Coronavirus: Home Prospective Students, Applicants and Offer Holders 

Home undergraduate and postgraduate prospective students, applicants and offer holders

I am applying for September 2021, but I am concerned about what grades I might get because my exams have been cancelled. What shall I do?

As you come to make your decision on which University you would like to attend in September, we want you to be able to have full confidence in choosing Roehampton as your firm choice.

We know that coronavirus has been hugely disruptive to your education, and that you might be feeling uncertain about how grades in your qualifications will be awarded.

With this in mind, we can commit to you that we will consider these circumstances when considering your results and confirming your place to begin studying with us from September.

This means that:

  • As summer 2021 exams across the UK have been cancelled, we will accept your teacher-assessed grades, or whichever system is used to award your final grades. If you choose to appeal any grades, we can hold your place until the start of teaching and confirm your place once you receive final results.
  • After we receive your results (in the summer), we will review your awarded grades. If you do not meet the grades specified in our offer to you, we will still consider your wider application and circumstances and we may still be able to confirm your place.

Your offer as it stands on UCAS will not change, but please rest assured that we are keen to welcome you to study with us from September, and we will be very flexible when considering your grades this coming summer.

What will teaching and learning look like next year at Roehampton?

We are currently planning that, if lockdown measures continue to be lifted successfully over the summer in line with the government roadmap, we will return to face-to-face teaching and physical campus activities.

We know that many students, including those commuting to campus, value the flexibility we have offered over the last year. We will continue to offer many of our resources online to provide options to suit you, as well as the option to split your study between in-person or online, for most courses, allowing you to study both on-campus and remotely.

In summary, we are planning that this autumn you will have face-to-face teaching and physical student activities, but also the ability to study and learn remotely. We will also continue to offer our library and learning resources online, 365 days of the year.

As has been our approach throughout the pandemic, we will continue to work in line with the latest government guidance and advice to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. 

How will I be able to access student support and academic support services in 2021-22? 

Academic and student support will continue to blend on-campus and online support next year. This means you will be able to access a range of in-person and online student services to support you, in the way that suits you,  including wellbeing and mental health support, academic skills guidance, Stuidosity (our online study guidance service that will review the structure, grammar, language and standard referencing practices of your work) and much more. This will be helpful if you need to commute to campus, or need to catch up on lectures you may have missed.

English applicants and offer holders: What is the situation with exams in England and what does this mean for my place / my application? 

In early January 2021, the UK Government confirmed that exams due to take place in England in summer 2021 will not go ahead.  

The UK Government have confirmed that final grades awarded will be based on the judgement of teachers. These grades will be accepted by the University of Roehampton in place of exam based grades.  

We will take the disruption caused by coronavirus into account when considering your results this year. This means we will be more flexible than usual when considering the results you receive. We will support you as much as possible so you can join us this September. 

Northern Irish Undergraduate applicants and offer holders: What is the situation with exams in Northern Ireland and what does this mean for my place / my application? 

In early January 2021, the Northern Ireland Executive confirmed that exams due to take place in Northern Ireland in January, February, May and June 2021 will not go ahead. Instead, schools in Northern Ireland will calculate GCSE, AS and A-Level grades to be awarded to their pupils in 2021 and the CCEA will then review these grades. These grades will be accepted by the University of Roehampton in place of exam based grades.  

We will take the disruption caused by coronavirus into account when considering your results this year. This means we will be more flexible than usual when considering the results you receive. We will support you as much as possible so you can join us this September. 

Scottish Undergraduate applicants and offer holders: My exams due to take place in Summer 2021 have now been cancelled. What does this mean for my place / my application? 

In December 2020, the Scottish government announced their decision to cancel Higher and Advanced Higher exams due to take place in Summer 2021.  

The Scottish Government have confirmed that final grades awarded will be based on the judgement of teachers. These grades will be accepted by the University of Roehampton in place of exam based grades. 

We will take the disruption caused by coronavirus into account when considering your results this year. This means we will be more flexible than usual when considering the results you receive. We will support you as much as possible so you can join us this September. 

Welsh Undergraduate applicants and offer holders: My exams due to take place in Summer 2021 have now been cancelled. What does this mean for my place / my application? 

In November 2020, the Welsh Government announced that there will be no end of year exams for GCSE, A-level and AS-level in Summer 2021, for students due to sit their exams in Wales. Instead, qualifications will be awarded based on ‘teacher-managed assessments’. Further information from the Welsh Government is available here. 

Grades based on ‘teacher managed assessments’ will be accepted by the University of Roehampton in place of exam based grades. 

We will take the disruption caused by coronavirus into account when considering your results this year. This means we will be more flexible than usual when considering the results you receive. We will support you as much as possible so you can join us this September. 

When is the deadline to apply to Roehampton for September 2021 entry? 

Further details on all of our application deadlines and how to apply can be found here and here 

In early January 2021, UCAS announced that they had changed their ‘equal consideration deadline’ to 29 January. This means potential undergraduate applicants now have longer to submit their UCAS application in full. More information on UCAS deadlines can be found here 

At Roehampton, we will still consider your application even if it is submitted after the 29 January. We won’t consider your application to be ‘late’ and submitting after 29 January will not affect how we consider your application.  

How is the Roehampton campus safe and COVID-secure?

We have put in place many measures to ensure we have an environment that puts student and staff wellbeing at its heart. Measures include:

  • all teaching and social spaces are COVID-secure, in line with the latest government guidelines on social distancing
  • enhanced cleaning across campus, including teaching spaces, places of worship, social areas, the Library, diners and in student accommodation (such as kitchens and other communal areas)
  • reception desks and student-facing contact points, including counters in shops and catering facilities, have screens and sanitation points installed, and there ia an enhanced provision of hand sanitisers across campus
  • asymptomatic testing, free-of-charge, is available for students enrolling at the university in January 2021
  • social distancing measures in place in our Library and revised procedures, including returned books being quarantined for 72 hours before being shelved
  •  access and one-way pedestrian routes are in place around the University, designed to ensure safe passage around all buildings when the campus reopens
  • instructions for staff and students outlining the safe use of teaching spaces including entering, occupying and leaving classrooms
  • The University has developed a policy on face coverings. Face coverings are mandatory in all shared indoor spaces at the University, unless there are legitimate circumstances or age, health or disability related reasons not to wear a face covering, as stated on the government website here. Face coverings are not required when eating or drinking. 
  • Thorough risk assessments have been completed on all buildings and learning facilities. This includes assessments to ensure ventilation is of a standard in line with government guidance. Rooms in Elm Grove and Library which have no windows have 100% fresh air supply through, with no recirculation, through ventilation systems.
  • All students are required to sign up to the University's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Shared Statement of Responsibility prior to their arrival on campus. All students will also be shown a PowerPoint presentation about coronavirus and safety measures as part of induction.
  • All staff and students who attend campus are required to undertake asymptomatic testing at our on-site test centre at least twice a week. 

Do you have facilities for students who need to self-isolate?

The University has in place isolation procedures and quarantine facilities for any students who need to self-isolate, including dedicated flats that will have food supplies delivered. The University's on-campus Student Medical Centre will remain open and work in partnership with the University to ensure the wellbeing of all students. This includes setting up a testing process for students.

Are admissions interviews still taking place?

The University is conducting online interviews. For further information, please contact admissions@roehampton.ac.uk.

When can I apply for Student Finance?

Student Finance applications for Home undergraduate students starting in September 2021 are now open here. We have lots of resources to help you. If you have any questions about your student finance application you should check here.

Student Finance applications for Home postgraduate students starting in September 2021 have not yet opened, but will be available here at a future date.

How will the University make sure that my accommodation is safe?

The University has put in place a number of measures, to ensure our accommodation is safe for you to live in and enjoy. These include enhanced cleaning, the following of government guidance and isolation plans for students who show symptoms.

Do you provide cycling and parking facilities on campus?

We provide excellent cycling facilities across our campus, on the Roehampton Lane site, at Whitelands and at Mount Clare. This includes bike storage, showers and lockers.  

We also have expanded our student parking available on and around campus. 

Finally, we have a free university double-decker bus service, which complements our already excellent transport links. This additional service will implement all the measures that TfL have introduced across their services. 

Find out more about commuting to Roehampton here.   

Do you have financial support available for students?

Yes, at Roehampton we have a wider range of scholarships and financial support options available. For undergraduate students, you can find out more here. For postgraduate taught students, you can find out more here.

We also have plenty of support for commuting students, including a free bus service. You can find out more here.

What happens if there is another lockdown?

Our ‘blended’ approach to teaching (a mixture of in-class, on-campus sessions with online learning and teaching) means we are well prepared if there are any further lockdowns in the future. We will still be able to run classes – and you will still be able to study remotely.