On Thursday 19 March the Scottish Government announced that the 2020 SQA exam diet will not go ahead this year. 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.
On Wednesday 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.
On Wednesday 18 March the Education Minister announced that this year’s exams in Wales will not go ahead. WJEC are developing an alternative certification model for A levels, GCSEs and the Skills Challenge Certificate. Please check UCAS Track for updates.
On Thursday 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.
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.
We recognise that many of our offer holders are dealing with challenges resulting from the virus and in order to support you, we have decided to delay the start date of semester for most postgraduate taught courses. Most postgraduate taught courses are now planned to start on Monday 12 October 2020. Please see the individual course webpages for start months.
Specific start dates will be confirmed in your offer letter which is being reissued by the Admissions Team. You should receive your revised offer letter by the beginning of April.
Undergraduate course start dates remain unchanged, with the 2020/21 semester starting on Monday 14 September 2020. The University also offers a number of undergraduate courses with a January start date for International students. Please see the individual course webpages for start months; specific start dates will be confirmed in your offer letter.
Prospective PGR candidates can select start dates from November 2020 onwards. The University will monitor the situation and keep you informed of any changes.
If you need to defer due to the impact of COVID-19, we will allow you to defer to the next suitable date. If you have already deferred once we will allow you to defer again. Some of our courses also offer a January start date, which you may also find helpful.
The University will make a decision by the 19 May on any applications received by 15 January. Please be assured that we are making every effort to get our decision to you as soon as soon as possible.
Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and the switch to remote working for our staff, the University is currently reviewing how we will deal with your outstanding application requirements. Your application is important to us and we will keep you updated as to how will be dealing with the outstanding requirements of your application as and when these situations are resolved.
We will be making arrangements to run Skype interviews in the coming weeks and we will contact you directly.
At present, please continue to post these back to the University and ensure you upload a copy of the form and your identification to the portal. We do need the actual physical copy posted back to us. If for any reason deliveries of mail are affected due to the current outbreak we will update this section in due course so do check back regularly.
The British Council have advised that numerous IELTS exams have been suspended for the duration of March 2020 and April 2020. If you cannot book an IELTS test, you may be able to use an older IELTS test result to support your application. Any SELT will remain valid for two years from the test date so if you have an older test, please send it on to us as we may be able to help.
You may find alternate providers can offer secure online options. The University accepts a wide variety of English language tests, and you will find details here: English language requirements.
If you have already taken your test, you should have received a Test Report Form (TRF) by mail. If you have not yet received your certificate, you can provide our Admissions Team with the TRF number and they will verify your results online. Unfortunately, we will not be able to contact IELTS on your behalf.
We can still accept you onto a pre-sessional English language course with a non-UKVI IELTS test if you meet the following requirements:
The British Council have advised that testing of IELTS has been suspended in April 2020. Testing is suspended in a number of regions. The situation is constantly changing. For the latest information relating to dates for IELTS tests, please refer to the IELTS website.
We have been advised that the British Council are now taking bookings for IELTS tests running in June 2020 in a number of different regions. 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 IELTS application portal where it updates availability of exam spaces every day.
You don’t need to do anything. We will automatically cancel your current application for accommodation for the Pre-Sessional English programme.
The University will apply a degree of flexibility to applicants due to issues relating to COVID-19. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the graduate admissions team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Admissions Team are aware of many school and university closures due to COVID-19 and are mindful of the impact this may have on your final grades. This will be taken into consideration and a degree of flexibility will be offered to ensure that all our applicants are treated fairly.
Offer holders who are affected by travel disruption that results in you being unable to enrol will be entitled to full deposit refund.
Accommodation applications will remain open even after the guarantee deadline so please still apply. We will do everything we can to find you university accommodation.
If you are unable to travel and need to cancel your accommodation, you will receive a refund on your rent pre-payment on the condition that you advise Accommodation Services prior to your accommodation start date.
As the situation is evolving we are monitoring our attendance at recruitment events. Some events are being cancelled by the organisers. If you register to attend a recruitment event, please check with the event organiser.
The University has unfortunately had to cancel the on-campus Postgraduate Open Day event. The University is planning on hosting two virtual open day events: Wednesday 29 April and Wednesday 20 May between 2:00pm – 4:00pm. You can register for a virtual open day event here.
All visitors who registered to attend the Postgraduate Open Day event will be e-mailed with further details. In the meantime, the University is running a number of webinars for postgraduate courses – you can register for a postgraduate webinar here.
The University has unfortunately had to cancel the forthcoming on-campus Applicant Day event. As an alternative option, the University will host a Virtual Applicant Day event on Saturday 18 April between 10:00am and 2:00pm.
All offer holders will be e-mailed with further details relating to the Virtual Applicant Day.
The University has unfortunately had to cancel the forthcoming on-campus Undergraduate Open Day due to take place on Saturday 6 June 2020. As an alternative option, the University will host an Online Virtual Undergraduate Open Day event. The virtual open day will take place on Thursday 4th June (1pm- 4pm). The University will be in touch to confirm how to register for the virtual open day. If you have already registered to attend the June open day, we will transfer your registration to the virtual event. We will be in touch to confirm these details a.s.a.p.
In the meantime, please register for one of the other on-campus Undergraduate Open Day events which are scheduled to run on Saturday 19 September and Saturday 24 October. You can register here.