UPDATE 6 January 2021: This content is currently under review following the announcement of National lockdown rules in England. In the meantime, please refer to gov.uk/coronavirus 

Updated: 11 December 2020

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.

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 Failure to present them will result in you being withdrawn from your course.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.

Yes. Our focus is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for students studying with us. For those students joining us in January 2021 at our London, Birmingham and Manchester Cenres, we plan to offer the opportunity to engage in some small group face-to-face teaching, consistent with any social distancing measures that may be in place, in addition to online live classes.

We are confident that this approach will allow us to deliver the best and most consistent learning experience, ensuring our students can continue their studies successfully, whatever the future may bring.

We are achieving this by:

  • Offering on-campus teaching opportunities where possible and it is safe and practical, taking in to consideration any social distancing rules
  • Your course will be delivered using live online classes, with the opportunity to supplement these with face-to-face teaching where possible
  • You will have access to a range of dynamic virtual teaching tools which our academics will use to deliver engaging and challenging online learning and teaching. This includes access to a mix of online learning resources and your Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) 24/7, via your mobile, tablet and laptop.
  • Access to all of our support services, either online or on-campus, including our ACE Team, Careers support and pastoral support from our Welfare Team
  • A social programme of activities to enable you to meet your fellow students, online and in-person, subject to social distancing requirements.

We plan to transition your teaching back to campus-based teaching as restrictions are eased and as soon as safe and practical for us to do so.

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.

We are continuing to monitor the situation. Those arriving in the UK from overseas may be required to self-isolate on arrival. From the 14 December 2020, this could be for up to 10 days. We recommend that you continue to monitor the UK Government website before travelling as the list of countries that are exempt from this self-isolation period is subject to change.

Should you need to self-isolate on arrival in the UK, you will not be able to attend any campus-based teaching or appointments so you should take this in to account when planning your journey to the UK.

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.

Students will have the option to enrol and commence studies online.

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

If you are travelling to the UK to join us, please complete the QA Higher Education form here with your travel information. This will allow the QA Higher Education team 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 particularly important should you be arriving from a country where you may need to self-isolate on arrival in 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.

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
  • 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.

Our Admissions Teams are working remotely and continue to accept and process applications as usual. Due to the high volume of applications and enquiries we are still receiving, there may be a slight delay.

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.

Yes, of course!

Our team are still 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.