Advice for applicants

The impact of coronavirus raises a lot of questions within our University Community and we have answered as many as we can below; updating these as the situation evolves. Please email student.centre@bucks.ac.uk if you have any other queries that are not answered below and ensure you follow our official social media channels for immediate updates.

Applicant Questions

We’re doing everything possible to make your University experience with us as close to normal as it can be in a COVID-safe environment.

While we can’t predict what COVID-19 measures will be in place in the autumn, we can promise that we’ll do everything possible to provide you with the best student experience. Your health, wellbeing and safety are at the heart of all that we do, and, of course, we’ll always follow the UK Government’s guidance.

However, we’re putting in place plans to ensure that you receive as much face-to-face teaching as possible. Given we’ll be teaching in a COVID-safe environment, we’re aiming for all our students to receive a blend of face-to-face teaching - observing social distancing rules - and online learning from this September. And that’s for all our courses at Bucks.

Yes, we are still accepting applications as usual. You can find details of our next start dates and how to apply on each course page. We are currently taking applications through Clearing and you can find more details here: https://bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks/clearing

Yes, our Admissions Team are working remotely to ensure there is as little disruption to your application as possible.

We are conducting interviews online rather than on-site and we will contact you directly to arrange this. If you have not yet been contacted or have any concerns, please email admissions@bucks.ac.uk or call us on 0330 123 2023.

If you have applied for an undergraduate through UCAS, then you will need to respond to your offers by the deadline shown in your UCAS Track. If you have applied directly, then there is no specific deadline to accept your offer but we would recommend that you do this as soon as you can so that everything can be prepared for enrolment.

If you are international student who requires a visa to study in the UK, alongside meeting other conditions on your offer, you will need to have firmly accepted your offer before we will be able to issue you with a CAS to make your Visa Application.

We will do all that we can to ensure that there is as little disruption to your application as possible caused by the Coronavirus outbreak.

Students in the UK - Following the closure of schools and cancellation of exams across the UK, we will be using the grades awarded by your exam boards in the summer. We will be as flexible as possible for our applicants, as we are aware of the stress caused by the current situation.

International students - We are aware that a large number of applicants from outside the UK have also had their exams cancelled. For applicants taking qualifications awarded by UK exam boards (such as IGCSEs or I A-levels): we understand from exam boards that they will be awarding grades in the same way as for the UK students. For applicants taking a local qualification which has been disrupted, for example your home country’s high school or school leaving qualification, we will do everything possible to support you.

We accept a wide range of English Language qualifications for entry to our programmes, these are listed on our general entry requirements page. For many countries we can accept the English you have studied in your High School qualification.

Bucks will also accept the following English Language qualifications, which can be taken online:

  • Duolingo Online English test, which can be taken anywhere in the world with results available within 48 hours
  • IELTS Indicator, which can be taken from home with results within 7 days
  • IELTS are still operating in some countries or are beginning to reopen centres for in-person testing. Please check their websites for updates.

There is a lot of uncertainty at the moment and we understand that you may be considering starting your course later than originally planned. We have laid out our plans for September, which aim to give you some clarity, but we would be happy to discuss your options.

If you want to take the opportunity to take your exams towards the end of this year, we offer a wide range of courses starting in February https://bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks/courses-starting-february-2021.

If you are considering repeating a year at school or college, you may also consider taking a foundation year at the University. This will incur fees, but you should be able to receive student funding, and the extra year will give you extra time to build your academic skills, support and a great introduction to undergraduate study at one of our campuses. If you are considering deferring your place until next September then please email us including your name, UCAS ID or Application ID and when you would to defer until.