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Information for Enquirers and Applicants

We would be delighted to welcome you to UCLan. While things are a bit different at the moment, we are determined to provide the best experience for all our students and to make sure you enjoy your time in and out of the classroom.

We are currently using the full range of teaching options, from online classes to simulated sessions, from interactive face-to-face seminars to smaller lectures. The structure, content and course assessments will not change unless this is absolutely necessary due to COVID-19. This means that the qualification and award you receive at the end of your course will remain the same.

We know you'll be thinking about the future, so we want to reassure you that we’re continually working to support our students in these challenging times that we are facing together. We’ve been thinking about questions that you may have and have tried to answer these below.

General FAQs

Safety

Your safety is our priority. As well as all the usual measures you would expect, like face coverings, hand sanitiser stations, floor markings and controls on the number of people in spaces, we also have additional measures in place.

We have temperature scanners on campus, so you can take your own temperature, and we have Safety Champions walking around campus too, to remind people about social distancing and answer any questions.

Before arriving, we would encourage you to download our campus safety app, called SafeZone – this is a way for you to contact security, raise a report, send your location and ask for help. We are encouraging students to use this to report any issues that make you feel uncomfortable, for example breaches in social distancing so the security team can check it out and politely remind people. Any reports are kept confidential.

A Level and BTEC students

The main UCAS application deadline for equal consideration has been extended to 6pm 29 January. If you are still thinking about your options for September, we will continue to accept applications for most courses after this date. We have a broad range of subjects and degree programmes to choose from - from law and sciences, to arts and healthcare - there will be something to suit you. Browse our wide range of subject areas and be inspired to take the first step towards your future career.

Explore our subjects here 

On 5 January the Department of Education confirmed that A-Level and GCSE exams will not be going ahead in the summer of 2021 and teacher assessed grades will be used. Department of Education and Ofqual are finalising the approach and further details are expected soon.

If you have applied for an undergraduate course, the deadline by which you need to decide which offer you want to accept is 10 June 2021. If we have made you an offer you will be invited to our Offer Holder community, to help you decided whether we are right university for you.

Clearing opens on 5 July 2021.

A-level results day is currently Tuesday 24 August 2021 . Results day for Scottish Highers is currently 10 August.

We will be updating this FAQ regularly and if you have already applied to us, we will get in touch to tell you about any important changes. If you are still thinking about applying and want advice on entry requirements, course content or if you have any general course queries, please call +44 (0)1772 892400 or please complete this enquiry form. 

Accommodation

University accommodation bookings are open. There are limited spaces for certain room types, such as single en-suite rooms, so we recommend you book as soon as you can. Everyone who has accepted their university offer will receive an email from us letting you know how to book your accommodation. We also offer help with finding safe and good quality private accommodation. For all your options see our Accommodation pages.

Yes. University accommodation bookings are open. There are limited spaces for certain room types, such as single en-suite rooms, so we recommend you book as soon as you can. Everyone who has accepted their university offer will receive an email from us letting you know how to book your accommodation.

No. Your flat will be considered as one household so you will be able to socialise with your flatmates, even if restrictions remain around meeting other people.

Teaching delivery

Due to the evolving nature of the current situation, we are planning how courses will be delivered, but we do know this may include a blend of digital and face-to-face delivery or the use of online learning either in the UK or in your home country.

You will be thinking about how this might impact visa arrangements and when we know definitively how we are delivering your course, we will confirm these arrangements and what you need to do.

We’re planning how we deliver teaching for January, the arrangements for each course will be slightly different based on the requirements for that subject area - so we’ll share more information with you in the coming weeks about the options and plans for starting your studies with us.

We do offer many online/e-learning courses, so if your course is normally delivered in this way that will continue to be the case. If your course is normally delivered face-to-face it may not be possible to do it completely online, ether because of practical work needed, or accreditation requirements. We will send you more information about how teaching will be delivered in the coming weeks.

Where employers continue to offer placements and the University is reassured that appropriate safety measures are in place at the employer’s premises, students will be able to take up their placements.

Where employers continue to offer placements and the University is reassured that appropriate safety measures are in place at the employer’s premises, students will be able to take up their placements.

Why should I pay full tuition fees if most of the learning is online?

We recognise that students are concerned about the impact of coronavirus on their studies during this unprecedented time. We continue to work really hard to ensure that teaching, learning and assessments can continue as well as providing advice and support for all of our students. We are committed to ensuring you have the best student experience possible during these different times.

Whilst it is a different form of learning for all universities now, teaching, learning and support does continue, and the great news is that you will still have the opportunity to obtain your qualifications in the same timeframe that you expected. We are ensuring as much face-to-face teaching on campuses as possible, in line with Government guidelines and social distancing. Teaching for most courses will be a blend of online and face-to-face teaching. We have a very successful online offer and have invested significantly in online laboratory, simulation and computing facilities to ensure a great learning experience. The University has invested considerably during this period to ensure that teaching can run both online and in face-to-face sessions which has meant increased staffing time, IT system developments and other additional costs that have been absorbed to support our students’ experience. As teaching and learning continues, you will still receive the tuition fees loan and the maintenance loans and/or grant from Student Finance, along with all other UK university students.

Our students will not be disadvantaged as a result of blended learning and online assessments. We want to reassure you that we will continue to support your learning albeit at the moment in a slightly different way and as soon as Government guidelines allow, we will be allowing more face-to-face teaching on our campuses.

International students

Arriving in the UK and quarantine

New testing, self-isolation and quarantine rules from 15 February

Anyone arriving in England from 15 February will need to either:

What you need to do depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive in England.

You must also get 2 coronavirus tests after you arrive in England - you’ll need to book these before you travel at your own cost.

Find out more about the rules

It is more important than ever to ensure you have your accommodation booked before you reach the UK. On arrival, you will likely need to let the border officials know where you will be staying and refusal to do so may result in your entry to the UK being refused. We urge that your accommodation is secured as soon as possible and close to the campus for any potential quarantine period. You can apply for your accommodation as soon as you receive your CAS letter, you should apply as soon as possible – you do not need to wait for your visa to be issued.

If you are required to quarantine, you won’t be able to go to lectures, the shops, or leave your flat or accommodation at all for 10 days. If this applies to you, we will ensure you have access to online learning and provide you with details of supermarkets that deliver food.

UK authorities have the legal powers to check that people are complying with this requirement, and there are fines for non-compliance.

Travel to the UK is currently not advised and international students should remain in their own country and study online if their course allows.

If you are living in UCLan accommodation, we will support you with your daily living needs to enable you to quarantine for 10days. You will be required to order your food shopping online during the quarantine period If you are in UCLan accommodation, staff will be on hand to help deliver your online shopping food orders directly to your flat. Your learning will be online during this period, so you do not miss out on any aspects of your course.

If you are travelling from a country on the UK ‘red list’ you will need to quarantine in a special hotel at your own cost of £1750 per adult.

If you are living in alternative accommodation you will need to make arrangements to get shopping delivered online as you will not be able to leave your accommodation for the first 10 days. We will provide you in advance of the details of supermarkets where online shopping can be ordered.

Teaching delivery

Due to the evolving nature of the current situation, we are planning how courses will be delivered, but we do know this may include a blend of digital and face-to-face delivery or the use of online learning either in the UK or in your home country. Each course will be different, so we are working to confirm the arrangements for your course in the coming weeks and month - keep checking your email for updates.

You will be thinking about how this might impact visa arrangements and when we know definitively how we are delivering our course we will confirm these arrangements and what you need to do.

This will depend upon your chosen programme of study, and whether the academic team responsible for your course, believe that you can successfully complete your programme remotely during the first Semester. We are currently collating this information and we will be replying to those students with such queries, as quickly as possible.

Fees and funding

Tuition fee payments and costs remain the same. At enrolment you must make a further payment towards your total tuition fees. We advise that you pay in full and receive a discount of £300. If you wish to pay by instalments you will need to make a payment at enrolment which takes your total payment to 50% of your first year tuition fees (with one further instalment in April) you will need to pay a further £150 for this arrangement. Whatever you decide, you will need to make this commitment during the enrolment process.

If you need to request a deposit refund as a result of COVID-19 you can do so by emailing iadmissions@uclan.ac.uk. If you are unable to join us at UCLan in January due to COVID 19 restrictions, we will refund your deposit or you can defer to a later intake subject to our terms and conditions.

All payment options are outlined on our international student fees web page. Please read this information as it sets out the range of instalment options in relation to your chosen course and related fee costs.

We will be delivering teaching for the intake in January. If you are unable to join us in January due to COVID 19 restrictions, we will refund your deposit and any fees paid, or you can defer to a later intake subject to our terms and conditions.

If you have already paid your deposit but not heard from us, don’t panic. We are working as normal but are experiencing a slight delay in processing so it might take a little longer than normal to get in touch with you.