Advice and information – UK applicants joining us in 2021
For those that have an application pending with us, are due to start in September or have interviews coming up, we've put together a range of FAQs below.
FAQs for UK applicants
Q) Can I still apply to the University?
A) Yes, applications are still being processed by our student admissions team.
Q) What will happen with my open day/applicant visit day?
A) Everyone’s wellbeing is our top priority and we have made the necessary decision to postpone face-to-face open days and all upcoming applicant visit days until the current social distancing guidance is removed.
We ask all those who were registered to attend to please accept our apologies. Please look out for an email announcing details of a 360/virtual alternative soon.
Q) I have an upcoming interview, what should I do?
A) We will be utilising Skype and telephone interviews. All applicants who currently have a face-to-face interview scheduled with us will be contacted to arrange an alternative. Please note in some cases a second interview may be required pre-enrolment. All further interview information will be provided to you via email. Please contact our admissions team with any interview queries by emailing UoCAdmissions@cumbria.ac.uk
Q) I am required to submit documents for a DBS Check, what should I do?
A) If your programme requires a DBS check, our DBS team will contact you with all the information you need. Due to Covid-19 you may need to provide your identification documentation differently. We will guide you through the process so please do not worry.
Q) I'm due to start in 2021, what should I do?
A) We are following government guidance and advice on face-to-face, classroom teaching and assessments. Courses will be delivered on a Blended Learning model, combining online sessions with on-campus classes. You will receive full information about the start of the course, how to enrol and dates for your diary when your offer is confirmed.
Q: What if the grade I am awarded is not a fair reflection of my performance?
A: We will support you and review your whole application when making our decisions now that results have been released. Do contact us if you are worried – contact our hotline on 0808 178 7373.
Q: Will you be changing my offer? Will you be waiving any of my conditions?
A: We have a duty of care to you to ensure that you are properly prepared to study at undergraduate level. Your exam results are an important indicator of your readiness for university study. In line with UCAS, Office for Students and OFQUAL recommendations the University of Cumbria will be waiting for the approved grades
to be released and will then follow standard UCAS processes. We recognise that students have concerns about the way some results have been calculated – please call us if you want to find out how your results will affect your application at the final stage.
Q) Will I still be able to apply for Student Finance?
A) Yes, whilst the helpline capacity of SFE had been reduced during the Covid-19 Pandemic you can still make your online application and call centre capacity at SLC continues to increase. To support you SLC have published guidance on the SLC section of the GOV.UK website, which we are updating regularly. Students can also contact us on social media at @SF_England and @SLC_Repayment.
Q) My course requires me to undertake a medical how will that happen if we are still in lockdown or isolating?
A) Don’t worry, we will take you through the process. For all non-health courses your online questionnaire will make up your medical with some of our applicants needing follow up appointments with our OH nurses or doctors. For health students you will complete the questionnaire and then be asked to upload your vaccination history. Only once you are attending university will you need to attend a vaccination clinic and only when safe to do so.
Q) What is happening about bursaries for health students?
A) We are thrilled with the re-introduction of a bursary for some of our health students. To find out more about the new the NHS funding changes go to https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/about/news/articles/articles/university-welcomes-new-grants-for-health-care-students.php and keep up to date on the NHS Bursary website at https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/learning-support-fund/new-student-funding