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Updated: 2 February 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.

January 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 January 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 your country, you can start online and join us when  you are able to travel to London.

You will learn on campus, with fellow students in timetabled sessions through small group teaching. As social distancing rules relax the number of hours each week for on-campus face-to-face learning will be increased.

You will also 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.

You can also engage in on-line tutorials with your tutors and programme leader.

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.

We’re also making study spaces for private study on-campus available for booking through an online booking portal. You can find out more information about the steps we are taking on campus on our Campus Updates page here.

You will be able to engage with your learning on line 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.

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 May 2021 if this better meets your personal circumstances, subject to the course being available in this intake.

Those of you who can travel safely to our London Campus for January 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.

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.

In line with Government guidance we are now asking all students to stay at home and not to travel to London at this time.

However, if you would like to speak to someone about any accommodation requirements you have, 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.

In line with government 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.

The university plans to resume on campus teaching as soon as we are approved to do so. 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.

You can find out more information about the steps we are taking on campus on our Campus Updates page here.

Once you have completed all the application steps you will sent your enrolment information by email. You will need to follow these instructions to enrol.

Additional Information for EU and International students: Due to the current situation you will be required to enrol online. The university will then undertake your ‘right to study’ checks remotely even if you are already in the UK or have arrived on campus. Right to study checks, will involve checking that you have the correct immigration permission/documents to study in the UK. You will be contacted directly when you need to engage in these checks.

If you are a new student, you will have a comprehensive online induction before you begin your study in January. Your online 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

In line with government guidance we are now asking all students to stay at home and not to travel to London to their University accommodation at this time.

If, however, you have booked non-refundable travel, are unable to rearrange the date or are already travelling we are still ready to welcome and support you. We will update you with further information on travel plans as soon as further government guidance is released. We will support all students to study remotely, until government restrictions are lifted, and we are able to welcome you to our campus.

From 18 January 2021 you will be required to provide a negative Covid test before you arrive in the UK. You can find out more about this process here.

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 require to self-isolate then you will be able to do this, and will be supported to do so, in your university accommodation.

From the 18 January 2021 you will also be required to have a negative Covid test, before you travel to the UK.

You will be able to generate this from your Student Portal after 18th January 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

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:

We understand that there is ongoing disruption to global travel and therefore, in line with the Home Office guidelines for students on a Student Visa (formerly Tier 4), 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.

We are very happy to support your studies remotely, until the time at which government restrictions are relaxed and we are authorised to welcome all students back to our campus. After that point, we would like you to attend campus to benefit from face to face learning and campus facilities.

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.

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

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 in January 2021 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 your start date in January 2021, 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.

Yes, the university are still issuing CAS for you to apply for your visa. We encourage you to apply for your visa but recommend that you wait to book your travel until we can confirm when your face to face teaching will start.

You should request your CAS via your applicant portal. If you have already requested your CAS but have not yet received this please do not worry, the team are currently working on these and will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

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.

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.

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 require to self-isolate then you will be able to do this, and will be supported to do so, in your university accommodation.

From the 18 January 2021 you will also be required to have a negative Covid 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.

The Government has confirmed that existing international students who have been studying by distance/blended learning will remain eligible to apply for the Graduate route provided they are in the UK by 6 April 2021 and meet the other requirements of the route. This is applicable for the 2020/21 academic year.

In addition, students who commence a one-year Master’s programme in January 2021 will also remain eligible for the Graduate route, even if they are studying remotely, provided they enter the UK before 27 September 2021 and complete the final semester of their studies in the UK.

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