COVID-19 Applicant FAQs

Guidance for applicants and offer-holders

We are putting a variety of measures in place to minimise the risks posed by Covid-19 for new students intending to join us in September 2020 or January 2021. We understand that some of you will be concerned and we want to offer you every reassurance about starting your studies with us.

Whether you are worried that you might not be able to get the A level result you expected, or anxious that you may not be able to travel to Buckingham for the start of the new academic year, please don’t worry: we are developing solutions now that will work for you.

We will continue to provide you with updated information on this page. If you have an immediate concern or question please contact our friendly Admissions team, who are here to help:

Tel: +44 (0)1280 820227 Email: admissions@buckingham.ac.uk

Frequently asked questions

I recently submitted an application to study at the University of Buckingham. Will it still be assessed?

Yes. We are continuing to process applications and send out offers as normal, so you will hear from us shortly. If you have any immediate questions, please contact admissions@buckingham.ac.uk   

I have not yet submitted my application to study with the University of Buckingham, should I?

Yes. We are continuing to process applications and send out offers as normal. We are accepting applications now for our September or January intake. You can apply to us directly via our online portal.

Can I travel to the UK?

If you are joining us in September 2020, before making any arrangements to travel please ensure you have visited the government website for the latest details on entering the UK. You may be required to self-isolate for 14 days when you arrive, if this is the case you will be required to stay within your residence except in limited situations. We expect our campus to be 

If you are required to self-isolate, you will be provided with support. You will be virtually introduced to your selected student buddy, who will be available for you to talk to about your needs and keep you up to date with University news for your entire first year. Our student societies and sports clubs will also be running online events so that you can meet other students and have fun. Follow the Student’s Union on Instagram, and Facebook to find out more. You will also have access to our Students First team who provide personalised support to any student who may be having problems with university life, mental or physical health, or wellbeing.

Should I apply if I am not currently able to travel?

Yes. We continue to welcome applications from both UK and International students for our programmes commencing in September or January. Buckingham is one of the few universities in the UK that offer a genuine January entry point for most of our courses (as well as the standard September entry point).

The situation is evolving rapidly and we will continue to evolve too. We have already implemented remote learning for our current students, primarily utilising Microsoft Teams and Moodle. The feedback from our students, who have now adapted to this way of learning, is overwhelmingly positive. We are, of course, looking forward to resuming campus learning, but in the meantime we are continuing to offer our award-winning small-class tutorials (albeit online), and offering students support through Personal Tutor check-ins and regular advice and guidance from our staff community.

If you are interested in joining the University but are subject to current travel restrictions, we still encourage you to apply. If you are successful in securing a place to study with us, we will be in touch regarding the next steps leading up to registration. We will continue to follow public health guidance and will be sure to notify any affected applicants should alternative arrangements be required.

Can I still visit the campus?

Not at the moment. In line with government advice, we are suspending all University public events, gatherings and visits. To help you find out more about what it might be like living and studying in Buckingham, we are running virtual Open Day events. You will be able to participate in a live Q&A with our students, as well as watch the welcome talk with our Vice-Chancellor, Sir Anthony Seldon. There will also be the opportunity to talk to our academic staff through our chat service.

Our next virtual Open Day will be held on 11 July 2020. Please continue to check our Open Day page for further information.

To find out more about life at Buckingham, you can take a look at our videos about campus life, student resources, accommodation and much more.

Can I still talk to current students about studying at your University?

Yes. When you visit our website you will see a pop-up box in the right hand corner of the screen. Click on this box to start a conversation with one of our current students using the secure Unibuddy system.

What will happen if I am unable to take my final exams?

If you find yourself in this situation, please contact us (admissions@buckingham.ac.uk). We will review each case on an individual basis, but rest assured we will work with you to identify a suitable solution.

What if I can’t provide all of the documentation you require to support my application?

We appreciate that delays in obtaining some of your supporting documentation may be unavoidable and we will be as flexible as possible. Should you need extra time to gather requested information, just let your Admissions Officer know so that we are aware that there will be a delay. We strongly advise you to send documents electronically wherever possible. Letters and other documents that are submitted by post may take some time to reach their destination.

I am having problems being able to take the English Language test that is a condition of my offer, what should I do?

If your English language test has been cancelled or you are unable to attend due to travel restrictions, please contact your Admissions Officer (admissions@buckingham.ac.uk).

Can I still apply for University accommodation?

Yes, you are welcome to apply for accommodation as normal after you have received an offer to study.

Buckingham is unique: unlike most universities, we own and manage all of our student accommodation. So when we offer you a room, you can rest easy knowing it is guaranteed. All of our University accommodation is close to town and either on campus or no more than a 20 minute walk away.

We guarantee student accommodation for all first-year students (application deadlines apply).

To apply for University-managed accommodation please complete the accommodation application form. For more general information, head to our accommodation page.

Can I defer my place?

We are continuing to process new applications and are preparing to welcome new students in September 2020. However, we also offer a January entry point for many of our degree programmes. If you have been accepted to commence your studies with us and are no longer wanting to start September 2020, you will be offered a January 2021 start if your course is eligible.

If you wish to defer your entry until January 2021, please contact your Admissions Officer (admissions@buckingham.ac.uk).

Is my degree the same if I defer to start in January?

Yes. You’ll study the same course content in the same timeframe as the students who start in September.

We are one of the only universities in the UK who have wholly embraced a January intake, with almost all of our courses (including both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes) available to start in either September or January. That means no matter which entry point you choose, you will be part of a whole new student cohort.

If you apply or defer to January now, we can guarantee your place on a course so you can relax knowing your study future is secure. Find out more on our January intake page.

What will happen if I start in September?

It is hoped that by September the University and its classes will be operating as normal. We are also planning to run our courses simultaneously online and in-person. This means if you should need to start your degree online, but can then join your classmates on campus at a later date, you won’t miss any course material. In the possibility that Covid-19 prevents us from opening the campus, we will continue to deliver teaching and learning wholly online, and you’ll be able to register online from home too.

We’ve received great feedback from our students who are currently being taught in this way. Venessa Hanson, International Studies with French student said, “Thanks to the video conference calls we have with our lecturers and classmates, I’m able to have a proper conversation with them and share ideas, giving it the same feel as in a classroom.”

Almost all lectures will be delivered live, to allow questions and interaction. However, if different time zones make it difficult for you to attend, all lectures will be recorded with audio or video and posted online so that you can go over them in your own time.

What resources will be available?

Our library staff are still hard at work supporting our students. The team have made sure that the majority of core textbooks are available as e-books for our students. Students are also able to take advantage of the online databases and ebook resources such as Cambridge University Press, JSTOR, Proquest, EBSECO, IEEE, Project Muse, Vitalsource, Sage Journals, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Bates Visual Guide and LWW Health Library, Springer Nature and Bloomsbury.

Software, like Microsoft Office, will also be provided for free.

How will you help me to feel part of the University?

We are home to students from over 80 different countries, and one of the reasons why many of our students enjoy studying at Buckingham is because they are able to experience lots of cultures and to make friends from all over the world. There are still lots of ways to get involved, even if Covid-19 safety measures are in place.

The Students’ Union has been working with societies to host lots of different virtual events such as Netflix parties, TikTok competitions, live concerts, language lessons, quizzes and fitness challenges. There are also daily riddles, photo competitions and tips shared through the SU Instagram (bucks_su) and Facebook pages.

We are proud that our personal tutors operate an open-door policy so students can access any help or support that they may need. Now that staff are working from home, our personal tutors are still available anytime: students are simply reaching out to them via Microsoft Teams (no appointment necessary). The student welfare team, Students First, are also available via email, Microsoft Teams or phone should students need their support. Students are even logging in to say a quick virtual hello to our therapy dogs, Millie and Darcie.

I’m not sure what I want to do. Who can I talk to?

We know it is a stressful time for many of you right now, so our friendly Admissions team are happy to talk through your options with you. You can phone them on: +44 (0)1280 820227 or email admissions@buckingham.ac.uk.Alternatively, our current students are available around the clock via live chat on our website. You can ask them a question at buckingham.ac.uk/ask-a-student/