. Giving an unconditional offer demonstrates our belief that an applicant has the necessary qualities to succeed on one of our degree programmes.

We also hope that, in some cases, having an unconditional offer will help to reduce some of the pressure we know students feel when applying for university and taking their exams and they will be able to focus on achieving excellent grades which will help them work with their passion to excel at their chosen field of study and career.

The criteria for receiving an unconditional offer will vary across the degree programmes, as different qualities are needed to succeed within different creative practices. However, all programmes will include a minimum GCSE English/Maths attainment level or equivalent, in addition to an excellent personal statement and reference.

It should be noted that not being made an unconditional offer does not exclude applicants from being given a standard conditional offer at Futureworks and we value these applicants equally.

Cancelling your Application

If you wish just to cancel your application to Futureworks, you can do this by logging into your UCAS track and cancelling Futureworks as a choice. You can only do this if we have not yet sent you an offer. If we have sent you an offer and you wish to cancel your application to us, you can reject the offer on your UCAS track. If you accept your offer and then decide you wish to withdraw your application to us, you will need to call the Admissions department on 0161 214 4602 and ask them to release you from your offer.

Replying to Offers

If your application is successful we will invite you to attend an interview. We do this so that we can assess your suitability for the course, and also to make sure you’re sure that Futureworks is the right place for you.

Your offer may be made on an unconditional basis, or with conditions attached. You’ll need to meet those conditions in order to start the course. Details of your offer are sent through UCAS, so you will need to check this on your UCAS account when you log in.

If your offer requires you to attain certain grades at A-Level (or equivalent) you’ll need to send in proof of these to our Admissions team.

There will be a deadline attached to your offer and it essential that you reply to your offer before the deadline. Your deadline will be clearly shown in your UCAS account.

If you have applied for more than one course, you should select your preferred course Firm (F) choice. If your Firm choice is conditional, you can select another course as your Insurance (I) choice. You should then mark any other offers you have received as Declined (D).

Contact Us
You can phone us on 0161 214 4602, or email [email protected]

See our FAQ section for additional information.

Confirming Your Place

When you get your results, you should log into your UCAS account to ensure that they have been received by us and that your place has been confirmed.

If your place is not showing as confirmed, then you should contact us and arrange to have your results set to us.

You should also make sure that your contact details are up to date on UCAS in case we need to contact you.

If you didn’t get the results that you had hoped for, then simply call us. We may still be able to fit you in, if not on your chosen course, then maybe on an alternative course.

If we can make you a new offer, we will let you know and make a new offer to you via UCAS. You will then need to reply to your new offer on your UCAS account, but you will only have a few days to accept the new offer.

After all that, you will be sent a letter via your UCAS account shortly after your place is confirmed.

Contact Us
You can phone us on 0161 214 4602, or email [email protected]

Applying through Clearing

If you want to apply for a course via clearing, you’ll need to talk to us first to discuss your application – we will then ask you to complete your application through UCAS and add the course as a clearing choice via UCAS Track. You should only add the course as a clearing choice if you have already been made a clearing offer by us, otherwise there will be a delay in your application.

If you have any questions about applying through clearing, or making a late application, please call us on 0161 214 4602 or email [email protected].

Missed the UCAS deadline?

Although the “on time” deadline for UCAS has now passed, you can still apply for all Futureworks courses.

We continue to give all applications equal consideration until the next deadline which is 30th June 2024.

It’s best to get your application in as soon as possible, but we would encourage you to take the time to make your application the best it can be!

If you’d like to apply please log in to UCAS

For information on Personal Statements and more see

If you’d like to find out more about our courses, life at Futureworks, or talk to our tutors and students, then book yourself on to one of our online open days.

Or call our admissions team on 0161 214 4602 or email them at [email protected]

Transparency Data

You can find out about the number of applications we have received from UK domiciled applicants, how many offers we made in relation to those applications, how many of those offers were accepted and the number of those who have registered with us by clicking here.


Interviews & Portfolios

If your application is successful, may be invited to interview. Information on this is available on the course pages:


Student Finance

Most people apply for tuition fee and maintenance funding through student finance. When you are applying for finance it is important that you apply listing Futureworks as the institution you will be attending to make sure there are no delays with you enrolling with us and receiving your payments on time.