Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice and information for applicants

We are committed to protecting members of our community and their families from the risk of infection. We are monitoring and following all advice from Public Health England, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the World Health Organisation and we are reviewing all guidance daily.

Changes to the 15 January 'equal consideration deadline'

6 January 2021

Following the recent government announcement, UCAS have decided to extend the 15 January ‘equal consideration’ deadline to 18.00 on 29 January 2021. 

Read the full statement

2021 exams update

6 January 2021

The Education Secretary has confirmed today (6 January 2021) that GCSEs, A and AS Levels exams will not go ahead this summer. More details will be announced in due course, but you can read the full statement here. 


See what measures we have put in place to help keep our staff, students and community safe, both on and off campus. 

Watch our safety video

Safe, Study, Social

Read about how we’ve been working to make sure you can stay safe, study and socialise on campuses.

Go to our Safe, Study, Social website

Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

Undergraduate applicants

We are being kept up to date by the relevant examination boards, including Cambridge International Assessments, the International Baccalaureate and the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority. We will take any necessary actions based on advice from the examination boards to ensure our applicants are not disadvantaged. We may take unilateral action to update our offers where we think it is appropriate to do so. Please check your applicant portal for updates.

Postgraduate applicants

We are monitoring the situation closely and will take any necessary actions based on advice from the British Council and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to ensure applicants are not disadvantaged.

Your application is important to us and we are continuing to assess all applications in the usual way. Should the University close due to advice from Public Health England, we have processes in place to ensure we are able to continue processing applications. Further information on how to apply and our admissions processes can be found on our undergraduate and postgraduate web pages.

We are currently planning our 2021 Applicant Days in line with government guidance and advice from Public Health England. We will publish details of how these will go ahead  on our Applicant Day webpages as soon as we can.  If you have an immediate concern or need some help then please contact us.

We are currently following Public Health England guidance in relation to public events and gatherings. Our undergraduate Open Day on 14 November will be held virtually, as will our postgraduate Open Event on 18 November. Register your interest 

We are closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and following the latest guidance from Public Health England. The University has taken the decision to run limited campus tours at Canterbury and Medway during October and November 2020. Please note that, due to current restrictions, we are only able to take booked visitors on the tour. Anyone who has not booked or extra visitors are welcome to take a self-guided tour. 

If you are unable to visit in person, you can explore via a virtual tour.

We are continuing to monitor the situation, and we will update this page as more information becomes available. Read our information for international applicants

Find all the latest information and updates from UCAS on their Coronavirus updates page.

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