Information for offer-holders, applicants and prospective students

At the University of Nottingham, we will do everything we can to support applicants in these unprecedented times. We are proud to be a global university, educating students from across the world.

We are closely monitoring the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and reviewing our response in line with national and international developments.

This page will be updated as new information becomes available. If you have an offer to study with us, we will contact you with any updates or information you may need.

We understand that this is a difficult time for many students and their families. Our thoughts are with those affected by the coronavirus outbreak or the measures being taken to contain it.

Any questions? Use our enquiry form and we will reply to you soon.

 

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Exams, results and tests

We are aware that exams and assessments are being impacted across the world. This includes delays to exam dates and some results being released, as well as the cancellation of English language tests in some countries.

Many of these situations are mentioned below, however, changes are happening quickly so this is not a complete list. We are closely monitoring the ongoing situation and will be reviewing any relevant deadlines and other changes in collaboration with government, exam boards and UCAS.

UCAS is extending some of its usual deadlines for university offers and applicant decisions.

UK exams

In the UK, schools are currently closed. It is unclear when they will reopen again at this stage, but exams – including A level and GCSE – will no longer take place in the UK this summer.

The UK government has provided information on how students in the UK will achieve their grades.

For music applicants, we are also aware that Associated Board Music Theory Exams have been postponed.

Admissions deadlines

Current deadlines for submitting your results
Course(s)Start dateResults deadline
Presessional English 10-week course 9 July 2020 11 June 2020 for integrated CAS
Presessional English 6-week course 6 August 2020 9 July 2020 for integrated CAS
Most undergraduate courses such as BA, BSc, LLB 21 September 2020 31 August 2020
Most postgraduate taught courses such as MA, MSc 21 September 2020 4 September 2020
Most postgraduate research courses such as PhD 1 October 2020 10 September 2020


If your start date is not listed here and you are unsure about your results deadline, please contact us.

Considering your results

We have a well-established process in place to consider candidates who have not met the conditions of their offer once results are released.

Applicants who have missed the terms of their offer will not automatically be unsuccessful. We will look closely at the results and make a decision, taking into account any extenuating circumstances.

Providing evidence of your qualifications

We receive a number of results directly from the examining boards via UCAS.

If you have taken the following qualifications, you will not need to send in confirmation of your results:

  • A levels and AS levels
  • BTEC
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Scottish Advanced Highers
  • Scottish Advanced Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate

If you are taking a qualification other than those listed above, it is your responsibility to send copies of your certificates and transcripts to us. You can upload scanned copies to our online application system, MyNottingham. We can also accept high-quality photos as long as the document is an official transcript of your marks on headed paper.

You will need to bring original or certified copies of your qualifications with you when you register as a new student.

If you have already sent us documents in the post, travel restrictions within the UK mean that we are currently unable to process these. They will be held securely at the University and processed once these restrictions are lifted. To avoid delays to your application, please ensure that you have uploaded scanned copies (as detailed above).

International and EU exams

Full details of how the changes to qualifications and assessments in the UK may affect students in other countries are not yet available. We are aware that changes have also been made to some exams and results outside the UK.

This includes:

English tests are currently suspended in various countries, including:

We are aware of this situation and actively working on options for applicants who are affected by this.

If you plan to start a presessional English course and require a Tier 4 student visa, you will need a Secure English Language Test (typically an IELTS for UKVI test). This is due to UKVI requirements and is not something that universities can be flexible on.

The only exception to this is if you have a joint offer/integrated CAS with your presessional English and academic course. We offer this to eligible applicants on all our postgraduate taught courses, except MSc Nutritional Sciences and PGCert qualifications in veterinary medicine – check if you qualify.

If you do not need a presessional English course, you can take other English language tests including TOEFL iBT and Pearson PTE. These tests can also be taken by students who are eligible for a joint offer/integrated CAS.

Accommodation

If you have firmly accepted your offer to study at the University, you can apply for accommodation.

We guarantee single-occupancy University-arranged accommodation for all students in their first year. To qualify, you must apply by 31 May 2020 as a UK/EU student or 31 July 2020 as an international student. See full details.

We recommend that you apply for accommodation as early as possible. If you are unable to attend the University due to reasons outside of your control, you will be able to cancel your booking.

Funding

Eligible students can still apply for a variety of funding options for your course, including student loans from the UK government.

Applications are still open for many of our international and EU scholarships, and we have extended the deadlines for some of these awards. Check the individual scholarship webpages for full details including their closing dates.

Offer-holder and pre-departure events

Undergraduate offer-holder events

Events have been cancelled on:

  • Saturday 14 March
  • Wednesday 18 March
  • Wednesday 1 April
  • Wednesday 8 April

If you booked to attend one of these events, we have contacted you with further information on studying at the University. If you were due to have an interview, we will contact you with alternative arrangements.

Masters offer-holder event

We have recently taken the decision to cancel our masters offer-holder event on Wednesday 6 May. We will contact anyone who has booked soon to provide further information on studying at the University.

International pre-departure events

In-country events have been suspended. We are currently limiting staff travel and are unable to meet with students in most countries.

We are working on other ways for offer-holders to speak with our international recruitment team and will update this page once confirmed. In the meantime, you can book a Skype meeting.

Starting your course

Travel restrictions

The University remains open to support current students who are unable to return home, though we cannot accommodate visitors or new students at this time. 

The situation is changing quickly and we recommend that you check government advice in your country before making any travel arrangements. 

Visas and immigration

Visa centres are currently closed in China and we are aware that students may be worried about visa delays.

Our specialist visas and immigration team continue to monitor the situation as it develops. We will respond to any changes and do everything we can to enable students to study here.

If you are scheduled to start a course between April and August 2020, check our immigration guidance.

Courses starting from September 2020

Many students may be worried about starting their course in September 2020. The University is working hard to ensure that no student is educationally disadvantaged by the current situation.

We are preparing contingency plans, including options for studying remotely. We will confirm these arrangements with students if they become necessary.

Courses starting from April to August 2020

We continue to monitor the situation and support our applicants and new students as they join the University. Updates about any changes to your course will be sent to you via email.

International students should also check our immigration guidance.

Presessional English courses

We are working to deliver presessional courses online. You can apply for our 10-week summer presessional English courses until 14 May 2020 – details available on our CELE webpages.

Our 20-week and 10-week courses starting in April will be delivered online. If you have an offer for these courses, we have emailed details to you. If you have already recieved a Tier 4 CAS, follow our immigration guidance.

Information about courses starting in July (summer term) will be confirmed shortly.

PGCEi courses

Teaching weekends have been cancelled for our PGCEi courses in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) and Hong Kong. If you have an offer for these courses, we have emailed details to you.

Veterinary medicine

Veterinary medicine students starting on 1 April 2020 will begin their studies online. If you have an offer for this course, we have emailed details to you.

Postgraduate research programmes

The University has moved to online teaching for all students. For research students with a start date before 1 October 2020, academic supervisors will confirm on a case-by-case basis whether you can start your programme remotely.

If you have an offer to start a research programme in April, we have emailed details to you. Offer holders for start dates in May, June and July will be contacted soon.

If your supervisor confirms that you are able to start your research programme remotely, we will provide information on how to register as a new student.

Depending on your research project, you may need to use resources or facilities which cannot be accessed remotely. This could mean that you are unable to start your research at this time. In this situation, we will try to offer you the opportunity to defer to a later start date and will explain how this process works.

If you are an international student and have already recieved a Tier 4 CAS, follow our immigration guidance.

Visas and immigration

As of Wednesday 25 March 2020, the University has paused on the issuing of Tier 4 CAS for all courses which start between April and August 2020. We will be carefully monitoring the situation and regular updates on our position will be provided here. If you have already received a Tier 4 CAS, please follow our guidance below. 

Presessional courses

If you have not yet used your CAS to make a visa application, you do not need to take any action. The entire course will be delivered online as detailed on our CELE webpages. You do not need the Tier 4 CAS that was issued.

If you have already used your CAS to make a visa application (and secured a Tier 4 visa), the expectation is that you will not travel to the UK. Your course will be delivered online and travel at this time would be against worldwide government advice. You will be asked for a copy of your visa for our records when you register as a new student.

Postgraduate research programmes

If you have not yet used your CAS to make a visa application, please bear in mind that any unused Tier 4 CAS is only valid for six months from the date of issue. This applies whether you are able to start your studies remotely or will defer to a later start date – see detail above.

Once your new arrival date is confirmed, you will need us to either edit your existing CAS with new arrival dates or issue a new Tier 4 CAS if it has expired. Please keep in touch with our visa and immigration team at immigration-support@nottingham.ac.uk. They can help once your plans for travelling to the UK in the near future are confirmed.

If you have already used your CAS to make a visa application (and secured a Tier 4 visa), the expectation is that you will not travel to the UK. If you are able to start your research programme, this work will be completed remotely and travel at this time would be against worldwide government advice. You will be asked for a copy of your visa for our records when you register as a new student.

You may need to apply for a new 30-day entry vignette by following the guidance on the UKCISA website when you are able to travel. We are waiting for further guidance from UK Visas and Immigration on whether this will still be required in the circumstances. Any updates will be provided here.

Where you wish to – or are required to – defer your start date, deferrals of more than three months will require a new ATAS clearance (where applicable) and a new Tier 4 visa application may need to be made. If this applies to you, email our visa and immigration team for advice at immigration-support@nottingham.ac.uk. 

Interested in applying

Open days

Undergraduate open days

Open days are currently scheduled in June and September 2020. You can book your place online.

We recommend that you do not book travel at this stage. We will be reviewing the situation over the next few weeks. If we need to cancel any of these dates, we will contact with you with more information about studying at the University.

You can also look at our 2021 course pages.

Postgraduate open days

Our planned faculty and school postgraduate events have been postponed. To find out about postgraduate study, view our course pages.

UCAS fairs

UCAS fairs have been cancelled across the UK – more detail is available on the UCAS website.

If you are interested in studying with us in 2021, explore our course pages.

Overseas events

Our international recruitment events have been suspended. We are currently limiting staff travel and are unable to meet with students in person.

Our international student recruitment team and overseas representatives can still support you in exploring your study options. Check information and contact details for your country.

We are working on other ways for you to speak with our international recruitment team and will update this page once confirmed. 

Applying to the University

Applications are still open for many undergraduate and postgraduate courses starting in September 2020.

We are continuing to review applications and make offers. Our admissions team are working hard to process these as quickly as possible.

Undergraduate courses

View our 2020 undergraduate courses. Many courses are still open for UCAS applications until 30 June 2020.

You will be able to apply for 2021 entry from September onwards.

Postgraduate taught courses

Explore our 2020 postgraduate taught courses including masters, LLM, PGDip and PGCert courses.

For details on application deadlines and how to apply, check our guidance.

Postgraduate research courses

Search our 2020 research opportunities including PhD, MPhil and MRes programmes.

For details on application deadlines and how to apply, check our guidance.

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