skip to main content

Essential coronavirus info
We can’t wait to welcome our new and returning students from 19 October 2020. Your safety is our first priority.

Attending your course - autumn term 20/21

Student adding notes to a sketchbook
Sketchbook by Cynthia Porta Fernandez. Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Camberwell College of Arts. (Credit: © Alys Tomlinson)

The autumn term starts on 19 October 2020. We are totally committed to your safety and to ensuring your creative education at UAL.

We have designed the delivery of your course and university experience so that we can take account of changes which may be required as a result of the ongoing impact of the pandemic.

Follow our guide to: enroling on your course, attendance, extenuating circumstances (if you can't attend in person) and deferrals.


Whether you’re starting at UAL, or coming back to us, you need to enrol.

  • You must pay your tuition fee amount owed, or provide confirmation of your funding arrangements.
  • You will do this during online registration when you enrol.


A mix of online and on-campus learning will give you a great experience at UAL.

Unless you have accepted extenuating circumstances, students are expected to attend classes in person.

We are aware that for some students it may prove difficult to physically join us at UAL for the start of term.

If this applies to you, we will continue to support your online studies throughout the year or until you are able to join us in person. We hope you will be able to join us in person as soon as you can.

You must ask to study online by submitting an extenuating circumstances application.

Additionally, students arriving in the UK from certain countries may have to self-isolate (or quarantine) for 14 days or more – you will need to submit an extenuating circumstances application for this period.

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design students

As you will be studying a regulated further education course, we must provide you with a certain amount of on-campus learning during the year.

If you’re unable to join us on campus by the start of the spring term (January 2021), we may need to switch you onto a different but equivalent qualification to continue with online-only study.

Provided you pass the course, your existing guarantee of an undergraduate degree offer at one of our 6 Colleges will remain.

Contact our Further Education team to discuss your options:

Extenuating circumstances

If you can’t physically join us on 19 October 2020, you need to ask for permission to study online. We call this extenuating circumstances.

We will consider these circumstances due to coronavirus:

  • travel restrictions in your country
  • delays to your visa application
  • self-isolation measures
  • family issues relating to coronavirus
  • anxieties about travelling safely to the UK.

You can also apply for extenuating circumstances for:

  • a serious medical condition
  • bereavement
  • trauma
  • caring responsibilities
  • court attendance
  • serious disruption caused by an incident.

To apply for extenuating circumstances, you must:

1. Complete the online registration step of enrolment and have received an email from us confirming this. The subject line of the email will say ‘You have completed your online registration’.

2. Read our Extenuating Circumstances guidance.

3. Apply via your UAL Student Portal or by completing the form (Word 62KB).

You will be asked to clearly demonstrate why you are unable to attend in-person.

Your claim will be considered on the basis of your statement and you do not need to submit medical or documentary evidence.

You do not have to wait until you are conditionally enrolled or fully enrolled to make an extenuating circumstances application.

Please note: we aim to respond to your application within 5 working days.

Deferring your studies

A deferral is a break from your studies, which you can only take for 1 academic year.

Please note:

  • New students who haven't started their course can apply to defer if your course allows it.
  • Returning students can only apply due to certain circumstances such as a serious illness.
  • If you deferred in 2019-20, you can ask to defer again in 2020-21.
  • When you come back in autumn 2021, you will pay the fees for 2021-22 – which may be higher.
  • EU/EEA/Swiss students: from 2021-22, you cannot access UK tuition fees loans. You may also have to pay International fees, which are higher. Students from the Republic of Ireland will have to meet the same criteria as UK students. Please check our Brexit information for  the latest advice.
  • If you change your mind about deferring, you may have lost your place to another student.

Please follow our guidance carefully.

New students

1. You must have an offer to study with us.

2. You must check your course page online, to see if your course allows you to defer. (More courses are offering this than before, so please check again.)

3. Home/EU students: you must meet all the conditions of your offer before you apply to defer.

International students: you don’t have to meet all the conditions of your offer before you apply to defer. You will have to pay £2,000 (refundable) towards your tuition fees before 31 October 2020.

4. Read our Admissions Policy (PDF 97KB) for full details.

5. Read the information on Coronavirus: guidance for prospective students.

5. Go to your UAL Portal to contact Admissions as soon as possible.

Returning students

Like other UK universities, we are working hard to ensure you can progress your studies.

You will not be granted time out if your request is to opt out of the blended learning i.e online and on-campus studies.

  • Requests will be considered based on health and other acceptable reasons.
  • Time out will only be granted at the discretion of the Dean.
  • If you are thinking of applying for time out, you should contact your course leader, or speak to the Student Advice Service.
  • Please also review the rules and guidance for time out requests.

More information

  • Student at a desk using their laptop
    59451-comp.jpg Zoe Zanon Rives in the studio.Fashion: Buying and Merchandising. London College of Fashion.
    Teaching and learning

    See our quick guide to learning and studying in the new term.

  • Student in a studio, wearing a mask.
    56221-comp.jpg Ziyi Zhu in the Studio. BA (Hons) 3D Design. Camberwell College of Arts.
    Health and safety

    See how we're creating a safe environment for your studies.

  • Big Welcome characters
    2020 Big Welcome Banner 3 The Big Welcome 2020
    The Big Welcome

    Check out our events and guides - helping new and returning students get settled in.

  • View of a living room and kitchen at UAL halls
    43291-900.jpg Shared Kitchen, Camberwell Campus, Camberwell College of Arts.

    Get ready for halls with our guidance on packing, booking an arrival slot, getting deliveries and more.

Contact us

If you have a query that is not answered here, you can: