Induction for further education students

CONGRATULATIONS on becoming a UCM student! We look forward to welcoming you on the first day of your course.

The Student Handbook will give you some understanding of how College works, but you will find out much more once you get started and begin to get your bearings. The information on this page is designed to provide you with some basic information about things you may want to know before then and will hopefully reassure you that plenty of support is available to help you settle in to College quickly.​

start dates for 2021-22

  • First years:                              Wednesday 1st September 2021, 9.00am


A team from UCM will be on hand when you walk through the front door on your first day to greet you and make sure you know exactly where you are going. You can plan your route using the Bus Journey Planner. Simply enter your destination, where you're travelling from and at what time, and it will help you find the best route. Information about buses and costs can be found here or by calling 662525. You can use your Student Card as ID on the buses, however you may like to explore Go Card options.

When you arrive on your first day, a team from UCM will greet you when walk through the front door and make sure you know exactly where you are going


Unless you have been told to wear a uniform or to dress in a certain way by your course leader, we suggest just dressing in a way which is comfortable for you. Students here mostly dress casually so they can be comfortable moving, sitting and travelling to and from UCM. Some like to dress smartly and others enjoy being creative in the way they dress. It is entirely up to you!


For you course: Some students are asked to bring specific items related to their course, otherwise bring a pen and some paper on your first day and you will be told about anything else you may need later. (Stationery can be bought at Reception).

Food and drink: You can either bring a packed lunch or some money for a meal from our refectory or a snack from the Grab and Go and vending machines (free water is available throughout UCM). If you are entitled to free lunches you will be able to collect your meal card from Reception. More information on how to apply for free lunches can be found here.

fees and funding

Information about Fees and Funding can be found here.

where can I find support?

  • Your tutor will help you settle in and ensure you find out all you need to know to be successful in your studies and will be available throughout the year to help you be the best you can be.
  • Student Services will provide support about any concerns you may have outside your studies and to help you develop and grow as a person.
  • The Employability Skills Programme will offer you opportunities to become ‘work ready’ and you will also be able to join the Student Council.
  • The Academic Support Centre will also provide you with extra academic assistance.

Talk to us before you start

In the mean-time, if you have any concerns about anything at all – personal issues, finances, study-life balance or anything else, Student Services staff are available to help, so don’t hesitate to contact us at