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Warwick IFP September 2020

We're looking forward to welcoming you to the Warwick IFP in September

In the past few months, we've had to make some changes to the programme to make sure that we can continue to deliver a high-quality learning experience, whilst maintaining safety in line with UK government guidance around the COVID-19 pandemic.

We've gathered together all of the information and updates that should answer your questions - but if you want to ask something we haven't covered, please get in touch with the team.

When will the course start?

The Warwick IFP will be starting on 28 September 2020, as previously published.

The first week will be a University-wide Welcome Week programme, designed to help all new students become familiar with the University and start meeting each other.

Following this, on 5 October, our newly designed, Warwick IFP Preparing for Study programme will begin. This five-week programme will allow students the opportunity to meet their Personal Tutors and Module Tutors, begin to learn more about what it’s like to study in the UK and in particular on the IFP, as well as starting to consider the UCAS process and think about applications to universities. You can find out more about this programme here.

Teaching of the Warwick IFP academic programme will then begin on 9 November.

Will all teaching be online?

We know that many students will want to arrive on campus in time for the course start, but we're also aware that it may be difficult for some of you to be here by 28 September.

So that we can support all IFP students, Welcome Week and the Preparing for Study programme are both being designed to be delivered online. Whilst there will be opportunities for additional face-to-face activities for those students who have already arrived on campus, all students who have received an unconditional offer will be able to join the digital Welcome Week and our Preparing for Study programme, regardless of where they are.

The full teaching timetable for academic modules will then begin on 9 November 2020. Once the full teaching timetable begins, our aim is for small seminar groups for your academic modules to take place face-to-face. We will use our digital resources for large group lectures which will continue to be delivered online; this will support you in your independent learning, which you will further develop throughout the Warwick IFP. This blend of online and offline learning will be fully integrated, to provide you with everything that you need to be successful on the programme, as well as prepared for your undergraduate study in the UK.

When should I travel to the UK?

You are expected to be engaging with the course from the course start date of 28 September.

The Welcome Week and Preparing for Study Programme which will be taking place from 28 September to 6 November will be delivered online for all students, however additional, face-to-face activities will be available for students who have arrived on campus from 28 September.

Once the IFP academic content begins on 9 November, teaching will be focused on face-to-face delivery.

You should plan to arrive in the UK as soon as possible, and ahead of the latest start date of 23 November.

Have there been any other changes to the course?

To ensure that we're able to deliver the best programme possible and prepare you for undergraduate study, we've made some changes to the modules on some of our IFP courses. You can find the most up to date module information on our course pages.

We've also reduced the length of our vacation periods so that we can start the academic modules later than usual and still finish the course on the same date, whilst also being able to deliver all of the required teaching content. The new term dates are as follows:

  • Course Start: 28 September 2020
  • Preparing for Study Programme: 5 October - 6 November 2020
  • Term 1 Academic Teaching: 9 November - 18 December 2020
  • Term 2 Academic Teaching: 4 January - 27 March 2021
  • Term 3 Academic Teaching: 12 April - 5 June 2021
  • Revision and Exams: 7 - 26 June 2021
  • Course End Date: 26 June 2021

What if there is a second wave of the pandemic?

Firstly, and most importantly, we will continue to closely follow and act upon UK government guidance, and we will keep you as safe as possible. Whatever happens, we'll be ready to support you.

Across the University, preparations are being made in case circumstances significantly change. So, if there are periods when access to campus is restricted to protect your health and safety, we'll have plans in place to switch to wholly online teaching if necessary.

Accommodation and Life on Campus

As with many other settings, life on campus is going to look a little different in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University has started to provide a range of information about what life on campus is going to look like in the coming months, and how we'll be working to keep everyone safe, as well as providing them with the opportunities normally expected at university. You can keep up to date with the University's safety measures on campus here.

We know that as well as studying on the University campus, the majority of IFP students will also be living in University accommodation on campus. Full details about accommodation on campus will be updated here.

Important Dates and Deadlines

As well as making some changes to our term dates, we've also adjusted some of our admissions deadlines to support students experiencing difficulties which are beyond their control. The following deadlines will now apply:

  • Application Deadline: 31 July 2020
  • Final Deposit Deadline (for Conditional Offer Holders): 14 August 2020
  • Final Document Deadline (for Conditional Offer Holders): 28 September 2020

Who can I contact about other questions?

If you still have questions, then please do contact the team. We're all still currently working from home, but we'll be able to respond to you within 3-5 working days.