The global Coronavirus outbreak is understandably causing some uncertainties amongst university applicants and prospective students. Please find below some frequently asked questions which we will update when more information becomes available.
My programme is due to start in September, will it be delayed?
We are currently planning for programmes to start in September. We continue to monitor the situation and follow government advice. If changes are required to our programme start dates, we will communicate with applicants as soon as possible.
Should I still apply for 2020 entry?
Yes, we are continuing to assess applications for 2020 entry on a rolling basis for all programmes.
Should I defer my place?
We are preparing to welcome new students in September 2020. However, if you are unable to take your place this year, you may be able to defer entry until September 2021.
My school/university is closed and exams have been cancelled. I’m concerned about the impact on my education and grades.
We are aware that many schools and universities are closed and that some examinations will not take place as planned.
For applicants taking A levels in the UK, the government has announced that grades will be awarded through a process of assessment on performance by teachers taking into account a range of evidence. For more information about the calculation of A level grades please see the UK Government webpage.
It is important to remember that places are not decided on grades alone. Information in your personal statement and reference are part of the decision-making process along with your interview. We will aim to be flexible and take into account individual circumstances when confirming places.
I am an independent applicant, what happens if I can’t get a grade?
Where possible, centres will consider the evidence that they have to make an objective judgement for independent applicants. If your centre cannot award a grade, we will aim to be flexible in our decision-making process.
When do I need to reply to my offer?
For undergraduate applicants, UCAS will have informed you that May deadlines have been extended. Your reply deadline will depend on the date when you received all decisions, you can check this in Track.
Is Student Finance affected?
No – you can still apply for student finance. Check the Funding section to find out more about the process.
The Student Loans Company contact centre has reopened for students after a temporary closure. If you have any questions about your application for student finance, check their FAQs page first.
Will Clearing still be available?
A Clearing process will be available this summer for undergraduate students as in previous years. UCAS has announced that Clearing for 2020 entry will open on 6th July. We continue to monitor updates from UCAS and encourage undergraduate applicants to monitor information published by UCAS too.
I was hoping to visit ULIP, when will that be possible?
The ULIP building is currently closed due to current restrictions in France. We will update this page as soon as the building is open again. Meanwhile, ULIP staff are working from home and can be contacted with any questions. You can also check our YouTube channel for video resources to help you find out more about the ULIP environment.
I’ve registered for one of the Taster Courses taking place in London in June. Will these events still take place?
We are closely monitoring the situation and if at all possible will proceed as originally planned. However, the way the situation is developing suggests that it is likely that the event will be replaced by an online event. If so, we will inform all those who have registered to our Taster Courses in due course. If you are still considering attending our Taster Courses, please do proceed as normal and register online so we can make sure to keep you informed.
In the meantime, if you wish to view some of our online open days and/or taster courses, please click here and create an account. Once you have created your account, visit our Open Days section.