Coronavirus (COVID-19) and UK Applicants
See answers below to common questions if you've applied, or are thinking of applying, to the University of Bradford.
We will still accept applications for courses which still have places available, but they will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.
We are doing everything we can to limit any impact coronavirus may have on current applications to study at the University of Bradford.
Our Admissions team is working hard to process all applications and provide a decision as soon as possible.
The government has confirmed that teachers must assess their students’ performance, only on content that has already been delivered to them by their teachers. Teachers can use evidence of a student’s performance from throughout the course to determine the grade each student should receive.
The University will use the grades given by teachers to confirm if you meet the conditions of your offer.
As in previous admissions cycles, during our results confirmation process, we will give individual consideration to each applicant who has not met the terms of their offer.
This will include reviewing their full academic portfolio, personal statements and where relevant their performance at interview, when making our admissions decision(s).
This will ensure that our admissions process remains fair and equitable for all applicants.
Private candidates will be assessed in a similar way to other students, by a recognised exam centre using a range of evidence.
Centres will be asked to assess candidates based on what they have studied, and allowed to conduct assessment remotely. This evidence could include taking the exam board provided assessment materials in a suitable form.
This means you will receive a grade, which the University will use to determine if you meet the conditions of your offer.
Following the Government’s advice, the University has replaced all on campus interviews with telephone interviews.
All applicants who are due to attend an interview will receive further details by email.
Following the Government’s advice regarding large gatherings, our Applicant Experience Days will take place as a virtual events.
The University will be aware of the challenges you will have faced in finding and completing work experience and will take this into account when shortlisting our applications next year.
The NHS has launched a volunteering scheme with several different types of volunteer opportunities, which are available during the coronavirus outbreak. These opportunities will provide you with a range of transferable skills, which you will be able to tell us about in your personal statement.
You can also let us know about anything you have done to support elderly or vulnerable people in your community.
Yes. You can apply through Student Finance England.
For more information about how student finance applications are being processed you can view Student Finance England’s Coronavirus FAQs for prospective students.
Studying at the University
For most courses, welcome week begins on 27 September 2021 and teaching begins on 4 October 2021. Some courses such as Midwifery start earlier on 13 September 2021.
Please check your offer letter for confirmation of your start date.
Students are encouraged to have a Covid vaccine before coming onto campus.
The COVID-19 vaccination is being offered to everyone aged 18 or over at local sites run by GPs or community pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals.
Students registered with a GP can book their appointment through the National Booking Service website or by phoning 119. Those who are registered with a GP will also receive an invitation to be vaccinated from their GP practice.
We recognise students who join us in September 2021 will have experienced two years of disrupted schooling/education, and we are prepared to support them to succeed.
We will provide high quality pastoral support to all students, through Personal Academic Tutors, mentors, student services and peer support schemes, ensuring students are able to choose how they engage with the support available to them.
Step Up to HE is open to all new undergraduate students and is free of charge. It includes online resources and activities, and live workshops that offer you the chance to meet members of staff and other students. The online resources will be made available during August - you can find out more about this programme here: www.bradford.ac.uk/step-up
If your studies have been disrupted and/or you have missed elements of learning due to disruptions caused by the pandemic, we are offering a range of options to help you get back up to speed - this is part of what we call our ‘transition offer’ and it will enable students to have confidence that they have the necessary skills to succeed on their university course.
We’ll be able to provide more details about this closer to the start of the academic year.
We are committed to providing an environment where meaningful and safe on-campus interactions can take place between students and staff. We want students and staff to make use of University facilities as part of a holistic approach to the delivery of teaching and, creation of a vibrant and rich learning environment.
We have learnt a tremendous amount from our students during the pandemic, especially in relation to how we can best use educational technologies and digital platforms to support your learning. We know, for example, that we can make some aspects of our teaching more flexible and more engaging if we use technology to enhance delivery. We also know, however, that our students really value the campus experience and, in particular, the formal and informal face-to-face interactions with your tutors and fellow students that cannot be replicated online.
In light of this, where we know it adds value, we will continue to embrace the use of high-quality educational technologies to deliver some of your teaching while making sure that we offer you a full campus-based student experience. To put it another way, our aim is to use technology to enhance the campus experience in new and creative ways that will support the student experience.
Because subjects and programmes are different, we are currently designing precisely what this will look like for your particular course. We are working hard to make sure we get this right and as soon as we have more details on how we intend to use technology in your course, we will let you know.
In line with the national roadmap, we are planning with confidence for a year in which the physical and social restrictions we have experienced through the pandemic are removed. However, our plans will also allow us to flex our approach with agility, if circumstances change.
We will promote co- and extra-curricular activities and events, including vocational learning activities, through the provision of a vibrant programme of events and activities, working in partnership with our Students’ Union and University services.
Retail outlets, student services and social space that allow everyone a chance to refresh, hang-out and talk to people and generally provide an environment that’s makes people feel proud and good to be part of Team Bradford.