COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information for 2020 Applicants and Offer Holders

This page will be updated on a regular basis with the latest available information. 

Last update 06 April 2020

A summary of the facts

  • GCSEs A-levels, BTECs and other examinations will not take place this summer.
  • The government has assured students they will receive their qualifications and be able to continue to progress their studies.
  • International applications are being disrupted. Individual countries are making final decisions on how they will address the issue of exams.

Entry criteria

Ofqual have published this guidance for A Levels and GCSEs and we are hoping to have information for BTEC, City and Guilds and other technical qualifications soon. Where these grades are awarded, we will treat them as robustly as if the candidate had sat a final exam. 

Where direct replacements to standard qualifications are not possible, our approach on how to progress with applications will consider the following: 

  • Advice from The Office for Students that has emphasised the importance of consideration of applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds who may be affected by the current situation.
  • Reassurance from the Government, that it is committed to ensuring there are no barriers, which may stop candidates achieving the qualifications they need to progress to further or higher education in the next academic year.
  • For Higher Education, we may consider pre-entry assignments for private or adult learners. 
  •  A review of requirements for work experience and work placements.
  •  Advice from professional bodies that we work with to ensure that they are prepared to accept the changes.

Once we have the confirmed information and have made a decision on any adjustments (that may or may not be needed) to our entry criteria, we will publish it on this page and advise all affected applicants directly. 

How will grades from my current course be calculated?

Guidance for A Levels and GCSEs has now been provided on the Government Website.

Decisions on technical qualifications and vocational qualifications have not been made as yet.

HE full time applicants 

Updated 06 April 2020

Enforced delay on Unconditional Offer Making from the Office for Students (OfS). 

The delay on making Unconditional offers to applicants who haven't met the standard entry criteria has been extended to 20 April 2020. However, as we only offer Unconditional Offers to applicants who have met their entry criteria, we will be able to start sending Unconditional offers from today (06/04/2020). The measure is in place is to ensure fairness for all students during this period of uncertainty and you can read more information about it on the OfS website.

In response to this, UCAS have extended again their reply deadlines by two weeks giving you additional time to consider any actions. You can read more about this on their information pages here.

How to contact us

During the period of enforced social distancing, the Student Admissions Team will be working remotely from home, processing your application and making decisions.

You will not be able to contact us on the telephone directly but you can speak to us on our website via Live Chat Monday-Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am until 4.30pm.

Alternatively you can email