Starting your UCAS application

All UK based university applications are made through UCAS (the University and Colleges Admissions Service).

To apply for one of our degrees, please register with UCAS. This is a fairly straightforward process that should only take a few minutes. Once you’ve registered, you’ll be taken to your UCAS Hub dashboard where you can create an application.

There is a fee for submitting a UCAS application.  This is payable directly to UCAS and is £22.00 if you are applying for just one course, £26.50 for multiple courses or £26.50 for late applications sent after 30 June.

Adding a course as a choice to your UCAS application

After you’ve registered with UCAS, you’ll be able to create an application and then add a course (or courses) as a choice to that application.  

UCAS allows you to apply for up to five different undergraduate courses in an application.  Most students will choose five similar courses at five different institutions.  However, you are able to choose more than one course at a particular institution if you wish.

Spirit Studios is an independent higher education institution whose degrees are validated by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).  Therefore our courses will display UCLan’s name and logo on the course pages on the UCAS website.  You’ll see Spirit Studios as the Location, as per the image below.  You’ll also need to select University of Central Lancashire, rather than Spirit Studios, when adding a choice to your application.

Example of Spirit Studios being stated as the Location for our Music Production degree:

To add a course as one of your choices:

  1. Sign into your UCAS hub
  2. You will then be greeted with your UCAS dashboard. Scroll down and on the left hand side you’ll see a section called ‘Your applications’.  You’ll be able to click ‘Add application’ and possibly ‘Continue application’ if you’ve previously started an application.  Click the applicable option
  3. From your application, click the blue ‘Add Choice’ button.  You’ll then be greeted with a pop-up box with a number fields to complete
  4. Under University/college name, select ‘University of Central Lancashire’.  Rather than typing the whole name manually, you can just start typing ‘Lancashire’ for it to create a shortlist to speed things up.  Note: typing UCLan will result in ‘no matches found’
  5. Under Course, start typing the name of the course and then select it (we’ve listed exactly how our course names are displayed on UCAS below)
  6. Under Location, select ‘Spirit Studios’
  7. Under Start date, select the date at which you want to start the course
  8. You can leave the Further details section blank
  9. Select the year of the course you want to start under ‘Point of entry’.  Most applicants will select ‘1st Year’
  10. Select whether you’ll be living at home while studying or not
  11. Click Save.  You’ve now added a course as a choice to your application.  Repeat the above for any other courses you wish to add to your application

Our course names on UCAS:

  • Electronic Music Production and Performance W383 (3FT Hon)
  • Entrepreneurial Audio Production W391 (3FT HON)
  • Live Audio Engineering and Music Production J931 (3FT Hon)
  • Music Business and Creative Industries W390 (3FT Hon)
  • Music Production W37W (3FT Hon)

Demo of adding Electronic Music Production and Performance as a choice to your application:

Note: whilst there is a blue Apply button on the course pages of the website, it won’t add the course as one of your UCAS application choices.  It’ll eventually take you to a page that states ‘You will need to manually add this course as a Choice in your new or existing application’.  This is the case for all UCAS applications, regardless of university and course. Follow the above steps to add a course as a choice to your application.

If you are having difficulty adding one of our courses as a choice to your application, please get in touch with our admissions team who will be happy to help.

Completing your UCAS application

Along with choosing up to five courses, you will need to provide additional information with your UCAS application:

  • Your academic qualifications
  • Personal statement
  • Reference

Once all information has been provided, you can submit your application.  Please see below for UCAS application deadlines and important dates.

Informal interview

Once you have submitted your application, you will be invited to an informal interview at Spirit Studios.  During the interview, we will assess your passion for the subject area you wish to study and your level of experience.  You can also bring in any personal projects to support your application.

These informal interviews are another opportunity to get a feel for Spirit Studios, and to ensure our courses are the right choice for you.  If you have not visited Spirit Studios before, we can arrange for you to have a full tour of our campus as part of your visit.  We can also arrange for interviews to take place during one of our Open Days (subject to availability).  

Interviews can take place virtually, if required.

UCAS application deadlines and important dates
  • 26 January 2022 – deadline for on time UCAS applications for undergraduate courses, except those with a 15 October deadline
  • 25 February 2022 – UCAS Extra opens
  • 30 June 2022 – Applications received after 30 June are entered into Clearing
  • 4 July 2022 – Final date for applicants to add a choice through Extra
  • 5 July 2022 – Clearing opens
  • 21 July 2022 – If you receive all decisions by 14 July, reply by 21 July
  • 28 September 2022 – Final date for 2022 entry applications
  • 18 October 2022 – Last date to add 2022 entry Clearing choices
Any questions?

If you have any questions about or courses or your application, please get in touch via 0161 276 2100 or

Further information