We can’t wait to welcome our new students in January. While things are a bit different at the moment, here at UCLan we are determined to provide the best experience for you in the coming months and to make sure you enjoy your time in and out of the classroom.
We’ll be using the full range of teaching options to support you to start your course in January, from online classes to simulated sessions, from interactive face-to-face seminars to smaller lectures. The structure, content and course assessments will not change unless this is absolutely necessary due to COVID-19. This means that the qualification and award you receive at the end of your course will remain the same.
We know you'll be thinking about the future, so we want to reassure you that we’re continually working to support our students in these challenging times that we are facing together. We’ve been thinking about questions that you may have and have tried to answer these below.
Coming to the University of Central Lancashire as a new or returning student this January? This video explains what your arrival and return to campus will look like.
What local Covid-19 restrictions are in place for UCLan campuses and what does it mean for the University?
You may have seen in the news that all areas of the UK are now in one of three ‘tiers’ depending on the number and growth of their COVID cases. Preston and Burnley like the whole of Lancashire, is currently in Tier 3, which means that the COVID alert level is classed as ‘very high’.
In tier 3 Government measures have been put in place to minimise social interactions and reduce unnecessary travel between different areas. However, you will still be allowed to travel and attend university, as this like work, is classed as essential.
New laws mean you cannot meet anyone outside of your own household in their homes, gardens, or in hospitality venues like bars or restaurants. You can meet them outside for a walk, but no more than six people may meet outside. The good news is that in your flat, you will be classed as a household – so you can continue to socialise with those you live with, in the same way you could if you were a family.
Additional restrictions also mean pubs and bars that are not serving substantial food are currently closed in Tier 3 areas, however gyms are allowed to stay open.
Westlakes is currently under Tier 1 ‘medium’ which means you are free to meet with others outside of your household, as long as no more than six of you, and pubs can remain open.
What safety measures will UCLan put in place to minimise the spread of COVID-19?
Your safety is our priority. As well as all the usual measures you would expect, like face coverings, hand sanitiser stations, floor markings and controls on the number of people in spaces, we also have additional measures in place.
We have temperature scanners on campus, so you can take your own temperature, and we have Safety Champions walking around campus too, to remind people about social distancing and answer any questions.
Before arriving, we would encourage you to download our campus safety app, called SafeZone – this is a way for you to contact security, raise a report, send your location and ask for help. We are encouraging students to use this to report any issues that make you feel uncomfortable, for example breaches in social distancing so the security team can check it out and politely remind people. Any reports are kept confidential.
Can I still apply to start this January?
Due to overwhelming demand some January start courses have closed to international applications. They are MBA, MSc IT Security, MSc Computing, MSc Applied Public Health; BSc (Hons) Nursing Top up and BA (Hons) Business and Management. The deadline for international applications for other programmes is 1 November. Once you have decided which course you want to study you will need to check the entry requirements for your country. As some courses have limited places, we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible. To view the courses available for mid-year starts please see here: Undergraduate courses and Postgraduate courses.
Can I transfer to UCLan from another University?
Yes, but first we will need to check what you have studied already and which course you are interested in at UCLan. Find out more on our website.
Do you have special scholarships because of COVID-19?
All our standard scholarships and bursaries will continue to be offered for January 2021 entry. You can find out about these on our website.
Will my course go ahead as planned in January?
We’re planning for our courses to start as usual in January, although their delivery may look a little different this year. We are in the process of confirming the details of what January learning will look like for each course, but this will likely be a blend of online learning and face-to-face learning, where safe and necessary to do so. We will share updates on our information page for prospective students and applicants.
What will freshers/welcome week be like this year?
We can’t wait to welcome our new students in January. We know it’s important for you to get to know your surroundings and make friends in the early days of starting university. We are planning welcome week now and will be in touch with more information in the coming weeks.
How will I make friends and meet my peers this January?
Every student thinks about making new friends when they start University, and the good news is, we are here to help!
Although the delivery of your course may be a little different this year you will still be able to chat to peers and make friends as our online platform is great for 1-1 and group chats.
If you are staying in UCLan halls, then the accommodation team will be on hand to help you settle in and meet other people through virtual events and activities. Your flat will be considered as one household so you will be able to socialise with your flatmates, even if restrictions remain around meeting other people.
The Students’ Union also runs a range of sports clubs and societies and a regular programme of online or socially distanced events.
How do I access support or discuss arrangements for specific health needs?
If you have medical, health or other specific requirements for your studies it is best to get in touch with our Inclusive Support team who can work with you on a study plan for the coming academic year.
Can I still book my accommodation?
University accommodation bookings are open. There are limited spaces for certain room types, such as single en-suite rooms, so we recommend you book as soon as you can. Everyone who has accepted their UCLan offer will receive an email from us letting you know how to book your UCLan accommodation. We also offer help with finding safe and good quality private accommodation. For all your options see our Accommodation pages.
Do I still need to apply for accommodation now, even if it is likely that the programme will start online?
Yes. University accommodation bookings are open. There are limited spaces for certain room types, such as single en-suite rooms, so we recommend you book as soon as you can. Everyone who has accepted their UCLan offer will receive an email from us letting you know how to book your UCLan accommodation.
Will the number of people I’m allowed to share a flat with be impacted by COVID-19?
No. Your flat will be considered as one household so you will be able to socialise with your flatmates, even if restrictions remain around meeting other people.
How will my course be delivered?
Due to the evolving nature of the current situation, we are planning how courses will be delivered, but we do know this may include a blend of digital and face-to-face delivery or the use of online learning either in the UK or in your home country. Each course will be different, so we are working to confirm the arrangements for your course in the coming weeks - keep checking your email for updates.
You will be thinking about how this might impact visa arrangements and when we know definitively how we are delivering your course, we will confirm these arrangements and what you need to do.
Can I start my studies remotely and then attend campus once the pandemic subsides?
We’re planning how we deliver teaching for January, the arrangements for each course will be slightly different based on the requirements for that subject area - so we’ll share more information with you in the coming weeks about the options and plans for starting your studies with us.
Can I study my full degree by e-learning now?
We do offer many online/e-learning courses, so if your course is normally delivered in this way that will continue to be the case. If your course is normally delivered face-to-face it may not be possible to do it completely online, ether because of practical work needed, or accreditation requirements. We will send you more information about how teaching will be delivered in the coming weeks.
Will the University be able to continue to support and offer placements where it is possible for the employer/industry provider to do so?
Where employers continue to offer placements and the University is reassured that appropriate safety measures are in place at the employer’s premises, students will be able to take up their placements.
Why should I pay full tuition fees if most of the learning is online?
We recognise that students are concerned about the impact of coronavirus on their studies during this unprecedented time. UCLan continues to work really hard to ensure that teaching, learning and assessments can continue as well as providing advice and support for all of our students. We are committed to ensuring you have the best student experience possible during these different times.
Whilst it is a different form of learning for all universities now, teaching, learning and support does continue, and the great news is that you will still have the opportunity to obtain your qualifications in the same timeframe that you expected. At UCLan we are ensuring as much face-to-face teaching on campuses as possible, in line with Government guidelines and social distancing. Teaching for most courses will be a blend of online and face-to-face teaching. We have a very successful online offer and have invested significantly in online laboratory, simulation and computing facilities to ensure a great learning experience. The University has invested considerably during this period to ensure that teaching can run both online and in face-to-face sessions which has meant increased staffing time, IT system developments and other additional costs that have been absorbed to support our students’ experience. As teaching and learning continues, you will still receive the tuition fees loan and the maintenance loans and/or grant from Student Finance, along with all other UK university students.
Our students will not be disadvantaged as a result of blended learning and online assessments. We want to reassure you that we will continue to support your learning albeit at the moment in a slightly different way and as soon as Government guidelines allow, we will be allowing more face-to-face teaching on our campuses.
Can I study part-time?
Part-time study options are not usually available for international students due to visa requirements.
How will interviews work?
We are conducting interviews by Microsoft Teams or telephone where it is necessary for you to have an interview. We will be in touch to arrange this with you following receiving your application and an initial assessment of your suitability. Please wait to hear from us to arrange this.
Will courses in January start as planned?
Courses that start in January will start as usual and we are looking forward to growing our international student community.
What is the date of last enrolment?
We appreciate the additional challenges students are facing this year; and many of those challenges are beyond your control. For this reason, we are allowing for a later date of arrival/enrolment of 29 January (for international students).
However, please note that this year international students are required to enrol online – you will receive a direct email with detailed instructions on how to do this. It is important that you complete this exercise as soon as you are able to do so.
What English Language tests are you accepting?
In view of the current circumstances, we have expanded our list of recognised English language qualifications for entry in January. Please visit your home country page, and here you will see all the general qualifications we accept, but also if we accept any specific qualifications from your country, such as your High School certificate.
My results are delayed / my exams have been cancelled - what should I do?
We are currently monitoring the situation in all of our international markets. If you have an individual specific concern, please email us.
When and how should I submit my outstanding documents?
Our courses will be starting in January and so you need to continue to submit your documents as originally planned, but please do not submit them by post as some teams are working remotely so will not receive them. If you are having trouble securing any documentation due to COVID-19 please let us know by emailing email@example.com
What is quarantine in the UK, and who has to quarantine?
If you arrive from certain countries, you will need to quarantine when you arrive in the UK. The countries required to quarantine are updated on a regular basis so you should check this before you travel.
It is more important than ever to ensure you have your accommodation booked before you reach the UK. On arrival, you will likely need to let the border officials know where you will be staying and refusal to do so may result in your entry to the UK being refused. We urge that your accommodation is secured as soon as possible and close to the campus for any potential quarantine period. You can apply for your accommodation as soon as you receive your CAS letter, you should apply as soon as possible – you do not need to wait for your visa to be issued.
If you are required to quarantine, you won’t be able to go to lectures, the shops, or leave your flat or accommodation at all for two weeks. If this applies to you, we will ensure you have access to online learning for these first two weeks and provide you with details of supermarkets that deliver food.
UK authorities have the legal powers to check that people are complying with this requirement, and there are fines for non-compliance.
When should I plan to arrive in the UK?
If you are coming from a country where you do not need to quarantine in the UK, then you should arrive as normal just before the start of your course. If you are coming from a country where you need to quarantine for two weeks on arrival the UK, you have two options:
Nearer to January you will be able to book an airport collection, and we will send you more details nearer the time.
Will the University provide support during my quarantine period?
If you are living in UCLan accommodation, we will support you with your daily living needs to enable you to quarantine for 14 days. You will be required to order your food shopping online during the first two weeks. If you are in UCLan accommodation, staff will be on hand to help deliver your online shopping food orders directly to your flat. Your learning will be online during this period, so you do not miss out on any aspects of your course.
If you are living in alternative accommodation you will need to make arrangements to get shopping delivered online as you will not be able to leave your accommodation for the first 14 days. We will provide you in advance of the details of supermarkets where online shopping can be ordered.
How do I get from the airport?
Even if you have to quarantine on arrival into the UK, you are still able to travel to your registered address.
Nearer to January you will be able to book an airport collection, and we will send you more details nearer the time. You can also take the train or a taxi. There is a direct rail link between Manchester airport and Preston train station. Full details of the train services are available on our Welcome pages.
You are required by law to wear a face covering on all public transport in the UK and this includes private hire taxis and our airport collections, so please make sure you bring one with you.
In countries where lockdown is still enforced and there is an active travel ban, how do students from that country join the course in January?
If a travel bans remain in place in January, we would encourage students to defer their study plans until September 2021 if there is a September intake of this course.
I am starting a course in January but I will have to quarantine when I arrive. How will I collect my Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)?
We are waiting for confirmation of the Biometric Residence Permit collection process as temporary arrangements were put in place for September. We will provide more information on this as soon as we can.
I’m an international student, my government is saying flights will be cancelled for the foreseeable future, how will this impact my studies if I can’t attend university in January?
Because we deliver teaching in lots of different ways we are planning for this scenario. We expect to make most of our teaching resources available online and offering online alternatives to lectures, seminars etc for people who need them. Please check your emails and this page for updates.
How will my course be delivered?
Due to the evolving nature of the current situation, we are planning how courses will be delivered, but we do know this may include a blend of digital and face-to-face delivery or the use of online learning either in the UK or in your home country. Each course will be different, so we are working to confirm the arrangements for your course in the coming weeks and month - keep checking your email for updates.
You will be thinking about how this might impact visa arrangements and when we know definitively how we are delivering our course we will confirm these arrangements and what you need to do.
Can I start my course online from my home country for the first semester, and then come to the UK for the next semester?
This will depend upon your chosen programme of study, and whether the academic team responsible for your course, believe that you can successfully complete your programme remotely during the first Semester. We are currently collating this information and we will be replying to those students with such queries, as quickly as possible.
How much and when do I pay my fees?
Tuition fee payments and costs remain the same. At enrolment you must make a further payment towards your total tuition fees. We advise that you pay in full and receive a discount of £300. If you wish to pay by instalments you will need to make a payment at enrolment which takes your total payment to 50% of your first year tuition fees (with one further instalment in April) you will need to pay a further £150 for this arrangement. Whatever you decide, you will need to make this commitment during the enrolment process.
When is the deposit deadline?
The deposit deadline is 1 December 2020 and will not be extended, as we need to ensure there is sufficient time to process your CAS before the University closes for the Christmas and New Year holiday on 21 December (and reopens on 4 January).
How do I request a refund for my deposit because of COVID-19?
If you need to request a deposit refund as a result of COVID-19 you can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to join us at UCLan in January due to COVID 19 restrictions, we will refund your deposit or you can defer to a later intake subject to our terms and conditions.
Due to COVID-19, will the tuition fee instalment timeline change?
All payment options are outlined on our international student fees web page. Please read this information as it sets out the range of instalment options in relation to your chosen course and related fee costs.
Will I receive a tuition fee refund if I am unable to join my course in January? What happens to my deposit?
We will be delivering teaching for the intake in January. If you are unable to join us in January due to COVID 19 restrictions, we will refund your deposit and any fees paid, or you can defer to a later intake subject to our terms and conditions.
If you have already paid your deposit but not heard from us, don’t panic. We are working as normal but are experiencing a slight delay in processing so it might take a little longer than normal to get in touch with you.