Updated: 23 August 2021

We know that many applicants and enquirers will have questions or concerns about your planned studies at Northumbria University, and we hope that these frequently asked questions will help reassure you.

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.

All information is accurate at the time of sharing. Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

September 2021 applicant and offer holder information

We are aware that you will have many questions about your application to Northumbria. You will find a list of useful FAQs below.

For all applicants

Our programmes will be delivered primarily by means of on-campus learning in our fantastic Northumbria London Campus in the heart of London.  Our on-campus learning will be supported by use of on-line learning.  We call this Blended Learning.  You can find out more here.

Our blend of on-campus and online learning means that your core learning will take place on-campus through interactive group sessions such as seminars, workshops, specialist lab sessions and supporting tutorials. You will also have access to digital hubs, classrooms, computer labs, study spaces and the University’s online library resources.

The accompanying online learning is designed to support your on-campus sessions and will include a mix of timetabled virtual classes each week via our virtual learning environment – Blackboard Ultra, as well as:

  • One-to-one and small group tutorials
  • Academic support sessions
  • Access to recorded content
  • 24/7 online library
  • Regular drop in sessions with your Programme Leader

As such, your learning will be based on a mix of scheduled, on campus face to face sessions, on-line classes, recorded content 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, so please continue to check your emails.

If you are an international student and due to Covid-19 you are unable to travel to the UK for the start of your studies there may be an opportunity for you to engage with your learning online via a mix of live online classes each week via our advanced user-friendly virtual learning environment – Blackboard Ultra, access to recorded lecture materials 24/7 to enable you to study at times which suit your own personal needs, access to our 24/7 on-line library and opportunity for regular online one-to-one tutorials with your personal tutor to support you throughout your Northumbria journey.

Once you are in a position to travel you would then be eligible to apply for a CAS and enter the UK subject to evidence you have been engaging with your online study. If you are in this situation, you should contact our Admissions Team without delay at london.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk

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. If you are seeking to defer your place please advise us before the beginning of semester.  Deferrals requested after the start of semester will not be considered.  You can seek a deferral by contacting our Admissions Team at london.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk

You will be given a range of options including starting in January 2022 if this better meets your personal circumstances, subject to the course being available in this intake. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the QA Higher Education Admissions team via email qahe.admissions@qa.com.

We are planning to deliver the teaching for courses through a mix of on-campus and online learning this September. Whilst majority of your learning will be on-campus in small interactive classes, all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes will involve blended learning, meaning that face-to-face learning will be complemented with online learning.

Please note if you are issued a CAS it is a requirement that you do transition to the UK for face to face teaching when able.

It is critical you continue to follow the Government’s guidance as we work together to minimise the spread of Covid-19. Before you travel to campus please read the safer travel guidance here.

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  and you will have the opportunity to work online in small groups.

Our Learning My Access 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 also have access to online study skills support with our Academic Skills Tutors alongside opportunities for one-to-one careers and employability support.

Our welfare services are also all available online or on campus.

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 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.

Yes. If you would like assistance in finding, booking and organising accommodation for your studies, please speak to someone about your requirements.

The QA Higher Education Accommodation Service are able to help you arrange this.

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

Once you have completed all the application steps and have received an unconditional offer, be directed to pay your deposit and have accepted your offer, you will be sent your enrolment information by email. You will need to follow these instructions to enrol.

You can find out more about Enrolment at Enrolment (northumbria.ac.uk)

If you are a new student, you will have a comprehensive on-campus induction before you begin your studies. Your induction will introduce you to the university, programme and provide an opportunity to meet your Programme Leader and of course your fellow learners. We will also prepare you for your studies at Northumbria University.

Details of when your induction is and how to access the inductions sessions are available on the new students page. You should ensure that you have successfully enrolled in advance of your induction.

For students who are not currently in the UK, you will be able to attend online sessions for the induction activities – please see the induction timetable for the online events and access the specific information for these.

For students who are not currently in the UK

We are planning to deliver courses starting in September 2021 as a mix of face-to-face and online learning. Our approach means that your core learning will take place on-campus so we recommend you plan to arrive in the UK ahead of enrolment. Please note if you are issued a CAS it is a requirement that you do transition to the UK for face to face teaching when able.

If you are currently outside of the UK, please continue to check the UK Government’s safer travel advice. This has information about any self-isolation, hotel quarantine and testing requirements that maybe required of you before travelling to the UK, as well as what you will need to do on arrival. This guidance is subject to change, so please check back regularly ahead of any travel.

Please continue to check the Government website here for information about travelling to the UK – this includes information about any steps you make take before travelling, and what to do on arrival in the UK.

We also recommend that you share your travel plans with our partners at QA Higher Education so we can help support you with any necessary arrangements.

You are required to provide a negative Covid-19 test before you arrive in the UK. You can find out more about this process here.

Before you do travel to the UK, please ensure you’re checking the latest information and advice about entering the UK here.

It is vital that students arriving in the UK have followed the correct arrival procedure to avoid additional costs and delays. This includes ensuring you have the correct travel documents to present, testing requirements before travelling, self-isolating on arrival and further testing during self-isolation.

Documents required on arrival:

  • Complete a passenger locator form detailing where you will quarantine upon arrival
  • Proof of study documents

Testing requirements:

  • You must take a Covid-19 test and get a negative result before travelling – find out more here
  • Book and pay for a travel test package, which will include Covid-19 tests to be taken during your self-isolation period on arrival in the UK. Please check the Government guidance on providers of travel test packages. Please note that these tests are different from any tests offered through the university

We recommend that you regularly check the relevant Government guidance pages as advice may change. Please also remember to follow the Government’s safer travel guidelines, and plan ahead to avoid busy times.

It is important that you follow the Government’s guidance when travelling into the UK, especially if you are travelling from or through a country that is on the ‘red list’. The UK has red listed countries that pose a high risk to spreading the Covid-19 virus. Please check the Government guidance here for the full list of red listed countries and detailed information on the requirements you need to meet on arrival in the UK.

We understand travelling can be stressful at the best of times and we want to ensure you are supported during this challenging time. Please complete the QA Higher Education travel notification form here to let us know your circumstances and we will support you and follow any necessary procedures.

As the situation regarding coronavirus continues to change and government guidance is updated appropriately, our plans may be subject to change at short notice. Should this be the case, we will be in contact with you with further information. In the meantime, up to date information can be found on the Student Portal, where you can ask further questions via Ask4Help.

When you arrive in the UK you may need to self-isolate in line with the current UK government guidance on entering the UK. If you are required to self-isolate then you will be able to do this, and will be supported to do so, throughout your self-isolation period.

You will also be required to have a negative Covid-19 test, before you travel to the UK.

We recommend you check the latest UK government advice before you travel. Please note that this guidance is subject to change so it’s important to continue to check this as you get closer to your intended travel date.

If you are travelling to the UK to join us, please complete this online form with your travel information. This will allow our partners at QA Higher Education to know when you are arriving and gives us the opportunity to provide any additional advice, guidance and support before and upon your arrival to the UK.

You will be able to generate this from your Student Portal after 20th September 2021. It will confirm that you are enrolled as a blended student until the time you arrive in the UK.

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.

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:
IELTS
PTE
TOEFL
Trinity College London
Cambridge

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

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.

Please note if you are issued a CAS it is a requirement that you do transition to the UK for face to face teaching when able.

Your CAS will be issued to all eligible applicants. Once you have let us know the date when you plan to come to the UK, 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.

Please note if you are issued a CAS it is a requirement that you do transition to the UK for face to face teaching when able.

Many Visa Centres have reopened or are due to reopen soon. You can keep up to date with the latest information here. Please continue to check centre statuses as these are subject to change.

Please do not enter the UK before the date your 30- or 90-day transit visa starts. If you do you will be required to exit and re-enter to trigger your student visa status. This is a UKVI requirement.

You will need a valid transit visa to enter the UK. If your transit vignette has expired, you will need to apply for a replacement by completing the online form. The cost of replacing an expired 90-day vignette is £154 and you will need to make an appointment to resubmit your biometric information. We strongly advise that you only apply for a new visa, or apply to replace an expired vignette, when you are confident you can travel to the UK. The new vignette will be valid for a period of 90 days. If you cannot travel during this time, you may need to apply again to update your vignette.

Your BRP will be posted to you. The compliance team will confirm the delivery date as part of the enrolment process. You are not required to attend campus to enrol or to collect the BRP.

Your address in the UK will be checked with you before posting.

When you arrive in the UK you may need to self-isolate in line with the current UK government guidance on entering the UK. If you are required to self-isolate then you will be able to do this, and will be supported throughout your isolation period.

You will also be required to have a negative Covid-19 test, before you travel to the UK.

We recommend you check the latest UK government advice before you travel. Please note that this list is subject to change so it’s important to continue to check this as you get closer to your intended travel date.

If you are travelling to the UK to join us, please complete this online form with your travel information. This will allow our partners at QA Higher Education to know when you are arriving and gives us the opportunity to provide any additional advice, guidance and support before and upon your arrival to the UK.

This is not a problem as the university has confirmation that Police registration is currently operating under reduced hours, and in some instances may be currently closed for new registrations due to the current UK lockdown. Delayed registration will not impact your immigration record. Once you have your BRP card and if you are concerned about registration please contact a Welfare, Immigration and Funding Adviser via the Student Portal. Or visit our webpage at https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/immigration/police-registration

Course started in 2020 or 2021 and was 12 months or less
If you have been distance learning in your home country for the whole course so far, you need to come to the UK under the Student route by 27 September 2021. If your Student visa ends before that date anyway, you must come to the UK by the end date of your visa.
There is no longer a June deadline for 2020 starters to come to the UK for the first time. It is extended to 27 September 2021.

You may need to apply for a Student route visa, or for a new one if you did already applied for one but you did not travel. Contact your sponsor institution direct for advice.

If you already came to the UK under your current Student route permission but then you switched to distance learning from home, you just need to return to the UK on or before the end date of your Student permission. The deadline was previously the end date of your course, not the end date of your visa, but this was changed.

Course starts in autumn 2021 or spring 2022 and is 12 months or less
If you are distance learning in your home country, you need to come to the UK under the Student route by 6 April 2022.

You may need to apply for a Student route visa, or for a new one if you did already applied for one but you did not travel.

If you have any queries regarding the Graduate Route please do not hesitate to contact us via your Student Portal.

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