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Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19

General

    1. If it isn’t safe to resume teaching on campus by September 2020 and you resort to online teaching, will there be a reduction in fees?
    2. I heard the government is implementing caps on how many students a university can take, is this true?
    3. I heard Freshers’ may be cancelled for 2020 and I do not want to miss out on this experience. What is in place in the event this happens?
    4. Will the College delay the start of term?
    5. Will the College still practice virtual learning after the social distancing practice has been lifted?

University Events and Visits

    1. I am thinking of applying to NCH and wanted to attend an event (open day, taster sessions etc.), are these events still running? 
    2. I want to apply to NCH next year and had signed up for a UCAS HE fair in my area but it was cancelled. Who can I contact regarding the questions I may have had.
    3. I still want to take a tour of the college. How do I go about this if the open days have been postponed?

Disruptions to your Current Education and Examinations

    1. I am an undergraduate applicant and my examinations and assessments have been cancelled. How will the College confirm my offer?
    2. I am sitting my A-levels as a private candidate and do not have anyone to provide a grade for me. What can I do?

Applications, Offers and Interviews

    1. Are you still going to have Clearing? Or can I apply now?
    2. I want to apply but I am not sure what the situation will be regarding COVID-19 in September. If I am offered a place, when do I have to make a decision by?
    3. Are you still conducting interviews?
    4. What are you basing your offers on? Predicted grades?
    5. I no longer want to go to the university I applied to through UCAS, can I switch and join?
    6. Are there any delays to the decisions on applications?
    7. I am an undergraduate/postgraduate applicant. Can I still apply given the current situation?
    8. I have been given an offer. Can I defer my entry?
    9. If you require certain documents for admissions and I am not able to obtain them, what can I do?

International Students

    1. I need to take an English language test as part of my entry requirements but the test centres are closed. What should I do?
    2. I need to apply for a visa but the visa centres are closed. What should I do?
    3. I am required to pay an overseas bond of £4,000. If I make a payment, will this be refunded if I am unable to travel due to restrictions in September?

Outreach Programmes

    1. I was planning to sign up/ I have already signed up to the Accelerate Boston programme. What is happening with this?
    2. I was planning to sign up/ I have already signed up to the Accelerate London programme. What is happening with this?

1. If it isn't safe to resume teaching on campus by September 2020 and you resort to online teaching, will there be a reduction in fees?

We have transitioned to online teaching for the foreseeable future and our students continue to benefit from our smaller lecture sizes, small group tutorials and a more personalised approach to teaching. Whether we resume face-to-face teaching in September or continue to deliver teaching online, our students will continue to experience and benefit from exceptional teaching in groups of students far smaller than most UK universities, and as such, following UK government guidance, there would be no reduction in tuition fees.

2. I heard the government is implementing caps on how many students a university can take, is this true?

We are aware of this speculation, but as of yet, nothing has been decided. We will provide further information if and when the UK regulatory bodies make a statement on this matter.

3. I heard Freshers’ may be cancelled for 2020 and I do not want to miss out on this experience. What is in place in the event this happens?

We hope to re-open our buildings for September, but in the event that this is not possible, we have commenced planning for an alternative virtual freshers’ event in case we are not able to host Freshers’ Week as originally planned.

4. Will the College delay the start of term?

No. We have currently moved all College activities online and although we hope to re-open our building in September, if this is not possible, we will continue with virtual learning at the proposed start of term date.

5. Will the College still practice virtual learning after the social distancing practice has been lifted?

We hope to resume in person on-site teaching in September, as the community aspect is an important part of the NCH experience. Equally, we are aware and appreciate the benefits to online teaching. We are constantly working to deliver the best experience and going forward, there may be opportunities to use virtual learning where this is an enhancement to our existing teaching provisions.

6. I am thinking of applying to NCH and wanted to attend an event (open day, taster sessions etc.), are these events still running?

Yes. For the time being, we will be hosting all scheduled events virtually. To view the events currently running, please see here

 

7. I want to apply to NCH next year and had signed up for a UCAS HE fair in my area but it was cancelled. Who can I contact regarding the questions I may have had.

You are welcome to speak to our admissions staff. Please send an email to info@nchlondon.ac.uk outlining your query along with your planned year of entry and a member of staff will contact you as soon as possible.

8. I still want to take a tour of the College. How do I go about this if the open days have been postponed?

You are able to tour the College virtually. Please see here to explore our building.

 

9. I am an undergraduate applicant and my examinations and assessments have been cancelled. How will the College confirm my offer?

On the 20th and 30th of March 2020, applicants were sent an email regarding how we have decided to approach this unprecedented situation. If you have not received this email please contact info@nchlondon.ac.uk.

10. I am sitting my A-levels as a private candidate and do not have anyone to provide a grade for me. What can I do?

Here at NCH, we take a personalised approach to admissions, so this will vary from person-to-person. For most private candidates, you should have a contact at the school where you will be sitting your examinations. We would encourage you to contact them and ask if they are happy to provide details of your predicted grades.

Alternatively, if you have recently become a private candidate as a result of a move to another country, for example, we would encourage you to contact a coordinator from your previous school and ask them if they can be your academic referee and support your application. Please contact us if you have any specific circumstances that you would like to discuss in greater depth – we would be more than happy to help.

11. Are you still going to have Clearing? Or can I apply now?

We are accepting direct applications and would encourage anyone who is considering NCH to apply now so that they know the outcome of their application in a few weeks time.  We understand that there will be a Clearing period, however the dates for this are yet to be released by UCAS.

12. I want to apply but I am not sure what the situation will be regarding COVID-19 in September. If I am offered a place, when do I have to make a decision by?

It is important that you make the right decision for yourself regarding your university choice so we try and give you as long as possible to make that decision. Your deadline will depend on when we receive your application. Should you be successful, you will be given an offer with a response deadline. We set our deadlines inline with UCAS, however we can be flexible if necessary.

13. Are you still conducting interviews?

Yes. We will be conducting virtual interviews for the foreseeable future.

14. What are you basing your offers on? Predicted grades?

Our offer will be based on your interview performance, consideration of your academic performance to date and your personal statement.

15. I no longer want to go to the university I applied to through UCAS, can I switch and join?

Yes. Please check UCAS to be informed on how to make this change. Alternatively, you can submit a direct application to the College here.

16. Are there any delays to the decisions on applications?

We process all of our applications as soon as possible. Any delays that might arise may be for one of the following reasons: a delay in receiving your academic reference from your academic referee if your are a direct applicant, if we require further information from you in order to further supplement your application, or if you are looking to transfer into the second-year and we need to cross-credit your modules in order to see if you are eligible for transfer. In these circumstances, one of our Admissions Team will be in contact with you to ensure that everything is in hand and to answer any queries you may have.

17. I am an undergraduate/postgraduate applicant. Can I still apply given the current situation?

Yes, you can still apply. We are continuing to accept and process applications and the interviews for strong candidates are ongoing.

18. I have been given an offer. Can I defer my entry?

You can defer your year of entry by one year – for example, if you made an application in 2021, you could defer your place to begin your studies in 2022. You can do this on the initial submission of your application, or later in the cycle should your plans change. Please be reassured that your decision to defer does not impact your application negatively. Please also note that we can only defer your place by a maximum of one year. After this, you will be required to submit a new application.

19. If you require certain documents for admissions and I am not able to obtain them, what can I do?

Please speak to a member of our admissions team and they will be able to assist you. Send an email to info@nchlondon.ac.uk.

20. I need to take an English language test as part of my entry requirements but the test centres are closed. What should I do?

We are aware that some of the English Language test centres are closed due to COVID-19. However, in locations where it is permitted and safe, IELTS testing is going ahead as normal. The IELTS Partners are also looking into various solutions to support test takers particularly those is affected areas, including:

  • Increased test session availability 
  • Free preparation materials in readiness for their test.
  • Increased in frequency of Computer delivered tests 
  • Larger test venues 
  • Fast Speaking component testing.

You can find out if the SELT, IELTS test center in your city or country is testing here.  

A new SELT provider

UKVI has recently approved another SELT provider for Tier 4 visas called LanguageCert. Please be advised that the online testing option offered by LanguageCert is not acceptable for the Tier 4 visa. You must sit and book the test in one of the UKVI approved LanguageCert test centres. You can find out the detailed information about their test centres here.

21. I need to apply for a visa but the visa centres are closed. What should I do?

The earliest you can make your visa application is three months prior to the course start date. This means that you can start your visa application process in June as our courses usually start in September. Please note that NCH aims to start issuing the CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) letters for Tier 4 visa purposes from June 2020.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation around the globe, all the UK visa application centres are currently closed. For updates and to check the status of the Visa Application Centre in your country, contact:

  • TLS contact if you are in Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East
  • VFS global for all other countries

We are hoping that the Visa Application Centre will start operating as normal as soon as the situation around COVID-19 improves. 

For any further information please feel free to contact us via visa@nchlondon.ac.uk.

22. I am required to pay an overseas bond of £4,000. If I make a payment, will this be refunded if I am unable to travel due to restrictions in September?

In the event that you are not able to travel – for example, due to travel restrictions, we will of course refund you the overseas bond.

23. I was planning to sign up/ I have already signed up to the Accelerate Boston programme. What is happening with this?

Regretfully, this programme has been cancelled due to the current ongoing situation. We are still committed to giving our students an exciting and educative international study experience, so we have opened a discussion on how and when we can deliver this event after things return to normal. 

24. I was planning to sign up/ I have already signed up to the Accelerate London programme. What is happening with this?

We are currently reviewing the best possible way to deliver this event in the current circumstances. We will provide more information in due course.