Updated: 22 April 2021

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.

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 Failure to present them will result in you being withdrawn from your course.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 following the Government’s guidance regarding teaching and are committed to ensuring continued access to learning. This means our campus buildings are temporarily closed, however, all of our teams are still available to contact and we are continuing to deliver all teaching and support services online to our students.

As soon as we are able to reopen our Centres, we will follow all processes necessary to provide our students and staff with a safe and welcoming environment for you to enjoy. This also means that as soon as we are able to do so safely, we intend to deliver a blended learning approach. This means that, in addition to live online learning activities, we plan to offer some opportunities to engage in some small group face-to-face teaching and other activities in campuses, continuing to follow Government guidance and social distancing measures as required.

We plan to achieve 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.
  • Making bookable private study spaces available on campus, when reopened
  • Access to all of our support services, either online, or on-campus when possible, including our ACE Team, Careers support and pastoral support from our Welfare Team
  • Offering access to a dedicated online learning support team
  • A social programme of activities to enable you to meet your fellow students, online and when possible 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.

Students who have joined us since the start of the pandemic are completing their courses through a mixture of online and face-to-face learning with some studying fully online. The information we have included on this page further explains the requirements and any steps you may need to take to successfully complete your learning with us.

We have put in place alternative teaching, assessment and academic support for you as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic – to protect both our students and staff, while still enabling you to gain the award you come to Solent to achieve.

The new teaching, assessment and support arrangements have been designed to provide you with the opportunity to achieve the same learning outcomes you would normally, and to ensure the value and quality of your award remain unchanged.

We are implementing a no detriment approach to assessment, so your academic results will not be disadvantaged as a result of the current situation.

In the meantime, you are strongly advised to focus on your assessments (both coursework and exams), to meet the learning outcomes for your course.

Examples of some of the adjustments we have made during this period as a result of Coronavirus (please note that specific assessment adjustments will depend on your course):

  • Exams will be online
  • Group presentations and individual presentation submission requirements adjusted to recognise the online learning environment
  • Teaching sessions to introduce any additional software being used (e.g. Panopto for recording individual presentations)
  • Additional guidance and support is available through SOL (your VLE) and through your Module Leader and the QA Higher Education Learning and Teaching Team

Where there are professional body requirements that affect the assessment methods, these are also taken in to consideration.

You will be expected to continue to check your university email and attend your teaching sessions. Your Module Leaders will keep you informed should there be any adjustments to assessment methods.

If you have any concerns or require any additional support, your Module Leader will be able to provide guidance and recommend any available resources for you to make use of.

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. 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.

For the latest information on the requirements for arrival in the UK (for both residents and visitors), please refer to the Government website. This includes information on any self-isolation requirements, pre-flight covid-19 testing, and guidance on how to travel safely from the airport. It is important that you check this guidance regularly as it is subject to change and may include advice which is specific to you based on the country you are travelling from.

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.

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 find out more information on our Brexit: Information for applicants and offer holders here.

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 £1,750

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.

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.