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September intake 2020

Latest information 10 June 2020

We have been working hard to finalise our return to face-to-face tuition, supported by online technologies, in line with Public Health England guidelines.

While studying on campus in the autumn may be a little different to what you may have originally anticipated, we know how important it is to be part of a learning community with other students and staff, so we are committed to providing an excellent learning environment for all our students, despite the current challenges.  As the health and wellbeing of our students and staff is our absolute priority, we wanted to outline just some of the measures we are implementing on campus for the new academic year:

Creating a COVID-19 Secure environment

In line with Government, Public Health England and Universities UK guidance, we are putting social distancing measures in place throughout the University and are doing everything practical to manage the risk of transmission, including:

  • Introducing one-way systems in campus buildings wherever possible
  • Increasing cleaning regimes of the campus and our buildings
  • Providing hand sanitizer stations around campus for your use
  • Restructuring the timetable to stagger break times, to prevent crowds from forming outside teaching spaces
  • Changing the layout of classrooms and other specialist learning spaces, such as workshops and science labs, to comply with social distancing requirements
  • Offering grab-and-go options at our catering outlets, and using cashless payment.

Supporting you academically

We are committed to providing a supportive and inclusive environment for you to start your studies, and to be successful in all you wish to do. Therefore:

  • You’ll be taught in small groups, ensuring excellent, personalised support
  • We’re restructuring the timetable to ensure all students can be taught on campus whilst complying with social distancing restrictions
  • You’ll be on campus for a minimum of one day a week for face-to-face teaching, which we will make every effort to increase as social distancing restrictions reduce
  • Core face-to-face seminars, tutorials, and workshops, along with practical sessions, will be taught in set time blocks e.g. 12 – 4pm, on campus
  • Additional sessions will either be in-person, or delivered through online technologies such as Microsoft Teams
  • Your teaching will be supported with Canvas, our online teaching platform
  • We are making special arrangements for courses with placements or practical sessions in laboratories and studios to ensure we are able to comply with social distancing requirements.

Supporting your studies

We know how important it is that our students receive excellent support.

  • We’ll provide our Student Services, including Counselling and Wellbeing Services, Employability Services, and Study Skills both face-to-face and online
  • Your libraries will be open when you return to campus (but with reduced opening hours), and our digital support and resources will remain in place.

Providing a wider student experience

  • Your Students’ Union will be holding both face-to-face and online activities to help you meet like-minded people, make new friends, have some fun and relax
  • From city tours and bad-prize bingo to guest-speakers, volunteering or yoga there will be something for everyone, no matter where you are
  • Student-run societies will have fantastic events and activities and your confidential advice service will also be open to provide support and guidance if you ever have any questions you need help with.


Our ARU accommodation team are putting in social distancing measures, and we will update you on what these will look like in the coming weeks. We still have accommodation available, to book yours visit

Unable to join us on campus?

We understand that everyone’s circumstances are different due to the pandemic and if you are unable to or do not wish to start on campus in September, you will be able to start your studies online and join us back on campus when you are ready.

If you need to study with us online for the first semester, you will receive the same or similar content as our face-to-face teaching, to enable you to join us on campus easily when you’re able to.

We’ll be updating this page and writing to all offer holders with more information on 23rd June, so that those of you who are unable to join us on campus can confirm you’ll be studying online for the first semester.

For more information on what to expect when you join us in September please visit our website.

Frequently asked questions

Q: Is the September 2020 intake running?
A: Yes, September 2020 intake is still open for all students and we are running September intake in 2020.

Q: I want to apply for September, is it possible?
A: We are still open to receive applications and our admissions team is hard at work ensuring we continue to process applications and support your application as normal. We will be in touch with you in due course with any further information that we feel will be helpful to you.

Q: I already have an offer, how can I keep informed on next steps?
A: Our student recruitment and admissions team will make sure you keep informed on the next steps for you to do. Also please do not hesitate to contact us at if you any questions regarding your offer.

Q: I want to accept my offer, but I am worried that the intake will be cancelled?
A: We would like to assure you that we will run September 2020 intake for all students.

Q: What will be the deadline for payment to secure my place? Can I accept the offer now and pay later?
A: There is no deadline of payment set up to secure your place and you also can accept the offer first and pay later but we encourage all students to make a deposit sooner rather than later in order for us to issue Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), which will allow yourself enough time to apply for a visa.

Q: Will I be learning online or on campus?
A: We will be delivering all our programmes both online and blended face to face, giving you the choice how you would like to study. Students may have the option to change from online to face to face delivery, depending on timetabling.

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: In many countries, individual schools or universities may have closed or teaching may be restricted. If you are affected, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of any opportunity of any online provision available from your institution or exam board to ensure you are as well prepared as possible when your school or university reopens. We will monitor the situation and update offer holders as we know more.

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: We are aware that there has been a great deal of disruption to IELTS in several countries and you should keep up to date with developments and updates offered by your test provider in your local area.

Please remember we do accept a variety of English qualifications, you can find a full list of recognized qualifications. If you didn’t find your English qualification on the list, please contact us at and we will advise you further.

We will continue to monitor the situation to identify how we can support you further to help you achieve your English conditions.

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