Plans for teaching and our response to coronavirus

Coronavirus information for new students in 2020

If you have questions about your application, we've got your back

We've been doing everything we can to limit the impact of the the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on your plans to study with us this autumn. We're ready to welcome you to #TeamMDX in 2020! We know you've got questions though, so we've put together this information for all new students in 2020.

We'll keep this updated regularly and get in touch with you directly about any changes to your course or application.

Teaching and learning in the next academic year

We're putting everything in place so you can make a successful start to your course in the autumn.

Undergraduate applicants

If your exams have been cancelled

You've probably got some mixed feelings about exams and assessments being cancelled this year. We understand you might be confused about what that all means too.

We’ll be using calculated grades awarded by exam boards to assess your academic achievement and review your application.

To make it easier for you, here’s some information about how it all works.

  • How your qualifications will be assessed

    • A-Levels

      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 happened as planned
      • The order of the students at your school or college ranked by performance, within each subject

      This information will be used by exam boards to calculate your final grades. The ranking of students in your subject is important to help standardise grades and try to make things as fair as possible across all schools and colleges.

    • BTEC

      Your school or college will consider things like classwork and homework, grades from assignments and mock exams, coursework and your general progress during the course. It's also likely that your teacher, tutor or trainer may base your grade on what they expected the result to have been if you were able to complete the assignments. 

      Depending on the structure of your qualification:

      • As well as an overall grade, schools and colleges may be asked to provide a grade for uncompleted modules or units
      • Like A-Levels, some schools and colleges might be asked to rank the students in order by performance, within the course

      The exam board or awarding organisation may use the initial calculated grades alongside other relevant information to determine the most accurate final grade.

    • A-Levels and BTEC

      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 happened as planned
      • The order of the students at your school or college ranked by performance, within each subject

      This information will be used by exam boards to calculate your final grades. The ranking of students in your subject is important to help standardise grades and try to make things as fair as possible across all schools and colleges.

    • Access

      Your estimated assessment grades will be based on a range of evidence, including:

      • Prior attainment on your course – meaning what you've achieved so far and what your expected result would have been if you were able to complete the assignments in Summer 2020
      • Formative assessments – which will involve your teachers or tutors making an assessment on your grade while you're still completing the work on the course
      • Any other records of student performance over the course of study

      When calculating your grades, your school or college will consider things like classwork and homework, grades from assignments and mock exams, coursework and your general progress during the course.

What that means for your application

We’ll use these grades to help us make a decision about your application, although we'll look at more than just your grades to make sure the decision is fair.

So if you're feeling concerned that your grades won’t reflect everything that you’ve achieved at school or college, try not to worry. We recognise all of the unique knowledge and experiences that you'll bring to your education here and we'll do our best to consider those along with any qualifications.

And if we're not able to offer you a place on your original course, we'll always try and find an alternative option.

Changes to unconditional offers

The Office of Students has asked all universities not to make unconditional offers to students who are waiting on results for the time being. They've also asked we don't change conditional offers to unconditional offers. If you've already applied that does mean your application is on hold for the moment but we'll be in touch when we have more information.

If we've made you an offer we expect to be able to honour it. Universities UK and the Office of Students are exploring the option of limiting the number of applicants we accept this year, but we're waiting to see what they say so we'd encourage you to still apply or accept us as your firm choice.

If you have your exam results then we are able to make you an unconditional offer.

If you're waiting for a decision

Our admissions team is working hard to process all applications and provide decisions as soon as possible:

  • We'll continue to give equal consideration to all applications regardless of where you are from, or where you live
  • We don't have any plans to change the term, enrolment or induction dates advertised on the website
  • We're constantly reviewing the deadlines we have attached to conditions of acceptance.

If any details change we'll get in touch with you directly, as soon as we get more information.

Undergraduate offer holders

We understand if you're taking some time to think through your options before deciding about your uni application. Remember that we're here for you with the right information now and in the coming weeks and months.

We're here to look out for you and give you the support and updates you need, so reach out if you have any questions.

  • Get answers to your questions

    • When will my place be confirmed?

      The government has confirmed A Level results will be published on 13 August so you should know if your place is confirmed then, providing you don't have other outstanding conditions to meet, which might include GSCE grades or non-academic conditions like a DBS or occupational health check.

      BTEC and OCR results are also expected to be released on that date as well, so you should know then as well. However, if you've applied through UCAS and taken any of the qualifications they list, you won't need to send your results to us.

      If you have any questions about when and how your grades come to us then you can contact our admissions team who will be happy to help you.

    • When are the application deadlines?

      If you applied through UCAS:

      To support you and make sure you have enough time to research your chosen universities UCAS has new deadlines, however you should be able to see your personal deadline on UCAS Track.

      • If you receive your last decision on or before 4 June, your reply date is 18 June except if you're using Extra to find a place.
      • If you receive your last decision on or before 13 July, your reply date is 20 July including Extra choices.

      You don't need to wait until 18 June to make your decision though, but UCAS recommends taking the opportunity think through your options carefully before making your firm and insurances choices.

      If you applied to us directly:

      If you applied as a direct applicant there is no specific date to accept your offer but we recommend you do this as soon as you're able to.

      If you're an international student who requires a visa to study in the UK you will need to have firmly accepted your offer before we can issue you with a CAS from June onward to allow enough time for you visa application, along with meeting other conditions of your offer.

    • If I can’t meet the deadline to provide further documents, can I get an extension?

      We completely understand you might need more time to provide some of the documents requested so you can get in touch with our admissions team and let them know you're having difficulties, we'll extend your deadline so you can provide your documents as soon as they're available.

Changes to your course

Our plans for teaching and learning in the autumn

We’re making plans for your first term of study in the autumn. We’re planning to start teaching you through a mix of online virtual and face to face teaching that we call blended learning.

We want to give you a great learning experience in a flexible way that works for you and follows government advice around keeping safe.

Our plans for your first term

When you can start your degree

We encourage you to work towards starting your degree in the autumn if you can, because that means you'll have more opportunity to make the most of being part of the #TeamMDX community.

If that's not possible, we have started a number of our degree programmes in January in the past and at the moment we are reviewing which ones we might be able to offer in January 2021.

We'll share those details once they're all finalised and because the situation is constantly changing and we're always monitoring it, we'll get in touch if there's any changes.

Changes to student finance

Don't worry, you can still apply for student finance in the same way as before, but if you're not sure about the process UCAS has plenty of information available to help get you started.

The Student Loans contact centre has re-opened for students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland after a temporary closure as well, but if you've got any questions about your student finance application you should check their FAQs to see if you can find an answer there first.

Postgraduate applicants

Everyone behind the scenes is doing everything they can to make sure your application is processed and finalised as soon as possible, but with the situation is changing all the time:

  • We'll continue to give equal consideration to all applications regardless of where you are from, or where you live
  • We don't have any plans to change the term, enrolment or induction dates advertised on the website
  • We're constantly reviewing the deadlines we have attached to conditions of acceptance.

If your undergraduate studies are affected

  • For postgraduate applicants whose undergraduate studies have been impacted, we're taking advice from sector partners and examination bodies and will decide on a process moving forward but at the moment we're not in a position to say definitely how this will affect decisions we make on applications.

If any details change we'll get in touch with you directly, as soon as we get more information.

International applicants

We understand there will be an impact on international applicants in a number of different ways, but while the the situation is changing every day:

  • We'll keep running pre-sessional English programmes and aim to deliver them partly or wholly online.
  • We're not anticipating any changes to fees should programmes move online.
  • We're still accepting Erasmus applications, find out more about a study exchange here or studying abroad.
  • We do still require you to complete an English language assessment if it's part of your offer, but we accept a wide range of tests as proof of eligibility. Find out more about which tests we accept, some of which are sat completely online.
  • We'll allow you to delay submitting supporting documents. Please submit relevant portfolios, certificates, documents and passports through the applicant portal once you have them, we also accept clear photo images as well as scanned copies.

If your exams have been cancelled

We're aware a large number of international applicants have also had their exams cancelled:

  • For qualifications awarded by UK exam boards, you will be awarded grades the same way the UK students. If you have any questions please contact your college or exam board directly.
  • For the International Baccalaureate, you will be awarded diplomas and certificates as usual in the summer which we will use to assess your application. Once results are released you can share your results directly with us or send us a copy once you've got them.
  • For local qualifications like your home country's high school qualification, school leaving qualification or university degree, we'll do everything we can to support you. We're working with our regional teams to determine how we move forward. If you have any queries, feel free to get in touch.

Accommodation for 2020 to 2021

We know that it can be hard to make firm plans at the moment, so we've changed our process for applying for accommodation to make it more flexible during the coronavirus outbreak.

Info on applying for accommodation

Library and IT services

We're making changes to our library services for the Autumn term so we’re can give you extra support for your studies - whether you’re working from home or you have an opportunity to come to campus

Plans for our library and IT services

Experience it online

Our virtual opportunities

Our online and virtual experiences give you the chance to find the information and support you need, explore our outstanding facilities and find out what it's like studying here.

So, even though we can't welcome you to our north London campus right now, you can still get a feel for what it's like to be a part of #TeamMDX.

Join a virtual experience

Get in touch

Our admissions enquiries team is happy to listen, give you any information you need and answer all your questions.

They're here to support you and even though you can't come to see them on campus, the team is still available for you to contact in a number of different ways.

Get in touch

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