Coronavirus updates for applicants

Coronavirus updates
for applicants

We know the events of the last year have upset plans and disrupted schooling and exams. 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.

Of course, we can’t predict the future, but we have high hopes that students joining us in 2021 will be able to make the most of our state-of-the-art facilities and the face to face support of our technical and academic experts.  

If you have already applied or are thinking of applying to UCA and have questions, please take a look at the common Covid-19 related questions below. If you don’t see the answers you need here, please get in touch - no questions are off limits! 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: 

We look forward to welcoming you in the Autumn. 

Although we are still waiting for details of the methods of assessment that will be in place this year where exams have been cancelled, we are expecting that grades will be awarded for your qualifications. As well as grades, we 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 don't 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. 

Yes, all our courses are open for applications, so please do apply.  

You may be aware of the ‘UCAS equal consideration deadline’ of 29 January 2021. This deadline guarantees all applicants who apply by this date will be considered by all universities for all courses. But it isn’t an application deadline for most universities and courses. While some universities with highly selective courses or restricted numbers may close their courses after this date, many courses remain open. At UCA, we are happy to accept and consider your applications throughout the year.  

For some courses we ask applicants to submit a portfolio. Portfolios are a great opportunity to make a statement about your work and can be submitted digitally. 

It's been a really challenging year for students so we're keen that you include unfinished work as well as completed pieces. Your portfolio should lead the us through your creative journey by exhibiting pieces that showcase a variety of skills, processes, and influences. Don't be afraid to be bold!

For details on how we are delivering teaching, changes to assessment and access to our facilities please check out our page on life at UCA during the pandemic. 

We know that the pandemic is taking 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 circumstance and we’ll take these into account.  

If you’d like to find out more about the financial 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 are on our support for student page 

Because our campuses are currently closed to visitors, our Open Days have been postponed for the foreseeable future. However, we've created a Virtual Open Day experience for you online.