Coronavirus (COVID-19): applicant FAQs

Advice and guidance for UK and international applicants and those who are interested in studying at the University of Plymouth

Here at Plymouth, we appreciate that this is an unsettling time for our applicants. You may be concerned about how the current situation might affect your application to study with us.

We want to reassure you that we have not made any changes to our application process, entry requirements or start dates, and we continue to welcome applications.

We are committed to starting the 2020/2021 academic year for all students in September 2020.

We will follow government advice on social distancing and personal safety to ensure a ‘COVID-19 secure’ working and learning environment. The University campus will be operational, and you will be able to study and engage in person regularly with other students and staff.

This means you will be able to participate in lectures, face-to-face tutorials, and seminars. You will be able to access laboratory and studio experiences, fieldwork, the library, and all student support and welfare services. If they are needed, either to enable social distancing or to support your individual circumstances, options for remote access or online and blended learning will be available alongside the face-to-face experience.

We know that we all may need to adapt if COVID-19 conditions change. But our priority is to offer a great teaching, learning and social experience for all our students. We look forward to being able to welcome you to the University of Plymouth.

Understandably, current circumstances have left many of you with questions about interviews, accommodation, finance and exams, among other things. Below, you can find answers to commonly asked questions by our applicants.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, we’d love for you to get in touch so we can talk through your queries.

admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

+44(0)1752 585858


We're looking forward to welcoming you to our community here at Plymouth.
 

UK applicants

Will the coronavirus outbreak affect my application to the University?

We are doing everything we can to limit any impact the coronavirus may have on current and new applications to study at the University.

Our Admissions team is working hard to process all applications and provide a decision to you as soon as possible although there may be a slight delay as the team are now home working.

Our Admissions team is here to support you through the application process and help answer any specific questions about your application, so please do get in touch if you have any questions via email at admissions@plymouth.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)1752 585858.

Are the undergraduate open days going ahead?

Unfortunately, we have had to postpone our April and June open days.


We've created virtual alternatives to open days

  • Watch subject talk videos on demand
  • Register for online Q&As with lecturers and students
  • Take a virtual tour of the city, campus facilities and accommodation

Plymouth On Demand


You can still register for on-campus open days in September, October and November.

Can I book on to a campus tour?

Unfortunately, we have had to suspend our campus tours from Wednesday 18 March until further notice. If you have booked onto a tour, we will be contacting you directly with more information.

You can, however, get a flavour for life at the University and the facilities we have on offer by taking a virtual tour of the city and our campus.

I am interested in studying at the University but my school/college/university/IELTS centre is closed. What is the advice?

We are monitoring the situation closely and we are in regular contact with and taking advice from relevant examination bodies on school, college and university closures due to the coronavirus outbreak.

We are not yet in a position to say how this will affect the admissions decisions we make; however, we advise you to speak to your school/college/university as soon as you are able to determine if or when it will be possible for you to complete your exams.

We are aware that some local education institutions have extended their holiday periods and International English Language Testing System (IELTS) centres are currently closed in some countries. We appreciate this will have an impact on some students’ ability to complete their applications, and in particular, preparing their creative portfolios and evidence of their academic and English language qualifications.

Please be assured that all applications received in line with relevant admissions deadlines will be considered equally. We will consider the impact of the escalating situation on our applicants and make every effort to ensure that all students are treated equally.

In light of coronavirus (COVID-19), can I have a deposit extension?

We appreciate that this is a difficult time and you may not be able to arrange for your deposit to be paid at this time. Therefore if you require an extension please email our Admissions team at admissions@plymouth.ac.uk with your Student Reference Number and we will look to accommodate your request.

What should I do if I can’t sit my exam or my exam results are delayed by coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Further to the statement made by the UK government on Wednesday 18 March 2020 regarding the delivery of summer exams, we want to reassure you that we are in regular contact with A level examination bodies and UCAS. We will continue to work in conjunction with them to enable students to progress into higher education. In light of the evolving situation, we expect to be reviewing our approach to admissions entry criteria for 2020 and will provide further information to all applicants soon.

When will I know if my place at university is confirmed?

We now know that A level results in England will be released on 13 August 2020, with GCSE results to follow on 20 August.

Results for Highers and Advanced Highers no later than 4 August.
  
In Northern Ireland, CCEA has also confirmed that they intend to work to the same timeline.

BTECs – grades will be calculated for student who are planning to complete a BTEC National this summer. However full details are yet to be fully confirmed by awarding bodies and Ofqual.

As a university we will be running the Confirmation and Clearing schedule in line with previous years. When you receive your results we will be here to confirm your place or to offer you help and guidance on securing a Clearing place with us.

For more information on Clearing visit our Clearing pages.

Will my interview still go ahead?

Yes, if the course you have applied for requires an interview, you will be emailed to offer you one via Skype . You will receive an email with a Skype link and you can book a slot at a time that suits you. Your Skype interview will be with an admissions tutor and they will talk you through the process. This will replace your face to face interview and the Academic team will make a decision based on your Skype interview.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with our Admissions team by emailing admissions@plymouth.ac.uk or telephoning +44 (0)1752 585858.

Can I defer my offer to 2021 or 2022 as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

We understand that there are a variety of reasons why an applicant may require to defer their start date, and we will always try and accommodate these.

We would always ask that you speak to our Admissions team before you make any decision to defer Please email admissions@plymouth.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)1752 585858 to discuss.

If after speaking to the Admissions team, you do decide to defer your start date and have already paid a tuition fee deposit, this will be rolled forward with your application if a deferral request is granted; this will be automatically completed for you.

Is the University of Plymouth still considering applications from students in countries affected by the coronavirus outbreak?

Yes, we will continue to give equal consideration to all applications regardless of where you are from or where you live. If you have any questions, please get in touch with our Admissions team by emailing admissions@plymouth.ac.uk or telephoning +44 (0)1752 585858.

Alternatively, we will update our FAQs as new information becomes available and we advise you to check back regularly for the latest information.

What are the UCAS decision dates for both undergraduate and teacher training?

UCAS is currently reviewing its scheduled decision dates in response to the current situation. As soon as it is in a position to update institutions further, we will be communicated through UCAS Track.

We will update our FAQs as new information becomes available and we advise you to check back regularly for the latest information or contact our Admissions team by emailing admissions@plymouth.ac.uk or telephoning +44 (0)1752 585858.

 

International applicants

I am due to attend a University of Plymouth event in my country. Is this still going ahead?

All planned international events are kept up to date on our international pages.

I have applied to study with the University. If there is a delay due to coronavirus, can I join my course after it has already started?

We understand that the situation may impact on individuals’ ability to join a programme on the planned start date.

We will, therefore, consider some flexibility in light of the situation. Please contact the Admissions team to discuss at admissions@plymouth.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)1752 593512.

WhatsApp chat service number: +44 (0) 7860 593512.

I have not been able to book an International English Language Testing System or Test of English as a Foreign Language English language test. Will you consider other English language tests?

Yes, subject to UKVI regulations. We are developing additional language testing options and will keep applicants updated. You can find out more about which tests the University currently accepts on the relevant pages of the University website.

What should I do if I can’t sit my exam or my exam results are delayed by coronavirus (COVID-19)?

We know that some international qualifications may issue results with a small delay and we will be able to accommodate this within our existing admissions process.

We continue to require formal confirmation of your results and associated transcripts if appropriate, to confirm enrolment. However, in light of the evolving situation, we will keep reviewing our admissions process and provide further information on any impact on arrival and start dates as we approach the autumn.

What is the current advice for incoming exchange students?

We are committed to starting the 2020/2021 academic year for all students in September 2020.

We will follow government advice on social distancing and personal safety to ensure a ‘COVID-19 secure’ working and learning environment. The university campus will be operational and you will be able to study and engage in person regularly with other students and staff.

This means you will be able to participate in lectures, face-to-face tutorials, and seminars. You will be able to access laboratory and studio experiences, fieldwork, the library, and all student support and welfare services. If they are needed, either to enable social distancing or to support your individual circumstances, options for remote access or online and blended learning will be available alongside the face-to-face experience.

Further information will be published regularly so please monitor your university email and these pages closely.

Please be assured that we have your interests uppermost in our minds and feel free to call on any of us for support and advice when you need it. Email Plymouth Global or telephone +44 (0)1752 587518.