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Frequently asked questions about COVID 19


Our advice for prospective students

We will regularly update this page as more information becomes available.

We will continue to treat all new applications in the usual way, irrespective of where you are from or currently reside.

We are monitoring the situation closely and will update these FAQs as more information becomes available. Our advice is that you check back with us regularly for the University’s latest advice and guidance.

The University is doing everything we can to limit any impact COVID-19 may have on current applications to study at Warwick in 2020/ 2021.

If you are awaiting a decision from us about your application, be assured that our admissions team is working diligently to provide a response.

If you are concerned about how COVID-19 may affect your plans to study here after you’ve received a decision from the University, please read the advice being shared with current students on campus

We are monitoring the situation closely, taking advice from The British Council on school and university closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

We are very aware that school closures in the UK and in many other countries, and the cancellation of examinations – including A-levels and the IB – is causing anxiety to many of our applicants and offer holders.

We are working on ways to give our applicants and offer holders as much certainty as possible as the situation evolves.

There is a national structure for undergraduate admissions in the UK and we continue to monitor the advice from UCAS, the Government and exam boards, to ensure that we are working in the best interest of our applicants and offer holders.

The IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization) has updated its guidance if you were due to take your IB exams in April/May this year.

The IBO has confirmed that the 30 April and 22 May 2020 exams have been cancelled.

As an IB student you will instead be awarded either an IB diploma or course certificate. The award will reflect your standard of work, taking into consideration your coursework marks and predicted grades.

Find out how the IB Diploma results will be calculated for 2020 in more detail.

The IBO plan to publish the IB results on 5 July 2020 as previously arranged. We anticipate that we will be able to make decisions on receipt of these results – please note that it can take us a number of days to process decisions. We wish to reassure you that we will accept the grades awarded by the IBO.

Resubmission of application

Should you wish to change the qualifications you are currently taking (for instance opting to study A levels next year if you choose to repeat the year), you should resubmit an application through UCAS in the usual way after September 2020.

The University accepts several English language tests as proof of eligibility, however a ‘UKVI IELTS’ would be most desirable for postgraduate students who wish to enrol on a Pre-sessional English course.

If you are unable to take your English Language test due to closures and find no alternative, the University will review your case individually.

English Language requirements for undergraduate students and postgraduate students.

We are taking advice from The British Council on school and university closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak, including the provision of e-learning opportunities.

We are not yet able to say how this will affect the admissions decisions we make.

If you can obtain a statement from your school/university that details how your study has been impacted, it may be possible for us to take this into account when we are considering results.

In line with Government advice, we have taken the decision to cancel all of our on campus offer holder open days scheduled for March and April.

However, you will still be able to get a feel for what life is like as a student at Warwick with our online events. You will be able to have a virtual tour of the campus, chat to staff, and find out more about your chosen subject.

We will be in touch directly with everyone who has booked a place on offer holder open days with further information about the sessions and how to join.


Our advice for schools

In light of confirmation from the IBO that the summer exams are cancelled, the University is currently reviewing our policies surrounding IB students who may be affected. We will continue to publish information on this webpage for prospective students.

The IBO plan to publish IB results on 5 July 2020 as previously arranged. We anticipate that we will be able to make decisions on receipt of these results – please note that it can take us a number of days to process decisions. We wish to reassure our applicants and offer holders that we will accept the grades awarded by the IBO.

Resubmission of application

Should students wish to change the qualifications they are currently taking (for instance opting to study A levels next year if they choose to repeat the year), then they should resubmit an application through UCAS in the usual way after September 2020.

In certain circumstances yes.

We are monitoring the situation and taking advice from The British Council, Ofqual and the relevant UK Government departments on school and university closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak as it becomes available. We are doing everything we can to limit the impact this might have for students wishing to study with us in 2020.

Amendments to deadlines and start dates due to COVID-19 will depend on your level of study and department and will be published as soon as they become available.


Immigration related questions

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

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.

If you can meet all the conditions stated in your offer 4 weeks before the pre-sessional English course start date, then a UKVI IELTS is not needed. We accept other test types including TOEFL (iBT), PTE (academic), CPE and many more.

See a full list of accepted English Language tests here.

If you are unable to clear the conditions stated in your offer (other than English Language) within the stipulated deadline, then you will require an acceptable UKVI IELTS.

We are aware that this may prove difficult due to closures in areas affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, and so our advice is to check test availability in the first instance and contact us should this prove impossible. There is lobbying currently underway to encourage the UK Home Office to accept other English Language tests while the COVID-19 situation becomes clearer and further information will be published as soon as it becomes available.

More information about English language tests and certificates


Advice for current students

You can also see our advice for current staff and students.