Page updated: 11 June 2021

Covid-19 Applicant FAQs

This page includes frequently asked questions about the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, for applicants to the University of Worcester. There are sections on:


Studying at the University of Worcester in 2021

We would like to update you on the University of Worcester’s plans for this coming academic year (2021-22).

Worcester has consistently focused on student-wellbeing, from academic, social, mental health and employment perspectives, while taking a highly responsible public health approach to Covid-19.

We have operated in line with Government guidance and have worked particularly closely with Public Health Worcestershire.

This has proved very successful - the University’s Covid-rate has consistently been below the national average and to the best of our knowledge there has been not one case of on-campus transmission during the entire pandemic.

While the University has been a Covid-19 coldspot, it has also remained an educational hotspot:

  • Worcester was one of the first universities to announce a return to a blend including in-person teaching, way back in May 2020.
  • Over 58% of teaching was delivered in-person in the first semester of 2020
  • Over 50% of students remained in residence in the second semester of 2021
  • A significant number of students, who did not have access to appropriate facilities, used the campus during the last national lockdown for essential study purposes

You can find out more from our students, who were interviewed about living and learning on campus in 2020/21.

Our approach, which is very different from many institutions, maximises the opportunity for personal participation in teaching, learning and University life whilst using modern technology to the full for the benefit of student learning and effective organisation.

Our plans for September

We will continue to take this approach in the next academic year, which means that you can expect that in September 2021:

  • Face-to-face teaching will be the norm and you should plan to attend campus for teaching activities such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, group discussions and other activities, as they will form an essential and significant part of your student experience and success. 
  • A small number of large lectures and equivalent events will be online using the latest digital learning technology, as part of our popular blended approach to learning and teaching. Support is available through our Access to Technology programme. 
  • Campus facilities such as the library, sports facilities, the Students’ Union, cafés and other social spaces will be open with all the appropriate measures in place to help keep you safe.
  • Sports, clubs and societies and other activities will be operating, giving you every opportunity to engage with student life at Worcester.

Of course, the situation may change over the coming months, but the success of the national vaccination programme gives great hope that it will be life as normal on campus next year. We promise to keep you well-informed through the use of our regularly updated Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have any questions about your course or your application, please get in touch with us on admissions@worc.ac.uk

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to campus in September. 


Frequently asked questions

Will I still be able to start my course in September 2021

The University of Worcester intends to start the new academic year as planned in September 2021.

Provided the national and regional situation allows it, we are planning for all students to receive the great majority of their learning on campus and in-person by the start of the term. We will continue to update these pages with the latest information and will post updates if the situation changes. 

My course requires an interview. Will that now take place?

We are contacting all applicants scheduled to attend an interview to advise them of how we are proceeding with their application.

In some subjects, particularly for courses such as nursing and teacher training, we will invite you to a remote interview (online or over the telephone). In some subject areas, a decision may be reached by considering solely the information on the UCAS application. We will contact you directly about the arrangements that will apply for your course.

How do I make a decision about my firm choice?

We hope you choose Worcester as your university but we know that it’s an important decision. Make sure your firm choice is your preferred choice for the right reasons.

There is still time for you to make sure you’ve fully thought about which university would be the right place for you to study. Together with other universities across the UK, we have been working hard to make sure there are many opportunities for UK students, whose education has been so severely disrupted by the Covid-19 crisis, to see what we do, and we are delighted that we are once again able to offer in-person Open Days and Campus Tours. We hope that you join in and get to know Worcester better – this is a great way of helping you to decide where you want to go to university.

We always put our students at the very heart of our University. We will always do everything we can to support your choices about which university is right for you and smooth your transition to university life.

Some of us are working away from the campus right now, but we are still here to answer your questions, to act on the latest government advice and to share further information with you as soon as it becomes available.

If I’ve received an offer, what date do I have to respond by?

If you received all of your decisions from the universities that you’ve applied to by 20 May, then the deadline by which you needed to reply was Thursday 10 June. If you didn't reply by this date, your application would have been automatically declined. If this happened and you've changed your mind, please don’t worry. You can still get in touch with us and we can discuss next steps with you.

For more information, visit the UCAS website or contact us at admissions@worc.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Can I contact UCAS for further advice?

Yes, UCAS are continuing to update applicants, advisers and universities as information becomes available. Further details about the UCAS process and updated information is being published on the UCAS website.

I am considering making an application for 2021 but have not submitted it yet. Are you still considering applications?

Applicants who have not yet applied to Worcester for 2021 are welcome to apply through UCAS.

If you’d like to speak to an academic member of staff about a course, contact us at communications@worc.ac.uk and we can help put you in touch with the right person. If you’d like guidance on making an application, you can email our Admissions team at admissions@worc.ac.uk.

Have you changed the deadline for applying for a guaranteed place in University-managed accommodation?

Yes, we have extended the deadline this year.

If you’re applying to be a first year undergraduate student in 2021, and accept a conditional or unconditional offer as your first choice by 10 June and apply for student accommodation before 30 June, you are guaranteed a place in our University-managed accommodation.

Places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so the earlier you apply, the better chance you have of securing one of your preferred accommodation options.

 

Additional information

If you have questions that haven’t been answered on this page, please get in touch with us in the Admissions Office on admissions@worc.ac.uk

Further information for staff about the coronavirus, and our response, can be found on our main coronavirus information page.