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Covid-19 University Guidance

Applying to Essex following the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak

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As an enquirer or applicant to the University of Essex, we will keep you updated on the steps we are taking to limit the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on our community. This page contains important information for prospective students about applying to the University of Essex. We will update this regularly.

What will happen to my application if one or more of the University's campuses temporarily closes?  

Although many of our staff are not currently working in their offices on campus, we are continuing to process applications and deal with all your queries. Your application is important to us and we are continuing to assess all applications in the usual way.

Should I still apply if I'm currently not able to leave the country?

Yes. If you are interested in joining the University this autumn, but are concerned by current travel restrictions, we still encourage you to apply. It is highly likely that the situation in all countries will change a lot over the next few months. Most of our courses are still open for new applicants for 2020, so we welcome new applications at all study levels.

We are working hard to ensure we can welcome our new students on to our campuses in October. We will continue to follow public health guidance and will be sure to notify any affected applicants should alternative arrangements apply.

What happens if my final examinations have been cancelled or changed?

If your exams have been cancelled or you haven’t been able to complete part of your studies, please don’t worry – we have arrangements to manage exceptional circumstances for all our applicants. We are following advice and guidance closely from the University’s regulator (Office for Students), and the exam boards.

We are aware that awarding bodies for some qualifications have confirmed that they will be awarding students a ‘calculated grade’. Please be assured that we will consider calculated grades in the same way as we would have considered your final examination grades.

For postgraduate applicants, we will normally have expected you to have completed 50% of your final year’s study, and we will base our decision purely on your grades up to that point.

In all cases, we will be as flexible as we can with our minimum grade requirements and will take into account any impact on your final grades as a result of COVID-19 disruption. We will consider your academic performance up to the point of the COVID-19 disruption and will base our decision on your grades at that point.

Please do not be concerned, we will be in touch with you regarding your offer when exam results, or alternative assessment results, are published.

If you have any further questions, please contact us via our Live Chat or email our Undergraduate Admissions team at admit@essex.ac.uk or our Postgraduate Admissions team at pgadmit@essex.ac.uk.

 

I can't get hold of the information you have requested, what shall I do?

We are aware you might have difficulties getting hold of supporting information. We will be as flexible as possible - if you will need extra time to gather requested information, please just let your Admissions Advisor know.

If you are unable to obtain a final certificate or transcript for your qualifications, either as a result of your exams being cancelled or due to other factors such as school closures, please provide what you can and contact our Undergraduate Admissions Team by emailing admit@essex.ac.uk or our Postgraduate Admissions team at pgadmit@essex.ac.uk.

We may be able to accept proof of your results in an alternative format – this may include interim transcripts, copies of school/college/university records or a letter or email from your school/college/university.

If you are not waiting for further results or calculated grades, please provide the grades for your qualifications so far, including any part-completed studies, to the Admissions Advisor on your offer letter.

I'm applying for a postgraduate course, but my current studies have been disrupted - what does this mean for my application?

We are aware that many of you will have had your studies interrupted and that some of you will either not receive the award you expected or will receive the award but with fewer credits. Please be assured that we will base our decision on your academic performance up until the point of any COVID-19 disruption.

We will normally expect you to have completed 50% of your final year’s study, and we will base our decision purely on your grades at that point. We will also be as flexible as we can with our minimum grade requirements and will take into account any impact on your final grades as a result of COVID-19 disruption

I'm having difficulties obtaining a reference to support my application, what do I do?

If you are currently holding an offer that is conditional upon obtaining a suitable reference or other information, and you are unable to get this due to the current COVID-19 situation, please contact either our Undergraduate Admissions Team by emailing admit@essex.ac.uk or our Postgraduate Admissions team at pgadmit@essex.ac.uk for advice. It is likely that we can waive the requirement to supply a reference.

I'm having problems being able to take the English Language Test that is a condition of my offer, what should I do?

We are aware that some English Language tests may be cancelled or postponed, or you are unable to attend due to travel restrictions, please see below links for full details of the English Language tests that we can accept, including online tests, and the scores we require. Please note these are updated regularly with any additional tests that we are now in a position to accept:

If you already hold an English language test that isn’t listed in the tables above, or your current English language test is not at the level required please contact your relevant Admissions Office:

Can I apply for Pre-sessional English (PSE) study at Essex?

Yes. Due to travel restrictions currently in place, all our pre-sessional courses will be delivered online, so you can study from your home country. Please read our Pre-Sessional English webpages for further details. We are also currently investigating a range of other options including in country provision and we will update you once we have more information.

For the five-week course and the final five weeks or all the other pre-sessional courses, we are hoping that students will be able to study on campus, if they wish and are able to do so. But we will be running these five weeks online for those students who need it.

For those students studying on our campus for the final five weeks, we are providing free accommodation.

Can I take Pre-sessional English (PSE) course in my home country?

All our Pre-sessional courses will be delivered online, so if you are eligible for one of our Pre-sessional courses, you will be able to study this in your home country. Please read our Pre-Sessional English webpages for further details. We are currently investigating a range of other options including in country provision and we will update you once we have more information.

Can/should I defer my place? 

If you are thinking about deferring because of concerns about the term beginning in October, please be assured that putting solutions in place to ensure you can start with us on our campuses in October.

We want as many of our students to join us on campus as possible. To achieve this, many of our courses will now be taught in a way that blends face-to-face classes with a range of online lectures, teaching, learning and collaborative support. We’re aiming to be as flexible as possible so if things change you can change your pathway any time.

These changes will allow you to start your course whether you are able to attend campus or not. That way, if restrictions apply or circumstances change, we can move to blended and online delivery, offering the flexibility for you to continue your studies uninterrupted, whatever the circumstances.

This is not an online degree. Our goal is to replicate face-to-face teaching digitally, where necessary, but continue to teach face-to-face where we can.

If you think you might still wish to defer your place, please contact your Admissions Advisor who can discuss your options with you.

What happens if I'd prefer to start my course on campus in January?

If you are thinking about deferring because of concerns about the term beginning in October, please be assured that putting solutions in place to ensure you can start with us on our campuses in October.

We want as many of our students to join us on campus as possible. To achieve this, many of our courses will now be taught in a way that blends face-to-face classes with a range of online lectures, teaching, learning and collaborative support. We’re aiming to be as flexible as possible so if things change you can change your pathway any time.

These changes will allow you to start your course whether you are able to attend campus or not. That way, if restrictions apply or circumstances change, we can move to blended and online delivery, offering the flexibility for you to continue your studies uninterrupted, whatever the circumstances.

This is not an online degree. Our goal is to replicate face-to-face teaching digitally, where necessary, but continue to teach face-to-face where we can.

If you think you might still wish to defer your place, please contact your Admissions Advisor who can discuss your options with you.

Do I have to attend campus for my interview?

If you have to attend an interview as a compulsory assessment component for your application, we will contact you to arrange an interview remotely, either via ZOOM or telephone.

If you are waiting to hear about an interview, please contact the relevant Admissions Office:

Will auditions at East 15 Acting School still be taking place?

All auditions (on campus and abroad) have been cancelled so students should submit digitally. An email has been sent out with details how to do this.

Please see the East 15 website for more information. Applicants will be contacted if anything changes.

What do I do if I have concerns about getting a visa?

Please see our Tier 4 Visa and immigration guidance FAQs (.pdf).

Please see the UKCISA website for further Coronavirus (Covid-19) infomation and advice for international students.

Can I still visit campus if I want to look around?

We are currently suspending all public events, gatherings and visits to our campuses due to COVID-19. We know this will be as disappointing to you as it is to us. Whilst our campuses do remain open, we are not able to offer tours of visits at the moment.

In the meantime check out our Colchester and Southend Campus virtual tours, videos and a range of live and recorded webinars so you can get an insight into the University.

 

Do I still need to pay my deposit?

Some students are asked to pay a deposit to secure their place on a course with us. You should still pay this but if for any reason you are unable to start your course, it can be deferred or refunded. Further information about our tuition fee policy can be found on our website.

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