Admissions and COVID-19
This is a challenging year for everyone planning to go to university. The Coronavirus outbreak has created uncertainty for prospective students, teachers and parents. This page has information on what you can do if your plans to go to university have been affected.
On this page:
- Undergraduate information
- Postgraduate academic evidence
- Deferring your start
- Changing your course
- How you'll be taught this year
- Deposit refunds
- English language testing and requirements
- Protecting Vulnerable Groups and Occupational Health forms
- Open days
- Live chat support for offer holders
Information on offer conditions, exams, results, appeals and deferrals.
2020 school exams
We understand that Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused disruption to this year's school exams. You can find country-specific information below:
Students from Scotland
On 19 March the Scottish Government announced that the 2020 SQA exam diet will not go ahead. The SQA is putting in place a certification model to replace the exam diet and is aiming to have results with students no later than 4 August 2020. Please check UCAS Track for updates.
Students from England
On 18 March the Secretary for State for Education announced that this year’s exams in England will not go ahead in May and June 2020. The UK Government has asked Ofqual to develop a model in England that will provide students with a calculated grade for A levels. The Government aims to provide these grades before the end of July. Please check UCAS Track for updates.
Students from Wales
On 18 March the Education Minister announced that this year’s exams in Wales will not go ahead. WJEC is developing an alternative certification model for A levels, GCSEs and the Skills Challenge Certificate. Please check UCAS Track for updates.
Students from Northern Ireland
On 19 March the Northern Ireland Education Minister announced that A-Level and GCSE exams in Northern Ireland will not go ahead this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. All those due to sit exams will receive results and this will be based upon “a combination of prior achievements, internal assessments, predicted grades, analysis and modelling of existing data trends”. Please also check UCAS Track for updates.
Students from other countries
We are aware of different measures in place in different countries and are continually adapting our admissions policy in line with these changes. Please check UCAS Track for updates.
The May 2020 examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme students will not be held in any country and it has been confirmed that a Diploma or Course Certificate(s) award will be based on the student’s coursework.
Meeting offer conditions
If you haven't met your offer conditions, the University will consider each applicant on a case-by-case basis. We will look at your overall academic record, results and any contextual information before making a final decision about admission.
This also applies if you've been told you can't complete a qualification by the college/school/exam board. If we can't accept you for 2020 entry, but you meet your conditions in 2021, we will honour your place for 2021.
Contextual information is other non-academic factors we account for when considering an applicant. Find out more about contextual admissions.
If you are undertaking a foundation apprenticeship and are on track to receive a full award, we will accept your letter of recognition from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) or the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
If you feel your awarded grades don't reflect your academic profile, you should lodge an appeal with the relevant exam board. We can only make a decision on the results received from the exam board. Your school or college will help with this.
Honouring offers after successful appeals
We will honour your offer if a successful appeal means you meet your conditions. For 2020 entry we need to receive appeal results by Friday 25 September. Successful appeals after this date will be honoured with a place for September 2021.
Please note: our semester commences on Monday 14 September. Students who are successful in an appeal after semester commences may also choose to defer until 2021.
Appeals against a university admissions decision
Appeals against an admissions decision will be considered where there is significant additional information that was not made available during application or selection – but only with good reason. Requests should be made in writing to email@example.com and should include full name, admissions ID or UCAS Personal ID, and the course applied for.
Clearing opens on 6 July 2020. All courses available through clearing will be on our website from this date. Additional courses may be added on SQA Higher results day on 4 August. Courses will also be listed on UCAS. Find out more about clearing at Stirling.
Places for Scots and EU students
The University has a limited number of undergraduate places for Scots and EU students because they have their fees paid through the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). We are not expecting to receive any additional places for Scots and EU Students for 2020 entry.
We understand that it might be difficult for you to find and undertake work experience related to your intended course. We will account for this when making offers.
We understand universities and schools have been affected by COVID-19. We will accept digital copies of documents. If you have any concerns, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will consider deferred entry request at any stage of the application process – but this will depend on place availability.
Similarly, if you applied for deferred entry but want to come this year, we will consider this request. This also depends on availability.
You can do this on the portal. You will find guidelines on how to defer your offer. Alternatively, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting your UCAS ID (undergraduate) or student number.
Sometimes people change their minds about what they want to study. Any course change request will be considered on a case by case basis depending on the availability of places. Applicants should contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following advice from the Scottish Government, the University is developing a blended learning model. This will combine socially distanced, face-to-face teaching and online interactive learning. Find out more about how you'll be taught in 2020.
If you can't enrol because of Coronavirus (COVID-19) disruption, you will be entitled to a full deposit refund in the following circumstances:
- you cannot meet your offer conditions
- your economic circumstances have changed
- travel restrictions are in place
If you choose to defer, your tuition fee deposit will be carried over.
If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your English language skills as part of our entry requirements. Specific English language requirements are listed on each individual course page. See an overview of the English language qualifications we accept.
IELTS tests and exams
The University accepts a wide variety of alternative English language tests. For the latest information relating to dates for IELTS tests, please refer to the IELTS website.
For booking an IELTS test in China, you can find exam details on its official site. To find exam availability, please visit the IELTS application portal where it updates the availability of exam spaces every day.
Some students have to complete a PVG application for their course. Due to the COVID-19, the University is reviewing how we will deal with outstanding application requirements. Your application is important to us, and we'll keep you updated on how we'll be doing this.
Please post your completed PVG application or Occupation Health forms back to the University. Make sure you upload a copy of the form and your identification to the applicant portal. We do need the physical copy. If mail deliveries are impacted because of the outbreak, we will update this section.
We know visits to the University are an important part of decision-making for students. We've run a number of successful virtual events, and have more planned.
We continue to be guided by Scottish Government advice. If there are changes to the number of people allowed to attend an event safely, then we will endeavour to host on-campus events later in the year.
We have planned Virtual Undergraduate Open Days on Saturday 19 September and Saturday 24 October 2020. You can register now for these events.
Our Virtual Postgraduate Open Day is on Wednesday 18 November 2020. Save the date in your diary now – registrations will open soon.
Chat to us if you have questions about teaching, safety, accommodation or start date changes. Offer holders can find us on the portal, 10-12 pm (BST) and 2-4 pm (BST), Monday to Friday.