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Frequently asked questions

Got a question about studying with ARU College?

What is a pathway college?

ARU College offer pathways into Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), meaning that even if you don’t meet ARU’s entry requirements there’s another option for you to start your studies with us, either on foundation, supported first year or pre-masters, depending on the qualifications you hold. 

Will I be an Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) student?

Yes, from day one. ARU College operates as a faculty of the University and so once you enroll with us, you will be an ARU student with access to all the same facilities and services as direct ARU students and you will be provided with an ARU ID card.  

How long will my course take?

If you start at foundation level (otherwise known as Level 3 or Year 0), your course will take 4 years to complete.  

First year entrants your degree will take 3 years and for a Pre-masters your course will take 15-18 months depending on when you start. 

What is a foundation?

Our foundation is a preparatory year that helps students develop the skills to be successful at undergraduate study with ARU. Our foundation programme is tailored to the ARU curriculum and active learning pedagogy

Can I get funding for the foundation?

Yes, if you are a UK or EU student Student Finance England will cover foundation level studies. To apply for Student Finance for your foundation just search for ARU on the Student Finance online application and choose your course with ‘extended’ which indicates foundation level (or 4 years of study). 

If you have applied to SFE for another institution you will need to complete a Change of Circumstance (CoC) in order to change the institution. It may be possible for us to do this on your behalf, but that depends whether your previous institution has withdrawn you or not.  

If you are an international student you will need to self-finance, or obtain financial assistance locally either through government support, employer support of educational loan.  

Will I gain a qualification at the end of the ARU College element?

You will be provided with a transcript of your studies, but you will not be awarded a standalone qualification. The only qualification you get will be when you complete your full degree or masters with ARU.   

During the foundation how many modules will I study?

In a foundation you complete one module worth 120 credits, which is made up of 8 elements (subjects). Each element has 3 assessments.  

To find out more about which elements you will study during your foundation please see and choose the subject area of interest to view the course structure.  

What assessments will I undertake during the foundation?

You will undertake 3 assessments per element, each assessment with a 50% weighting. The two assessments with the highest scores will be used towards your final grade.  

Each element will have a range of assessment types, so during your foundation you will likely complete tests, exams, course work, group work and presentations.  

How does the ARU College first year work?

ARU College offer an integrated supported First Year entry point for EU and International students interested in studying with ARU.

This enables students that just miss the entry requirement of the University to still complete a degree in 3 years. Students will have additional contact hours and support provided by ARU College during the first year of studies.

If you are an EU or International student and start your studies with ARU College at Foundation level in most cases* you will progress to the integrated First Year supported by ARU College.

*This is not the case for any UK students, or students completing any of the following degrees:

  • BSc Nursing studies
  • BSc Social Work
  • BOptom Optometry
  • BA Architecture
Do I need to reapply after I have finished my course with ARU College?

No, whether you’re studying a foundation, first year or Pre-masters there is no need to reapply after you have completed your studies. The offer you receive will be for the full degree, so all you need to do is to pass each year in order to progress to the next, this includes once you finish with ARU College and progress to ARU.  

If you’re a UK or EU student and interested in Social Work or Nursing, following completion of the foundation there will be additional progression requirements in order to progress to the accredited programme with ARU. If you have questions about these progression requirements for social work or nursing, please contact us. 

What does it cost to study with ARU College?

Our tuition fees are outlined on our fees pages.

Depending on the course you’re studying there may be additional costs involved for materials. Any additional costs are outlined on the ARU course page, linked from our website 

Foundation level fees for Home or EU students are £9,250 per year. 

When should I apply?

We advise all students to apply as early as possible to give yourself maximum time to prepare for studying. However, we will continue to accept new applications through August for entry into September and until early December for entry into our January intake. 

Can I work part time whilst studying?

If you are an international student on a student route visa you can work a maximum of 20 hours per week during term time. 

If you are a UK or EU student there is no cap on working hours, however, please remember that you will be studying full-time and so expected to be completing around 37 hours per week studying.  

How will Brexit impact my studies?

If you are a UK citizen or from outside of the EU your studies will not be impacted at all. 

If you are an EU citizen and you start your studies in September 2020 or January 2021 you will be able to apply for funding through Student Finance England to cover the full duration of your degree and you will be able to travel to the UK without any visa restrictions.  

EU students applying after 2020/21 academic year, your studies may be impacted due to the removal of access to UK Student Loans and possible changes to the immigration system. Brexit negotiations are still ongoing and so the final detail is not yet known, we will publish information on how this impacts new EU applicants as soon as this is made available by the UK Government.  

Will my qualification be recognised at home?

ARU are a UK public Higher Education Institution and are globally recognised. If the career you are interested in has specific, professional body requirements please feel free to contact them directly to ask about recognition or feel free to get in touch with us and we will do our best to help.  

Do I need to take a test to prove my English level?

We require all students to meet a minimum English level and if you are not a British citizen you will need to provide evidence of your English ability. We do accept a wide range of qualifications, so please see our English language requirements page for details.  

As a guide our English requirement is IELTS 5.5 in all bands for entry to Foundation, First Year or Pre-masters. 

Do I need to get my qualifications translated before I apply?

You don’t need to obtain a translation prior to making your application, but you will receive a conditional offer and that specific condition will only be removed once an officially translated version of your qualifications have been provided.  

What documents do I need in order to apply for a UK visa?
  • a current passport or other valid travel documentation 
  • proof that you can support yourself and pay for your course – this will vary depending on your circumstances 
  • proof of parental or other legal guardian consent if you’re under 18 
  • proof of your relationship with your parent or guardian if you’re under 18 
  • your tuberculosis test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test 

For more information please see

How long does it take to get a UK visa?

The usual waiting time for a decision on your visa application is 3 weeks, following your visa appointment.  

Current waiting times (July 2020) are impacted by most UK visa centres being closed due to Covid-19. 

For latest visa processing times please see 

I'm under the age of 18, will I still be accepted?

We do not discriminate on age and therefore we do accept applications and students who are under the age of 18.

If you are under the age of 18 we require you to appoint a UK guardian, which will be done as part of the acceptance process. If your parents, or formal guardians, do not reside in the UK  you will need to make arrangements with a family friend or appoint an official UK guardian.

Please be aware that your UK guardian should be:

  • Be over 25 years old
  • Not be a current student at the College
  • Be resident in the UK

UK Guardians should be aware of the importance of their role and should therefore be mature, and able to respond to any issues that may arise during the student’s studies.

You will also need to consider accommodation options as the ARU accommodation that we offer are not able to accept students under the age of 18. However we do work with local, private providers that are able to accommodate students under the age of 18. Please see our accommodation pages for details.

If you have any questions relating to gaurdianship as part of the application process please get in touch. 

What do I do if my exams have been cancelled?

If the exams you were expecting to sit have been cancelled or postponed, please do get in touch with us for further guidance on the options we have available for you. 

What do I do if I don’t have my exam results?

We are aware that your exam results release may have been affected.  If this is the case for you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss your individual options. 

What do I do if IELTS test centres are still closed in my country?

We have a range of IELTS exemptions available, including online tests.  For details of these please see our English language requirements. 

What happens if I accept my offer but can’t travel/get a visa

If you accept your offer but are not able to travel to the UK straight away we are able to offer you online studies for your first semester to ensure you don’t miss any time or delay your graduation.  

However, if you would prefer to delay your start date until a time that you can travel to the UK you will be able to defer your entry. Please contact our Admissions Team 

Can I apply for ARU Scholarships and Bursaries?

UK students are eligible for the ARU Bursary, worth up to £300 per year.

International students are eligible for:

  • Progression scholarship worth £500. This is a reduction in the tuition fee that you pay to ARU on progression to the University
  • Early Payment Discount worth £400. This is a reduction in the tuition fee that you pay to ARU on progression to the University, if you pay by the early deadline set by the University

All students are eligible for the MBA scholarship worth £4,000 following completion of ARU College Pre-Masters programme

Do you recommend any insurance for travel to the UK for studies?

Yes – and we offer Navinsure, a specialised education insurance policy.

Introducing our first student insurance policy that allows for a claim in relation to a UK student route visa refusal. Providing increased peace of mind for families and minimising financial risk during these uncertain times.

Key benefits

  • A claim can be made if a visa refusal is received under no fault of the applicant*
  • Increased protection for those beginning their studies online
  • The ability to ‘pause’ a policy if a student needs to return home temporarily**

What does the policy cost?

£350 for a 14-month period

Where can I find policy details?

Please refer to the summary of cover  for full information.

How do I purchase the policy?

If you wish to proceed and purchase this policy, you should indicate this in the relevant section of your acceptance form (in your letter of offer). Once you have paid your fee, you will be provided with full policy documentation to read and store safely for future reference.

If you have already accepted your offer and indicated that you would like to opt in to the insurance, you will receive an email from us directly. You will be asked if you want to proceed with the purchase based on the enhanced policy information.

When is payment due?

To avoid additional bank transaction fees, we recommend that you pay the Navinsure fee along with your course fee deposit. Even if you pay after the 1st August, the policy start date will remain fixed.

When will the policy start?

The policy coverage will commence on specific dates linked to your chosen intake. The start date of the policy is earlier than the intake date – this allows important aspects of pre-departure to be included within the policy.


Can I change my course during my application?

Yes, if you decide that you’d like to study an alternative course, just get in touch with our admissions team at and we will advise you if you are suitable for entry

Once I have started my course will I be able to switch to a new degree if i feel that the course is not suitable?

This depends on your own circumstances, whether you are here on a UK visa, what course you are studying and what you wish to change to. For any queries relating to academic programmes we would recommend you contacting

I am applying to Student Finance England for funding, but I haven't yet received my entitlement letter. Can I still enrol?

Yes, we understand that documentation from Student Finance England can sometimes be delayed. If you are yet to receive your entitlement letter at the time of registration you will be able to register by signing a disclaimer.

How do I get to campus?

Our campuses are in Cambridge and Chelmsford, within the South East of England.

We would advise you looking for travel routes before you leave home to make sure you have planned your journey and where possible booked tickets.

If you are considering travelling by train, we would recommend looking at the National Rail enquiries site.

I'm interested in sports and clubs and societies, where do I find out more?

We have so much going on, on both of our Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses. To find out more about activities please follow the links below:

ARU Sport

ARU Societies

Students’ Union events


If your question hasn’t been answered above, please contact us.

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