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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and UK Applicants

See answers below to common questions if you've applied to the University of Bradford.

Frequently asked questions

Following the Government’s advice, the University has replaced all on campus interviews with telephone interviews.

All applicants who were due to attend an interview will receive further details by email.

Our progression scheme workshops have now been replaced by online webinars.

There’s been a lot of uncertainty about how school closures and exam cancellations are going to affect pupils. We intend to make decisions on University places using the calculated grades that will be released in July.

We will be following a flexible approach led by the main University representative body, Universities UK (UUK), in doing all we can to support applicants and to ensure they can progress to university this autumn.

Your school or college will be asked to send exam boards two pieces of information for each of your subjects, based on what they know about your work and achievements:

  • the grade they believe you were most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned
  • within each subject, the order of students at your school or college, by performance, for each grade

Your school or college will consider a range of things like your coursework and homework; your results in assignments and any mock exams; any non-exam assessment or coursework you may have done; and your general progress during your course.

The University will use these calculated grades to see if you meet the entry requirements for 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.

We will be as flexible as possible in supporting any applicants who chose to appeal their results, or to take examinations at the start of the academic year, to begin their programme with a delayed start time.

We are not planning on making new unconditional offers in this cycle, as we recognise the importance of applicants completing and being awarded a calculated grade for their qualifications.

Your school or college will be asked to send exam boards two pieces of information for each of your subjects, based on what they know about your work and achievements:

  • the grade they believe you were most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned
  • within each subject, the order of students at your school or college, by performance, for each grade

Your school or college will consider a range of things like your coursework and homework; your results in assignments and any mock exams; any non-exam assessment or coursework you may have done; and your general progress during your course.

The University will use these calculated grades to see if you meet the entry requirements for your offer.

You can read more about calculated grades in Ofqual's letter to students.

If you had taught classes as part of your Functional Skills qualification and were due to take assessments before the end of the summer, you will also receive a calculated result.

If you were due to sit the Functional Skills exam without taking any taught classes, you will not receive a calculated grade. We are currently working with providers who are looking to facilitate online exams and will provide further details as soon as we have them.

UK/EU students who are over the age of 19 and have lived in the UK for the last three years may be eligible for free online Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths courses offered by Think Employment.

You can find out more below:

  • https://www.thinkemployment.com/english-level-2/ 
  • https://www.thinkemployment.com/maths-level-2/ 

There will be 'calculated' grades for vocational and technical qualifications using similar principles to those that will be used for GCSEs and A levels which the University of Bradford will use to confirm if you meet the entry requirements for the course you have applied for.

The Department for Education is working with awarding organisations to develop a clear approach for working out calculated grades for each category of vocational and technical qualifications in the coming days.

All students due to complete their QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma by 31 July 2020 will receive calculated grades, including students studying a distance learning course.

Your course tutor will estimate the assessment grades (of pass, merit or distinction) for each of the grade descriptors assigned to each assessment that was planned for after 20 March 2020. Estimated assessment grades will be based on a range of evidence including prior attainment on course, formative assessments and any other records of student performance over the course of study. You can read more about this here.

We will continue to accept Access courses to meet course entry requirements. A levels and Access courses are equivalent to one another so you will not be at a disadvantage.

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.

If you would like further personal advice, please do not hesitate to contact our Adult Learner advisers within the UK Recruitment team, Caroline Priestley or James Was.

The centre you are entering with will submit a calculated grade which we will use to see if you meet the conditions of your offer. You can read more about how your grade will be calculated in the advice published by Cambridge.

 

If you are a private candidate (for example, home-schooled, following distance learning programmes or studying independently), the centre you are entering with will submit a calculated grade, where the staff are confident they have seen sufficient evidence of your achievement to make an objective judgement.

Ofqual are urgently exploring whether there are alternative options for those students who do not have an existing relationship with a centre and who need results this summer to progress. You can read more about this in Ofqual's letter to students.

UCAS have also written some FAQ's for independent candidates which you may find useful.

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.

To give you more time to make your decisions, UCAS have decided to give all students more time to make decisions on their offers. For most students, this means the new deadline to reply to offers is Thursday 18 June at 18:00 (UK time).

We expect that most universities will still award undergraduate degrees, in a similar way to A levels and GCSEs. It is best to check with your current university about their policy.

If you have any questions about your individual circumstances you can contact the admissions team by email on admissions@bradford.ac.uk or call 01274 236088.

Health Education England has asked all universities to suspend the teaching of CPD courses until 30 June 2020.

Students who were due to start a course before this date have received an email from our admissions team to advise them that the courses are suspended until further notice.

We are still accepting new applicantions for our CPD programmes, but we do not yet have confirmation about which dates the programmes will run.

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.

Yes, you can still apply for accommodation at The Green.  

Yes, there will still be an opportunity to apply for some courses through Clearing. Clearing will open as normal on July 6 2020.

The University does have car parking facilities. All students due to start in September 2020 who would like a car parking permit need to complete an application form and pay a fee. Applications for car parking open in August 2020.

The University of Bradford will start the new academic year, two weeks later than planned, on Monday 28 September 2020. Teaching will start week commencing 5 October 2020. Programmes in the Faculty of Health Studies with earlier start dates will continue with their previously published dates.

We will continue to deliver semesters with twelve weeks of scheduled learning and teaching activity and there will be no loss of student learning opportunities as a result of the change.

Welcome Week will take place week commencing 28 September 2020, with teaching starting week commencing 5 October 2020.

We are working with the Students’ Union to make sure that your student experience is not impacted. Further information on the opportunities for leisure, sports, societies, activities and volunteering, amongst other things, will be made available as soon as possible.

We are committed to delivering outstanding education to all our students while continuing to offer a campus-centred experience through a blended approach to learning. This means that all our courses will be delivered through a combination of educational technologies and face-to-face teaching on campus.

All of our programmes include small group settings, such as tutorials, seminars, practical classes and workshops, clinics and/or in laboratories. We will continue to deliver our programmes through these teaching activities and will always be guided by national safety guidelines to ensure students are able to benefit from a safe, personalised learning experience.

We will not be able to run lectures in their usual format on campus for the foreseeable future but, we will deliver the content through innovative online technology to supplement our small-group learning.

Our campus will be open and – following all national safety guidelines – we look forward to welcoming you back to our community here in Bradford.

We will provide further details about our approach to making on-campus facilities available, including the library, as soon as possible once these plans are finalised.

Yes, to reassure you and protect your health, social distancing measures will be in place across our campus, further details of which will be provided to students in due course. 

We will finish the academic year at the same time as originally planned.