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Coronavirus frequently asked questions

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Current advice for prospective students who have applied to the University of Gloucestershire

Last updated: 23 July 2020



​We appreciate the challenges our applicants, their families and advisers are facing with regard to COVID19.

Our absolute intention is that the University of Gloucestershire will be able to commence teaching and learning in September 2020, so that we can support applicants to progress to university as normal. Obviously, we are considering other scenarios for what may happen in the Autumn with regard to COVID19 but we shall do our utmost to enable new students to start University this Autumn.

We therefore encourage our applicants planning to join us in September 2020 to keep to those aspirations (and any relevant deadlines) and we will keep in touch with you on a regular basis.

We are also still welcoming applications to the University and are making offers, arranging interviews and communicating with new/existing applications on a regular basis.

Please get in touch if you have any further questions.

Your application and aspirations are important to us, and we have outlined some FAQs for prospective students covering:

  1. Starting in September 2020​
  2. Assessment and qualifications
  3. Accommodation
  4. Postgraduate applicants
  5. International applicants

 



1. Starting​​ in Sep​​​​​tember 2020 - Most Common Questions

Is my degree ex​​​​pected to start as usual in September 2020?

At present we intend to deliver our undergraduate and postgraduate courses as planned in September 2020 and we actively encouraging our applicants, their supporters and advisers to prepare for this.

If the situation evolves in line with the Government's strategy, we intend to start the academic year on Monday 21 September as planned and in line with previous years (our Induction week starts on Monday 14 September). We do expect that social distancing requirements will continue to apply across the UK for the foreseeable future, therefore we expect that some of the first semester (September to January) will require a combination of online teaching and on-campus activity. 

As we are a relatively small university spread across three campus locations in Cheltenham and Gloucester, our current plans are that we expect to be able to offer a combination of small group teaching and tutorials on campus, as well as managed access to our specialist labs and facilities for students in small groups. We will then move to full face-to-face teaching on-campus as soon as restrictions allow.

We will of course keep you informed as the situation develops, including any social distancing guidelines.​

When can I move into​​​​​ my accommodation? 

We are planning to allow our students to move onto campus on time, and we are accepting applications for university managed accommodation from new and returning students. Our first-year guarantee scheme is still in place. We will of course follow all necessary guidance issued by Public Health England to make halls a safe place to live. 

We understand that planning for September might be difficult with so much being unknown. If you plan to stay in university managed accommodation this year please do make sure you apply for a room. All our accommodation is surrounded by landscaping, green space and with social facilities close by. Once you have made us your firm choice you are guaranteed a place in university managed accommodation for your first year.

You will be required to pay a £200 advance rent payment fee and to set up a direct debit once you have accepted your room. This is in line with previous years and is common across UK Universities. However, we guarantee that should you be unable to move into your accommodation due to the virus, or change your mind before 28th August, we will refund this payment in full.

For more information about accommodation email accommodation@glos.ac.uk.

Wh​​​​​​​​​​​at will my course look like? 

We expect that some social distancing requirements will continue to apply for the foreseeable future, and therefore are planning a combination of on-campus activity and online teaching at least for the first semester – blended learning. We are optimistic about allowing you on campus from the start of term, although not for every module, or every day.

As we are a relatively small university spread across three campus locations in Cheltenham and Gloucester, we expect to be able to offer a combination of small group teaching and tutorials on campus, with other sessions taking place online. We will then move to full face-to-face teaching as soon as restrictions allow. We are already working to prepare our campuses for reopening, making all the required adjustments to keep you safe while you study with us. That includes extra cleaning regimes in our teaching spaces, meeting rooms and offices, student halls of residence, and communal spaces.

We intend to ensure that all practical teaching is delivered on site, and that you have access to the equipment and facilities you need to get the most from your chosen course of study. The demands of social distancing will likely mean that some modules will need to be delivered online to allow for those practical modules to be taught safely, but all online resources and sessions are prepared to be as interactive as possible, in line with the needs of your subject area. 

While blended learning will look different for each course, every student on every course will have the opportunity to learn and develop through a variety of methods and means, and we will provide full access to on-campus teaching, facilities and group work as soon as allowed.​​​

Alongside this, you will be assessed using a combination of methods, as you would expect for your chosen course.

Are you mov​​​​​ing all lectures online?

No. We are reviewing course by course what will be the best blend of online and face-to-face teaching that we can deliver within social distancing rules. Compared with other universities, we have smaller numbers of students on each course. If we can deliver lectures face to face during the year, we will.

Isn't online higher ed​​​​​​​​​​​ucation just a poor-quality substitute for the real thing?

Online delivery of some teaching can be a fully effective way of supporting students to learn if blended in combination with other teaching and learning activities that take place face to face. The university has invested over several years in a high quality, flexible online learning environment (called Moodle) and we have developed a range of high-quality learning materials. We will continue to use some online materials next year, as that will be the only way in which we can achieve social distancing. However, our intention for the next academic year is to combine online with access for students to our wide range of specialist facilities, with small group teaching and tutoring, to ensure that all of courses enable all of our students to undertake a high-quality, rewarding and enjoyable programme of study.

If some of my course is taught online​​​​​​​, will I get a discount on my tuition fees?

The University recognises that students will be concerned about whether they will get value for money from their tuition fees next year.  We are not intending to reduce the tuition fee below £9,250, because our intention is to provide for our students a University experience that represents excellent value for the fee we charge.  This is in line with Government guidance.  Although we do expect to provide blended learning programmes, with a combination of online and campus-based, face to face activities, blended learning is a fully effective and academically valid way of supporting students to study.  And it is no cheaper for the University to provide than traditional courses.  As a University, all of our income is reinvested in providing the best experience we can for our students, and social distancing requirements will make it more expensive, not less expensive, for us to operate teaching and learning.  So the University's priority is to provide for our students a high quality, enjoyable, rewarding offer of both the course and the wider University experience in return for the tuition fee. 

Student Finance England has also confirmed that Tuition Fee, Maintenance Loan and Dependents' Grant payments will continue to be paid as usual. Students are encouraged to apply for their student finance as soon as possible to avoid delays in payment in the autumn.

To discuss your individual circumstances, please contact our Money Advice Team via moneyadvice@glos.ac.uk. ​

How will you​​​​ make sure it is safe?

We will follow Government guidance at every stage. We are expecting that social distancing will still apply for the foreseeable future, so we are reviewing all of our buildings and accommodation to assess the number of people they can safely accommodate, and we will organise teaching, learning and other university activities within those constraints. Our Estates department is developing a detailed plan for safe re-opening, including extra cleaning regimes, one-way systems in shared areas, safe room capacity, new signage, and sanitisers etc. to ensure our office and teaching spaces, and student halls of residence, meet Government guidelines in time for the start of the next academic year.

My course includes a placem​ent. How will that work?

Most of our courses include compulsory and optional placement opportunities. We are working with our placement partners including local education organisations and the NHS to ensure a range of placement and experiential learning opportunities take place. These opportunities will vary and adapt particularly in line with government advice on social distancing requirements. The details of what is feasible will vary from case to case, depending particularly on how each placement provider needs to adapt to social distancing requirements.

We have also put alternative arrangements in place where needed, including alternative assessments, research, in-house and on-line projects, flexible placement start and end dates, and reduced patterns of hours in placement. For some courses and placements we are also able to offer self-led or self-directed start-up businesses, freelance work, work from home arrangements and self-employment options. These opportunities are available to ensure experiential learning continues to take place in line with the learning outcomes of the programme.

We have a strong package of support for students looking for and on placements, and we will running our suite of support services to all new and returning students in September, including workshops, group and one to one guidance sessions, mock interviews and CV advice (currently online but moving to face-to-face when we are able).​​​​

What about the​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​social side of university?

The university agrees that going to university is about more than the course. For most students, it is also about leaving home, making new friends, settling in to a new place and community, and having new experiences that help you develop. This is very important to us as part of your whole experience of university. Therefore, as long as Government restrictions allow, we will re-open our campuses, our facilities and our accommodation from September, and support students to enjoy the social experience of joining the university community, within social distancing rules. We are reviewing how we can therefore organise the activities that traditionally form part of the university experience, such as induction and our ​Welcome Weeks. This includes looking at the phasing of the whole course of study to consider when we may best be able to organise activities such as field trips, work experience and placements, which we intend to offer in some form, if Government restrictions allow.

What hap​pens if I ​​am ​​required to shield or isolate from others due to underlying health conditions?

If you have a relevant medical condition or specific personal circumstances which mean you need to shield, please contact our Student Services staff at disability@glos.ac.uk​ who can talk with you about arrangements in place at the University and, if necessary, help you complete a risk assessment to determine how you can best engage with your studies.

How ​​​​​​​​will I fi​​nd out if things change?

We will of course keep you informed as the situation develops, including any changes in guidelines that mean we need to adjust our plans. We will send updates to our applicants by email, and will keep our website FAQs up to date so you can check them at any time. ​

2. Asses​​​​sment and qualifications

My ex​​a​​​ms have b​​​​​​​​​​een cancelled, what should I do?

If your exams are cancelled, you should have been informed of how your qualification will be awarded. Alternative arrangements should be in place, talk to your school or college/university or visit the UCAS website.

My q​​ualifica​​tions have been postponed, what should I do?

The university’s academic year starts in September and we can, if required, accept students up to two weeks after teaching has started. If your qualifications are postponed beyond September then you should contact admissions@glos.ac.uk to discuss alternatives, including deferring your entry. Please state your Gloucestershire applicant number and/or UCAS applicant number clearly in your email.

If you are an international student and applying for a student visa, the university will require a copy of the evidence submitted to the Admissions Team eg. a partial transcript, a portfolio, or an interview, plus a letter from your current institution of study in your home country.

I am s​​itting my functional skills qualification at an FE college, but I am not sure how I can continue - what if I can’t complete before September?

This depends on the course you hoping to study. Professional accredited courses like nursing and teaching often have rigid requirements for very good reasons and we must apply the requirements for functional skills. We can consider being flexible for other courses but would need to do so on a case by case basis and review your application again. Please email admissions@glos.ac.uk to ask for this consideration. Please state your Gloucestershire applicant number and/or UCAS applicant number clearly in your email.

If I retake my A level in September will I be able to start university and carry my outstanding qualification into the first semester and notify yo​u of my grade in January when the grades are released?

Providing we have accepted you based on the initial result provided to us you can retake and seek to improve your result and it will not impact upon your place at the university. We encourage students to accept their place and start with us in September.

I am ​​sitting my A-Levels/GCSEs as a “private candidate” and don’t have anyone to provide a grade for me. What do I do?

We know many private candidates (students who have been home-schooled, following distance-learning programmes, retaking qualifications or studying independently) are anxious to know how you will be assessed when the assessment grade is not possible due to exams being cancelled. Alternative arrangements should be in place, talk to your school or college that you are connected to for your studies and they can advise further.

Will the ​​University of Gloucestershire withdraw my conditional offer now the situation with exams has changed?

No. We will honour any conditional offer we have made for a student who can meet the conditions by the appropriate deadline. We will aim to be flexible on entry grades on results day and encourage you to stay positive, despite the challenging circumstances.

Please read the rest of this section for details of how your offer will be considered.

How will ​​​the University of Gloucestershire assess whether I have met my conditional offer this year?

Our approach to offers this year will depend on what qualifications you are taking and any arrangements made by the organisation that awards them:

A levels (including International A levels), GCSEs, IGCSEs, Scottish Highers, BTECs and Cambridge Technicals

Exams in these qualifications have been cancelled throughout the world, but the UK Government and awarding bodies have confirmed that you will be awarded a final grade that fairly reflects your work to date.

We can confirm that we will accept any grade awarded in these qualifications this year as normal. We will consider your grades when they are available and providing you meet your offer conditions, your place will be secured. This applies wherever you are studying in the world.

The conditions of your offer will not be changed because of this. However, we are committed to supporting our offer holders and will apply a degree of flexibility when confirming your place. Applications that do not meet requirements will be reviewed by course teams and we will give consideration on accepting students on alternative assessments like GCSE performance, references and personal statement. If you haven't me​​​​​t the requirements of the course please do not panic, check UCAS Track to see if your place has been confirmed.​​

​​​​​​I have an uncon​​ditional offer from the University already, is my place still secure?

Yes. If you have received an unconditional offer your place is secure, as long you confirm it as your Firm choice by the appropriate UCAS deadline. We will honour the commitment and confidence we have in our applicants who have aleady received an unconditional offer. The recent moratorium on changed offers from the UK government does not affect offers we have already made. For most UK students, this decision deadline is 18th June 2020. You can also start planning for entry in September with applications for student finance and accommodation this spring.

Will the Uni​versity of Gloucestershire consider making my conditional offer unconditional now due to the current situation?

We appreciate in this difficult time you may be anxious about your future and want as much certainty as possible. We believe that is it is important for all our applicants that our admissions process is fair. We believe the best way to achieve this is to work with UCAS, the UK Government, awarding bodies and others to ensure students receive final grades that reflect their achievements. We will exercise as much flexibility on results day with your grades, for example if you do not meet the conditions of our offer so you can be confident in making Gloucestershire your Firm choice. We will also be guided by any government guidance on Unconditional offer making. At this stage we will not be changing existing conditional offers to unconditional offers.

We are also aware that you may feel pressured to accept an unconditional offer. It is important to us that you make your UCAS choices based on which course and university is right for you – as such we would never do something intended to put extra pressure on you.

I am holdin​g an offer for 2020 start - can I defer my offer to 2021?

We hope this will not become necessary for any of our applicants because of the Coronavirus pandemic, but we are happy to defer undergraduate applications in the usual way.

If you have made your application through UCAS you will need to have your place confirmed at University of Gloucestershire based on the grades you achieve this year for you to hold a deferred offer with us. As such, we do not recommend you request a deferral simply because your exams have been cancelled at this stage.

You should also be aware that if you choose to defer your place to 2021 we cannot guarantee you will be able to switch back to 2020 later. We will always try to do this for you, but places may already be filled at that point. We recommend you only consider deferring once you are certain you do not wish to join us in 2020.

In the unlikely event you hold an offer but are unable to join us due to the Coronavirus outbreak and we are also unable to confirm a place for you, we guarantee we will make you an offer if you apply again through UCAS for 2021 entry. Any offer next year will be either conditional or unconditional, depending on what you have achieved, and subject to you meeting our typical entry requirements.

I have applied but not​ received an offer yet, can I defer my application to next year?

No, you can only defer your place once you have received an offer and have met the requirements for the course. Once your place has been confirmed you can request to defer that place for another year.

Will I be able to apply to the University of Gloucestershire through Clearing or Adjustment once ​​I have my grades?

Yes, we will be open for clearing and adjustment and will welcome applications via this route, including students who wish to self-release into clearing. Check our website during the clearing period from the 6​​ July and you will be able to speak to one of our team. We will also have accommodation available to clearing entrants in 2020 if required.

I have b​een asked to provide information to support my application but am unable to do so because of the Coronavirus pandemic. What should I do?

If you are struggling to obtain references or transcripts and certificates then contact our admissions team to discuss your options. We are sympathetic and will try to be as flexible as possible during this period.

Referen​ces - I am not able to provide an academic reference or work reference – what are my options?

Given the circumstances we will be as flexible as we can with requirements. If you cannot provide a reference please email admissions@glos.ac.uk explaining the difficulty and we will consider waiving the requirement.

I have heard that there is to be a ‘cap’ on numbers – will that affect my unconditional off​er?

There is a proposal to ‘cap’ students starting in higher education this year but no decision has been taken by the Government. This will not affect your offer or securing your place at the university. The offer we have made at the university will still stand.

My cours​​e requires an interview or audition. Will that now take place?

Yes, interviews, auditions and portfolio discussions are taking place remotely, either by video or telephone. Please check your emails and reminders about interview times and dates. We look forward to speaking to you.

I have oth​​​er questions about my application. Who can I contact?

The best way to contact us about your UCAS application is to email admissions@glos.ac.uk​. Please be patient with us if we do not respond immediately – we are currently receiving a very high number of emails. Please ensure you include your Gloucestershire applicant number and/or your UCAS applicant number in all your messages. Please also call us on +44 (0)​3330 141414.

3. Accommodation

If I defer my place, will my accommodation still be guarante​​ed for 2021, and will my Advance Rent Payment be refunded?

If you have accepted a Halls of Residence room offer and no longer require it, email accommodation@glos.ac.uk as soon as possible. If you notify us by Friday 28 August 2020, your contract will be ended and the £200 Advance Rent Payment fee will be returned to you. After this date (i.e. within two weeks before the licence period commencement) if notice is received the university will return the Advance Rent, minus any deductions incurred from late notification, including but not limited to the reasonable costs of additional marketing of the room and the licence is ended. If you notify us on or after your contract date you will be liable for rent for the year unless a suitable replacement student is found.​

Accommodati​​on advice for international students ​​

Applying for Uni​​​​​​versity managed accommodation

As an International student you will be guaranteed accommodation in university halls or partner halls of residence for 2020 entry if you are a first year undergraduate or postgraduate and if;

  • you have firmly accepted your offer, and
  • you have paid your tuition fee deposit, and
  • you have completed the online halls of residence application process by 2 August 2020.

Details on how to apply can be found here​. You will be required to pay a £200 advance rent payment fee when you accept your room. This is in line with previous years and is common across UK Universities. However, we guarantee that should you be unable to move into your accommodation due to the virus, or change your mind before 28th August, we will refund this payment in full.

University ​​​​managed accommodation contracts

Bookings within halls will have a contract start date of 11th or 12th September 2020 and charges will apply from this date. If reserving now, the contract start date is fixed and cannot be adjusted to a later date.  If for example, you undertake a period of online study from your home country and arrive late into this room, you will be charged from the contract start date.  If you feel there is a chance of being delayed by a long period of time, we advise you do not book or confirm your accommodation until travel arrangements have been confirmed, this way you will not have to pay for any time you are not here.  Do contact the Accommodation Office if you wish to discuss this option in more detail (accommodation@glos.ac.uk) so we can also confirm your guarantee.

Moving into Un​​​iversity managed accommodation

We are planning to allow our students to move into residences in September (or 29th August 2020 if required to self-isolate by UK Government), and we are accepting applications for university managed accommodation. We will of course follow all necessary guidance issued by Public Health England to make halls a safe place to live. 

We understand that planning for September might be difficult with so much being unknown. If you plan to stay in university managed accommodation this year, please do make sure you apply for a room. All our accommodation is surrounded by landscaping, green space and with social facilities close by.

What if I am requir​​​ed to self-isolate on arrival to the UK?

If UK government rules state you must self-isolate upon your arrival in the UK, and you have applied and accepted a contract within University Managed Accommodation, then free (no additional charge) accommodation will be available to support you during the 14-day self-isolation period before the start of your contract.  We will honour the two weeks free accommodation for any international student where the guidance has been to self-isolate at the time they booked their travel, even if this subsequently changes. We will write to all international students with University accommodation bookings, after the 2nd August guarantee deadline,  to confirm if you require this accommodation.  We expect arrivals for the 14-day self-isolation period to arrive on 29th August 2020 where students are able to do so. Charges will not apply until the contract start date (11th or 12th September).  We strongly encourage arriving early on this date for the self-isolation period so that you do not miss any of the induction week and teaching at the start of the term due to having to self-isolate at a later date. 

You will be housed in University managed housing for your period of self-isolation.  Where possible this will be your permanent room, but may be in another university hall, depending on the latest guidance and availability. You will receive full details in advance of your arrival.  

It is important to know that UK Government's approach to 'self-isolation' is different from that of many other countries. Latest guidance can be found here and here. The requirement to self-isolate may not be in place when you join us in September, but we want to reassure you of our plans to support you should this still be the case.

Please note that the start date listed on your CAS is in anticipation of our arrivals weekend, and does not indicate any requirement for self-isolation.  The UKVI will give you an entry clearance vignette that begins up to a month before this date, so that you can travel with ample time to self-isolate (if needed) before induction week. You should check whether you will need to self-isolate via the UK Home Office website when you are close to your intended date of travel, as this requirement could change at any time.


 

4. Postgraduate applicants

I am considering making an application for 2020 but have not submitted it yet. Can I still submit a​​n application?

Yes, we are accepting and welcoming applications for September entry - some courses have a January 2021 start date and we welcome applications for those too.

I don’t know​​ when I will receive my final degree results, so how can I meet the conditions of my offer?

Keep us informed as to when you expect to receive your degree results. There is still plenty of time until September and if required we can make exceptions and allow students to start later.

I am applying for a postgraduate degree/ I have an offer with the university to start a postgraduate degree in 2020. I am unable to complete the final semester of my undergraduat​e degree – will I still be accepted?

We would need to review each application on its merits and review the transcript of your studies so far. If you find yourself in this situation then obtain a transcript of the results you have achieved so far and send it to admissions@glos.ac.uk​ - they will ask an academic member of our staff to consider your request.

What is the latest date I sh​ould accept my offer for my postgraduate degree?

The university does not have an acceptance deadline for postgraduate students, and we can still accept new students up to two weeks after teaching has commenced. However, we encourage postgraduate students to apply and accept your offer by August to allow sufficient time to prepare for your studies commencing in September. For international students, you should allow extra time as you may need to apply for a CAS and visa before commencing study in the UK.​

5. International applicants

What is the guidance for accommodation for international students?

Please refer to section 3 above for information relating to: how to apply for university managed accommodation, details on contract and payment t​erms, and information regarding travel corridors and UK Government advice and list of countries required to self-isolate on arrival to the UK.

Our accommodation team is on hand to support applicants with any individual questions or concerns via email accommodation@glos.ac.uk. ​​

For international students, will the University of Gloucestershire accept a letter from school/college if I cannot obtain a final transcript before September due to COVID-19? What d​​ocumentation is required to be made an unconditional offer?

Yes, we will accept a formal stamped letter from your School or College if you are unable to obtain a final transcript.

Standard documentation for an unconditional offer is:

Wh​​​at if I cannot get my English qualification as my High School Diploma is cancelled?

The University of Gloucestershire can accept the English grade from a High School Diploma for certain countries in place of IELTS. We would need to review each application and if you find yourself in this situation where you are unable to obtain a final transcript then we would consider TOEFL Home as evidence of English to support your application to the course. 

Please contact admissions team and they can advise further on your options available - admissions@glos.ac.uk.

The University also accepts a number of English Language tests as equivalent to IELTS. 

Find out which English language tests we accept

How w​ill the University of Gloucestershire assess whether I have met my conditional offer this year?

Our approach to offers this year will depend on what qualifications you are taking and any arrangements made by the ​organisation that awards them:

A level​s (including International A levels), GCSEs, IGCSEs, Scottish Highers, BTECs and Cambridge Technicals

Exams in these qualifications have been cancelled throughout the world, but the UK Government and awarding bodies have confirmed that you will be awarded a final grade that fairly reflects your work to date.

We can confirm that we will accept any grade awarded in these qualifications this year as normal. We will consider your grades when they are available and providing you meet your offer conditions, your place will be secured. This applies wherever you are studying in the world.

The conditions of your offer will not be changed because of this. However, we are committed to supporting our offer holders and will apply a degree of flexibility when confirming your place. Applications that do not meet requirements will be reviewed by course teams and we will give consideration on accepting students on alternative assessments like GCSE performance, references and personal statement. If you haven’t met the requirements of the course please do not panic, check UCAS Track to see if your place has been confirmed.

Hong K​​​ong Diploma of Secondary Education

The exams for the HKDSE have been rescheduled and you will receive your results later than normal. We understand that you will face delays in providing your results and will be able to consider you once they are available. Your offer conditions will remain the same and we strongly encourage you to continue with your aspiration to study in the UK.

Qualification in other countries (including the French Baccalaureate, Spanish Titulo de Bachiller, It​​​alian Diploma di Esame di Stato, Indian High School Certificates, Greek and Cypriot Apolytirions and others)

We know exams in many other countries may be delayed or cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak and are monitoring the situation carefully.

If your exams go ahead we will assess you based on your results, even if they are issued later than normal.

If your exams are cancelled but the awarding organisation makes alternative arrangements for you to receive a final award we will consider any alternative put in place for you against your conditional offer.

If it becomes clear your exams will be cancelled with no alternative award or your results will be issued too late for you to start on time with us, we will contact you directly to discuss alternative assessments. We will do this no later than 31 July 2020.

Until a decision is made for your qualification, the conditions of your offer will not change.

My offer includes an IELTS condition, but I am currently unable to sit an English language test due ​​to the Coronavirus pandemic. What should I do?

We are monitoring the availability of English language testing across the world closely. IELTS have now released an online testing option which is recommended by the University of Gloucestershire (unfortunately this is not currently available in China).

Please make sure you check our list of accepted English language qualifications in case you already have something else which will meet your conditions. Details of commonly accepted alternatives are available for each degree on our course pages.

EU applicants (who do not require a Tier 4 visa) and do not hold an English qualification can be offered the University’s English language test on a case by case basis. Eligible applicants will be contacted by the university’s Admissions Team.

We accept a range of English language tests and equivalencies including IELTS, PTE Academic, TOEFL iBT, CPE and CAE. If we add any new options to these lists will email you to make sure you are aware.

There is no deadline for you to provide a valid English language test, we intend to be as flexible as possible. However, if you require a VISA you will need to adhere to the CAS request deadlines at the University of Gloucestershire.

We also offer Pre-sessional English courses online which include an English placement test if you are unable to provide IELTS or equivalent qualifications. This will allow us to determine which level course you should take.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English courses

I need a​​ Tier 4 (student) visa to study in the UK. Will that be affected by Coronavirus?

While many visa application centres are currently shut we hope visa application processes will re-open so that students are not affected in September.

We are working to make sure any changes to our application processes allow time for your visa application.

View our CAS application guidance

We will update all offer holders needing a Tier 4 visa on any changes.

The UK Government has released guidance that sets out temporary policy concessions for Tier 4 students and short-term study students in response to the outbreak of coronavirus. The concessions will all be kept under regular review and will be withdrawn once the situation returns to normal.

Will any co​urses be taught online for the autumn semester, if so will there be online teaching alongside to allow international students to arrive later in semester 1 or even semester 2 without falling behind?

We are working on a number of scenarios at present and students will be informed of any new arrangements in due course. Our students are already learning online via a number of channels and teaching methods and we would be ready to support students online from September if required.

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, if international students have to start the Sept​​ember semester with a period of online study and remain in their home country what would the visa implications be?

At present, the university plans to deliver our undergraduate and postgraduate courses as planned in September 2020. However, if due to COVID-19, travel restrictions are still in place in international countries which means students are unable to travel to the UK, you may need to undertake a period of online study with us.

The university would conduct our standard CAS eligibility checking as part of the normal admissions process to ensure applicants were eligible for a CAS prior to entry onto the programme. This is to ensure applicants are not disadvantaged by being admitted, only to later discover they are not eligible for a visa.

Once we can confirm that visa application centres have reopened, we will be able to issue CAS to students and provide advice on travel to the UK. We would expect online tuition to continue until students are able to arrive for the programme, which may be significantly later than their UK counterparts.

I am appl​​ying for a postgraduate degree/ I have an offer with the university to start a postgraduate degree in 2020. I am unable to complete the final semester of my undergraduate degree – will I still be accepted?

We would need to review each application on its merits and review the transcript of your studies so far. If you find yourself in this situation, you will need to obtain written confirmation from your institution detailing the situation and obtain a transcript of the results you have achieved so far and send it to admissions@glos.ac.uk. The Admissions Team will pass this to an academic colleague to consider your request. Please state your Gloucestershire applicant number and/or UCAS applicant number clearly in your email.

If you are an international student and applying for a student visa, the university will require a copy of the evidence submitted to the Admissions Team eg. a partial transcript, a portfolio, or an interview, plus a letter from your current institution of study in your home country.

My final ex​​ams have either been cancelled or postponed. I have been asked to provide additional documents for my application – can the university be flexible?

Given the circumstances we will be as flexible as we can with requirements. If you cannot provide an academic reference, personal statement or work reference in support of your application, please email admissions@glos.ac.uk explaining the difficulty and we will consider waiving ​the requirement. Please state your Gloucestershire applicant number and/or UCAS applicant number clearly in your email.

However, the UKVI states that predicted or provisional grades cannot be used as part of a CAS/Visa application, per Tier 4 immigration rules. But the University can accept other means of evidence including: a formal stamped letter from your school/college, partial transcripts. We can also use interviews, portfolios of work, entrance exams etc.

EU students are expected to apply for the relevant immigration category before 31 Dece​​mber 2020, in order to stay in UK for the duration of their degree. If they cannot arrive before 31 December what implications will this have on applying for a student visa?

The current guidance from the UK government is that EU students would then need to apply for a Tier 4 visa from their home country. Any change to this regulation will be communicated to applicants and via the UK government.

Does t​he university offer an English Language test?

Yes. We conduct online English language tests for applicants who hold offers which are conditional on English language. The test consists of the following components: Speaking Test (15-minute Skype interview), Listening Test, Reading Test and Writing Test.

Applicants complete the reading and writing tests before the interview, in which speaking and listening is assessed. Skype interviews take place at a mutually agreeable time.

You may need to take this test if:

  • You have taken a test, but it is now out of date
  • You have taken a test over 2 months ago and have scored 0.5 lower than needed in one component (whether in an IELTS test or another alternative English language qualification)
  • You have taken an English language qualification that we do not yet recognise
  • You are an EU applicant (who does not require a Tier 4 visa) and do not hold an English Language qualification
  • You are applying for one of our Pre-sessional English courses (please note, in this instance, the fee for the test is included in the course fee). ​​

To apply for a test, you need to have a student ID number and have a conditional offer ‘subject to CEFR B2 level in English Language’. Tests cost £80 and take place throughout the year. If you subsequently enrol at the University of Gloucestershire, you will be reimbursed the £80 fee. 

Find out more about our english language tests​​

Can I take the online English placement test if I do not attend any IELTS tests and have no IE​LTS scores?

Yes, international applicants are able to take the university’s English placement test and subsequently enrol onto a Pre-Sessional English online course (either 6 or 10 weeks dependent on the test score). Following successful completion of the Pre-Sessional English course the applicant can then enrol onto the University degree programme.

Does t​​he university offer an online Pre-Sessional English course?

Yes, in response to COVID-19 we have moved our Pre-sessional English course to online delivery, allowing international students the opportunity to develop their degree-ready English language skills using our recorded and our live and interactive webinars.

Our courses run from June for 6 or 10 weeks and start from £1,740. Courses are currently taught online using live webinars, pre-recorded lectures and guided, independent learning.

These courses will help you develop a range of skills needed for study, including academic writing, speaking skills for seminars, presentation skills, academic vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. There are assessments at the end of the course that you need to pass in order to progress onto your chosen degree programme.

Find out more about our English language courses​

Can I take the online English placement test to pursue 6-week PSE if my current IELTS score​​ makes me eligible me to take 10-week PSE?

Yes, if at least one month has passed since the IELTS test was taken.  

Is it possible to transfer directly on to my degree once I have taken the online place​ment test (if I achieve equivalent of the required entry requirements for the degree e.g. IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each component?)

In some case this is possible, for example, if you have the required IELTS score but your test is now out of date, or if you have taken an IELTS test over 2 months ago and have scored 0.5 lower than needed in one component (whether in an IELTS test or another alternative English language qualification). If you are unsure please contact admissions@glos.ac.uk to enquire about your specific circumstance.  

Wha​​​t times will the online Pre-Sessional English course be taught and how will it be delivered?

Courses are currently taught online using live webinars (5 hours per week), pre-recorded lectures (5 hours per week) and guided, independent learning (10 hours per week). Our live sessions will be delivered both in the morning and afternoon UK time to accommodate students from different time zones.

Do I need to apply for a visa to study the online Pre-sessional English course if I am remaining in my home country rather than travelling to the UK?

You will only need to apply for a visa for study due to take place in the UK. Even then, this will only be possible once visa application centres have reopened.

I have been selected for a Postgraduate International Merit Scholarship and to accept the scholarship need to pay £1,500. If for any reason I cannot attend in September 2020 (due​​ to COVID-19 travel restrictions, health, finances or the university does not re-open) will I be refunded 100% of my deposit?

For 2020/21 academic year, if an applicant/ student needs to withdraw for reasons related to COVID-19 eg. health, travel restrictions, they will be entitled to a full refund, except where the student has participated in online tuition in which case, tuition fees relevant to that study are chargeable. Administration fees will be waived and 100% refund given.  

If the first semester of my degree is delivered online and I choose not to enrol due to main reas​​on being to study in the UK, will I be entitled to a full refund?

For 2020/21 academic year, if the student's main reason for applying to study in the UK, is driven by a desire to be physically present in the UK, and they are unable to do this for travel restrictions reasons out of their control, they will be entitled to a full refund, except where the student has participated in online tuition in which case, tuition fees relevant to that study are chargeable. ​