Future Student Updates (COVID-19)

 Academic Intake: September 2020


Information updated 8th July, 2020


Q: Is the September 2020 intake running?

A: Absolutely! Students will be able to study online, or attend face to face classes.  

The campus and halls of residence will be open for the start of September 2020.


Q: I want to apply for September, is it possible?

A: Yes, we are accepting applications and processing offers as normal for September 2020.


Q: Do I need a visa to start my course online?

A: You will not require a Tier 4 visa if your first semester is going to be online. Once travel restrictions ease and you are able to join the second semester face to face, then you will need to apply for a visa.


Q: Will I be able to start online and then travel to the UoN later to continue my course?

A: If you are able to come to the UK to start your course we strongly advise you to do so. However you may start on online and join us on campus at a future semester when able to do so. 


Q: Will it be safe to study face-to-ace in September?

A: UNIC and the UoN are putting in place a wide range of social distancing and hygience measures across the campus, to create a campus that is as safe and secure as possible for all new and  returning students.  We will bring you the very best learning and teaching regardless of what is going on around. We will adapt. We will deliver. We will transform lives and inspire change, together.


Q: What will be the deadline for payment to secure my place? Can I accept the offer now and pay later?

A: Yes, if you would like to accept your offer you can return the signed acceptance form now and pay the deposit at a later date. The deadline for receiving signed acceptance forms and payment is August 31st, 2020.


Q: What if I make payment but then get a visa refusal ?

A: On your application form, if you select the addition of a Navinsure policy, you can make a claim should you get a visa refusal. You must however have submitted your application via an agency or through our website and reviewed all the guidance and ensured you met the relevant criteria in which to obtain a visa.


Q: What is the latest information about the UK quarantine procedures ?

A: For the latest Government issued news, please visit www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid19-travel-corridors#arrival-in-the-uk. For students who have paid to stay in the University's own accommodation, students will first reside at one of the halls of residence to complete the 14 day quarantine. You will not be charged any accoomodation fees prior to your move into your contracted University accommodation. You will be provided with bedding for the duration of your quarantine and the flats will be equiopped with cooking utensils, pots and pans, crockery and cutlery. We will also ensure that you have the ability to receive food via an ordering system. This service will be provided free of charge.  Once your 14 day quarantine has finished we will arrange to move you and your belongings to the room you were allocated when you applied for a room.


Q: Can I self-isolate, if necessary, in University accomodation and then move into my private accommodation?

A: No. Upon arrival in the UK, only those who have pre-booked to stay in Uni Halls of Residence can self isolate in the Halls of Residence. If you have booked private accommodation you must self-isolate there.



Q: When can I get a CAS so I can apply for a VISA?

A: This will largely depend on the status of your local UKVI Visa Application Centre. If open (and you have accepted and paid your course fee deposit), then we will progress your CAS and get you reasy for the visa application process. You can find the latest status on Visa Application Centres by visiting both www.tlscontact.com/covid-19-updates and www.vfsglobal.com/en/individuals/covid-19-customer-advisories.html


Q: How will you support students if they arrive at the Uk and need to go into quarantine?

A: Let us know and we will provide you with a  


Q: My school/university is closed and I am worried that I will not be able to meet the academic conditions on my offer. What should I do?

A: If you have yet to take your exams or receive your results we would recommend that you instesd consider the next available intake. We have three intakes a year, January, May and September. Please check our Programmes menu to see which intakes programmes run for. 


Q: Should I join the September intake for face to face, what will the learning experience be like at UNIC this September?

A:  The number of teaching contact hours will still be the same, that will not reduce. All courses will have some face-to-face delivery, with onlin elearning making up the remainder of the programme. Social distancing measures will be in place to ensure the safety of of staff and students alike. 


Q: What can i dMy school/university is closed and I am worried that I will not be able to meet the academic conditions on my offer. What should I do?

A: If you have yet to take you


Q: My school/university is closed and I am worried that I will not be able to meet the academic conditions on my offer. What should I do?

A: If you have yet to take you


Q: My local IELTS testing centre is closed and I am worried I will not be able to meet the English conditions on my offer. Do I have any other options?

A: If English is not your first language you are still required to demonstrate that you meet the minimum entry criteria.

The IELTS partners are also looking into various solutions to support test takers including:

  • Increased test session availability in regions impacted by suspensions as soon as they can start restart testing.
  • Supporting test takers with free preparation materials in readiness for their test.
  • Computer-delivered IELTS test sessions increased in frequency in affected areas, up to three times per day, seven days per week.
  • Larger test venues to accommodate increased volumes of paper-based test-takers.
  • More flexible use of Speaking examiners to ensure test takers can complete their Speaking tests as quickly as possible.

If you cannot book an IELTS test, you might be able to use an older IELTS result to support your application to academic study at the University. IELTS remains valid for 2 years from the test date. Further advice can be found on the IELTS website.

We do accept other English Language qualifications from applicants to Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses. Please view our English Language requirements page for further information. On there you will see that an online IELTS Indicator is accepted by us, should you be able to make us of that.


Q: Are scholarships available?

A: We are delighted to announce that UNIC and the University of Northampton are now able to extend the International Scholarship Scheme to students who progress from UNIC onto the UoN. To be eligible for the scholarship students must have started a programme of study with UNIC between May 2020 and May 2021 and achieve the pass rates shown in the table below. Upon progression to UoN they will be awarded the corresponding percentage fee reduction against the subsequent year of UoN fees:

Overall pass grade achieved in UNIC Programme % reduction in following year UoN fees
75% or higher 30%
70% - 74% 20%
65% - 69% 10%

To qualify for the discount progressing students must also meet the requirements of the UoN's student debt management policy and meet their tuition fee payment criteria.

Scholarships are currently not available for the UNIC pathways, however our fees are some of the most competitive around and represent excellent value for money.