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Guidance for University Entry 2021

We understand that the current circumstances may be very unsettling for you, and you might have many questions around what your future at university may look like.

We want to reassure you that we are working closely with the UK Government, UCAS, exam boards, and our education providers around the world to make sure we can answer any questions you have. The situation is changing every week, so check in to this page regularly for the latest information. 
 
We are here to support you. Contact us at admissions@southampton.ac.uk if you have any questions about your application. 
 
Here are some frequently asked questions that might be useful to you: 

 

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS

Find out about any changes to the application process and what to do if your circumstances have changed:

Are you still accepting applications for 2021 entry now the 'equal considerations' deadline has passed?

You can still apply for most of our courses through the main UCAS cycle. You can check course availability on our course pages or UCAS.

The UCAS ‘equal considerations’ deadline has been moved from 15 January what does this mean for me?

UCAS have decided to extend the 15 January ‘equal consideration’ deadline to 18:00 on 29 January 2021 to relieve the pressure on applicants, teachers and advisers who may need this additional time. All applications received by 18:00 (UK time) on 29 January 2021 will be treated as ‘on-time’ and considered equally.

We would advise not to leave submitting your application to the last minute and continue to submit this as soon as you are able.

You can find more information about UCAS undergraduate deadlines here.

My exams have been cancelled, what does this mean for me?

Please be reassured that whatever the assessment system in 2021, we will be as fair and flexible as possible to ensure that students across the UK are not disadvantaged.

We are continuing to assess applications and make offers. If you have already received an offer, we encourage you to respond in line with the UCAS guidance and deadlines. If you are due to attend a virtual interview, please make sure you book it soon to ensure we can meet with you and make you an offer.

Contact us at admissions@southampton.ac.uk if you have any questions about your application.

It’s important for you to remember that places are not decided on grades alone. Information in your personal statement and references are part of our decision-making process, along with your interview, portfolio, audition and any other information that’s relevant to your potential to succeed on your chosen course.

We are working closely with the UK Government, UCAS and exam boards, and will update you as soon as possible with the latest information. Please check in to this page on a regular basis for updates. 

What happens if I don’t achieve the grades required in my offer?

If your grades are marginally below the conditions of your offer, we may be able to confirm your place at Southampton if there are places available on your chosen programme.

Am I still able to apply to live in University Accommodation?

We very much welcome you to join our residential community and live in University Accommodation. If you are interested in applying for University Accommodation, you can apply as soon as you've accepted a study offer from the University. More information about our accommodation can be found here.

    

POSTGRADUATE ADMISSIONS

Find out about any changes to the postgraduate application process and what to do if your circumstances have changed:

What will teaching be like in September 2021?

The current plan for September 2021 is to recommence in-person teaching, which will require applicants to be in Southampton and enrolled as a student at the University of Southampton. This will of course be in line with UK Government guidelines at the time. We are constantly reviewing these guidelines to ensure that we can provide a safe and secure environment for students and staff. We will let you know of any updates as and when they occur.

Can I choose to study entirely online in September 2021?

It is expected that most of our courses will return to in-person teaching, as allowed by the UK Government. A few specific programmes will remain on-line, where they were designed to be taught on-line and are supported by high quality digital content.

Can I defer my place to January 2022?

We are not currently planning for there to be a January 2022 intake.

Can I defer my place to September 2022?

We know that we are in exceptional times and because of this, we are considering requests from applicants who wish to defer their place with us until September 2022. To request a deferral please email admissions@soton.ac.uk with ‘Deferral request’ and the name of the programme you have applied for in the subject line. In the body of the email, please let us know your student ID (on your offer letter), full name, date of birth and the reason why you would like to defer.

If I defer, will you use the English Language results I’ve sent you?

If your English language test will expire before the start of your course (i.e. be older than two years on the first day of your course), your deferred offer will be made conditional until you submit a new English language test or other acceptable evidence.

Will my fee status change if I defer?

In some specific cases, a change to your start date may affect your tuition fee status and the amount you will need to pay. If your status changes due to deferring your place, the admissions team will advise you and ask if you still want to defer.

If I defer, what will happen to the Merit Scholarship that I have been awarded?

If you hold a University Merit Scholarship, this will be automatically transferred to the new academic year. It may not be possible to transfer other types of scholarships. Please contact admissions@soton.ac.uk for more information.

I hold an external Scholarship, what will happen to this if I defer my place?

It may not be possible to transfer external scholarships to the next academic year. We would recommend that you contact your funder for advice before you request to defer your place.

If I defer, what happens to the tuition fee deposit I have paid.

If your deferral is approved, any tuition fee deposit you have already paid, will automatically be transferred to the next academic year

I have an Unconditional accepted offer with you and I no longer want to come; can I have a refund of my tuition deposit?

As per the terms and conditions of the tuition fee deposit, this is non-refundable.

I have a conditional accepted offer with you and I no longer want to come; can I have a refund of my tuition deposit?

You may be eligible for a refund, please check your offer letter and the terms and conditions regarding the payment of your tuition fee deposit.

What should I do if I have an accommodation offer?

If you already have an offer of accommodation with the University, your accommodation contract will automatically be amended to start on 6 April 2021.

I have paid for quarantine accommodation. Will I get a refund?

If you have accepted and paid for your quarantine accommodation, you will get a refund, it will be credited to your student account.

Can I defer my place from February 2021 to September 2021?

You are able to begin your course in February 2021 as planned online, so you may not need to defer your place to September 2021.  If you are considering deferring your place, please contact the Admissions office (admissions@soton.ac.uk).  
  
Please also note the following important information when considering deferring your place:

  • If your English language test will expire (i.e. be older than two years on the first day of your course), your deferred offer will be made conditional upon submitting a new English language test or other accepted evidence   
  • If you paid a deposit, this will be automatically transferred to the new academic year 
  • If you hold a University Merit Scholarship, this will be automatically transferred to the new academic year. It may not be possible to transfer other types of scholarships. Please contact admissions@soton.ac.uk for more information 
  • In some specific cases, a change to start date may affect your tuition fee status 
  • If you are an international student requiring a visa to study, deferring your studies may have visa implications.

For specific advice for students about how the Covid-19 pandemic impacts your visa you can find further information on our visa information page. It is recommended that any students who have questions around their visa should contact the VISAS team either by email or during the visa drop-in live chat.

Please note that the best way to get answers is to contact this team directly. Find out more about the VISAS and immigration advice service. 

If I have an accommodation offer and decide to defer my place to September, what should I do?

If you already have an offer of accommodation with the University, your offer will not be carried over. You will need to decline this offer and apply again for a September start. Accommodation applications for September 2021 will open soon. You can find more information here.

I have made a pre-payment for my accommodation. Will I get a refund?

If you have accepted and paid for your accommodation we are not able to carry over the pre-payment. You will be refunded and then required to make a pre-payment when you apply again.

    

VISAS, TRAVEL AND LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Guidance on visas and how to meet your English language requirements.

When can I expect my CAS?

If you have an unconditionally accepted offer, you will have been sent a CAS questionnaire to complete.  Please ensure you return this to casapp@southampton.ac.uk. We aim to raise your CAS within 7 days of receiving your questionnaire, but this can take longer at exceptionally busy times of the year. Further guidance, including a copy of the CAS questionnaire, can be found here.

If you are an international student requiring a visa to study, deferring your studies may have visa implications.

You can find specific advice about how the Covid-19 pandemic may impact your visa on our visa information page. It is recommended that any students who have questions around their visa should contact the VISAS team either by email or during the visa drop-in live chat.

Please note that the best way to get answers is to contact this team directly. Find out more about the VISAS and immigration advice service.

I’m a student with a visa and have questions about how the Covid-19 pandemic may affect my visa status. Who do I contact?

For specific advice for students about how the Covid-19 pandemic impacts your visa you can find further information on our visa information page.

It is recommended that any students who have questions around their visa should contact the VISAS team either by email or during the visa drop in live chat. Please note that the best way to get answers is to contact this team directly. Find out more about the VISAS and immigration advice service.

My visa has been granted but I am unable to travel during the validity of visa sticker in my passport – what do I need to do?

If your 90 day vignette has expired, you will need to apply for a replacement by completing the online form. The cost of replacing an expired 90-day vignette is £154 and you will need to make an appointment to resubmit your biometric information.

I’m a student with a visa starting in September 2021, what documents do I need to show when I attend International Registration?

For more information about what documents you need to provide at International Registration, please see our Welcome Website.

You may have visited our Welcome website before and it has now been updated due to the current restrictions. We would like to encourage you to visit the website here and go through the Welcome Steps.

DEFERRAL QUESTIONS - CLARIFICATION

Some clarifications on your questions about Deferral.

Can I defer my place to September 2022?

We know that we are in exceptional times and because of this, we are accepting requests from applicants who wish to defer their place with us until September 2022. To request a deferral please email admissions@soton.ac.uk with Deferral request in the subject lin.

If I defer, will you use the English Language results I’ve sent you?

If your English language test will expire before the start of your course (i.e. be older than two years on the first day of your course), your deferred offer will be made conditional until you submit a new English language test or other acceptable evidence.

Will my fee status change if I defer?

In some specific cases, a change to your start date may affect your tuition fee status and the amount you will need to pay. If your status changes due to deferring your place, the admissions team will advise you  and ask if you still want to  defer.

If I defer, what will happen to the Merit Scholarship that I have been awarded?

If you hold a University Merit Scholarship, this will be automatically transferred to the new academic year. It may not be possible to transfer other types of scholarships. Please contact admissions@soton.ac.uk for more information.

I hold an external s Scholarship what will happen to this if I defer my place?

It may not be possible to transfer external scholarships to the next academic year. We would recommend that you contact your funder for advice before you request to defer your place.

If I defer, what happens to the tuition fee deposit I have paid?

If your deferral is approved, any tuition fee deposit you have already paid, will automatically be transferred to the next academic year

If I have an accommodation offer and decide to defer my place to September 2022, what should I do?

If you already have an offer of accommodation with the University, your offer will not be carried over. You will need to decline this offer and apply again for a September 2022 start.

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