Studying at university from September 2020: FAQs

On this page, you'll find information about studying at ARU in 2020-21, 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.

Student experience

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

What happens if there is another lockdown in future?

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?

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Study skills

Are Study Skills workshops available?

How do I book an appointment with Study Skills Plus?

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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 EU and international students

If you would like to discuss any of the information below, please contact our International Office.

Can I still come to the UK and study on campus (face to face)?

Do I need to take a COVID-19 test before I travel to the UK?

Will I need to self-isolate when I arrive in the UK?

When should I arrive in the UK if I plan to join on-campus teaching?

Can I get support if I quarantine in University accommodation?

Can I study the whole of Trimester 2 online?

If I choose to study online in Trimester 2, will I still need to apply for a student visa?

When will I get my Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) if I choose to study online for the whole of Trimester 2?

Why do I have to meet the student visa requirements to complete registration for Trimester 2 if I am going to study online only?

If I study online in Trimester 2, will I definitely get a visa to continue my studies on campus from September 2021?

What should I do if I start my studies online and then my visa is refused?

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

If I start my studies online in January 2021, can I still apply for a Graduate Work Visa?

Will I have to pay full tuition fees if I choose to study online?

I'm taking a pre-sessional English course and need a student visa to start my course in the UK in January. When will I receive my Confirmation of Studies (CAS)?

Can I study all of my course online?

Are there pre-departure guides available?

Can I talk to someone if I have more questions?