Coronavirus: Home Prospective Students, Applicants and Offer Holders 

Home Undergraduate and postgraduate prospective students, applicants and offer holders 

Will the campus be open in September?

In September, our aim is that our spacious 54-acre parkland campus will be open for students and staff to enjoy safely. This includes our teaching facilities, study areas, social spaces and other amenities, all with appropriate measures to ensure physical distancing. The measures we will have in place to ensure and protect the health and wellbeing of our community are beginning to be deployed and will be ready fully by September.

This Autumn, we plan to provide smaller group teaching on-campus, with larger group teaching online. We intend to be as flexible to your needs as we can be and we will therefore also provide the option of studying entirely online for the first term if you would like to, where this is possible.

How will teaching happen at Roehampton from September?

We will take a ‘blended’ approach to our courses. This is a mixture of in-class, on-campus sessions with online learning and teaching. We have plans to ensure that classes can run in a way that respects physical distancing, in line with Government guidance.

Where we can, we will schedule teaching on-campus, so that you can meet each other in person and take full advantage of our wonderful facilities and spaces. This will particularly be the case for smaller classes which will be organised in such a way that ensures that social distancing guidelines can be observed. This includes study in specialist facilities such as labs, studios, and design spaces.

When we are doing our online teaching, we will use a mix of live and recorded sessions. The live elements are important to allow you to exchange views, ideas and to ask for clarification and more detail in ‘real time’. Other elements, such as big lectures will run online, giving you the chance to catch up on teaching material at a time and place that works for you.

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.

Can I enrol late?

We fully intend to be able to welcome all students joining us on our campus at the start of term on Monday 21 September, or earlier during arrivals week.

However, should students need to, we can allow enrolment on most of our courses as late as Monday 19 October 2020. Induction runs 21 September – 2 October. Teaching for the majority of undergraduate and postgraduate courses will commence on or around the 5 October. 

This Autumn, we plan to provide smaller group teaching on-campus, with larger group teaching online. We intend to be as flexible to your needs as we can be and we will therefore also provide the option of studying entirely online for the first term if you would like to, where this is possible.

I am planning to commute to campus, can I study from home for most or all of the time?

We already design our courses to meet the needs of commuting students. This Autumn, we plan to provide smaller group teaching work in-person, with larger group teaching online. At the same time, we intend to be as flexible to your needs as we can be and we will therefore also provide, where possible, the option of studying entirely online for the first (Autumn) term if you would like to.  

However, there may be some parts of your course, particularly courses with more practical elements e.g. those with studio or production work, that may require in-person attendance. We do though recognise that even on these programmes that some people may have a mitigating circumstance, for example, they may have received a letter from the NHS asking them to shield from coronavirus.

Find out more on how we support students travelling to campus on our commuting students webpages here: https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/prospective-students/commuting-students/

Do you provide cycling facilities on campus?

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

What does this mean for induction?

Induction and Welcome Week will commence, in a blended form, on time. This means you will be able to undertake induction remotely, if you wish to. More information will follow on Induction and Welcome Week later.

How has teaching worked at Roehampton since social distancing began?

We have put a lot of work into teaching remotely since March to support our current students to study from home.

We have:

  • run live online classes
  • posted lectures online (so students can view these whenever they want)
  • provided online access to books and other learning resources

All student support has moved online and students have been able to get advice and guidance from their academic tutors and our academic achievement team, including 24/7 access to our online assessment support service.

Careers and work experience support has also moved online – and we’re running a summer careers programme in May and June to support our current students to make their next steps after life at Roehampton.

We have also reached out to all students by phone and email through our academic guidance tutors, student engagement and student welfare teams to make sure all our students are coping in these extraordinary times.

My exams have been cancelled. What happens next?

We recognise that many of those studying for Level 3 qualifications (like A Levels and BTECs) have had their studies disrupted by coronavirus. We know that many of you were working extremely hard towards final exams, assessments and coursework before they were cancelled.

We’ll be using calculated grades awarded by exam boards to assess your academic achievement and review your application.

Below is information on how it will work for different types of qualifications:

A-Levels

Your school or college will be asked to send exam boards two pieces of information for each of your subjects, based on what they know about your work and achievements:

  • The grade they believe you were most likely to get if exams had taken place
  • The order of the students at your school or college ranked by performance, within each subject
  • This information will be used by exam boards to calculate your final grade in each subject.

BTEC

Your school or college will consider things like classwork, homework, grades from assignments and mock exams, coursework and your general progress during the course. It's also likely that your tutor will base your grade on what they expected the result to have been if you were able to complete the assignments. Depending on the structure of your qualification:

  • As well as an overall grade, schools and colleges may be asked to provide a grade for uncompleted modules or units
  • Some schools and colleges might be asked to rank the students in order by performance, within the course

The exam board or awarding organisation may use the initial calculated grades alongside other relevant information to determine the most accurate final grade for you.

Access

Your estimated assessment grades will be based on:

  • Prior attainment in your course – what you've achieved so far and what your expected result would have been if you were able to complete the course as planned
  • Formative assessments – which will involve your teachers or tutors making an assessment on your grade while you're still completing the work on the course
  • Any other records of your performance in this course

When calculating your grades, your school or college will consider things like classwork, homework, grades from assignments and mock exams, coursework and your general progress during the course.

For further information please contact admissions@roehampton.ac.uk.

Will the University open days and offer holder events be taking place as planned?

We are holding a wide range of digital events, for prospective applicants and offer holders, where you will be able to talk to our academic staff, chat to Roehampton students and meet out student support teams.

Full details of all our upcoming digital events can be found here.

Will I be able to physically study on campus in September?

We fully intend to be able to welcome all students to join us on our campus at the start of term on Monday 21 September, or earlier during arrivals week. However, should students need to, we can allow enrolment on most of our courses as late as Monday 19 October 2020.

We are lucky enough to have a spacious 54-acre green campus, and are planning to deliver blended teaching from this Autumn, with a mixture of physical and online teaching.

You will be guaranteed University accommodation if you are a UK undergraduate or postgraduate applicant who has accepted an offer by Roehampton, made us your firm choice on UCAS/accepted your place, and made an accommodation application on or before 26 June 2020. We have a wide range of options, you can find out more on our website here.  

Does this affect my offer/ will I still have a place if I'm not taking my exams anymore?

We will use your calculated grades to make a decision about your application, and will take the current circumstances into account to make sure the decision is fair.

We wanted to reassure you that in light of coronavirus and the disruption it has caused for you, that we will take into account its impact when considering your results this year. This means we will be more flexible than usual when considering the results you receive. Please don’t worry if your results are not what you were hoping for, we will support you as much as possible so you can join us this September.

Can I defer my course for a January 2021 start?

To support you and give you more time to meet your requirements, we will be able to consider and accept later enrolments, until 19 October 2020 for many of our courses. We will also be providing additional academic support for those that do join late. We are currently working to make more of our courses available for a January 2021 start. We will be in touch with applicants and offer holders when we know more.

Other Undergraduate Programmes: I have GCSE requirements as part of my offer from Roehampton, will there be any flexibility on these?

We understand that those holding offers for the following programmes may have particular concerns about GCSE (or equivalent) requirements, particularly if they were planning on retaking these qualifications to meet these requirements.

  • Biomedical Science
  • Law programmes
  • Psychology programmes
  • Sport and Exercise Science

We are aware that private candidates, in particular, may experience issues meeting these requirements and we will work with academic departments to offer as much flexibility as we can. We will be in touch with applicants and offer holders when we know more.

BA Primary Education: I have GCSE requirements as part of my offer from Roehampton, will there be any flexibility on these?

We understand that those holding offers for BA Primary Education programmes may have particular concerns about GCSE requirements, particularly if they were planning on retaking these qualifications to meet these requirements. 

It is a government requirement that applicants for these programmes have the following in place before the start of the programme: 

  • BA Primary Education (Grade C or 4 and above in GCSE Maths, English and Science, or equivalent) 

The University of Roehampton has been working closely with the Department for Education to find a decision on this and will be in touch with applicants and offer holders when we know more. 

In the meantime, if you are a private candidate and you have been advised that you cannot receive a grade from your centre, you should contact Equivalency Testing on info@equivalencytesting.com to find out more about online equivalency testing.  


Nursing Programmes: I have GCSE requirements as part of my offer from Roehampton, will there be any flexibility on these?

We understand that those holding offers for Nursing programmes may have particular concerns about GCSE (or equivalent) requirements, particularly if they were planning on retaking these qualifications to meet these requirements. 

It is a requirement of the Nursing and Midwifery Council that applicants for these programmes have GCSE (or equivalent) grades 4/C in Maths and English in place before the start of the programme: 

  • Adult Nursing 
  • Adult and Mental Health Nursing 
  • Mental Health Nursing 

The University of Roehampton has been working closely with the Nursing and Midwifery Council to find a decision on this and will be in touch with applicants and offer holders when we know more. 

In the meantime, if you are a private candidate and you have been advised that you cannot receive a grade from your centre, you should contact Equivalency Testing on info@equivalencytesting.com to find out more about online equivalency testing.  

I was due to undertake a GCSE Equivalency Test and I am now unable to, what should I do?

Due to coronavirus in-person exams have been cancelled for foreseeable future. Please contact the organisation you were due to take your test with for further information on their plans for resuming testing or offering online tests.

Equivalency Testing are looking to resume testing as soon as they can. Please contact them for further information at info@equivalencytesting.com.

I was due to take a qualification (A Level, GCSE etc.) as a "private candidate". What should I do?  

We are aware that private candidates, in particular, may experience issues meeting the conditions of their offer, as a result of the disruption caused by coronavirus.    

Current advice from the government on private candidates indicates that exams boards will only ‘issue results for private candidates for whom the Head of Centre is confident they can submit a centre assessment grade and include them in the centre’s rank order’. Therefore we would advise that you contact the organisation that you were due to take your qualification with to check if they will be able to do this for you.  

 Students who have GCSE (or equivalent) conditions as part of their offer (i.e. for courses such as Primary Education and Nursing) and who have been advised that they cannot receive a grade from their centre, should contact Equivalency Testing on info@equivalencytesting.com to find out more about online equivalency testing.  

Regardless of the outcome, we want to reassure you that we will be as flexible as we can be to support you to study with us from September.  

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.

I was scheduled to attend an admissions interview. What do I do?

All of those who were due to be interviewed are being contacted by the University with online alternatives being provided. For further information please contact admissions@roehampton.ac.uk.

I need to post documents and forms to Roehampton. Should I still do this?

The priority for applicants and offer holders should be to stay safe and healthy and follow government guidelines. Please do not rush to post documents or forms to Roehampton. Admissions staff are currently working remotely and will only be able to process forms and documents that have been sent via post when they return to the office. With this in mind please observe the following:

  • Declaration of Health forms - can be emailed to ru.doh@nhs.net
  • Suitability Declaration forms - should only be posted in after lockdown has been lifted and should not be emailed in.
  • Original documents - should only be posted in after lockdown has been lifted and should not be emailed in.
  • Certificate copies – can be emailed in as stipulated in your email from admissions..

When will my place be confirmed?

The government has confirmed that A Level results will be published on 13 August 2020. You should know if your place is confirmed then, unless you have other outstanding conditions, such as GSCE grades or non-academic conditions like a DBS or occupational health check.

BTEC and OCR results are also expected to be released on that date as well. For further information please contact admissions@roehampton.ac.uk.

When do I have to decide on my offer by?

If you applied through UCAS, to support you and make sure you have enough time to research your chosen universities UCAS has new deadlines, however you should be able to see your personal deadline on UCAS Track.

  • If you receive your last decision on or before 4 June, your reply date is 18 June except if you're using Extra to find a place.
  • If you receive your last decision on or before 13 July, your reply date is 20 July including Extra choices.

Even if you are still waiting on offers from other universities, you can accept your offer from Roehampton before then. Call UCAS on 0371 468 0468 and have your UCAS Personal Identification number to hand when you call. Let the call handler know that you would like to make Roehampton your Firm Choice.

If you have already heard from all five of your choices, you can accept your offer from Roehampton now. Login to UCAS Track and select ‘reply to your offers’ then select Roehampton as your Firm choice.

Should I still apply for Student Finance?

You can still apply for student finance in the same way as before. We have loads of resources to help you and UCAS has tips to get you started. If you've got any questions about your student finance application you should check these FAQs here.

PGCE offer holders: I am having difficulty collating proof of my credentials. What do I do?

The University understands that there may be a delay in students being able to gather the evidence they need. For further information please contact teachertraining@roehampton.ac.uk.