We have received a number of questions from offer-holders for our programmes regarding the potential impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on their ability to study at the University of Bath. Many of the questions were similar. We have provided what guidance we can based on the best information we have available at the time of writing, and we will update this guidance in response to new information.

My university/school/college has been closed, and this may delay my graduation. Will this be a problem?

Any delays in our receipt of your results would delay our ability to make your offer unconditional and issue you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) (if necessary). We are not currently aware of any delays in any country that would stop your arrival in Bath in time for the start of your course, but this is a rapidly evolving situation. We continue to monitor the situation for the latest information, and you are advised to tell us if you anticipate any delays in the availability of your results.

My local IELTS testing centre is closed. What do I do now?

Available responses to the closure of your testing centre will vary by location. In some areas, it may be possible to shift your examination to a different testing centre, but this will not always be possible. For example, the latest advice from the British Council is that IELTS centres in mainland China will be closed until the end of March 2020, but we also understand that these IELTS centres are planning to schedule extra exam sessions to satisfy demand when they reopen.

Our normal deadline for provision of English language test results is 31 July 2020. Our hope is that the measures in place will enable our offer-holders to meet this deadline. We should normally be able to offer an extension to this deadline, but you should be aware that any delays in providing English language results will mean that you will have less time to secure a tier 4 student visa (if required), and that an extension may not be possible for degrees that are full.

Does your university accept language tests other than IELTS?

Yes, we continue to accept alternative tests to IELTS, including PTE Academic, TOEFL iBT, CPE and CAE. See our further information on alternative tests for postgraduate programmes or from the relevant UG course page for details.

Does your university have any plans to conduct its own language testing as a replacement for IELTS (etc.)?

Our hope is that the shifting of test locations and the addition of test capacity will be sufficient to resolve the issue. That said, this is a dynamic situation, and we are searching for alternatives in the event that testing centres open later than expected and/or with less capacity than required to meet demand. We will review our position if it appears that testing centres will not be able to meet the needs of our offer holders.

Will you delay the start dates of your pre-sessional English courses?

We are not currently planning to change the timing of our pre-sessional English courses, given our expectation that qualifications will not be significantly delayed and that English language testing capacity will become available for offer-holders. If delays become inevitable, we will explore the possibility of exceptionally supporting students forced to begin their studies later than normal.

Our 20-week pre-sessional English programme starting on 20th April 2020 is still going ahead but will now be delivered in an online format. We will update students on this course about the exact course and key features as soon as possible. We are confident we can introduce some additional features (e.g. more individual written work and feedback) to compensate for the loss of an on-campus experience.

Our ambition is still to offer our current 10 and 5-week pre-sessional programmes on the Bath campus in July-September 2020.

Do I need a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for admission to my pre-sessional English course?

You need a Secure English Language Test (SELT) if you are taking a standalone pre-sessional course, but you do not need a SELT if you we have made you a combined offer of a pre-sessional course with a taught master’s degree. See our material on Postgraduate English language requirements for details of acceptable English language qualifications.

Which pre-sessional course should I take for my postgraduate programme?

Current IELTS score Recommended course
No more than 0.5 of a band away from required IELTS scores (overall and elements) 5-week pre-sessional English (full-time) programme
No more than 1.0 of a band away from required IELTS scores (overall and elements) 10-week pre-sessional English (full-time) programme
No more than 2.0 of a band away from required IELTS scores (overall and elements) 20-week pre-sessional English (full-time) programme

For further information please visit our pre-sessional programme pages

I am having problems paying my deposit for my PGT course before the reply deadline. Can I have an extension?

Wherever possible, we will extend the deadline for you to pay any required deposit and secure your place. Please note that this may not be possible if a course becomes full. Offer-holders would be well-advised to seek an extension before the date of any current deadline.

What happens if I can’t get a visa in time for the start of my course?

The University has historically allowed late arrivals for up to 2 weeks after the course start date, and this facility will remain available for the coming academic year. We will continue to monitor guidance from UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) as the situation develops and will keep you informed of any changes.

Can I defer my postgraduate taught place to the next academic year?

We hope this will not become necessary, but we would be happy to defer offers to postgraduate taught programmes to the next academic year if you are unable to study with us this year. You should get in touch with us at pgtadmissions@bath.ac.uk if you wish to discuss this.Please note that the conditions of your offer may change and fees in subsequent years are likely to be higher than this year.

Can I defer my postgraduate research place to the next academic year?

We hope this will not become necessary, but we would be happy to consider deferring your offer to a later date, if you are a doctoral applicant, or to the next academic year if you are unable to study with us this year. You should get in touch with us at doctoraladmissions@bath.ac.uk if you wish to discuss this. Please note that the conditions of your offer may change and fees in subsequent years are likely to be higher than this year.

Can I defer my undergraduate place to the next academic year?

If you have made your application through UCAS you will need to achieve the full conditions of your offer in order to hold a deferred place. If you are unable to do so (because your exams are cancelled, for example) you should get in touch with us at admissions@bath.ac.uk to discuss ways we can secure your place for a future year.