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Future Student FAQs
Is the January 2021 intake running?
We are still accepting applications for our January semester and are working hard to continue supporting you throughout your admissions process. We have been working hard to ensure that we can offer you a study solution that allows you to stay on track and achieve that dream UK degree.
I want to apply for January, is it possible?
- Yes, please visit our apply today page and submit all the documents (passport/academic qualification/English qualification etc). Once you submit the application, the admission team will get in touch with you. Please note that application deadlines may differ depending on the country you're applying from.
Can I study from my home country?
Yes. Currently all teaching will be delivered online, with ICP and University of Portsmouth being closed. We do not anticipate any face-to face teaching resuming until at least mid-February following the latest government guidance.
When the college and university can re-open, we will continue offering a blended and connected approach to learning. The blended approach to teaching means that as well as the online learning, there will still be elements of face-to-face teaching which we know is important to you and crucial for many courses.
We understand that it may not be possible for you to join us on campus at the beginning of term because of health conditions, local restrictions or because you are not comfortable travelling yet, so you will be able to start your degree online and join us on campus when you are ready.
What is blended learning?
A style of education in which students learn via a combination of teaching methods; traditional face-to-face teaching on campus, as well as online learning via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You'll use our virtual learning environment, Moodle, and other digital tools – so you’ll get plenty of contact time with your lecturers, but through a blend of face-to-face and online delivery.
What does online learning look like?
A style of education in which students learn online from the comfort of home. You are able to keep your studies on track and not waste precious time. If the UK Visa Application Centre (VAC) is not open in your country in time, then you will study via online learning until you are able to travel. Classes will be available via a tailored Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and we will ensure you have live engagement with academics and fellow students - you will feel part of a learning community.
How will ICP support students joining from different time zones?
We are currently offering a blended approach to online teaching, with the following two methods of learning:
- Synchronous Learning - At Home Real-time virtual classroom environment delivered on Zoom. These sessions will follow the normal College timetabling principles. Students must be online at the specific time and for the full duration of the virtual classroom and actively engage with questions, tasks and tests.
- Asynchronous Learning - Lecturers will provide materials, recorded lectures, tests, and assignments, which can be accessed at any time. Students have 24 hours from the time of the virtual class to engage with these activities and evidence as such to their lecturer.
* Please note that for some modules/courses, including Pre-Sessional English, ILSC, Mini-Dissertation and live assessments sessions you will need to attend at the time of the class.
Attendance will be monitored using a combination of asynchronous and synchronous learning and there is an expectation that all students engage with one version of each session.
What will my timetable look like?
- In accordance with current government guidelines, your classes will begin solely online, via Zoom. You will have the opportunity to engage either synchronously or asynchronously. Please be advised, as per government guidelines, your timetable will be subject to change, and we are keen to have face-to-face teaching again as soon as we can. Any changes will be reflected in your timetable in advance and further advice and guidance on any changes will be corresponded to you via email.
How will I be assessed?
- The way we assess learning has changed slightly considering the Covid-19 situation, as we move more assessments online, and in some cases are changing what we ask you to do. However, there is no reduction in content, and the same learning outcomes are being assessed.
You can therefore be reassured that you are being prepared well for further university study, and we have the same expectations on you as a student to engage, work hard and prepare for exams, presentations and other assessments. Assessments will be the same for all students, whether you are in the UK or not. You can rest assured as we have undertaken all the assessments remotely over the last two semesters, and agreed with the University a fair and robust set of assessments.
If I start my studies online, when must I travel to Portsmouth by?
- In line with the latest government advice our semester will begin online only.We aim to provide as similar an experience as possible to face-to-face learning, but we know that it doesn’t replace all the benefits you get from studying face to face and being part of the College, University and city community.
- We would very much encourage you, then, to join us in Portsmouth as soon as possible, and it is our aim to return to on-campus teaching for all (subject to guidelines and further developments with the global pandemic) before March 2021.
You will be able to study the whole semester online should you choose to; however, we recommend travelling to campus as soon as you are able to.
I am planning to travel to the UK for January start date, can I still travel?
- We would recommend that you begin your studies virtually and you can take part in our Virtual Orientation and course Induction Programme from your home country during the current UK situation. Once the restrictions are lifted, you can then join us when you can.
- If you do travel to the UK, you will need to complete a passenger locator form before arriving in the UK.
- You may also need to self-isolate for up to 10 days when you arrive, depending on where you have travelled from. You may be able to end self-isolation early if you pay for a private coronavirus (COVID-19) test through the ‘Test to Release’ scheme.
- If you have to self-isolate, we can provide you with free food parcels for the 10 day period if you use the ICP accommodation in our Osborne hall. Each food parcel will last for up to 5 days. The college will arrange for these food parcels to be delivered to your accommodation.
When I travel to the UK, will I need to go into quarantine?
When you arrive in the UK, you may be subject to the UK government's self-isolation rules. Please refer to the UK Government website for the latest information. Under these rules you must:
- have a negative COVID test before travelling
- complete a passenger Locator form before travelling
- provide details of your journey and your contact details when you travel to the UK
- not leave the place you're staying for your first 10 days in the UK (except in very limited situations)
I have accepted my place for January 2021 and want to know the enrolment process?
In line with COVID-19 health and safety measures, registration for the January 2021 orientation and enrolment semester will be fully online. Registration will open from 18th January 2021 for courses starting on 1 February. Once you have confirmed your place with us and provided all necessary admissions documents , you will receive an email with information about the next steps including how to book and attend your registration.
I already have an offer and have questions about next steps, who do I contact?
Please send your outstanding documents stated in your offer letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and our team will get back to you. If you have any specific enquiry or questions we will be more than happy to assist you.
Can I visit the campus during this time?
- Unfortunately, you are not able to visit the campus at present in line with government advice. However, you can find videos and information about the campus and the city on the university website, and will also be happy to give you a call if you wish to speak to a member of staff about student life in Portsmouth. We look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you soon in Portsmouth!
Will there be events that I can join online to learn more about the University and ICP?
- Yes, we will be organising Q&A Webinars to provide you more information about student life in Portsmouth and the options available for you. Alternatively, you can reach out to us directly via email at email@example.com or our Social Media channels and we’ll be happy to speak to you.
Can I speak to any current students to find out more about studying in ICP?
- It is important for us that we support you throughout your application process and provide all information you need to make an informed choice. If you are interested in speaking to one of our current students, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to arrange that for you.