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Advice for prospective students


Our advice for prospective students

Last updated: 21 May 2020

We hope the answers below offer some helpful guidance at this challenging time. If you have any further questions, please join us on our daily live chat from Monday - Friday between 9.30am – 3.30pm BST.


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General information

Information on the next academic year (Autumn Term 2020)

Undergraduate

If you have not yet applied to Warwick

If you have applied but not yet received a decision on your application

If you are holding an offer to study at the University of Warwick

Postgraduate

If you have not yet applied to Warwick

If you are holding an offer to study at the University of Warwick

English Language questions
Immigration related questions

General information

Information on the next academic year (Autumn Term 2020)

When will the University provide confirmation about campus reopening?

Following the communication issued directly to incoming and returning students on 19 May, we are planning to start our teaching as initially intended, with classes expected to start in the week of October 5 2020. This will be done through a blend of face-to-face and online learning, following an induction period for new students.


What happens to reopening plans if there is a second wave of infection?

Throughout the pandemic, we’ve prioritised the safety and wellbeing of our University community, focusing on our students, our staff, and on supporting the wider community. Therefore, between now and the proposed physical reopening of our campus, we will be closely following UK government guidance and any action taken will be made with our community’s safety in mind. Plans are in place to ensure we can support you towards your desired learning outcomes, whatever the circumstances.


I am an international student, what if I am unable to travel due to restrictions in my own country?

We are actively monitoring the UK government’s advice and guidance relating to inbound travellers to the UK. This helps us ensure that we have the right measures and arrangements in place to support our new and returning students for the next academic year. We do have flexibility to accommodate later arrivals onto campus if there are delays in leaving your home country. We will continue to monitor all travel restrictions and we will provide updates where necessary.


What are the reasons for Warwick not offering a term of online teaching? Are you taking the risk seriously?

We believe the best possible university experience for our students come from excellent face-to-face engagement, which is supported by online learning as well as personal contact. This is what we intend to do provided we can do so safely and effectively. The approach we propose will allow our students to further develop their digital capabilities, enabling them to excel in their studies, and become more prepared for the complex, diverse environment they will encounter after graduation.

However, throughout the changing circumstances associated with the pandemic, we have prioritised the safety and wellbeing of our University community. We are exploring a full range of options to protect our community and we are committed to providing more guidance as soon as this becomes available.


If I start online and then move to in person, how will this affect my student loan application?

We are engaging with the relevant government departments and will update this FAQ page when we have further information.


Should I apply for student finance even if I am unsure of my plans?

Please visit the UK Government’s website for the latest Student Loans Company advice surrounding issues relating to Covid-19.


How does the University plan to implement social distancing measures? What plans are in place to protect my safety?

The safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and the wider community is our first and foremost priority. We continue to support our students still on campus, and have put a series of protective measures in place.

Key members of staff from across the University are implementing plans for social distancing in line with Government guidance, and the full reopening of campus. We are committed to providing more guidance as soon as this becomes available.


How will I have a good university experience – how will l meet friends and be part of a community?

As the autumn term begins, your academic department will introduce you to fellow students on your course, many of whom will become your friends, teammates and classmates. We’re also exploring how we can safely bring Welcome Week to life, allowing you to experience the hundreds of societies and sports clubs that Warwick has to offer.

You can visit the online OurWarwick platform, where you can communicate with our student bloggers, and join conversations with other Warwick students.

And we are planning for the full reopening of campus, which includes our retail, entertainment and sporting facilities. As these facilities reopen, we will rigorously observe social distancing practices as guided by the UK government and Public Health England.


Can I defer my offer?

We hope it won’t be necessary for any applicant to defer their entry due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, we are happy to consider deferrals in the usual way if this is a step you decide to take.

If you are an undergraduate student, visit our deferring your offer webpage.

If you are a postgraduate student, visit our deferring your offer webpage.


When will I hear from my academic department about how my year is going to look?

Following the communication issued directly to students on 19 May, academic departments will be providing additional levels of detail to all prospective and returning students in June 2020. There is a lot of working going on at the moment to restructure teaching plans for the next academic year. This work will take several months, but your department will be able to give you an initial update by the end of June.


Undergraduate

If you have not yet applied to Warwick

Are you still accepting applications for 2020?

Yes. For most courses, we are still accepting applications for 2020 entry. You can see the courses that are still open for applications via UCAS. We are accepting UCAS Extra applications for any course that is still open.


Will I be able to apply to Warwick through Clearing once I have my grades?

In previous years, we have been able to consider applications for a small number of students through Clearing and Adjustment. The courses and number of places available vary based on how many students apply in the main UCAS cycle and what grades they achieve. This means that we can’t say at this point whether we will have places for a specific course. We’ll list any courses available for Clearing on our website and on UCAS when Clearing opens.


I am planning to apply to Warwick in 2021 using exams that have been disrupted due to Covid-19 – how will this affect me?

We are accepting grades for qualifications that are being awarded differently this year (e.g. A levels, IB diploma) and we will continue to accept these grades for the 2021 cycle. This means that you can apply for 2021 and we will honour any qualifications that you have been awarded this year.


I was planning to attend an Open Day in June – what’s the latest update?

In line with Government advice, we have cancelled our Open Days scheduled for June this year.

So you can still get a feel for what life is like as a student at Warwick, we’ll be holding online events in the summer and hoping to add extra dates for you to visit us on campus in autumn.

Please register your interest to find out more details when we have them.

We're sorry we're not able to welcome you to Warwick's campus for now, but look forward to doing so in the future.


If you have applied but not yet received a decision on your application

Will my application be considered differently because of the Covid-19 pandemic?

No. We are considering all applications fairly and making offers based on the same academic criteria as normal.


Can I still receive a conditional offer if my exams have been cancelled?

Yes, we are continuing to make conditional offers based on our typical requirements in the same way as usual. Please see the ‘if you are holding a conditional offer’ section for more information about qualifications.


When will I receive a decision on my application?

We appreciate that waiting for a decision can be frustrating and worrying, particularly at the present time, but please be assured our admissions team is working very hard to process applications and to respond to enquiries, as quickly as possible.


I’ve been asked to supply additional information for my application but cannot do so because of the Covid-19 pandemic, what should I do?

Please do not worry. Let us know if you are not able to provide the documents requested by speaking to one of our colleagues on the daily live chat. We can add this information to your application so that the course selector is able to see it quickly.


I am applying to the Warwick Medical School MBChB for 2020/2021 entry. Where can I get specific advice?

Read specific information relating to Warwick Medical School MBChB applicants (PDF document).


I am applying to the Warwick International Foundation Programme. Where can I get specific advice from?

Get full information relating to prospective Warwick IFP students.


If you are holding an offer to study at the University of Warwick

Will you accept grades awarded by exam boards where final exams have been cancelled? (e.g. A levels)

Yes – where grades are officially awarded by exam boards or national governments, we will accept these qualifications as normal. This applies to A levels (including International A levels), GCSEs, IGCSEs, Scottish Highers, BTECs, Cambridge Pre-Us and Cambridge Technicals.

If the grades awarded meet the conditions of our offer, and all other conditions are met, you will automatically be accepted onto your course. We will also endeavour to be flexible if you narrowly miss the terms of your offer, although we can’t guarantee acceptance in these circumstances.

We will apply the same principles if you are taking other qualifications – where grades are officially awarded by exam boards or national governments, we will accept these qualifications where they meet the conditions of our offer.


Will you accept the IB Diploma?

Yes. The grades you are awarded by the IBO will be accepted as normal to assess if you have met your offer. If the grades awarded meet the conditions of our offer, and all other conditions are met, you will automatically be accepted onto your course. We will also endeavour to be flexible if you narrowly miss the terms of your offer, although we can’t guarantee acceptance in these circumstances.


Will you accept qualifications awarded in other countries (including the French Baccalaureate, Indian High School Certificates, Greek and Cypriot Apolytirions, Hungarian Érettségi, and others)

Yes where grades are officially awarded by exam boards or national governments, we will accept these qualifications as normal. If the grades awarded meet the conditions of our offer, and all other conditions are met, you will automatically be accepted onto your course. We will also endeavour to be flexible if you narrowly miss the terms of your offer, although we can’t guarantee acceptance in these circumstances.


Will Warwick withdraw my conditional offer now the situation with my exams has changed?

No. We will honour your conditional offer as long as you meet your conditions by the appropriate deadline. Please see the other FAQs in this section for clarification on how we will consider your qualifications.


I hold an unconditional offer from the University, is my place still secure?

Yes. If you have already achieved your qualifications and your offer is unconditional, you can secure your place by firmly accepting via UCAS track, if you haven’t already done so.


How can I find out more about Warwick before I make my decision?

There are plenty of opportunities to speak to staff or students to get a feel for life at Warwick.

You can register to join our live chats, where you can speak to students and staff from academic departments, take part in general drop-ins or join specific chats relating to student services. You’re welcome to ask us anything about living and studying at Warwick – we will answer your questions as best we can.

You can also find out what Warwick’s all about from our current students on our student blogs website.


What happens if I miss my offer?

We understand that you may be apprehensive about the grades you will receive as a result of cancelled examinations and changes to grades.

We are optimistic that you will receive the grades you deserve, however if you narrowly miss your offer we may be able to be flexible where possible. Our flexibility will depend upon the performance of all students (the grades they receive) and the number of spaces we have available on our courses.


I am a private or independent candidate and it is not possible to have my grade assessed by a school or exam centre.

We appreciate that this is an anxious and challenging time for applicants taking exams as independent or private candidates. If you are not being awarded grades by a school or examining body, but were planning to take exams independently or privately, please complete this form and we will contact you once we are able to provide further information regarding your particular circumstances.


I have a STEP requirement in my offer for G100 Mathematics or G103 Mathematics, but this exam has been cancelled, what can I do?

Cambridge Assessment have confirmed that STEP paper 1 will not be running this year. STEP paper 2 and 3 will only be available to complete online where STEP forms part of your Mathematics offer from us.

How to register for STEP 2 and 3

Instructions on how to register for the online STEP exams are being sent out on 1 May to our Mathematics offer holders where their offer includes STEP. Please note that STEP registration with Cambridge Assessment opens on 1 May and will close on 11 May at 1700hrs (BST). If you believe that you are eligible to take STEP and haven’t received the email, please first ensure that you check your spam/junk folder. Please then email ugadmissions at warwick dot ac dot uk to ask us to send you the email, making sure to include your Warwick ID number and ‘STEP registration’ in the subject line, and we will look into this as soon as we can.

Preparing for STEP

We understand that some applicants will have been preparing for STEP paper 1. We will be providing some online resources to help applicants who are now planning to take STEP paper 2 or 3. To access these resources, please complete the STEP support web-form if you’ve not already done so. Further information regarding STEP can be found on Cambridge Assessments' website.


I have a STEP requirement in my offer from the Department of Statistics (including MORSE) but this exam bas been cancelled, what can I do?

If you are a Statistics offer holder and STEP is an essential part of your offer, we will be contacting you directly in the coming days. If you do not receive an email from us, please email ugadmissions at warwick dot ac dot uk with ‘STEP Enquiry Statistics’ in the subject line, your student number and offer details.


My education/examinations have been disrupted due to Covid-19. Should I submit mitigating circumstances?

No, this is not necessary. We understand that many, if not most of you, will have experienced disruption to your education and assessments this year as a consequence of the Covid-19 situation. We will take this into consideration generally when reviewing the results of all of our offer holders.

If you have very particular circumstances that have affected your educational performance – and these were not known or taken into consideration by your school or awarding body – then you can submit this information via our AWARDS scheme.


My offer includes a mark from the Science Practical Assessment, but I have been unable to complete this – what do I need to do?

We appreciate that many students will be facing this situation and we will waive this requirement in your offer for this cycle. Please note that we will not be issuing new offers excluding this element but when results are received we will simply consider your overall A level grade.


I have sent documents to meet the conditions of my offer. If the office is now closed, do I need to resend anything?

As you are probably aware, the Admissions Service are currently working remotely. If you have already posted documents to meet conditions of your offer unfortunately we are not able to process them until the Admissions Service returns to the office. Please contact us to let us know either through the Live Chat or by emailing ugadmissions at warwick dot ac dot uk.

How can I send a reference now that my school is closed?

If you are studying in the UK, you should contact your school to see if they are able to provide this for you as some schools have remained open. If you are outside of the UK and/or your school is not open at the moment please contact the admissions team ugadmissions at warwick dot ac dot uk if you are unable to provide a reference or other documents and we can add a note to your application.


Postgraduate

If you have not yet applied to Warwick

Are you still accepting applications for 2020?

Yes, all of our Master’s programmes (excluding MRes Economics and MSc Clinical Applications of Psychology) are still open for applications. Some courses may close earlier if demand is high so we encourage you to check the department webpage and the study pagesfor the most up-to-date information before you apply.

For further information please look at our study pages.

If you are holding an offer to study at the University of Warwick

I have more questions about life at Warwick, is there anyone I can speak to?

We would advise that you speak to a member of our Student Recruitment and Admissions Team by joining a live chat. Our live chats are open to offer holders (and prospective applicants) every Monday – Friday between 9.30am – 3.30pm BST.

If you are currently an applicant or are in receipt of an offer, please note that specific details about your application cannot be discussed in the chatroom as there will be other applicants participating at the same time. However you will be able to follow up any personal enquiries directly with the members of staff participating following the chat session.

I have sent documents to meet the conditions of my offer. If the office is now closed, do I need to resend anything?

As you are probably aware, the Admissions Service are currently working remotely. If you have already posted documents to meet conditions of your offer unfortunately we are not able to process them until the Admissions Service returns to the office. Please contact us to let us know either through the Live Chat or by filling out this enquiry form.


English Language

My offer includes an English language test, but I am unable to sit a test at the moment.

We know that the closure of English language testing centres has created some anxiety so we’ve expanded the range of English language tests we accept, including some new online tests. Please read the latest updates from the University relating to the different levels of study as listed below:

We are offering a free six-week pre-sessional English course for undergraduate and postgraduate students who are intending to progress to courses at Warwick in academic year 2020/21.The course is open for applications from undergraduate or postgraduate students who hold an offer containing an English language condition for courses starting in academic year 2020/21, subject to meeting the entry requirements listed on the PSE website.

There is no formal award. Successful completion of the course will allow you to meet the English language condition of your offer.


What English tests can I take to meet my conditions?

The full range of English Language tests that we can accept can be found on the webpages below:


Immigration related questions

I am a current applicant/offer holder studying in the UK, but I will not be able to return to my home country between leaving school and joining Warwick as it has been affected by Covid-19. I am worried about my immigration status. What should I do?

If you are eligible, you can make a visa application to study at Warwick from within the UK.

If you are ineligible to make an application from within the UK, be advised that we are taking guidance from the UKVI, who are monitoring the situation closely.

The current UKVI policy only affects those students whose visa expires on or before 30 March 2020. The University will publish more information, with guidance from the UKVI as soon as it becomes available.

See our latest news update.


Will my immigration status be affected if the University decides to use my previous academic performance as sufficient for entry to Warwick?

If we do not receive your examination results in the time needed to allow for your visa application, the University will make decisions on a case-by-case basis. To further support your visa application in these circumstances, you may wish to obtain;

A letter stating the likelihood of completion of studies, with a predicted completion grade from your previous institution.

A reference letter from your previous institution stipulating your latest average.


I am due to join a pre-sessional English course at Warwick in 2020 – can I still come?

Please see the ‘English Language’ section above for advice and guidance.


I still have more questions, where can I get more information?

We would be delighted to chat to you online via our live chat system. We run chats for both offer holders and prospective applicants every Monday – Friday between 9.30am – 3.30pm BST.

Find out about our live chats.

Further information, support and reporting

Email coronavirusenquiries@warwick.ac.uk

Contact Wellbeing Support Services or Employee Assistance Programme

Call our 24/7 helpline on +44(0)24 765 23111

About our helpline: Please note, we cannot provide medical advice. Our University helpline is for reporting positive cases of confirmed coronavirus and for people on campus who need help and assistance relating to coronavirus. You can also see our data protection statement to see how we handle and process information gathered from the helpline.


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