We know that many applicants and enquirers will have questions or concerns about their planned studies at Northumbria, and we hope that these frequently asked questions will help reassure our new students who are yet to join us.

We are continuing to update this page as we receive new guidance or as the situation changes. We are here to support you, so please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions at all or you would like to chat. We will communicate regularly with all students who have applied to us.

 

September 2020 applicant and offer holder information

Your studies are scheduled to commence on 28 September and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you.

For all students

Our September intake is going ahead as planned. There may be slight changes to dates to allow additional travel time for you – we will communicate this to you if it changes. All courses and dates are scheduled to run as planned and we are continuingly reviewing the current situation in relation to Covid-19 and if there are any subsequent changes, we will advise you as soon as we possibly can.

If you are able to travel safely to London, we intend to teach your course using a mix of on-campus and online teaching. If you are unable to travel due to travel restrictions in place in your country, you can start online and join us whenever you can travel to London.

You will learn on campus, with fellow students in timetabled sessions through small group teaching with additional access to on campus facilities including managed study spaces available 7 days a week. As social distancing rules relax the opportunities for face-to-face learning will be stepped up.

You will participate in live online classes each week via our advanced user-friendly virtual learning environment – Blackboard Ultra alongside your on-campus classes. These online sessions will include interactive activities and opportunities to discuss topics with your tutors and fellow students. There will also be recorded lecture materials available for you 24/7 to enable you to study at times which suit your own personal needs.

As such, your learning will be based on a mix of scheduled, real time and any time sessions, and access to your online learning environment 24/7, on your mobile, laptop or computer.

Please continue to monitor these pages on our website for up to date information. Please also be assured we will be contacting you individually to make arrangements.

Yes. We are happy to defer you to a later intake to meet your own personal circumstances. We recognise that there is significant uncertainty with Covid-19 and are keen to support our applicants accordingly.

You will be given a range of options including starting in January 2021 if this better meets your personal circumstances, subject to the course being available in this intake.

We will start semester 1 of the new academic year on 28 September 2020 at which point those of you who can travel safely to our Newcastle, London or Amsterdam campuses will be able to join us on campus for learning and teaching; those who cannot do so will start online and join as soon as practicable. Each undergraduate and postgraduate programme will involve blended learning, meaning that face-to-face learning complements online learning and vice versa, as explained in this video. Blended learning does not normally mean that you can study wholly online with optional on-campus engagement. However, exceptions may be made on an individual basis for students who, for legitimate reasons, are unable to travel to campus. Please complete the Personalised Support survey as part of enrolment to inform us if you are unable to engage with the on campus offer from the start of Semester 1. We will then be in touch with you.

We understand that there is ongoing disruption to global travel and therefore, in line with the Home Office guidelines for students on a Tier 4 visa, we recognise that you may need to start your study online and join us when you are able to do so. Northumbria will use expected online contact points such as logging into online learning portals, attending virtual lectures and tutorials, and online submission of coursework to monitor academic engagement. Please complete the Personalised Support survey during enrolment to inform us if you are unable to travel to the UK for the start of Semester 1 and someone will be in touch with you.

You are required to engage with Northumbria’s blended learning offer for 2020/21 which means you must study on campus when you are timetabled to do so. You are permitted by the Home Office to study remotely in the UK in exceptional circumstances only. If you are an International student in the UK who cannot come on to campus from the start of Semester 1, please complete the Personalised Support survey during enrolment to inform us and someone will be in touch.

Our approach to online learning goes beyond just providing you with material online or via the university’s virtual learning environment and e-library. Your teaching will include live online sessions to replace your lectures and seminars and you will have the opportunity to work online in small groups.

Our Learning On Demand system additionally allows you to log into a virtual PC which provides all the software you would have if you were sitting at a PC on campus. There will also be directed reading via our online library and use of video and podcast.

We also recognise that learning is also about having access to have individual discussions with your tutors. There will be opportunities for ongoing tutorials and regular online drop-in sessions to talk to your lecturers about how things are going, ask questions about your learning and share any worries you may have.

You will be provided with an individualised timetable for your online learning and induction to your programme and how to learn effectively online as part of induction.

Recognising that some or all of your study will be online you will need to access the University’s resources via internet. As such you should have access to a computer (desktop/laptop) that is less than 5 years old alongside speakers/headphones/earbuds for listening to audio or videos presented and a webcam. Google Chrome is our preferred internet browser although others can be used. You should have access to a stable internet connection of 56K or greater. The University Student Desktop will provide access to core software required and a Student edition of Microsoft Office 365 can also be downloaded free of charge.

If you plan to be able to come to campus in September and you require accommodation, please contact the QA Higher Education Accommodation Service who will be able to help you arrange this.

If you would like to speak to someone, please contact QAHE.accommodation@qa.com or 0203 6276101.

In line with Ministerial guidance our course fees will not change regardless of whether you are attending on campus or studying fully online, as we are delivering the same course content with the same academic staff online as on campus, albeit delivered remotely. You will be able to access the same high quality teaching materials, observe the same sessions and interact with your classmates, although virtually rather than face to face. As soon as you are able to join us on campus we will be glad to welcome you. In September 2020, we will be teaching both online and on campus.

For international students

Our standard deposit refund policy which can be found on the Terms and Conditions of your Offer continues to apply and we will of course refund your deposit in those scenarios.

In addition, if you are adversely affected by Covid-19, which impacts your ability to meet the conditions of your offer or your entry to the UK due to travel restrictions, we will also refund your deposit and discuss possible deferral options with you.

UKCISA has a range of information and advice for International Applicants and Students, including a COVID-19 FAQ section which is regularly updated

We are aware that many applicants are unable to book tests. Northumbria accepts a wide variety of English tests and exemptions that may offer an alternative, including the QA Higher Education English test.

If you have specific questions about evidencing your English language, please contact us directly and we can discuss your options with you.

You can also find Covid-19 updates through the following links:

Information for International Students who require a CAS – Semester 1 entry 

Course induction week begins 21st September 2020 with teaching commencing 28th September 2020.

We hope that you will be able to join us on campus in time for the start of the induction programme on 21st September 2020. We do, however, understand that it may not be possible to travel to campus on this date. If that is the case, then you will start our course online, (from your home country) and then you will join us on campus on one of our later transition dates.

  • 26 October
  • 23 November
  • January – Dates to be confirmed 

A transition date is the date that you will join us on Campus, if you are unable to join us at the start of the programme. This is NOT a later start date of your programme, as you will still begin your course on 21 September 2020 online and then you will complete your study on campus when you are able to join us in the UK.

Yes, if you are not starting on campus from the start date of 21 September, then you must start and engage with your programme online, until you are able to transition to campus. If you do not engage with your online study prior to moving to campus, we may not issue you a CAS.

You need to tell us when you plan to arrive. When you have accepted your offer and requested your CAS, you will be sent a short questionnaire which will allow you to inform us of when you are able to arrive. If possible, you should aim to arrive on campus as soon as possible, ideally from the start of the programme.

No, you will not require a visa when you study online, but you will need a visa to join us on campus. If you require a visa to travel to the university, you will need to make sure you make all the necessary preparations for this before travelling. There is more information on the page about when and how you can make the transition to the campus.

Your CAS will only be issued when we are clear that you are able to travel to Campus in the UK. Once you have let us know the date when you plan to come to campus, we will ensure that you have your CAS in good time to make a visa application and make any necessary arrangements to arrive on campus by this date.

Many Visa Centres have reopened or are due to reopen soon. There are, however, several countries where centres are still closed or are not currently processing new applications yet. You can keep up to date with the latest information here.

The UK Government regulations currently require all travellers arriving from overseas to self-isolate for 14 days. If this is in place when you are ready to join us, we strongly encourages you to plan your travel to the UK so that you arrive 14 days before the start of teaching, if visa arrangements allow. Whilst these regulations remain in place, we want to ensure that this process is as comfortable as possible for you and will offer support throughout the 14-day period.

We recommend you check the latest UK government advice before you travel.

To comply with social distancing rules, teaching will be blended learning. This means that you will attend some classes in person and for some others, you will continue online. This will be under on-going review.

 

April, May and August 2020 applicants and offer holder information

In light of Covid-19, we have taken the decision to move the May 2020 intake to August 2020 for new International students. This is in recognition of the delays international students will face in completing visa processes. For new Home and EU applicants and continuing international students, the May 2020 intake will run as scheduled. However, these courses will initially be delivered online until a point where normal campus teaching can be resumed. Further information regarding online delivery is outlined below.

As such, as an applicant or offer holder, you therefore have a range of options and you should read these FAQs carefully.

If you feel unable to commence your studies In May or August 2020 or would prefer to wait until all classes are delivered on campus, you can choose to defer your course start date to September 2020 or January 2021, subject to normal campus teaching being resumed.

We would recommend that you then contact us as below, to discuss your options:

For International Students – 0191 204 8899
For Home and EU Students – +44 (0) 20 8003 6750

For all students

Yes. If you hold an offer for the May 2020 intake we will be in touch with you to confirm your preferred study options.

If by Friday 8th May 2020, you haven’t heard from us, or would like to ask questions not covered here, please contact:

For International Students – 0191 204 8899

For Home and EU Students – +44 (0) 20 8003 6750

Please continue to monitor these pages on our website for up to date information. Please also be assured we will be contacting you individually to make arrangements.

Yes. We are happy to defer you to a later intake to meet your own personal circumstances. We recognise that there is significant uncertainty with Covid-19 and are keen to support our applicants accordingly.

You will be given a range of options including starting in August 2020 or deferral to *September 2020, and January 2021 if this better meets your personal circumstances.

*Subject to the course being available in this intake.

Our approach to online learning goes beyond just providing you with material online or via the university’s virtual learning environment and e-library. Your teaching will include live online sessions to replace your lectures and seminars and you will have the opportunity to work online in small groups.

Our Learning On Demand system additionally allows you to log into a virtual PC which provides all the software you would have if you were sitting at a PC on campus. There will also be directed reading via our online library and use of video and podcast.

We also recognise that learning is also about having access to have individual discussions with your tutors. There will be opportunities for ongoing tutorials and regular online drop-in sessions to talk to your lecturers about how things are going, ask questions about your learning and share any worries you may have.

You will be provided with an individualised timetable for your online learning and induction to your programme and how to learn effectively online as part of induction.

If you plan to be able to come to campus in September and you require accommodation, please contact the QA Higher Education Accommodation Service who will be able to help you arrange this.

If you would like to speak to someone, please contact QAHE.accommodation@qa.com or 0203 6276101.

In line with Ministerial guidance our course fees will not change regardless of whether you are attending on campus or studying fully online, as we are delivering the same course content with the same academic staff online as on campus, albeit delivered remotely. You will be able to access the same high quality teaching materials, observe the same sessions and interact with your classmates, although virtually rather than face to face. As soon as you are able to join us on campus we will be glad to welcome you. In September 2020, we will be teaching both online and on campus.

For International students

Our standard deposit refund policy which can be found on the Terms and Conditions of your Offer continues to apply and we will of course refund your deposit in those scenarios.

In addition, if you are adversely affected by Covid-19, which impacts your ability to meet the conditions of your offer or your entry to the UK due to travel restrictions, we will also refund your deposit and discuss possible deferral options with you.

UKCISA has a range of information and advice for International Applicants and Students, including a COVID-19 FAQ section which is regularly updated

Due to the current situation with Covid-19, we have decided to move the majority of the May intake to an August start date. This may commence online.

We are aware that most visa centres are currently closed and therefore you cannot apply for a visa. We are monitoring UKVI information regularly and we will be in touch with you over the coming weeks to make sure you have up to date information and are ready to apply for your visa as soon as this changes and we resume on campus teaching.

The courses listed below are going to be delayed from May 2020 to August 2020.

  • MSc Business with International Management
  • MSc Business with International Management with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Business with Financial Management
  • MSc Business with Financial Management with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Business with Marketing Management
  • MSc Business with Marketing Management with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Business with Human Resource Management
  • MSc Business with Human Resource Management with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Business with Entrepreneurship
  • MSc Business with Entrepreneurship with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Business with Business Analytics
  • MSc Business with Business Analytics with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Business with Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • MSc Business with Hospitality and Tourism Management with Advanced Practice
  • MSc International Project Management
  • MSc International Project Management with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Cyber Security
  • MSc Cyber Security with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Cyber Security Technology
  • MSc Cyber Security Technology with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Computing and Technology
  • MSc Computing and Technology with Advanced Practice

The following courses are no longer available for the May intake:

  • MSc Digital Marketing
  • MSc Digital Marketing with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Luxury Brand Management
  • MSc Luxury Brand Management with Advanced Practice
  • BA Business Enterprise, Creation and Management (Top Up)

We will be in touch with you to offer you a deferral to the September 2020 or January 2021 intake. Should you not wish to take up this offer, a refund can be made as outlined in these FAQs.

We will be emailing you shortly to confirm whether you wish to defer your offer to the August 2020, September 2020 or January 2021 intake. We will need you to reply promptly, by email, to confirm your choice. We will issue an updated offer to you on the basis of your choice made. It is important you communicate your choice to us. We are unable to accept confirmation from any other representatives such as your family or agents.

If you have not heard from us by Friday 8th May 2020 please contact us on 0191 204 8899. Please have your application reference number (this starts with A19 or A20 and is on your offer letter), or your Student ID Number (which is a 6 digit number and may start with 19 or 20) to hand to help us locate your record quickly.

We are pleased to be able to offer you the opportunity to study Pre-Sessional English (6 and 12 week options) and the Graduate Certificate course fully online. These courses will be available fully online for you to study from wherever you are in the world.

A CAS will not be required for these online courses.

For students wishing to join our online Pre-Sessional or Pre-Masters intakes, the application deadline is 1st May 2020. We are happy to consider new applications for the online only courses.

If you have applied to complete a Pre-Masters named programme, we will in touch with you by Friday 8th May 2020 to discuss your options. In this scenario you may change your offer to a Graduate Certificate in Business or defer your offer until September 2020 or January 2021.

Your Offer Letter will include your Target Course, which you can study on campus in London for your chosen Postgraduate programme, in time for our September 2020 or January 2021 intakes. This is providing you have met all outstanding condition(s) of your Offer.

These courses will run to the currently advertised start dates, but will be delivered online.

The Pre-Sessional English and Graduate Certificate courses will be available as both online and on campus options for the September intake so that you can select the most appropriate option for your personal circumstances.

Applications for the August (delayed from May) intake will be closed on 30th April 2020 including new applications for revised start dates to August. The August intake is being offered only to those who have applied to the London Campus, hold offers or have paid deposits for the May 2020 intake prior to the 30th April 2020.

We have an extensive range of courses options for the September 2020 and January 2021 – applications for these intakes are open.

By running the intake in August to accommodate students who wanted to start in May, we have adjusted our timetable. This means that you cannot miss more than one week of the course to maximise your chances of success on the course. We will allow students to defer to September who cannot make this last date of enrolment, which will be strictly adhered to.

Your programme has been designed to recognise that travel to the UK can be problematic and will therefore use a mix of on-campus and online teaching.

Your enrolment and inductions will be online. Your first module will be delivered throughout August online using our virtual classroom, Blackboard Ultra. You will have a number of online sessions alongside having regular virtual one-to-one and small group tutorials with your tutors.

Your second semester will then commence on 28 September 2020. As long as it’s safe to do so, this semester will include a combination of on-campus and online learning. However don’t worry, if you are unable to travel to the UK at this time due to travel restrictions in place in your country, you can start online and join us whenever you can travel to London.

Existing students progressing to their next course will be supported to do so. If you studied Pre-Sessional English or Pre-Masters options in January and are due to progress on to one of the programmes listed below for the May intake, you will be able to do so assuming successful completion of your course. These courses will be offered fully online until a point when normal on campus teaching is allowed to resume. If you are unable to commence your online studies at this time you can choose to take a break in study. Our Ask4Help team can support you with this. Please contact them via the Student Portal.

Progression programmes starting in May:

  • MSc Business with International Management
  • MSc Business with International Management with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Business with Financial Management
  • MSc Business with Financial Management with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Business with Marketing Management
  • MSc Business with Marketing Management with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Business with Human Resource Management
  • MSc Business with Human Resource Management with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Business with Entrepreneurship
  • MSc Business with Entrepreneurship with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Business with Business Analytics
  • MSc Business with Business Analytics with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Business with Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • MSc Business with Hospitality and Tourism Management with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Digital Marketing
  • MSc Digital Marketing with Advanced Practice
  • MSc International Project Management
  • MSc International Project Management with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Cyber Security Technology
  • MSc Cyber Security Technology with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Computing and Technology
  • MSc Computing and Technology with Advanced Practice

We are aware that many applicants are unable to book tests. Northumbria accepts a wide variety of English tests and exemptions that may offer an alternative, including the QA Higher Education English test.

If you have specific questions about evidencing your English language, please contact us directly and we can discuss your options with you.

You can also find Covid-19 updates through the following links:

Yes. Our accommodation support team will be happy to help.

You can find much more information on the QA Higher Education website here.

If you would like to speak to someone, please contact QAHE.accommodation@qa.com or 0203 6276101.

Recognising that some or all of your study will be online you will need to access the University’s resources via internet. As such you should have access to a computer (desktop/laptop) that is less than 5 years old alongside speakers/headphones/earbuds for listening to audio or videos presented and a webcam. Google Chrome is our preferred internet browser although others can be used. You should have access to a stable internet connection of 56K or greater. The University Student Desktop will provide access to core software required and a Student edition of Microsoft Office 365 can also be downloaded free of charge.

Information for International Students who require a CAS

You will be asked to enrol online on 1 August. This will be followed by an online induction via our Virtual Classroom, which will commence at 9.30am (UK time) on 3 August.

Your programme has been designed to recognise that travel to the UK can be problematic and will therefore use a mix of on-campus and online teaching.

Your enrolment and inductions will be online. Your first module will be delivered throughout August online using our virtual classroom, Blackboard Ultra.

We hope that you will be able to join us on campus in time for the start of your second semester on 28 September 2020. We do, however, understand that it may not be possible to travel to campus on this date. If that is the case, then you will start our course online, (from your home country) and then you will join us on campus on one of our later transition dates.

  • 26 October
  • 23 November
  • January – Dates to be confirmed 

A transition date is the date that you will join us on Campus, if you are unable to join us at the start of the programme. This NOT a later start date of your programme, as you will still enrol on your course on 1 August and start your induction and course of 3 August 2020 online and then you will complete your study on campus when you are able to join us in the UK.

Yes, if you are joining the August 2020 intake, you will join your first semester online and you must start and engage with your programme online, until you are able to transition to campus. If you do not engage with your online study prior to moving to campus, we may not issue you a CAS.

You need to tell us when you plan to arrive. When you have accepted your offer and requested your CAS, you will be sent a short questionnaire which will allow you to inform us of when you are able to arrive. If possible, you should aim to arrive on campus as soon as possible, ideally from the start of the programme.

No, you will not require a visa when you study online, but you will need a visa to join us on campus. If you require a visa to travel to the university, you will need to make sure you make all the necessary preparations for this before travelling. There is more information on this page about when and how you can make the transition to the Campus.

Your CAS will only be issued when we are clear that you are able to travel to Campus in the UK. Once you have let us know the date when you plan to come to campus, we will ensure that you have your CAS in good time to make a visa application and make any necessary arrangements to arrive on campus by this date.

Many Visa Centres have reopened or are due to reopen soon. There are, however, several countries where centres are still closed or are not currently processing new applications yet. You can keep up to date with the latest information here.

The UK Government regulations currently require all travellers arriving from overseas to self-isolate for 14 days. If this is in place when you are ready to join us, we strongly encourages you to plan your travel to the UK so that you arrive 14 days before the start of teaching, if visa arrangements allow. Whilst these regulations remain in place, we want to ensure that this process is as comfortable as possible for you and will offer support throughout the 14-day period.

We recommend you check the latest UK government advice before you travel.

To comply with social distancing rules, teaching will be blended learning. This means that you will attend some classes in person and for some others, you will continue online. This will be under on-going review.

For Home students

Yes – this intake is going ahead as planned, albeit starting fully online. These courses already include a significant amount of blended content and support. The last date of enrolment will be 25th April 2020. If you are unable to commence your online studies at this time or do not wish to study online you can choose to defer your studies to July 2020 or September 2020. Please contact the Admissions Team at pt.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk

Yes – this intake is going ahead as planned. It already includes a significant amount of blended content and support. If we need to move these courses to start fully online we will advise you nearer the time. You can find relevant dates here.

The following courses are going ahead in May for Home and EU students to join.

  • MSc Business with International Management
  • MSc Business with International Management with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Business with Financial Management
  • MSc Business with Financial Management with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Business with Marketing Management
  • MSc Business with Marketing Management with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Business with Human Resource Management
  • MSc Business with Human Resource Management with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Business with Entrepreneurship
  • MSc Business with Entrepreneurship with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Business with Business Analytics
  • MSc Business with Business Analytics with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Business with Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • MSc Business with Hospitality and Tourism Management with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Digital Marketing
  • MSc Digital Marketing with Advanced Practice
  • MSc International Project Management
  • MSc International Project Management with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Cyber Security Technology
  • MSc Cyber Security Technology with Advanced Practice
  • MSc Computing and Technology
  • MSc Computing and Technology with Advanced Practice

You should be aware that all of your course will be delivered online until we are able to resume normal classroom teaching.

If you would prefer to defer to a later intake, please contact us on
+44 (0) 20 8003 6750

We will deliver your course online and return you to face to face classes as soon as government and medical advice allows us to do so.

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