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
At the current time, applications and admissions processes remain the same as in previous years.
Take a look at our 'how to choose a course' section for details of things you might want to consider when applying to uni.
Check back regularly for updates, as information on this page may change.
Next summer's A-levels and GCSEs are still due to go ahead - but with reduced content for some subjects and a start date pushed back by three weeks. Most exams will now start from 7 June, rather than mid-May.
The Welsh government has cancelled next summer's GCSE, AS and A-level exams. Grades will be based on classroom assessments, done under teacher supervision, and will begin in the second half of the spring term in 2021. See more information here.
National 5 exams will not go ahead in 2021. They will be replaced by teacher assessments and coursework. At the moment, Higher and Advanced Higher exams will go ahead as usual, but slightly later in the year. Find out more information here.
A-level, AS and GCSE exams will start one week later in 2021 but will still finish by 30 June.
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.
Information about changes to assessment arrangements and availability of results for international qualifications is also available at ucas.com.
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.
Extra support and wellbeing
Our student support pages provide information about the additional support available for students at university. We have listed additional links below if you are experiencing issues that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Care Leavers and estranged students
If you are care-experienced, or estranged from your family, you may be feeling anxious about coronavirus (COVID-19). Things can feel quite overwhelming, especially if you do not have any family around to talk to.
You can get information, advice and support from the designated link person at your university. If you are a care leaver you can talk to your PA or Leaving Care Worker. Each local authority has different types of support for care leavers, so it is worth talking to them directly.
If you have any questions around the impact of coronavirus on the care you are receiving, or want some personal advice, or just need to talk to someone, you can contact:
If you are estranged from your family you can visit www.standalone.org.uk for advice and guidance.
Students with disabilities
If you are a student with disabilities and you need advice, you can call the Disabled Students Helpline on 0330 995 0414. The opening hours are 11am – 1pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Alternatively, you can email them at: [email protected].
If you are a mature student taking the Access to HE course, QAA will continue to provide updates for all Access to HE students on the section of the Access to HE website and will share the latest information with Access Validating Agencies, course providers and higher education providers.
You can also read the FAQs on the QAA website.
If you need help or further support, please speak to your course providers.
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.
Student Minds can offer mental health support and guidance.
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.