COVID Applicant FAQs

COVID-19: guidance for September 2020 enquirers and applicants

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. 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 take your final A-level examinations, 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 working hard to find solutions that will work for you.

We will continue to provide you with updated information via this page. However, if you have an immediate concern or question please contact us:

T: +44 (0)1280 820227.




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.


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. You can apply to us directly via our online portal.


Should I apply if am not currently able to travel?

Yes. We continue to welcome applications from both UK and International students for our programmes commencing in September 2020. The situation is evolving rapidly and we will continue to evolve too; for example, we are looking at distance learning technologies for new and current students. If you are interested in joining the University in 2020 but are subject to current travel restrictions, we still encourage you to apply. If you are successful in securing an offer 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 present. In line with government advice, we are suspending all University public events, gatherings and visits. We understand that attending open days can be an important part of the decision-making process, therefore we will be moving our April open day online. On Saturday 25 April you will be able to participate in a live Q&A with our students, as well watch our pre-recorded 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. Please continue to check our open days page for further information.


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 righthand corner of the screen. You can then click on it to start a conversation with one of our Student Ambassadors 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. 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 where 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.


Can I still apply for university accommodation?

Yes. Go ahead and apply for your university accommodation as normal, and we will keep you updated if anything changes. For more general information head to our accommodation page.


Can / should 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, so if you wish to defer your entry until January 2021 just contact your Admissions Officer.


Contact us

T: +44 (0)1280 820227.