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 12 June 2020

Message from our Vice Principal - Plans for returning to learning:

Letter for HE Full Time Degree Applicants 

Letter for FE Applicants Preston Centre

Letter for FE Applicants at Liverpool, Lancashire Country Cricket Ground, Walton Hall and Witton Park

Part Time and Online Applicants will be contacted by the Admissions Team once plans are in place.

Apprentice Learners will have bespoke safety and learning agreements put in place with their employers. 

 

A summary of the facts

Briefing from Ofqual containing the latest decisions on qualifications

  • 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.
  • A Levels, BTECs Functional Skills and Supported Internship Programmes will all be awarded a grade set out in the Ofqual briefing
  • 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 this guidance for Functional Skills and BTECs. City and Guilds are providing assessments in some areas, applicants will be contacted directly if they are affected by this. Where 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.

 

HE full time applicants 

Veterinary Nursing FdSc Applicants

We understand that it may be difficult to achieve 160 hours of work experience at the moment, therefore any applicants that are unable to achieve the stated number of hours but are on course to meet all other entry criteria, may be selected to take part in an interview to assess their readiness for the course.

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 now ended. The measure was 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 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 enquiries@myerscough.ac.uk.