Studying at university from September 2020: FAQs

On this page, you'll find information about studying at ARU from September 2020, accessing classrooms, libraries and other campus facilities, and making use of our student support services.

Our first priority is to keep you safe, and to make sure you're supported to start (or continue) your studies.

If there is a local or national lockdown we will continue to support students and, unless told otherwise by public health officials, will continue to follow the National Institute for Health Protection guidance and ask all students to remain in their current accommodation. We will also move to online teaching, learning and assessment and support.

Student experience

What steps will be taken to keep me safe on campus?

What happens if there is a second lockdown, or restrictions are lifted?

What will ARU do to ensure students feel part of a learning community?

It's important that I have opportunities to make friends while at University. What opportunities will I have to do this?

Will the Students' Union be open?

I'm a level 3 student. Are there any specific requirements that affect me?

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Teaching and learning

If I've chosen face-to-face teaching, will I have to be on campus every day?

If everyone chooses face-to-face teaching, how will you ensure social-distancing is possible?

If I miss a face-to-face teaching session, can I join the online teaching instead?

If I chose face-to-face teaching, can I change my mind and learn online?

If I chose online learning, can I change my mind and join face-to-face teaching?

How will you ensure that online students get the same value for money?

If I can only access my course online, will it be equivalent to being there in person?

What opportunities will I have to collaborate and learn alongside my peers?

How can I learn with my peers if I can only access my course online?

What software can I use if I'm studying off-campus?

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How will my assessments be affected?

How will assessment deadlines be affected? How about resits?

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Specialist areas of teaching and learning

What if my course has a practical element such as specialist skills sessions?

Will I be disadvantaged if I can’t attend a face-to-face or practical session?

What if I need to use specialist facilities on campus for my course?

Can I still do a lab-based or field-based Major Project?

Will my mode of study affect my PSRB accreditation status?

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Learning resources and contact time

How can the University support me if I'm studying from home?

What kind of IT/computer equipment will I need to learn online?

What if I do not have access to the equipment I need at home?

Can I use the library and the computer rooms when I am not in timetabled sessions?

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General advice and support

How can I access advice and support from Student Services?

Is the iCentre open?

What support is available for financial hardship?

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Health and wellbeing

If I feel I need additional support for my mental health, is there a service available to support me?

Does the Counselling and Wellbeing service only see students for university-related difficulties?

Will you have a sports programme from September?

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Study skills

How will face-to-face appointments with Study Skills Plus be carried out with social distancing restrictions?

How do I book an appointment with Study Skills Plus?

Do you have Study Skills workshops available?

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Disability and dyslexia support

I have a health condition/physical disability. What Covid-19 arrangements are in place for me?

I am unable to wear a face covering due to a health condition/disability. Can I study on campus?

How can the Disability and Dyslexia Service support me?

I have a diagnosed disability/specific learning difference, but I cannot get evidence at the moment. What should I do?

I think I have dyslexia. What should I do?

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I’m unsure about University accommodation. Will it be safe?

What accommodation choices will I have?

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Travelling to campus

Can I still commute to university, or move into accommodation?

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Work experience and placements

How can I get help finding a graduate job, work experience or some careers advice?

I want to do a placement, is this still possible?

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Degree apprenticeships

I'm studying a degree apprenticeship. What are the arrangements from September 2020?

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Studying abroad

I wanted to study abroad as part of my course. What are my options for this now?

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Advice for international students

If I choose to study online, will I still need to apply for a Tier 4 visa?

Can I get a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) if I choose to study online for the first trimester?

Why do I have to meet the Tier 4 visa requirements to complete registration if I am going to study online?

Will I have to pay a deposit if I choose to study online?

If I chose to study online in Trimester 1, will I definitely get a visa for Trimester 2 starting in January 2021?

Can I still come to the UK and study the face-to-face option?

If I choose face-to-face but do not get my Tier 4 visa in time, can I start my studies online and then change to face-to-face?

I am going to study (or am currently studying) an online pre-sessional English course and need a Tier 4 visa for September 2020. When will I receive my Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)?

I want to join a pre-sessional English course on a Tier 4 Student visa. Which Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) do you accept?

I am a Tier 4 student. If I start my studies online and my visa is refused, will you issue a second CAS?

If I start my studies online and cannot obtain a visa, can I complete my course online?

If I decide I want to study online for the duration of my course, can I?

What happens if I don’t receive my exam results in time?

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