Here you will find answers to coronavirus FAQs specifically for applicants and offer holders. If you need more help, please contact our Admissions team.

I have received an offer to join the University in September 2020, but now my school/college/university is closed, what should I do?

We know that in many countries there have been widespread school, college and university closures, so teaching may now be restricted. If your institution is offering online teaching and support we would strongly encourage you to engage with that, so that you will be well prepared if assessments do go ahead at a later date, or in an alternative format.

If you are having issues obtaining documents that we have asked you to provide, please get in touch with our Admissions Office. If you have been given a deadline for submitting documents we will be happy to review this in light of your personal circumstances.

I am holding a conditional offer for September 2020, but my exams have now been cancelled, what do I do?

If teaching is suspended at your current institution, you may not know if your exams are going ahead. Many governments and exam boards are making arrangements to ensure that assessments can still go ahead in a different format, or that grades can be awarded, based on previous achievement.

If you have questions or concerns about your exams or assessments, you should get in touch with your school or college, and check the website for your exam board or qualification provider, to see what measures they are putting in place.

Guidance from the Scottish and UK Governments is as follows:

The Scottish Government has confirmed that exams for Scottish school pupils will not take place this year. They have confirmed that school and college students will not be disadvantaged and instead students will be graded on coursework, teacher assessment and prior grades.

The UK Department for Education has confirmed that GCSEs, AS and A Levels have all been cancelled. Ofqual, the independent qualifications regulator, will develop a fair and robust process to calculate students’ grades. This will take into account a broad range of evidence, including teacher assessment and prior attainment. The calculated grades awarded will be formal grades, with the same status as in previous years. Further information is available here.

I am a prospective international student who wants to meet with someone from your recruitment team in my country. What advice have you for me?

Where we have had to cancel events or visits to overseas countries due to travel restrictions, we would be very happy to engage online through Skype, email or telephone. You can arrange to chat with us by emailing

What if I am having difficulty making arrangements to be tested for my English language (IELTS)?

For applicants who need to be tested for their English language (IELTS or equivalent) we are aware that most test centres are currently closed. We know that test providers have stated their intention to offer additional testing slots when they reopen, but where it is not possible for you to sit an English Language Test in order to meet the conditions of your offer, the University will review your circumstances nearer to the start date of your programme. If you have any concerns, please contact the Admissions team.

I am due to start at the University and I am having difficulties obtaining my visa. What should I do?

For new students or those concerned about obtaining or renewing their visas, you should contact the International Team

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