Updated: 13 August 2021

This page is currently under review

We understand that many applicants and enquirers have questions about our upcoming start dates. We hope that this page helps to reassure those who are yet to join us. We will be updating this page regularly should there be changes to the situation and government guidance.

For general information, visit here 

All current students: please continue to check your university email for updates from us and visit our FAQ pages here for further information.

Please note: This information is accurate at the time of sharing. We continue to monitor and follow government guidance in relation to Covid-19 and are prepared to adapt accordingly to changes in guidance to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. All courses commencing from August 2021 may be offered as a mix of face-to-face and online learning activities. Where necessary as a result of changes to restrictions, face-to-face contact time may be increased or decreased. Should restrictions increase in the future, this may require a return to full online offer. Online may include, but is not limited to, activities delivered through your VLE and additional learning platforms to enable collaboration, connection and engagement with learning materials, resources and people, including our student support services. Any alternative teaching, assessment and support arrangements which may be implemented are designed to enable you to achieve the same learning outcomes you would normally, ensuring the value and quality of your award remain unchanged.

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Yes. Whilst social distancing measures are in place, we are able to interview and assess you online. Our team will be in contact with you to arrange this. Once social distancing measures are relaxed and it is safe and practical for us to do so, we will offer face-to-face admissions interviews/assessments.

To complete your interview/assessment online:

  • You will require access to a laptop or PC with sound and microphone as well as a webcam (built-in or standalone)
  • Your assessment can be taken from home
  • Some agents may also have these facilities that you can access at their offices

PLEASE NOTE: Once our centres reopen, you will be requested to bring any original copies of your previous qualifications in for our Admissions Team to verify.  You will be asked to present your original qualification(s) and photo ID. Failure to present them will result in you being withdrawn from your course.

If you would like to find out more information, to book an assessment or to find out the status of your assessment with us, please contact direct.admissions@qa.com or call +44 (0)20 3925 6393.

We are planning the core delivery of your programme to be delivered through a mix of on-campus and live online learning.

The world is fast becoming a digital-focused society with blended working a permanent feature for many businesses globally. Our priority is ensuring our students are equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies to achieve course learning outcomes and the confidence to succeed in the digital revolution. Learning in a blended way helps you to develop the digital skills needed to work in a digital workplace. You can find out more about our approach to blended learning on our website here.

Our team is working hard to ensure the systems and support are in place to help you achieve your goals. We are here to reassure you that your studies and success is our priority. We have a range of support teams and services including library, study advice from our ACE Team, or if you want to speak to someone in our Welfare Team, we are available to help you succeed.

When you join us, we are planning the following:

  • On-campus teaching where you’ll be able to experience our vibrant community, building friendships and connections
  • Our academics will use a range of dynamic teaching tools to deliver engaging and challenging learningand teaching
  • Timetabled live online teaching sessions with real-time interaction and engagement during your class
  • Access to online learning resourcesand your Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) 24/7, via your mobile, laptop or computer
  • Access to all of our support services, either on-campus or online, allowing you to access library materials and resources, study advice from our ACE Team, Careers support, and pastoral support from our Welfare Team at your convenience using our online booking portal
  • dedicated learning online support team
  • Bookable private study spacesavailable on campus

You can find out more about the steps we are taking to help ensure your safety and wellbeing when you come in to the centres here.

This guidance is subject to change and therefore we recommend that you check the latest Government guidance here  before you travel. The latest Government guidance  will specify how and for what period you will need to self-isolate when travelling to the UK. It may also include advice which is specific to you based on the country you are travelling from, together with guidance on how to travel safely from the airport.

If you are worried about arriving late due to travel restrictions, please let us know as soon as possible and one of our team will contact you directly.

If you are travelling to the UK to join us, please complete our online form with details of your travel plans as this will allow us the opportunity to provide any additional advice, guidance and support before and upon your arrival to the UK.

If you are travelling to the UK from the EU, please make sure you have consulted the relevant guidance regarding the UK and EU transition. You can check our FAQs regarding Brexit here.

To contact us to discuss your specific situation, please call +44 (0)20 3925 6393.

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 and its new variants. Please check the Government guidance here for the full list of ‘red list’ countries with detailed information on the requirements you need to meet on arrival in the UK.

Currently, if you have travelled through or been in any of the countries on the red list in the last 10 days, you will not be permitted to enter the UK – unless you are:

  • A British national
  • An Irish national
  • Have residence rights in the UK – This includes those who hold a full Student visa – Tier 4 or Student Route – or are an EU national with settled or pre-settled status in the UK.
    • If you have resident rights, you will be permitted to enter the UK the same as a British or Irish national, and
    • You must quarantine for 10 days in a UK Government approved hotel facility at the cost of £2,285 if booked on or after 12 August 2021

Please note: you cannot use the Test to Release scheme if you have been in or through a red list country.

It is critical that you follow the Government’s guidance on what you must do before you travel:

Please continue to check the guidance as it is subject to change.

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 and let us know your circumstances. We will support you as you follow any necessary procedures to enter the UK.

Please do speak with our Welfare Team who are always on hand to support you with any queries or personal matters you may come across. Our friendly team are here to help and can also share a variety of resources with you that you may find useful.

Before travelling into 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 any delays. This includes ensuring you have the correct travel documents to present, testing requirements before travel, self-isolating on arrival and further testing during self-isolation.

Documents required on arrival:

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.

Aome of your study and learning activities 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
  • Speakers/headphones/earbuds for listening to audio or video presentations
  • A webcam

Our online sessions can be accessed via smartphone, but it is recommended that you have access to a tablet/laptop or a PC for ease of use and completing assessments.

You will also need access to a stable internet connection. You will be given access to Microsoft Office 365 once you are registered on your programme, free of charge.

If you would like help finding, booking, and organising accommodation for your studies, the QA Higher Education Accommodation Service is here to help. Complete your details using an online form here and one of the team will contact you to discuss your options.

Will tuition fee and maintenance loans be processed and paid as normal?

Generally, yes. The Student Loan Company are continuing to pay maintenance and tuition fee loans in the amounts students expected, based on their previous assessment. Student Finance England however reserve the right to request further evidence to support claims for funding at any time.

Will my tuition fee allocation change as a result in my programme moving to online learning?
Tuition fee payments will not alter as a result of changes in delivery, as the course is deemed to be completed based on the original course intention.

Our team are on hand to help, whether you want to know more about the course, teaching, the city, entry requirements or any other questions about studying with us. All you need to do is call on +44 (0)20 3925 6393 or complete our enquiry form, and we’ll call you back to talk through with you.