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

We have not had any confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on our campuses. However, we want to take pre-emptive steps to protect 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.

Statement of intent regarding Autumn 2020

The University of Kent is looking forward to welcoming new and returning students in the autumn of 2020. We will, as now, be open for business when the autumn term begins on 21 September 2020.

Read the full Statement of Intent

AS, A level and GCSE results day

April 20 2020

The Department for Education has announced that A and AS level results will be published on 13 August and GCSE results on 20 August. 

Read the guidance on the GOV.UK website

Update on international GCSEs, A levels and AS levels

April 20 2020

Following the cancellation of exams, schools and colleges will now provide centre assessment grades for each student. As well as GCSE, AS and A level, this process will also apply to iPrimary, iLowerSecondary, International GCSE and International A level.

Read the full update

Student Loans Company contact centres

April 7 2020

Following the temporary closure of contact centres, SLC is providing updated information to students, graduates, universities and colleges. 

Partial customer contact services are now available, however please be aware that telephone lines will be very busy. Please consult the Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Students before calling.

Find out more:
Guidance on contacting the SLC during the Coronavirus outbreak

Ofqual announces new 2020 grading system

April 3 2020

Ofqual has set out details for schools, colleges, students, parents and carers on how GCSE and A level grades will be awarded this summer.

Following the cancellation of exams, schools and colleges will now provide centre assessment grades for each student. These will be fair, objective and carefully considered judgements of their students' grades, taking into account the full range of available evidence.

Grades will also go through a process of standardisation using a model being developed with Ofqual.

We will continue to offer you our support and help whenever you need it. If you have any questions about your application, please get in touch.

Find out more:

Update on the Internatonal Baccalaureate Diploma (IBO) and International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP)

March 23 2020

The May 2020 examinations as scheduled between 30 April and 22 May 2020 for the Internatonal Baccalaureate Diploma (IBO) and International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP) will no longer be held.

Depending on what you registered for, you will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects your standard of work. This assessment will be based on your coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes.

We are advised that further information and FAQ's will be sent to schools by the IBO later this week.

Further details on exams and grades announced

March 23 2020

The exam regulator, Ofqual, and exam boards will work with teachers to provide grades to students whose exams have been cancelled this summer, following our actions to slow the spread of coronavirus.

University representatives have confirmed that they expect universities to be flexible and do all they can to support students and ensure they can progress to higher education.

We understand this is a worrying and unsettling time and we are working hard to ensure your transition to university will be a smooth one. We will continue to offer you our support and help whenever you need it, so if you have any questions about your application please do get in touch.

Read the full press release from the Department for Education

Announcement for applicants applying from UK schools

March 19 2020

The UK Government has announced that final external exams will not be run in June 2020. We are currently awaiting further guidance from the examination boards on how they intend to award GCSE, A level and BTEC qualifications without final exams.

We know how concerned you are, but please be reassured that we have mechanisms in place to ensure we can manage the admissions process for those of you who are planning to join us in September, even without final exams.

We will share further information with you when we have further guidance from the examination boards on their next steps. 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 this guidance on a daily basis.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

We are working hard to manage any impact that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) may have on students who are due to join us for 2020 entry.

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.

You will have more time to make your firm and insurance decisions. UCAS announced on Monday 23 March that it has extended the decision deadline by two weeks. UCAS will be sending an email with information on the new May deadline.

Read the update from UCAS here

As part of our enhanced protection measures surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) the University has taken the decision to cancel all Applicant Days, Selection Days and in-person interviews with immediate effect as from Tuesday 17 March 2020. 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. We are still taking bookings for our Open Days on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July and we will evaluate near the time if these events can proceed as planned.

As part of our enhanced protection measures surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we have taken the decision to suspend all Campus Tours at the Canterbury and Medway campuses. We know this will be as disappointing to you as it is to us, and we hope you are able to join us virtually or when Campus Tours resume.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and we will update this page as more information becomes available. In the meantime, keep working hard and we wish you the best of luck with your studies if you are taking exams this summer.

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

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