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.
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
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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