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Coronavirus information for applicants and offer holders

Applying to study at university can be daunting under normal circumstances, but with an ever-changing situation you may have more questions than before.

We've created this list of FAQ's to ensure that as a BCU applicant or offer-holder you have all of the information you need, when you need it. We will keep this page up-to-date as the situation evolves.

UCAS equal consideration deadline

Can I still apply now the UCAS equal consideration deadline of 29 January has passed?

Yes. BCU will continue to accept applications until the end of the UCAS main cycle on 30 June, after which you apply via Clearing. However, some Health-related courses with high numbers of applications to places are now closed to further applications so please check the UCAS and BCU course profiles. If these are the only courses you are interested in, you could check again in Clearing (opens from 5 July) to see if they re-open if places become available, or consider making an application for 2022 entry. 

What other deadlines apply?

If you applied by 29 January, BCU has to make its decision by 20 May and you then need to respond by 10 June.  In many cases, our offers are processed much earlier than this and you can accept once you have made your decision. Please see the UCAS guidance.

Exam cancellations

My exams have been cancelled – what happens now?

Following the Government’s announcement that all GCSE and A Level exams are to be cancelled this summer, schools and colleges will provide teacher assessed grades. The controversial algorithm used to determine grades in summer 2020 will not be applied in 2021.

What are teacher assessed grades?

To ensure fairness and flexibility, teacher assessed grades will be based on all the evidence teachers have, including coursework and any mock exams you have already taken, as the best indicator of performance.  Although your school or college may decide to share these grades with you in advance, universities wait until these are formally communicated via UCAS, who work with the awarding bodies. BCU aims to confirm places on results day (10 August) where we have all the information to do so.

Can I still apply to university even though I won’t be taking my exams?

Yes – you apply in exactly the same way and your school or college will still provide predicted grades in advance of the actual teacher assessed grades in the summer. 

What does this mean for my predicted grades?

The predicted grades are still taken into account by Admissions teams as part of the holistic assessment of your application to determine your suitability for a course. 

I’m taking BTECs - do I still have to do my exams?

In the case of BTECs, the Government left decisions on whether to proceed with exams up to individual colleges, so they will have communicated this to you. As with A Levels, where required, teachers will be providing assessed grades based on other information such as coursework. Pearson has advised that no BTEC unit grade information will be provided to universities but we will receive details of your over-arching award, which will meet our needs in most cases. 

I’m studying an Access to HE Diploma

As this is a credit-based qualification, your college will have continued to deliver a programme of learning which covered all units, so that you have the opportunity to be assessed and achieve the credits required. Further information is available on the QAA website.

Private candidates

The Government’s advice to private candidates is that they should work with a centre to provide evidence in line with that required of other students, so we are expecting to receive grades wherever possible.

My offer is conditional on GCSEs

The University does not receive GCSE grades direct.  These will be published on 12 August and you must share them with us – please see instructions in the Applicant Portal. If you have fallen short of the grades required, we may be able to offer you our online equivalency test.

Will I still be eligible for the Meet or Beat scholarship if I don’t take my exams?

Yes, if your teacher assessed grades meet or exceed BCU’s published Level 3 entry requirements, you will be eligible for the scholarship. Not all courses are eligible for this scheme. See full terms and conditions.

Disrupted Studies claims

If have experienced issues of a personal, social or domestic nature that have affected your studies, or your ability to meet our published entry requirements or offer, we encourage you to let us know by completing our Disrupted Studies form. These should be circumstances that haven't already been mitigated by your school or college as part of their assessment, and claims can be processed more quickly if they provide a supporting statement using the claim form within this link. 

What will my teaching look like?

Will my course be online or on campus?

We are doing all we can to move to our standard methods of teaching with on-campus and face to face delivery for the 2021 intake. Only our dedicated online provision will be delivered online going forward. If you are anxious about joining the University and coming on to campus, this is perfectly natural but we are doing all we can to ensure a safe environment and will be adhering to all Government guidelines. As you will appreciate, this situation is changing as we go through the various phases of lifting lockdown. If you need to speak to someone, we can put you in touch with a course academic or a Student Ambassador. If you want to take up this opportunity, please email admissions@bcu.ac.uk with your questions or concerns.

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