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.
The UCAS 15 January equal consideration deadline has been extended – what does this mean?
UCAS has announced that it is giving students an additional two weeks to complete applications ahead of its main deadline, which has now been moved to Friday 29 January at 6pm.
I applied before the deadline extension – does that impact me?
No. If you have already submitted your application, it will receive the same consideration as any submitted ahead of the later deadline.
Can I still apply after the UCAS deadline?
Yes. BCU will continue to accept applications right up until the end of the UCAS main cycle deadline on 30 June, after which you apply via Clearing. However, it is possible that some popular courses may fill up before then, so we encourage you to apply as soon as you can.
My exams have been cancelled – what happens now?
Following the cancellation of all GCSE and A Level exams this summer, the Government has announced that schools and colleges will instead award grades based on teachers’ assessments. The controversial algorithm used to determine grades in summer 2020 will not be used again. Your school or college will receive any updated information at the same time as universities.
What are teacher assessed grades?
Rather than being based on exams, teacher assessed grades are based on your teachers’ judgement on how they think you would have performed, based on coursework, ongoing assessments and any mock exams you have already taken.
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 provides predicted grades to support your application. Your school or college will provide its teacher assessed grades later in the summer.
What does this mean for my predicted grades?
Our offers will still be based on your predicted grades alongside your personal statement and reference.
I’m taking BTECs - do I still have to do my exams?
In the case of BTECs, the latest Government advice is that individual schools and colleges can decide whether to proceed with exams. Please check with your school or college to find out their plans.