How to apply for a course

The majority of course places are allocated to members in August, using a computer algorithm. If your course choices are submitted (on paper or online) by 1 August, they will be included in the annual allocation process. If they are submitted after the allocation process some courses will be full, so it is best to apply through the Office.

The vacancy list, available from September, shows courses that still have vacancies.
If you apply for a course that is full you will be placed on the waiting list.

Before you can apply for a course you must be a U3AC member.


screenshot of course selection

Selecting your courses on the website

Joining (or re-joining) U3AC

Online application

  1. First register as a U3AC member and set up your account:
    • Click Join U3AC on the homepage or use the button below.
    • Complete the two parts of the online registration form (‘Your info’ and ‘Additional Information’).
    • If you are a taxpayer, please Gift Aid your subscription, enabling U3AC to claim an extra 25p for every £1 given.
    • Don’t forget to click the Submit button at the bottom of the Additional Information form.
  2. Pay your subscription, new member enrolment fee using a credit card or debit card.
  3. Then apply for your course choices (see ‘How to make your course selection’ below)
  4. Pay any additional course fees (where due these are shown in the Programme) using a credit card or debit card.
Click to join U3AC

Paper application

  1. Complete the combined New Member Enrolment and Course Application form (available from the Office).
    • If you are a taxpayer, please Gift Aid your subscription, enabling U3AC to claim an extra 25p for every £1 given.
  2. Pay your membership subscription either by credit card or debit card (in person at the Office) or by bank transfer: Payee U3AC no2 account, Sortcode 08-92-99, Account number 65863363, Reference your surname and membership number.


Please complete your application online if at all possible. If you would like help completing the online forms, call the Office on 01223 321587 and a member of staff will talk you through the process.

Your subscription

The annual membership subscription contributes to the administration and accommodation costs of U3AC. Note that this subscription is not a payment for individual classes, lectures or activities. It is a gift to U3AC and is non-refundable.