Updated: 11 November 2020
We understand that many applicants and enquirers have questions about how the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation may affect plans to study in the UK. We hope that this page helps to reassure those who are yet to join us. We will be updating this page regularly should there be changes to the situation and government guidance.
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Yes, our January intake is going ahead as planned. If there are any changes, one of our pathway centre team will contact you. Please be assured we are continually reviewing the current situation in relation to Covid-19 and if there are any subsequent changes, we will advise you as soon as possible so that you have time to get ready to join your studies as planned.
Due to Covid-19, the UK Government has implemented rules for those arriving in the UK from overseas. These are for both residents and visitors to the UK and include 14-days’ self-isolation on arrival. Further details, together with guidance on how to travel safely from the airport, are available here. There is also a list of countries which are exempt from the 14 day self-isolation requirement, however this list is subject to change so we recommend that you check this regularly closer to your planned travel date.
If you are travelling to the UK to join us, please complete this online form with your travel information. This will allow the team at QA Higher Education to know when you are arriving and gives us the opportunity to provide any additional advice, guidance and support before and upon your arrival to the UK. This is particularly important should you be arriving from a country where you may need to self-isolate on arrival in the UK.
During this period of time, you will have the ability to undertake your studies online, and have online student life activities available, until you are able to join activities physically.
If you plan to live on campus, we will be providing dedicated residences, with support services, on-campus for students required to quarantine, with facilities and support services in place to ensure you have the best possible experience.
Yes, you will follow a learning plan that allows you to complete your programme in the academic year as intended. This will be delivered online as necessary.
Please continue to monitor these pages on our website for up to date information and be assured we will be contacting you individually so that you know your own specific arrangements.
Yes. We are happy to defer you to a later intake to meet your own personal circumstances. We recognise that there is significant uncertainty with Covid-19 and are keen to support our applicants accordingly.
There are many new measures being put in place to ensure an environment that puts students and staff wellbeing at its heart. These include ensuring that all teaching and social spaces will be COVID-secure, in line with the latest guidelines on social distancing. A policy is also being developed on the use of face coverings. For the latest information about the measures that the University is putting in place on campus to ensure student safety, please check here.
Yes. There is full information below on what you should expect when studying online, what you will need and how we will ensure you can study from your time zone.
Yes, you will follow a learning plan that allows you to complete your programme in the academic year as intended.
All learning and teaching on our Pathway Programmes takes place in small group sessions with direction and academic support from an experienced English Academic tutor. This approach and focus on individually learning and development continues online, with the opportunity to attend breakout session to discuss new knowledge and concepts, meet with your tutor during 1-2-1 sessions and informal café style groups to socialise with similar like-minded international students.
In fact, studying online offers much more options. For example, as well as attending the live session you can watch it again to pick up the points you missed the first time. Setting up a meeting with your tutor or classmates to work on a shared project can be much more flexible too.
So, our approach to online learning goes beyond just providing you with material online or via the university’s virtual learning environment and e-library.
Our Learning system additionally allows you to log into a virtual PC which provides all the software you would have if you were sitting at a PC on campus. There will also be directed reading via our online library and use of video and podcast.
You will be provided with a timetable for your online learning and induction to your programme and how to learn effectively online as part of induction.
The equipment that you need will be no different to that you need for your university studies when you come to the UK. This should include:
- Laptop or desktop computer
- Access to Word, Excel or other desktop functionality
- The university you join will have its own virtual learning environment (VLE), here you will find all your materials and any special software
You will be given access to the University’s resources via internet. As such you should have access to a computer (desktop/laptop) that is less than 5 years old alongside speakers/headphones/earbuds for listening to audio or videos presented and a webcam. Our online sessions can be accessed via smart phone, but it is recommended that you have access to a tablet/laptop or a PC for ease of use and completing assessments.
You will also need access to a stable internet connection. As a registered student, you will be able to access Office 365 via Microsoft’s arrangements for students.
The timetable will be organised around core hours of delivery, approximately 3 to 4 hours a day so that groups of students can continue to attend whole group classes, so depending on where you live your core hours could look something like the below.
|GMT||Asia (+7)||Middle East (+3)||Latin America (-4)|
|9am – 12noon||4pm – 7pm||12 noon – 3pm||n/a|
|1pm – 4pm||n/a||4pm – 7pm||9am – 12 noon|
In addition to the core hours there are approximately 4-6 hours per week of tutorials and small group sessions, these will be arranged to meet your time zone. So, for example, those of you coming from Asia (which is ahead of the UK), it might be in advance of your core learning at 3-4pm (8am UK time).
No. It is likely some of your study will be online due to restrictions on being able to fully open our campuses at this time, and social distancing requirements. As outlined in the previous question, we are providing an extensive online course option which is designed to mirror your experience in the classroom as closely as possible, including live lectures and access to all the same support services you would normally receive.
Yes. Our standard deposit refund policy which can be found on the Terms and Conditions of your Offer continues to apply and we will of course refund your deposit in those scenarios.
In addition, if you are adversely affected by Covid-19, which impacts your ability to meet the conditions of your offer or your entry to the UK due to travel restrictions, we will also refund your deposit and discuss possible deferral options with you.
UKCISA has a range of information and advice for International Applicants and Students, including a COVID-19 FAQ section which is regularly updated
We are aware that many applicants are unable to book tests. The University of Roehampton accepts a wide variety of English tests and exemptions that may offer an alternative, including the QA Higher Education English test.
If you have specific questions about evidencing your English language, please contact us directly and we can discuss your options with you.
You can also find Covid-19 updates through the following links:
Yes. Our accommodation support team will be happy to help.
You can find much more information on the QA Higher Education website here.
If you would like to speak to someone, please contact QAHE.firstname.lastname@example.org or +44(0)20 3627 6101.
We will maintain our acceptance criteria and due to our joint CAS options we have increased the amount of English Language tests we can accept for Pathways courses. These include WAEC, Indian Standard XII, and the QA English Language test.
For more information please contact us directly on +44(0)20 3468 7758
Yes. We are flexible with fees and are happy to discuss your individual requirements if your fees are a concern.
Please contact us directly on +44(0)20 3468 7758
If your Year 12 or O level exams have been cancelled, we are able to consider Year 11 grades or your predicted grades on a case by case basis. Please contact us directly on +44(0)20 3468 7758
If you are not able to provide a financial guarantee letter confirming your sponsorship by the deadline, you can defer your offer to the next available intake or decide to continue by paying your minimum deposit.
Yes, and for some courses with limited spaces we recommend that you do. You can reserve your space by paying the full deposit of £5500 for the course or pay a place holder fee of £500. You will need to pay the full deposit and meet the financial requirements for your CAS to be issued.
We acknowledge that your learning and student experience during the 2020-21 academic year is unlikely to be what you expected when you first applied to study with us. Although the reason for this change, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, is beyond our control, we will endeavour to offer a learning and student experience that is equivalent to the experience we offered before the pandemic. When you come to enrol in January 2021, we will ask you to confirm that you understand the changes that have been communicated to you here and in other emails sent by the University over the summer. We will also ask you to accept the changes as changes to your contract with the University.
If you are not happy to accept the changes in this way, you have the option of cancelling or withdrawing from the University, or transferring to another institution, or deferring your studies to the 2021-22 academic year. If you would like to discuss any of these options in more detail, please contact our team for more information.