Coronavirus (COVID-19) information
Discover Uni is working with its UK partners and with universities and colleges to ensure you have the information and guidance you need. This is a changing situation and our aim is to keep you as up to date as possible. Further information will be added as it becomes available so keep checking back.
This page focuses on information about higher education.
If you are a current student, your university or college should be your first port of call with queries about your course, accommodation, or immigration status.
Applications and admissions
Universities are now accepting applications for courses starting in 2022. If you are applying for a place on an undergraduate level course, you will usually need to apply via UCAS. Please see our ‘how to apply’ pages for more information.
If you’re not sure if you are ready to start university next year, you could consider making a deferred entry application. This means that you apply to start your course a year later. If you have already been offered a place on a course and decide you want to take a gap year, you may also be able to defer the start date to the following year. If you are considering either of these defer options, you should check with the university or college by contacting them directly. You can find out more information on the deferral process on the UCAS website.
Take a look at our 'how to choose a course' section for details of things you might want to consider when applying to uni.
It has been confirmed that GCSE, A Level, Scottish Higher/Advance Highers and BTEC exams will go ahead in summer 2022. A range of measures will be introduced to ensure that exams are fair following varying levels of disruption for students. Some adaptations have also been made to vocational and technical qualifications for the academic year 2021-22.
- Students in England can find out more information in the government Education Hub: Exams in 2022 – everything you need to know - The Education Hub (blog.gov.uk)
- Qualifications Wales has confirmed adaptations for exams in summer 2022 as outlined in WJEC’s A and AS Level guides: 2022: Everything you need to know (wjec.co.uk)
- The Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) has a guide to modifications and requirements for exams taking place in 2021-22: Assessment of National Qualifications in 2021-22 - SQA
- Information about the measures introduced in Northern Ireland can be found on the Department of Education Northern Ireland website: Factsheet - CCEA Qualifications 2022 | Department of Education (education-ni.gov.uk)
Contingency plans have been announced in the event that exams cannot go ahead as planned in 2022. Each UK nation has set out arrangements which will be implemented if it is decided that exams cannot go ahead safely or fairly based public health advice and any resulting disruption to the academic year. If exams cannot go ahead at all, grades will be centre- or teacher-awarded. Please see the official plans published for England, Scotland and Wales.
Latest UK information
Universities Wales details advice given to universities relating to the coronavirus pandemic. The Welsh government has released guidance for educational settings as well as specific guidance for Higher Education settings and student support.
Students who live or study in Scotland should refer to the official Student Information website.
Students who live in Northern Ireland can look at their official coronavirus information.
Universities UK has released guidance on policy relating to the Coronavirus pandemic.
For further information about coronavirus, such as advice about the precautions you should be taking, and what to do if you think you may have coronavirus, please read the government advice for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
International applicants and students
International applicants – Prospective Students
You may have a lot of questions about studying in the UK. For information see the UK Council for International Student Affairs.
For information on changes to English language tests, visas and where to get advice and support visit the British Council Study UK website.
If you have applied via UCAS and there are any other significant changes that will affect you, or your application, UCAS will email you using the email address on your application – you can update it in Track.
More information on applying to university can be found on the UCAS website.