What are you going to do with this time?

Study your programme virtually from home


You may have had to put many things on hold during 2020, but your education doesn’t have to be one of them. Make valuable use of the free time that the past few months have opened up by starting your studies now and graduating as planned.

Now is your time to learn, to develop and be ready for the world. By starting your university education now, you can look forward to achieving your graduation dreams and starting an exciting graduate-level job in just a few short years. Whether your goal is to start your own business, research medical developments, work for an NGO or something in between, this is your future.

Flexible study options

Study your pathway programme from home and keep your education on track. If you are unable to travel to the UK, you can study virtually from the comfort of your home and join us on campus later, or continue studying your programme full-time at home. Studying online you'll benefit from virtual teacher-led learning with our experienced staff and a wide range of learning and social activities.

You have two options for studying virtually:

  1. Start virtually and join us on campus when you can
  2. Study your whole programme via virtual teacher-led learning*

We'll get you to where you want to be – studying at your chosen university in autumn 2021.

Why study virtually with us?

Achieve your university dreams

Keep your studies on track and start your programme virtually from home. We’ll make sure you’re ready to progress to your chosen university as planned in September. 

High-quality education

You will experience the level of exceptional, high-quality teaching you would expect from an Office for Students registered provider, whether you study virtually or on campus.

Supportive community environment

Academic guidance, tutorial sessions, careers support and personal and welfare support is all available virtually from the same specialist staff. You’ll be part of a community of students, connected through live classes and discussion groups, and we’ll be here to support you every step of the way.

Smooth transition

When you are ready to travel to the UK, you will be supported by our detailed transition plan. We'll ensure you have a smooth transfer to studying on campus and settle in with no disruption to your studies.

How does virtual, teacher-led learning work? 

Everything you need to study your programme is delivered through a virtual learning environment. You'll be part of an engaging international community online where you will experience different cultures and make new friends. 

You'll benefit from: 

  • Live classes and seminars
  • Interactive activities 
  • Access to a wide range of online resources 
  • One-to-one support from your tutor
  • A timetable suited to your timezone
  • A welcoming international community

*We hope that you are able to travel to the UK and study with us soon. However if you are unable to travel at any point during your studies with us, you can complete your entire pathway programme from home and progress to your chosen university as planned.
Please note: The University will recognise virtual-only study and assessment for progression to the 2021/22 academic year due to the exceptional circumstances related to COVID-19. This excludes International Year One programmes at Leeds International Study Centres for progression to University of Leeds, Health, Medical & Life sciences and Chemistry pathways at Cardiff University International Study Centre and GCSE and A-Level at Bellerbys Colleges.

We'll get you to where you want to be 

21-day money back* satisfaction offer


We want to make sure you are confident on your pathway to academic success. That’s why when you start one of our virtual programmes, you will have a 21-day introductory period to experience learning online.

If, within the 21-day introductory period you choose not to continue your studies virtually, you have two options available:

  1. Defer your place to a future intake
  2. Withdraw your place at no extra cost

*Provided you have an online attendance level of 80% or more


Stephen Shaw, teacher

“It’s still a first-class education. All the important parts of teaching – good explanations, feedback, explanation of next steps, group work – are still going on. It’s just the big difference is we’re not all together in the same room.”

Stephen Shaw, teacher


Last updated on 21.09.2020 at 10:15 BST

Government health and travel information

You can find the latest health and travel advice on the UK government website. We advise that you check this regularly before making any travel plans as this is an evolving situation and advice is constantly changing.

Admissions information

We understand the disruption that many students will face in receiving their final results in 2020, so to ensure that no student is disadvantaged by this, we will take in to account individual circumstances when assessing academic achievement for entry to our programmes.

If you cannot provide formal certificates, we can accept preliminary results for you to start studying virtually, however when you come to apply for a visa, you will need to ensure you have the right documents for your application. You should submit your official up to date qualifications once available for our internal records. If you have already met the requirements we will not change your offer based on your most recent qualification (once available).

Please contact your agent or Student Enrolment Advisor if you would like to have your current offer updated with new requirements.

Students enrolled on our International Foundation Year or International Year One programmes* for the 2020/21 academic year can start their studies with a B1 Secure English Language Test (SELT) that meets UKVI requirements, provided they have also met all the programme entry requirements.

This applies to students who:

  • start virtually from home and then join us in the UK when they are able to or
  • begin in-Centre at the start of term or semester 1 with a mixture of classroom interactions and online learning.

Students who are therefore finding it difficult to obtain a SELT (due to COVID-19 restrictions) can meet entry requirements and UKVI requirements - if necessary by separate tests - as listed below.

To determine English language proficiency, we will accept a wider range of English tests for the 2020/21 academic year including:

  • IELTS for UKVI
  • IELTS Academic
  • IELTS Indicator
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English
  • Pearson PTE Academic
  • Pearson Academic UKVI
  • Language Cert SELT
  • Language Cert International ESOL
  • TOEFL iBT/iBT Home addition
  • Cambridge ESOL
  • Duolingo

Important information:

  • English test results must meet the minimum English equivalency score for entry to the students chosen study programme
  • The English test results must have been achieved in the past 24 months
  • Students must obtain a UKVI SELT with the required minimum score in order to make a Student visa application in advance of transitioning to on-campus study

*This process cannot be used for International Year One programmes at Kingston University London, University of Huddersfield ISC or University of Huddersfield London.

To determine English language proficiency, we will accept a range of English tests for entry to Pre-Masters programmes in the 2020/21 academic year:

  • IELTS for UKVI
  • IELTS Academic
  • IELTS Indicator
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English
  • Pearson PTE Academic
  • Pearson Academic UKVI
  • Language Cert SELT
  • TOEFL iBT
  • Cambridge ESOL
  • Duolingo

Important information:

  • This is only a temporary arrangement for 2020/21 Pre-Masters intakes

Due to the current travel restrictions, UK Visas and Immigration have issued new guidance permitting international students to begin their studies virtually from their home country without requiring a visa. 

If you begin your studies virtually from home, when the situation allows, we will support you in transitioning to in-Centre or College learning and a CAS will be issued to enable you to make your Student visa application to continue your studies. In the unlikely event that you are unable to obtain a visa we have amended our refund policy to include a number of instances when a refund would be payable as the circumstances may dictate.

Terms and conditions apply.

We are committed to working with every student on the options to continue studying with us.

If you cannot travel to the UK for the start of the first term or semester, you can start your studies online from home. Starting your studies online will ensure you can still achieve your academic and career goals and progress to your chosen university degree, on time, from wherever you are in the world. 

If you do decide to start your programme  from home, you can try virtual learning for 21 days before you make an important choice about how to continue with your education. If, within 21 days, you decide not to continue with your studies online, you can still select to defer your place, or withdraw from your studies with a full refund.* For further details, please refer to the Terms and Conditions page on our website.

*provided you have an online attendance level of 80% or more

To accept your offer of a place to study, a confirmation payment is required comprising of an administration fee of £235 and a £1,000 security deposit.

Even if you begin your studies virtually from home, we hope you will be able to return to studying in Centre or College during your course and the deposit payment is required in advance to confirm your place as usual. This will minimise the risk of unnecessary disruption to your studies that may be caused by demanding payment at a later date for you to be able to travel and continue with your studies in Centre or College.

The security deposit is primarily held against any damages incurred to Centre or College property and related expenses. It may also be offset against any outstanding fees or debts incurred by you throughout the duration of your course. On completion of your course, any monies left after deductions made for any amount outstanding at that time will be refunded to you within 90 days.                                                                         

Prior to enrolling to begin your studies virtually from home, you will also need to pay £6,000 of your tuition fees in advance. You can make this payment at any point between confirming your place and enrolling online to begin your studies. It is beneficial for you to make this payment early, as you will then gain access to Prepare for Success – a virtual preparation course designed to give you a head start in your studies.

Information for students starting online

If you are starting your course virtually from home, teaching, learning and student support will involve 'live' sessions with your teacher. You’ll be asked to carry out some work  independently before and after live sessions to prepare for and refresh your learning. Some teaching will be delivered through pre-recorded lessons that you can complete at a time of day that suits you.

Teachers will also engage with you individually in order to provide academic and pastoral support to ensure you remain on track to progress.

As some lessons will be taught online, you will need to have a PC or Mac based computer. Whilst it is possible to access and interact with most course content using a tablet or smartphone, these devices will not work for assessments. If you do not have access to equipment, please let us know so that we can support you.

Computer

While it is possible to access and interact with most course content using various tablets and smartphones, such as iPads, iPhones and Android devices, these devices will not work for assessments and therefore it is important that you have a PC or Mac based computer available for use.

PC

  • Any Microsoft Windows based PC (laptop or desktop, preferably running Windows 10)
  • Web Browser: Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium version)
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Installation of Zoom for Virtual Classroom

Mac

  • Any Apple MacOS based laptop or desktop
  • Web Browser: Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium version)
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Installation of Zoom for Virtual Classroom

Internet Connection

Internet connectivity is required for access to all coursework. Internet connectivity could be in the form of a fixed line connection, 3G/4G/5G, wi-fi or other technologies.

Minimum: 600kbps download and 600kbps upload speed

Recommended: at least 1.5Mbps download and 1.5Mbps upload speed

Zoom Restricted Countries

Zoom is used for access to virtual classroom and is therefore an important part of all courses. Zoom is unavailable or restricted in several countries, with the full list available here. While Zoom may still work from the countries listed, individuals should test Zoom using their own equipment to ensure connectivity.

Your attendance will be monitored through your engagement with virtual learning activities. You will be expected to engage with all course activities provided to you.

  • Assessments will be held virtually via coursework submissions. We use Turnitin software which scans for plagiarism and other forms of academic impropriety.
  • There may be some skills that we can't assess online such as practical lab skills and we are looking at alternatives for students impacted by this. As government travel guidance is changing regularly, we will provide more guidance on assessments and exams relating to specific programmes of study in due course. These will be in line with approaches taken by our university partners and, as appropriate, with guidance that is due to be issued by the UK government’s Department for Education.

There has been no change made to this aspect of our programmes. You will continue to work towards the same targets, and we will be supporting you to achieve these through online sessions.

On successful completion of your programme you will of course be supported in your transition to degree programme studies at your chosen university.

Yes, you will be able to work in the UK after study on the Graduate Immigration Route.

When you are able to travel to the UK, we will issue you with a CAS* so you can make a successful visa application that's valid for the length of your course, ensuring you have the flexibility you need. 

We’ll ensure that you have all the information and support you need for your move to the UK.

You should check government health and travel advice regularly before making any plans to travel.

*Subject to meeting the entry requirements

Joining us from September 2021

Our aim is for our campuses to be fully open for the start of your course in September 2021.  Our aim is to get you to where you want to be, studying at your chosen university, and we will continue to follow local government guidelines to ensure we provide a safe learning environment. Our Virtual Study Centres are currently only available for students studying in the 2020/21 academic year. Please do check back here regularly for updates on our plans for September 2021.

What happens next? 

If you have decided virtual learning is for you, select your Centre or College and complete the application form, your Student Enrolment Advisor will contact you and support you every step of the way. Already have an offer? Accept your offer and confirm that you will be starting your programme virtually from home. 

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