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Latest information - 17th June 2020

October Intake 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 and the University of Portsmouth.

With the safety of our staff and student community paramount, the campus will be open to welcome students to Portsmouth from the start of our autumn intake on 5th and 12th October 2020 with stringent safety measures - based on the latest UK government guidance as well as the expertise of teams across the University and the wider sector. Further information on our new dates can be found here

Whilst we know the experience will be a little bit different to what you have previously experienced or what you were hoping for, we are committed to delivering you the experience and environment that will allow you to thrive and stay safe despite the current global challenges.

October 2020 intake - What to expect 

We are delaying our start dates to the following:

- Integrated Year 1: 5th October 2020 

- Foundations, Year 1 and Pre-Master’s: 12th October 2020 

Our aim is to provide oncampus delivery where possible, however a blended approach of online and face to face delivery will be available for all students based on whether they have been able to travel to Portsmouth or not, whilst, of course, also maintaining social distancing and therefore limiting numbers per class. The safety of our students and staff comes first and alongside the appropriate safeguarding measures put in place, the expectation is that students will be in Portsmouth, where possible. 

Where face to face deliery is not be possible (you have not been able to travel, you have had to self-quarantine, you are awaiting your Visa issuance...), the following online delivery methods will be available until you are able to travel: 

- Synchronous learning: This is a real-time virtual classroom environment delivered on Zoom. The sessions will take place in the GMT+1 time zone between 09:00 – 19:00 and follow the normal College timetabling principles. Students will need to be online at the specific time and for the full duration of the virtual classroom and actively engage with questions, tasks and tests. This is a comfortable environment for students to talk openly with each other and teachers through online discussions, chats, polls, video and more.

- Asynchronous learning: Lecturers will provide materials, recorded lectures, tests, and assignments, which can be accessed at any time on our learning platforms. Students will then have 24 hours from the time of the virtual class to engage with these activities and evidence as such to their lecturer. If students are able to engage with the class within the 24 hours time frame, they will be marked as having attended the class. 

A safe learning environment with support throughout 

  • The campus will be open for in person activity, where possible, for delivery of small group teaching that can be safely accommodated with social distancing and/or the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other measures .
  • Additional safety measures will be in place such as deep cleaning, one way systems, sanitiser stations, temperature scanning and other measures in line with government advice to ensure the campus is as COVID-safe as possible. 
  • Opportunities for students outside their academic programmes will continue both online and in person where possible - including volunteering, employability, wellbeing and careers support and clubs and societies run by the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union (UPSU).
  • Enrolment, induction and welcome will involve a blend of in person and online activities in the autumn. 
  • Our full accommodation offer, which includes a variety of options, remains available with safety measures and guidance in place.
  • Students will be encouraged to travel to Portsmouth wherever possible. Some students may be unable to travel internationally and will be able to access online provision, including both one-to-one pastoral and academic support in our autumn term.
Accommodation

With the delayed start date of the course and the possibility that students will be arriving in the UK at different times during the semester, we are actively working with all accommodation providers in Portsmouth and the University of Portsmouth to ensure we have contract plans in place to suit students’ needs. More information will follow shortly on this.

 

CAS issuance

As the courses now begin on 5th and 12th October, the earlier CAS statements will be issued from the middle of July (3 months prior to the course start date).

We are working with the University of Portsmouth on CAS issuance plan. Visa application centres opening, start dates and blended learning online environments might affect CAS issuance. We will communicate further information as and when.

 

Visa application

If you have to start your course online from your home country before you are able to travel to the UK, rest assured that we will support you with your Visa application and travel plans so that you can arrive in Portsmouth as soon as possible and safely.

 

Travel rules in Portsmouth

We are working with the University of Portsmouth and the City Council to ensure that we can support and prepare our students for their travels from the airport to Portsmouth and across Portsmouth. Social distancing and appropriate safeguarding measures such as wearing face

masks, ensuring regular hands wash and the use of sanitising gels are recommended. 

Frequently asked questions 

Is the September 2020 intake running?

  • Yes, the intake will begin on 5th October (Integrated Year 1 courses) and 12th October (Foundation, all other Year 1 courses, Pre-Master's and 13 weeks Pre-sessional English). A blended approach of online and face to face delivery will be available for all students based on whether they have been able to travel to Portsmouth or not whilst also maintaining social distancing and therefore limiting numbers per classes. 

I want to apply for the October intake, is it possible?

  •  We are still accepting applications for our September courses. You can apply through our online application form

I already have an offer, how can I keep informed on next steps?

  • Please refer to our website for the latest information and advise. Our admissions team will also keep you or your agent informed of any changes in circumstances. 

I want to accept my offer, but I am worried that the intake will be cancelled?

  • We continue to follow government and Public Health England guidelines, and are guided by University policy. The University of Portsmouth is reopening the campus with the first phase starting this week and subsequent phases being rolled out between July and September. Our aim is to provide an on-campus delivery where possible but with social distancing requirements in place, however a blended approach of online and face to face delivery will be available for all students. 

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

  • Yes, you can accept your offer and pay later as long as you are able to settle your fees in time before the course start date.  

Will I be learning online or on campus?

  • Our aim is to provide an on-campus delivery where possible but with social distancing requirements in place, however a blended approach of online and face to face delivery will be available for all students. 

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?

  • 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 and are updating our entry requirements so that we can accept mock results, first semester results, predicted grades... 

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?

  • We accept other English exams such as TOEFL, Pearson Test of English and Cambridge Advanced English. We also accept Duolingo, IELTS indicator, TOEFL at Home and LanguageCert. These options give you the opportunity to take a test and still meet the English requirement of your offer.