Throughout the pandemic, our focus has been on keeping our students, staff and local communities safe, while maintaining the personalised creative experience UCA is known for. This is all being done in accordance with government guidance and is continually being reviewed. For the very latest guidance, please visit the government website.

You can find out more about what we're doing to make UCA a happy and healthy place to study on this page - from enhanced cleaning to wellbeing support for our students.

Managing Covid at UCA

Learn more about what you should do if you have Covid-19 and how UCA will manage potential outbreaks or further national Covid-19 restrictions.

We ask anyone with Covid-19 to stay at home for five days or until you are feeling better before returning to campus.

Students, please inform your Programme Director of any illness so they can support your learning. Staff should notify their line manager, as per our absence policy.

Our Health, Safety & Wellbeing Team works closely with the Local Health Protection Team (HPT) and takes their advice in the event of an outbreak. The University will keep students and staff informed as any potential situation develops.

We will continue to offer as much personalised teaching with our academic and technical experts as we can, working to government guidelines. This includes access to libraries and our state-of-the-art facilities.

You can find specific information about how courses are running and how they could change if further Government restrictions are imposed, in our 2021 course welcome guides. 

Staying safe on campus

Throughout the pandemic, we’ve put in measures to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and visitors Please read on to find out what members of our community can do to look out for themselves and care for one another.

Throughout the pandemic, we have adapted the way we work to keep our students and staff safe, aligning our approach with Government guidance. At present, this includes:

  • Strongly encouraging the wearing of face coverings
  • Providing hand sanitiser and other hygiene materials
  • Asking staff and students to stay away from campus if they have Covid-19
  • Encouraging Covid-19 vaccination

Things you can do to stay safe on campus include:

  • Wash and sanitise your hands regularly
  • Ventilate your working space
  • Choose to wear a face covering
  • Stay at home if you are feeling unwell
  • Catch and contain sneezes or coughs
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Keep your work areas and equipment clean
  • Talk to teaching staff or your manager if you need support

The wearing of face coverings is strongly encouraged inside our campus buildings where 2m distancing cannot be maintained.

We wholeheartedly encourage everyone in our community to get fully vaccinated. 

Vaccination is free and available to everyone over 5 years of age, regardless of nationality or immigration status. 

Booking a Covid-19 vaccination is quick and easy. Head over to the NHS website to book online.

Support for students

University life can come with stresses and worries. We have increased the support available to our students, including wellbeing and mental health support. Find out what’s available below.

We offer emotional and wellbeing support to our students. Our team of experienced qualified practitioners will help you to find solutions to resolve or cope with your current situation.

Our counselling service works with students who may be struggling with emotional, wellbeing and mental health issues – if you wish to receive support or just want to find out more, visit our Health & Wellbeing page, where you can fill out a form to apply for help if you feel you need it.

We have a well-being app, MyWellbeing to enable you to proactively manage your wellbeing once you’ve signed up for the service. Running alongside this, we have a 24-hour mental health support community platform, TogetherAll, which is monitored by trained professionals.

The University also has financial assistance funds that can support you if you’re experiencing financial difficulties beyond your control and you can demonstrate a clear financial need. You can find details and application forms on our financial support page

Here are some useful external links:

If you are a UCA student and ever need support, please get in touch with your Programme Director or our Gateway team. 

Covid updates for applicants

The events of the last couple of years have upset plans and disrupted schooling. We promise to do everything we can to make the process of applying to UCA as smooth as possible and will consider the impact the pandemic has had when reviewing your application.

If you have already applied or are thinking of applying to UCA and have questions, you can contact us on social media, talk to one of our students through our UniBuddy service or email us:

If you have already applied: or

If you are thinking of applying:

No questions are off-limits!

Yes, we will use the grades determined by your teachers. We will also consider your portfolio or audition and the information provided in your application form to determine whether you meet the conditions of your offer.

This means that even if you do not get the grades we asked for in your conditional offer, we promise to review your application. Please be reassured, we will be fair and flexible and will take into consideration any mitigating circumstances that may have had an impact on your performance this year.

Throughout the pandemic, we’ve done everything we can to maintain the personalised creative learning experience UCA is known for. This includes offering as much access to our state-of-the-art facilities and academic and technical expertise as possible. We work closely with Government guidance and continue to put in place measures that ensure UCA is a happy and healthy place to study.

We know that the pandemic has taken its toll, and this may have had an impact on your output, performance, or your mental health. If you’re applying to UCA, please make us aware of any mitigating circumstances and we’ll take these into account. 

If you’d like to find out more about the support available to applicants and UCA students through our scholarship and hardship funds, you can find out more on our financial support pages

If you decide to join us in September, you will be able to access a range of mental health and wellbeing support, details of which can be found above.

International students and travel

We know the changing guidelines around travelling to and studying in the UK can be confusing. We’ve pulled together some useful information for international students here. For the latest information, please refer to UK Government guidance and if you have any questions, contact us at

The UK Government has removed all Covid-19 travel restrictions. There is no longer any requirement for travellers from outside the UK to take travel tests, quarantine or complete a passenger locator form. 

For the latest Covid-19 travel information, please visit the Government's website

Students are expected to come to the UK to learn on campus with us. If there are any issues, please contact us at 

When you arrive in the UK it’s important you register with a local GP (General Practitioner/Doctor). The National Health Service (NHS) provides a comprehensive service to register international students. 

And if you’re not already fully vaccinated, you can also book your free Covid-19 vaccinations. Once you are registered with your GP, you can check out the NHS website for more information on booking a Covid-19 vaccination.