Coronavirus Student & Applicant Information for 2020
We're looking forward to welcoming our community in 2020
Last updated: 24 July 2020
We're really looking forward to welcoming our community to Falmouth in September. Our campuses remain closed, but we are working hard to ensure that they can be open and safe for students, staff and visitors next academic year. Our teaching, learning, innovation and research continues online and we are still here to answer your questions about applying and studying at Falmouth.
Below you can find the most recent information and commonly asked questions by applicants and students. If you can't find what you need, just get in touch using one of the options at the bottom of the page.
Learning and teaching
For Study Block 1 at least, we are planning primarily for a flexible, blended delivery. This means that lectures, seminars and tutorials will be delivered via digital platforms, but we will also provide COVID-secure access, as far as reasonably practicable, to our amazing on-campus facilities and resources, so you can benefit from them as part of your course.
You will have timetabled access to our facilities on campus as a direct part of your course.
You will also be able to book to use facilities and equipment on campus to support self-study and practice.
Exactly how much access you will get will vary depending on your subject and the Government guidelines in force at the time. We are working on the basis of two-metre social distancing for most facilities to make our courses as safe as possible and to ensure that we are more resilient if further changes to the restrictions come into place.
Course teams are working to adjust assessments, so that they can be conducted digitally, this is because we cannot guarantee the traditional levels of access to our physical spaces and resources. As a result, the assessment will be different to, but will build on, your hands-on work within our workshops, studios and spaces.
We are working on a course by course basis to understand what these changes mean for you and what additional equipment you might need. Any changes are outlined in your welcome letter
You will need a laptop and a reliable internet connection so that you can access digital resources.
We recognise that increased digital working means that access to industry-standard software is essential, so for your first year, the University will provide you with a free Adobe Creative Cloud license. You'll also have access to the Microsoft Office suite, including PowerPoint, Word and Excel.
If you are worried about being able to afford any equipment, additional financial support may be available through the Falmouth University Hardship Fund which aims to consider any unforeseen financial issues which might arise. Further details on how to apply can be found on our Hardship Fund page
The University has designed the courses to make the best use of our facilities. If you need to, you will be able to study without coming on to campus for short periods of absence (e.g. 14 day quarantine).
Apart from the fact that our facilities are an important part of your studies, due to student finance and visa restrictions, it is not possible for us to allow you to study remotely for an indefinite period of time as this may breech the conditions of your funding or visa (e.g. removing entitlement to the maintenance loan element).
We are planning to release timetables, as usual, in early September.
Many of our books, journals and digital resources are already available online, but if you need them, our Libraries will be open in September, so you can browse and borrow from our special collections.
If you are returning in September, please keep your library items until you return to campus next year. Your items will be automatically renewed and will not be recalled. For further information visit the FX Plus website
If you are not coming back to campus in September, the library service has options for you to return your books. For further information visit the FX Plus website
Yes, our stores will be open in September and we'll be introducing measures so all our resources will follow 'Covid secure' guidelines.
If you currently have equipment that you have loaned from one of the University stores, then this guidance will explain how to return it.
1st and 2nd year students who are returning in September
You do not need to return this equipment until you return in September. Please take care of it safely until then and make sure you return the equipment to the store you loaned it from. If you have any questions, please contact the store you borrowed it from.
Final year students and students who are not returning in September
If you have any outstanding items to return you will have been contacted via your university email. If you still need to collect work or belongings please contact your Head of Subject for more details.
We are still considering the position with UK-based placements and trips on a case by case basis. However, we have made a decision that there will be no international travel as part of your course in Study Block 1 (September 2020 - January 2021). Although this will be reviewed, based on Government advice, the length of time it takes to plan overseas trips means that even if Government guidance changes we may still not be able to safely include international travel within your course and it is possible that disruption to trips could continue for the whole academic year.
We are completing comprehensive risk assessments across our campuses and bringing in some changes to make sure our staff, students and visitors can stay safe.
New measures include:
- An expectation of 2m distancing and 1m+ only by exception
- Enhanced cleaning regimes for busy areas across our campuses
- New hand sanitiser points
- One-way systems and clear signage to support social distancing
Yes, our catering facilities will be open and we are ensuring that they comply with government guidance.
In Welcome Week, we're transforming our campus with extra marquees and outdoor spaces, so we can plan events that are safe, as well as social. These include DJ sets, karaoke, an open mic night, open-air movies and a murder mystery!
In your first few days and weeks, you'll also have the opportunity to find out more about your Students' Union. It runs over 150 clubs and societies, so no matter what your interests, you'll find people who share your passion. Over the summer, they'll be planning many more events and meet-ups for your arrival and first few weeks on campus.
The Students' Union is also creating a Virtual Welcome Fayre, where you'll be able to find out more about how to get involved, how the SU can support you throughout your university life and you'll also be able to meet lots of local and national business.
We plan to reopen the Sports Centre and gym in mid-August and the facilities will be observing the appropriate Government advice and guidance.
Applications for accommodation are still open for anyone who has Firmly accepted their place at Falmouth. You can find more information on our Accommodation page.
All first-year students are guaranteed a place in University owned or managed accommodation, including those applying through Clearing.
We've extended the arrivals period this year, so that that we can welcome everyone to campus in a way which follows the latest government advice on social distancing.
If you're planning to live in on-campus accommodation, you'll be able to move in between 7 and 14 September. We'll be operating a booking system, which will go live for you to book your move in slot on 25 August.
International students who are coming from countries that are not part of the FCO travel corridor exemption and must comply with a 14 day quarantine upon arrival in the UK, will have the opportunity to arrive on campus from 27 August in order to complete quarantine before Welcome Week. This will be free of charge. If you would like to discuss this option with us, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Each flat within university accommodation blocks will count as a household, therefore social distancing is not required within your flat unless you or a flatmate is self-solating.
Interview & auditions
We are able to do interviews and auditions online with a member of the course team. Please visit our Interview Tips page for more information.
We aim to communicate all decisions to applicants within five working days of an interview or audition.
Exams & qualifications
I have an offer from Falmouth but my exams were cancelled
We know many of you will be concerned about the impact of coronavirus, however, at Falmouth we interview all our applicants – this enables us to get to know you and see your potential.
- If you are holding an unconditional offer then this is not dependent on your grades, we look forward to seeing you in September.
- If you are holding a conditional offer, most qualifications will still be awarded but will just be assessed in a different way. We understand that this is an unusual year. If you won't be awarded your qualification, just get in touch with us to let us know.
Most countries have confirmed that even though exams won't be taken, grades and qualifications will still be awarded. Broadly speaking qualifications will be awarded based on continuous assessment, teacher assessment, predicted grades and previous qualification profiles. In the UK, it has been published how A level's will be awarded in England which can be found on the Gov.UK website, guidance for Wales can be found on the Qualifications Wales website and guidance for Scotland can be found on the SQA website.
International applicants & students
You can apply for your Tier 4 Student Visa once you have firmly accepted your offer of a place, your offer has become 'unconditional' and you have paid your acceptance fee. Please visit our Visa Requirements page for more information.
Students are expected to return for studies and cannot choose to study wholly online. Acceptable delays to return are illness, self-isolating and travel issues.
Although you won't be able to access our resources, we are redesigning our courses to make sure that all modules can be commenced online, if necessary. However, you are still expected to return to Falmouth University as soon as possible.
Please contact email@example.com if your return is going to be delayed.
Yes, we are offering an airport collection service from London Heathrow and Cornwall Airport Newquay for students travelling from outside of the UK. Visit our Airport Collection Service page to find out how to book.
Yes, you will be able to start on time, engaging with your course online, via digital platforms.
International students who are coming from countries that are not part of the FCO travel corridor exemption and must comply with a 14 day quarantine upon arrival in the UK.
New international students will have the opportunity to arrive on campus from 27 August in order to complete quarantine before Welcome Week. This will be free of charge. If you would like to discuss this option with us, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For returning international students we recommend that you arrange your travel so that you can complete a 14 day quarantine upon arrival, if you are required to do so, prior to the start of Study Block 1 on 14 September 2020.
There are lots of equivalent tests that we accept, you can find these on our English Language Requirements page. For this application cycle we are also accepting the following tests which can be done online, from home.
We require a High Pass from the LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator test for both undergraduate and postgraduate study, you can find out all about this test and how to book by visiting LanguageCert's website.
ETS TOEFL at home
The usual TOEFL exam can now be taken online in a selection of countries. You can find out if your country is included and how to book on ETS's website. The score we accept is the same for in-person, which is TOEFL iBT 80 (minimum 19 in all four components) for undergraduate study and TOEFL iBT 88 (minimum of 21 in all four components) for postgraduate study.
There may be reasons why you need to defer your place this year. If you have to defer your studies until 2021, you must make your request in writing to email@example.com
It is important to remember that while you are able to defer until 2021, once this process has been completed, we may not be able to reverse this if you change your mind. That's why, if you submit a request, we will give you a fourteen day 'cooling-off period', so that you can consider all the implications of a deferral. After two weeks, we will get back in touch to confirm your decision.
We want to ensure that you make the right choice, having thought about all of the things that will be affected by deferral, such as:
- Your plans for this year, including finances and living arrangements
- Your university fees and funding arrangements for next year which may be different in your new year of entry (2021)
- If you're an EU student, you may be affected by the UK's departure from the EU. You can find more information here.
If you are still weighing up your options, there are people you can talk to for insight and advice:
- Your teacher/tutor who has been supporting you with your university application might have some good ideas, as will your parents/carers.
- Our current students know Falmouth inside out and have been experiencing university life post-coronavirus. Why not have a chat with them here?
- We're happy to answer any questions. Just get in touch, or join one of our regular Q&As on Facebook.
Yes, if you are concerned about whether you can return to campus or about the plans for blended delivery, you can take a year out. This decision is very significant and to prevent over-payments of maintenance/tuition fee loans or liability for private accommodation contracts, we advise this decision is made at the earliest possible point and certainly before the start of the new academic year.
Current students should speak to their course team to talk about the options and further advice is available from the Students' Union, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes. The Government's position is that as long as the student experience is of a good quality, full tuition fees can be charged. This also applies if you choose to start your studies with us and are not able to access the physical resources available (e.g. you are isolating or not able to travel).
We understand that the pandemic has caused a lot of upset and in some cases has put more financial strain on our community. That's why we are highlighting here all the bursaries that are available to applicants and students. In particular, we have increased our Hardship Fund to help more of our student population with their studies.
Talk to us
If you're an applicant
When you first applied you should have received a message in the Applicant Portal giving you the contact details of your dedicated contact in the Applicant Services Team, you can call or email them for a chat about your place if you need to.
If you're not sure who to contact you can call us, WhatsApp us or email using the contact details to the right.
Get in touch
For any other questions you may have, we are here to support you as usual and you can contact us in the following ways Monday to Friday 9am-5pm:
WhatsApp: +44 (0)1212 852937
SMS: +44 (0)1277 420398
If you're a current student
We are communicating with all students through the intranet and by email regularly. Head there to get the latest information about studying in September. If you want to talk to someone about your studies then here are some helpful contacts:
- The Compass
- Course advisors
I was hoping to visit before September, what are my options?
There are lots of virtual ways to connect in with our community. Why not look at all the options below and get involved, whether it's talking to current students, going on a virtual tour or connecting with other applicants, there are plenty of ways to experience Falmouth from afar.
Live outside the UK? Can't make an Open Day? No problem. Experience Falmouth University on this Virtual Experience page.
Ask a Student
Our students are here to tell you all about life at Falmouth. From settling in and studying to making friends and making memories.
Undergraduate Applicants Facebook Group
This group is for applicants looking to start an undergraduate degree at Falmouth University in 2020. Join to meet your fellow students and find out more about studying at Falmouth.
Postgraduate Applicants Facebook Group
This group is for postgraduate applicants looking to start at Falmouth University in 2020. Join to meet your fellow students and find out more about studying at Falmouth.