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Coronavirus: guidance for prospective students

A message from our Vice-Chancellor

We will be open and ready to welcome our new and returning students on campus at the start of the autumn term from Monday 19 October 2020.

Read our Vice-Chancellor's message to prospective students to find out more about what to expect from studying at 澳门葡京游戏app.

A message from the UK Government to international students

The UK Government has set out a continued commitment to prospective and current international students in an open letter from Education and Universities Ministers.

We've put together some useful guidance for prospective students during the Coronavirus outbreak.

If you're thinking about applying, or you've applied for a pre-degree, undergraduate or postgraduate course starting in 2020/21, see our information on:

  • term dates
  • autumn term plans
  • online events
  • how to apply
  • study offers
  • deferring your place
  • English language qualifications
  • immigration and visas
  • student accommodation
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2020/21 term dates

Because of the Coronavirus outbreak our course start dates for 2020/21 have changed. We'll be starting later in the autumn to give all of our new and returning students as much time as possible to prepare for their studies.

Courses will start from Monday 19 October 2020. All 2020/21 term dates have also changed.

If you have an offer to study with us, we'll send you an updated offer email showing the new start and end dates for your course.

Autumn term plans

We will be open and ready to welcome our new and returning students on campus at the start of the autumn term from Monday 19 October 2020.

Keeping our students and staff safe is our top priority. We'll follow UK government guidelines - including social distancing within our spaces (if required).

In the autumn term expect:

  • a mix of on-campus and online activities (you might hear this described as 'blended learning')
  • studios, workshops, libraries and other specialist facilities essential for study and making to be open
  • online learning (including lectures and tutorials) to happen in real-time and through recorded sessions
  • opportunities for in-person teaching, on campus (allowing for social distancing)

We're carefully planning how each of our courses will be delivered in the autumn term. We will be in touch with all of our new and returning students by Wednesday 5 August 2020 to share our plans.

Read our Vice-Chancellor's message to prospective students to find out more about what to expect from studying at 澳门葡京游戏app.

Open day events

Our open days on-campus are postponed until social distancing measures end. Find out what it’s like to study at 澳门葡京游戏app - join an online open day.

Applying to 澳门葡京游戏app

If haven’t applied yet, you should apply as soon as you can. Our application process is not affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.

  • First check your course page - some courses have already closed for new applications.
  • How and when to apply depends on your course and where you’re applying from.

If you’ve started an application, you should meet all submission deadlines. If the Coronavirus outbreak means you might miss any deadlines, contact us on your 澳门葡京游戏app Portal as soon as possible.

Getting a decision on your application

We're doing everything we can to make application decisions quickly. We know it’s not easy waiting to hear news.

Because of the Coronavirus outbreak, we now review applications online and we'll let you know the outcome as soon as we can.

Responding to your offer

Please respond to your offer by the deadline. If the Coronavirus outbreak means you might miss the deadline, contact us on your 澳门葡京游戏app Portal as soon as possible.

Meeting the conditions of your offer

If you have a conditional study offer, you have until Monday 21 September 2020 to meet the conditions.

We've extended the deadline because we know the Coronavirus outbreak may be affecting what you need to meet your offer conditions.

You should do all you can to meet your conditions as soon as possible. Don't wait for the extended deadline. We recommend you try to meet your conditions by the original deadline we gave you.

When you've met your conditions, log in to your 澳门葡京游戏app Portal and upload your evidence.

UK qualifications

Because of the Coronavirus outbreak, the UK Government have cancelled all exams.

  • For A levels, AS levels and GCSEs a calculated grade will be given.
  • For vocational and technical qualifications (such as NVQs, BTECs and Foundation degrees or diplomas) we expect something similar to calculated grades to be announced soon.

Read the latest guidance on gov.uk.

International qualifications

Teaching, assessments and examinations at schools, colleges and universities across the world have been affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. We will do all we can so affected offer holders can study with us.

If you are unable to meet any of your offer conditions, you must contact us on your 澳门葡京游戏app Portal as soon as possible

Deferring your place

If we’ve offered you a place to study with us in 2020/21, we very much hope you’re planning to start with us this coming academic year. We’re determined the Coronavirus outbreak won’t get in the way of the world-class creative education and experiences we’re known for.

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We’ve recently expanded the list of courses which allow deferral requests - so if you’ve checked before, it’s worth having another look.

Things you need to know before you ask to defer

  • You must have an offer to study with us in 2020/21.
  • If your course allows deferral requests, and you are a Home (UK) or EU offer holder, you won’t be able to formally defer until you’ve met all of the conditions of your offer.
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  • You can only defer for one academic year.
  • If your deferral request is accepted but you change your mind – unfortunately we can’t guarantee we’ll be able to offer you back your place to start in 2020/21. It depends if the course still has places available. If you do change your mind after your deferral has been accepted – you must contact us immediately to discuss your options.

Read our Admissions Policy (PDF, 97.1KB) for full details.

Important deferral information for EU/EEA/Swiss applicants

Tuition fee and student loan arrangements for EU students starting their course from 2021 onwards have now been confirmed by the UK Government. Read the statement from the Minister of State for Universities on gov.uk.

If you join us in 2020/21 and you are currently eligible for an EU tuition fee status, you’ll be charged the same tuition fee as Home (UK) students.

If you make a deferral request and join us in 2021/22 instead, depending on your individual circumstances, you may no longer be eligible for the same tuition fee rate as Home (UK) students. This means you may be charged the International tuition fee rate. The International tuition fee rate is considerably higher than the Home rate. Visit our tuition fees page for the latest rates.

In addition, from 2021/22 Student Finance England will no longer offer new enrolling European students access to its tuition fee loan, as this is connected to the current Home/EU tuition fee rate.

The government has now also confirmed 2021/22 tuition fee status and loan access for eligible Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland. In general, Irish nationals will be required to meet the same criteria as UK nationals. For further information, read our FAQs for Irish citizens from our Brexit information for students page.

Before we can update our 2021/22 tuition fee information, including fee status eligibility, we are waiting for the UK Government to publish the full statutory regulations. We will update our information when we know more.

Read our Student fees and funding page for more information.

We also recommend you regularly visit our Brexit information for students page.

If your course allows deferral, you are able to make a deferral request. The same terms set out in our Admissions Policy (PDF, 97.1KB) apply.

Before making your decision, it’s really important to us you understand the financial implications relating specifically to EU/EEA/Swiss students from 2021.

Information for offer holders who deferred in 2019/20

Usually we only allow our eligible offer holders to defer for one academic year. However, if you deferred a place from 2019/20 that’s now due to start in 2020/21 – we will allow you to defer for a second time (as long as your course allows deferrals for 2020/21 entry).

How to make a deferral request

  1. Check that your course allows deferral.
  2. If your course allows deferral, contact the 澳门葡京游戏app Admissions Service using your 澳门葡京游戏app Portal as soon as possible to discuss your options.
  3. If your deferral request is accepted and you change your mind – contact us immediately. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee there will be a place for you in 2020/21.

We recommend you contact us as soon as you’re starting to think about making a deferral request. Don’t wait until you meet all of the eligibility criteria for formally deferring your place. That way we can make sure you’ve had all of the information you need before any decision is finalised.

English language qualifications

We have added to the list of English language qualifications that we accept as proof of English language ability. We now accept:

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  • TOEFL iBT
  • more qualifications from secondary or high school education

Read our English language requirements and check our updated list of accepted English language qualifications.

If you now meet any of your English language conditions, you must contact us on your 澳门葡京游戏app Portal as soon as possible.

Please have your English language qualification(s) ready.

SELT providers

If you:

The number of approved SELT providers has increased. LanguageCert centres are now on the official list, and Pearson test centres will be added soon.

Test centre closures

The Coronavirus outbreak means many test centres are closed. Check test centre websites regularly for changes.

  • You still have time to meet the English language conditions on your offer.
  • Please don’t worry if you can’t get to a test centre at the moment.

If your test results will come after your offer conditions deadline, you must contact us on your 澳门葡京游戏app Portal as soon as possible.

Pre-sessional English

If you have a conditional or unconditional offer and need to improve your English, our Pre-sessional courses can help.

Places on our pre-sessional courses are limited - apply now.

澳门葡京游戏app Progress Test

If you're:

  • a current student at 澳门葡京游戏app, and
  • have applied to continue your studies with us to the next level (for example undergraduate to postgraduate), and
  • have been asked to evidence a certain English language level to progress your studies (so have a conditional study offer);

then you may have been planning to take a 澳门葡京游戏app Progress Test.

The Coronavirus outbreak means we've had to put our progress tests on-hold. We will start tests again as soon as the UK Government allows.

In the meantime, read our English language requirements and check our updated list of accepted English language qualifications.

If you now meet any of your English language conditions, you must contact us on your 澳门葡京游戏app Portal as soon as possible.

Please have your English language qualification(s) ready.

Immigration and visas

If you’re an international student from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, you'll need to follow immigration and visa regulations and apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa.

We also recommend reading the Coronavirus information for international students from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).

Making a visa application from inside the UK

Because of the Coronavirus outbreak, UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) has suspended all services.

You can still register and submit a visa application. Visit gov.uk for the latest guidance.

Making a visa application from outside the UK

Because of the Coronavirus outbreak, all visa application centres outside the UK are now closed.

  • If you’re in Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East, visit TLS contact for visa application centre information.
  • If you’re anywhere else in the world (outside of the UK), visit VFS global for visa application centre information.

Please keep checking gov.uk for the latest guidance.

Student accommodation

Applying for student accommodation (halls of residence) is not affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. Applications are open.

The move-in date for student accommodation is Saturday 3 October 2020.

Read about our student accommodation and visit Halls Life to find out more about how to apply, and what it’s like to live in halls.

If you have any questions about student accommodation, contact us using IM chat online or email accomodation@arts.ac.uk.

Keeping you safe in halls of residence

We will ensure all the required health and safety measures are in place at halls of residence - ready for the move-in date ahead of the autumn term.

Our plans include social distancing, organised food deliveries, bookable bedding and utensil packs, and a digital social programme. Read more about how we'll be keeping you safe in halls.

LCF's move to a new campus

Because of the Coronavirus outbreak, building work at London College of Fashion's new single campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as part of London's East Bank development has been paused.

We don't know yet exactly what this means for our move-in date, but it will be delayed.

Stay up-to-date with news about LCF's move.

How to contact Admissions

The best way to contact our Admissions Service is:

  1. Log in to your 澳门葡京游戏app Portal.
  2. Go to ‘my Applications’.
  3. Select ‘Contact us’.

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