Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice for University Applicants (Pre-Sessional)

Last updated- 25th August 2020

New in this update:

  • Information regarding the additional 10-week Pre-Sessional English course beginning October 2020
  • Information regarding the hybrid delivery of the 40-week Pre-Sessional English course beginning October 2020

We understand that prospective students and offer holders are justifiably concerned about COVID-19 and the potential impact on their enrolment at the University.

Universities UK, Universities UK International, Universities Scotland and Universities Wales continue to work with the UK Government and local public health authorities to distribute appropriate guidance to UK universities. 

We have collated some FAQs for prospective applicants to our Pre-Sessional courses.

    I intend to study one of your upcoming Pre-Sessional English courses that will run partially or fully online. What should I do?

    If you are holding an offer for Pre-Sessional study, we will contact you with information on how the online study will take place prior to registration.

    What equipment and software will I need to follow online classes?

    All students will use Microsoft Teams for some or all of their classes, and have contact with tutors and other students via this platform. Daily classes and tutorials will be scheduled into your calendar (UK time), and the materials you need to prepare for your classes will be sent to you in advance. The work will be completed by students in a semi-flexible schedule depending on your time zone.

    To follow our courses, you will need:

    • A laptop or desktop computer which is audio and video enabled with a webcam.
    • A stable and strong internet connection.
    • Access to Microsoft Teams (your University usernamer and password will allow you to login to this platform).

    It will not be possible to take our course using a mobile phone or tablet computer. Current and previous students have reported that trying to follow the course in this way is very difficult.

    I want to apply for the 10-week autumn Pre-Sessional course, but it is difficult to book a local IELTS test due to COVID-19. Can I apply to the Pre-Sessional course without a valid English language test?

    English language exams in numerous global locations have been disrupted. If it is difficult to book an English language test, you might be able to use an older test result to apply for the Pre-Sessional course. The majority of English tests usually remain valid for 2 years from the test date.

    However, due to long period of closure of many test centres, you will be able to use a test certificate which is up to 3 years old.

    As the 10-week October 2020 Pre-Sessional English course is run online and a Tier 4 visa is not required for students studying on it, we can now also accept a wider range of certificates for entry to the programme. Please see our entry requirements here for further information.

     

    I want to apply for the 40-week, 30-week or 20-week Pre-Sessional course, but it is difficult to book a local IELTS test due to COVID-19. Can I apply to the Pre-Sessional course without a valid English language test?

    English language exams in numerous global locations have been disrupted. If it is difficult to book an English language test, you may be able to use an older test result to apply for the Pre-Sessional course. The majority of English tests remain valid for 2 years from the test date.

    Because we intend to offer face-to-face Pre-Sessional classes on campus as soon as possible, all students who apply for our 40-week, 30-week or 20-week courses will need to provide a Secure English Language Test in order to obtain a Tier 4 visa.

    You can check for updates about IELTS test centres around the world here.

    Please see our entry criteria here for further information.

    I have an IELTS test booked for a future date. Will I be able to participate in the test?

    IELTS advise that if you are concerned or have questions about an upcoming test, please email the test centre directly. Further advice can be found here.

    Are the University able to test my English Language instead of having to present an IELTS?

    The University does not offer this service and applicants for Pre-Sessional courses must present an accepted English Language test result for entry to the Pre-Sessional course. 

    If you are applying for our 10-week October Pre-Sessional English course, please see the English language tests we accept here.

    If you are applying for our 40-week, 30-week or 20-week Pre-Sessional English course, please see the English language tests we accept here.

    Are there any in-country Pre-Sessional courses that I can attend?

    If you are starting your academic programme in January 2021, you will join our 10-week Pre-Sessional English course, which is fully online. You do not need to travel to the UK to study on this course.

    If you are intending to begin your academic course at the University in October 2021, you will join one of our hybrid courses. These will begin fully online in October 2020, but we will begin offering on-campus tuition as soon as enough students are able to travel to the UK to attend.

    You will still be abole to study from your home country if you are not able to travel, even when we begin to offer some classes on campus.

    Additional information for applicants and offer holders.
    • The start date of the programme will be noted in your offer and you must commence the online programme on this date. Late starts will only be permitted in exceptional circumstances and you should note tthat students who start late often struggle to catch up with the workload on this intensive course.
    • If you are joining the University for academic study in January 2021, we will only issue your CAS once you have successfully completed your online Pre-Sessional course and you hold an unconditional offer.

    We understand that you may be concerned that there is not be a lot of time for you to apply for your Tier 4 visa for academic study, but the University will try to be flexible as possible during this time and issue you with a CAS as soon as possible. We will be following UKVI guidance as the situation evolves and will update this information accordingly.