2020 applicants

Your course and learning


Teaching and learning in light of COVID-19 pandemic

How will teaching in my department be delivered this year?

Please visit our department pages below which have further details about how teaching will be delivered this academic year. These pages will be updated further once we have more information, so please check back again over the coming weeks.

Faculty of Science and Health

Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Health and Social Care

Life Sciences

Mathematical Sciences


Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Science

Faculty of Social Sciences


Language and Linguistics



Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic studies

Essex Business School

Faculty of Humanities



Edge Hotel School

Literature, Film and Theatre Studies

Philosophy and Art History

Essex Pathways

East 15 Acting School

What will this mean for my learning experience?

For the 2020 academic year, we are focusing on ensuring that we are able to deliver a quality education and that your teaching and learning can continue if there is further disruption. That’s why we’ve been working hard to ensure that our students are able to start with us in October – in whatever way possible. The changes we have made to support you and protect your health and wellbeing mean that, for most of our courses, this will include blended learning – with lectures, classes and other teaching taking place both online and face to face. Much of this teaching will be offered “live” (even if online/ virtual) but will also be available to access at times that suit you.

We know that your learning experience is about more than just attending classes, and our campuses can provide you with all you need to make the most of your studies. This includes private space to study, in your on-campus study bedrooms as well as in PC labs and other spaces on our three campuses for self-study. We can also offer you access to laptops on loan and access to our library services; as well as enhanced wifi provision across our campuses.

Your learning experience will also include:

  • Flexible learning

If you can’t live on or travel to campus, you will be able to study online, switching to campus-based study when you can.

  • Online discussion forums

All lectures will be complemented by an online discussion forum in which you can access the lecture, ask questions and prepare for the next session. This will be mixed with on-campus and online teaching in smaller groups. Smaller group teaching will be carefully organised with plenty of time to prepare and focused questions to allow you to participate fully.

  • No changes to module content with flexible learning

Module content will be the same as other years.

  • Live webinars, pre-recorded lectures and online discussions

Students studying online will have live webinars, bespoke pre-recorded lectures, live online seminars, and online discussions with lecturers available to answer your questions.

  • Academic support hours

Your tutors will hold weekly academic support hours online and (where possible) in-person, offering you one-to-one support and guidance.

  • Virtual drop in sessions

You will have the opportunity to access virtual ‘drop in sessions’ for every module we teach, to encourage you to ask questions and get any support you might need.

  • Reduced number of assessments

We have reduced the number of assessments and included more opportunities for you to practice the assignments for different modules before you submit them to be marked.

  • Carefully designed assessments

Your assessments have been carefully designed to ensure that they are clearly structured and organised to help you to succeed. You’ll be doing a whole range of different things, and we will guide and explain what you need to do so that you get the best out of them that you can.

  • Access to digital resources

You will have access to online digital resources, such as; reading lists; important core texts; and recorded lectures. We are well-placed to support you, whether you will be learning face-to-face or online. We are adapting all our resources to be available online, with new ways for you to contribute to discussions and different means of engaging with fellow students and staff.

  • Weekly virtual ‘Open Door’ meetings with the Head of Department

The Head of Department will hold a regular virtual ‘Open Door’ meeting with students every week, so you can tell us about what you think is going well and any areas where you need more help. We also have a number of History students who act as representatives for their fellow students, should you wish to provide feedback through them.

How long can I study online? Can I do the whole year online?

We want as many of our students to join us on campus as possible; this is not an online degree. We hope that if you begin studying online, you will be able to join us on Campus as soon as you can.

Please note that whether you can study online for the whole year is dependent on what department and course you are applying for. To find out more please visit our department pages which have further details about how teaching will be delivered. These pages will be updated further once we have more information, so please check back again over the coming weeks.

If you are an East 15 Acting School applicant, please refer to their website for updates on term information.

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