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Hello Future

Since opening their purpose built £10 million campus in 2009 in the heart of Peterborough, University Centre Peterborough (UCP) have grown their portfolio of courses to reflect the needs of local, national and international employers and these lead to genuine employment opportunities for graduates in their chosen career path.

As a relatively new institution, UCP have been able to create a learning environment which is different to other universities, and their strength comes from our smaller size, which enables them to put you at the heart of everything they do.

Significantly this includes smaller class sizes, more contact time with lecturers including 1:1 tutorials, convenient timetabling and flexible study options to fit in with students commitments so your needs are met.

When you study at UCP, they will support your development and help you in achieving your career ambitions. They have excellent working relationships with local companies who are looking to recruit graduates direct from UCP or improve qualifications for their existing staff. The employability hub on campus can support you in identifying opportunities for internships, work placements or volunteering to improve your career prospects which can lead to permanent work after graduating.

In 2020, University Centre Peterborough became part of the Inspire Education Group and subsequently grown their HE provision in the area by now offering courses in both Peterborough in Stamford.

Why study at University Centre Peterborough?

The student population at University Centre Peterborough is a diverse and friendly one. This consists of students from Peterborough and Stamford, the surrounding area and all across the UK. There are students who have just finished A-levels or college and over a third of our student population are mature students (that is anyone aged over 21 to 60+). What sets University Centre Peterborough apart from other universities in the UK is its smaller size, which means UCP can give students more time and support when they study with them.

  • Study in small class sizes and get 1:1 support from your lecturers
  • The majority of courses are studied as two days a week
  • There are opportunities for work experience and placements
  • There are part-time study options for the majority of degrees
  • Start Business or Computing degrees in September or January
  • Benefit from lower tuition fees and low income bursaries
  • There is a nursery on-site at our Peterborough campus
  • Free car parking on campus is available for UCP students
  • There is student accommodation
  • Two thirds of students achieve a first class or 2:1 classification
  • Students get to graduate at Peterborough Cathedral

Courses on offer

There is a wide range of undergraduate and higher national courses available in Peterborough and Stamford. For more information about the courses listed below, cplease visit

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Animal Management
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business Management (start in January or September)
  • Computing (start in January or September)
  • Construction (Architectural Technology, Civil Engineering, Construction Management and Surveying)
  • Counselling
  • Criminology
  • Digital Arts
  • Digital Marketing
  • Early Years, Education and Teaching
  • Engineering (Electrical & Electronic, Manufacturing and Mechanical)
  • English Literature with Creative Writing
  • History and Archaeology
  • Journalism
  • Media Production
  • Performing Arts
  • Psychosocial Studies
  • Sociology
  • Sport and Exercise Science

Open Days and 1:1 Advice Sessions

Throughout the year there will be opportunities for you to speak to university staff to get help and advice on the courses on offer as well as students finances, the UCAS application process and the support available to students. For more information about these events and to book, please visit