Information for applicants

We appreciate there is a lot of uncertainty around how your university application could be affected, and we want to reassure you that your application is very important to us.

We remain committed to processing everything as quickly as possible and are doing all we can to provide you with the answers you need.

You can learn more about what it’s like to study at DMU by joining our Applying to DMU 2020 Facebook group and speaking to other people just like you who are thinking about coming to DMU, as well as chat to us via WhatsApp on 07970 655 800 or call us on +44 (0) 116 2 50 60 70.

Another great way to see for yourself what DMU has to offer is by attending our Digital Open Day on Saturday 4 July, an interactive experience that you can enjoy from the comfort and safety of home. 

I have an unconditional offer from DMU, will this change?

If you have received an unconditional offer to study at DMU then this will remain unchanged and your offer to study with us still stands. While the current circumstances are continually changing, please rest assured that your unconditional offer is secure and we look forward to welcoming you to DMU when the next academic year starts.

UCAS has extended May’s offer deadline for UCAS undergraduate applicants, but if you have accepted your place then this won’t affect you and your offer is secure.

I have a conditional offer from DMU, what happens now?

We’d like to assure you that if you hold a conditional offer to study with us then this still stands, and we continue to think you have a great future with DMU. We will do our best to be in touch with you regularly and offer any support you need during this unsettling time.

If you do have any questions or there’s any information we can help you with, then you can get in touch with our enquiry team by calling +44 (0) 116 2 50 60 70 or via WhatsApp on 07970 655 800.

UCAS has extended May’s offer deadline for UCAS undergraduate applicants, but if you have accepted your place then this won’t affect you and your offer is secure.

Will I be able to start at university in September?

At the moment the next academic year is planned to start in September as normal, and we’d like to reassure you that whatever is decided we will adapt our approach in line with this, and if timelines are delayed then we will act accordingly.

We will continue to update these FAQs regularly, and if anything does change then we will be sure to inform you.

I’ve been invited to an interview, will this still be going ahead?

Our events on campus have been cancelled, which includes Applicant Interview Days. We realise this might be disappointing, but the health and safety of our community must be our highest priority. If you have been invited to attend an interview or are due to attend an interview at DMU, please rest assured your application is important to us and we will be in contact with you directly via email as soon as possible to arrange a Skype interview or request a digital submission of your work.

We appreciate this is a change to our usual process, so if you have any questions or need help with your digital submission or preparing for your Skype interview, please email us at interviews@dmu.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 116 207 8443.

I have chosen DMU as my firm university choice, what happens now?

If you hold a conditional offer and have made DMU your firm choice, then we’d like to reassure you that this offer to study with us still stands. While we’re still waiting for the final details in light of the recent changes, please be rest assured that the conditions of your offer are unchanged and we continue to think you have a great future with DMU.

Your offer is very important to us and we will update you as soon as we have more information, but if you are concerned then you can contact our enquiry team by calling +44 (0) 116 2 50 60 70 or via WhatsApp on 07970 655 800.

If you’ve received an unconditional offer to study at DMU and have made us your firm choice, then we’d like reassure you that this hasn’t changed. Your offer is secure and we look forward to welcoming you to DMU when the next academic year starts.

In the meantime, you can keep in touch with other students who have chosen DMU by joining our Applying to DMU 2020 Facebook group.

UCAS has extended May’s offer deadline for UCAS undergraduate applicants, but as you have accepted your place then this won’t affect you and your offer is secure.

I’m interested in studying at DMU this September – can I still apply?

We welcome all new applications and are working hard to continue processing everything as normal. There’s still time to apply to study at DMU for September 2020 intake, and you can find out more about our choice of courses here.

There’s information on how to apply on our course pages, but if you’d like additional support you can contact our enquiry team by calling +44 (0) 116 2 50 60 70 or via WhatsApp on 07970 655 800.

I didn’t get chance to visit DMU before making my decision on where to study – what can I do?

Choosing the right university for you is really important, and if you’d like to find out more about what it’s like to study with us, you can register to attend our upcoming Digital Open Day on Saturday 4 July. It’s the chance to enjoy an interactive DMU experience from the comfort and safety of home, with live streams, course talks, and Q&As.

Until then, you can also get a feel for life at DMU by taking a virtual tour of campus, chat to current students through Unibuddies, or join our Applying to DMU 2020 Facebook group to connect with other DMU applicants.

What should I do about applying for student accommodation?

You are still able to book your accommodation as normal. For UK undergraduate students, we are offering guaranteed accommodation for those looking to start in the 2020/21 academic year (you must have a conditional firm offer or unconditional firm offer from DMU on or before Thursday 18 June 2020).

Accommodation bookings need to be made by Monday 22 June 2020, so as soon as you have received an offer and chosen DMU as your firm choice, you will be able to apply. Terms and conditions apply, for further information please visit our accommodation page.

International students can also benefit from guaranteed accommodation. There are plenty of options for you to secure your place, which you can find on our international accommodation page.

What should I do if I can’t get hold of transcripts or certificates?

It might be that you are currently unable to provide all of the documents we have asked for as part of your application, such as transcripts, references or certificates. If this is the case, we recommend contacting our enquiry team by calling +44 (0) 116 2 50 60 70 or via WhatsApp on 07970 655 800 to discuss this further.

Will you be holding any more Open Days?

Like you, we’re adjusting to the latest situation, so are planning for our next Open Day to take place online on Saturday 4 July. Our Digital Open Day is an interactive experience that you can enjoy from the comfort and safety of home, with live streams, course talks, and Q&As. You can register to attend now, and we look forward to seeing you there.

Although this is one of a number of adjustments we’ve made lately in light of the current circumstances, we are still planning for the future and have provisionally arranged for our next Open Days to take place on Saturday 19 September and Saturday 17 October.

Our Open Days are a great opportunity to find out whether DMU is the right university for you, and if you are interested in coming along to see us please let us know by registering your interest.

Now that exams have been cancelled, how will GCSEs, AS and A levels be awarded this summer?

The government has asked examinations regulator Ofqual to provide you with a calculated grade for each of your A level, AS level and GCSE qualifications. It will be a fair and carefully considered judgement of the grades your school or college believes you would have been most likely to get if you had sat your exams/completed your studies.

Your school or college will consider a range of things such as your classwork and homework, your results in assignments and any mock exams, any non-exam assessment or coursework you have done, and your general progress during your course. Further information is available on the gov.uk website.

It’s important to remember that your offer at DMU isn’t necessarily decided on just your grades. Information in your personal statement and reference are part of your application, along with any interviews you are invited to attend and any portfolios, auditions, and other information that’s relevant to your application. We will continue to update these FAQs as soon as more information becomes available, so please keep checking back for further updates.

What does this mean for other qualifications, such as BTECs?

We know that exam cancellations will also impact students on BTECs and International Baccalaureate courses, and if you do have concerns about this then we are here to offer you support. For students who were planning to complete BTEC Nationals this summer, the government has confirmed that your grades will also be calculated. Results day for level 3 BTEC qualifications this summer will be on Thursday 13 August 2020.

Calculated results will draw on a range of evidence, depending on the structure of the qualification. They may be based in part on teacher, trainer or tutor judgements of the result you would most likely have achieved had you been able to complete your assessments this summer. Any centre assessment grade will be based on a range of evidence held by the school, college or training provider. However, there are still details to be worked out between the awarding organisations and Ofqual and we will update this page with further details when they are available. If you were due to take assessments for Functional Skills qualifications before the end of the summer, you will also receive a calculated result.

For International Baccalaureate courses, DP and CP exams scheduled between 30 April and 22 May will no longer be held. You will be awarded either a diploma or a course certificate which reflects your standard of work, based around your coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes.

We want to reassure you that we will do everything we can to support you in your application to study at DMU and we plan to have our Clearing process open to continue our support through the summer period. To find out more about vocational and technical qualifications, visit the gov.uk website.

When will I get my results?

The UK government has confirmed that this year A level results will be released on Thursday 13 August and GCSE results will be released on Thursday 20 August.

I’m worried about not achieving the results I need with this new grading system, what can I do?

If you are concerned that you might not achieve the results you expected as part of the new grading system then Ofqual, the government’s examinations regulator government, will allow for an appeal where appropriate. There may also be the option to sit an exam or other assessment at some point in the autumn, depending on the qualification.

Ofqual will let you know about this in the coming weeks and will keep updating its guidance as new information becomes available, including sharing details about vocational and technical qualifications, so please keep checking the gov.uk website for more updates.

At DMU, we recognise this year has presented some unusual circumstances and we will be reviewing results and wider applications closely. We want to reassure you that we will do everything we can to support you in your application to study at DMU. We plan to have our Clearing process to continue our support through the summer period, so please keep checking our website for more information on this.

If you do have concerns and would like to speak to us, then our enquiry team will be happy to support you. You can get in touch by calling +44 (0) 116 2 50 60 70 or via WhatsApp on 07970 655 800.

How will grades be calculated for the Access to Higher Education Diploma?

Students planning to complete their Access to HE Diploma by 31 July 2020 will receive calculated grades for all remaining assessments with submission dates after 20 March 2020. For more detailed information about this, please visit the Access to HE website.

I’ve received an offer, what do I do now?

Congratulations on receiving an offer to study. The next step is to accept your offer via UCAS Track. To give you more time to make your decision in light of all the recent changes, UCAS has now extended its reply deadline until Thursday 18 June.

Having this extra time to reply to your offers will hopefully ease any pressure you might be feeling. You can find out more about this on the UCAS website.

I attended an audition/interview or submitted a portfolio, why haven't I got an offer from DMU?

It could be that offers following these processes are impacted by the current pause of making certain types of offers. If you haven’t heard from us, then please contact our enquiry team by calling +44 (0) 116 2 50 60 70 or via WhatsApp on 07970 655 800.

Is student finance affected?

No, you are still able to apply for student finance. Head to the finance section on the UCAS website to find out more about the process. You can also read more on the DMU finance page.

The Student Loans Company contact centre has reopened for students and applicants in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland after a temporary closure. If you have any questions about your application for student finance, check its FAQs page first.

Applicants and students in Scotland can visit the FAQs page on the SAAS website for further information and updates.

Information for international applicants

Is it still safe to come to the UK to study?

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority, so please rest assured that we are following the government’s advice and guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect anyone who could be at risk.

We are accepting applications as normal, and will do everything we can to ensure students are still able to enrol on our courses this year. If we are required to make any changes to courses, deadlines or entry requirements then we will update you as soon as possible.

I’m an international student, will exam cancellations affect my application?

If you’re concerned about exam cancellations and how this might impact you, then please rest assured that your application is important to us and we’ll do all we can to support you.

We recommend you keep up to date with the advice provided by your school, university or test centre on arrangements for exams. You can also check the relevant exam board’s website for updates. These can be accessed here:

It’s important to remember that your offer at DMU isn’t necessarily decided on just your grades. Information in your personal statement and reference are part of your application, along with any interviews you are invited to attend and any portfolios, auditions, and other information that’s relevant to your application.

University fairs in my country have been cancelled – how can I now get in contact with DMU?

For overseas applicants, you can find out more about life at DMU on our international student support pages.

This is where you can also find the contact details for our International Office – in-country representatives and agents who are on hand to support you with the application and offer process. We encourage you to keep in touch with them for the latest information.

The IELTS centres in my home country have closed and I won’t be able to achieve the result I need in time. What should I do?

If you are an international applicant and English isn’t your first language, we accept a range of qualifications equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Depending on where you studied, your high school qualification may be considered. For more information, please contact our enquiry team by calling +44 (0) 116 2 50 60 70 or via WhatsApp on 07970 655 800.

Will DMU extend the deadline for meeting entry requirements to students who cannot get a visa?

We will do everything we can to help students enrol in the nearest intake without compromising their academic experience. We are committed to being as flexible as possible, including supporting visa applications until the latest viable date in accordance with Home Office requirements.

If you are able to use a super priority visa service, we recommend choosing this. You can find out more about this here, as well as the opening times, address and contact details for UK visa application centres near you. Please be aware that choosing a priority visa service will incur a cost.

UK Visas and Immigration is continually reviewing requirements and we are monitoring this closely. You can find further details on the website.

My college/university is closed which means I will be unable to take my exams and my graduation date might be postponed. Will this affect my ability to get a CAS letter from DMU?

To release a CAS letter, we will need your final academic transcripts and confirmation of award. If you are unable to provide the required documents in time to join your chosen intake, we can defer your entry to a later intake. We have intakes in January, May and September, so we can offer flexibility, and if you are unable to provide the documents we need in time for your planned start date, we will issue you with a CAS for the new start date, subject to you meeting all Tier 4 eligibility requirements in place at that time.

UK Visas and Immigration is continually reviewing requirements and we are monitoring this closely. You can find further details on the website.

Are you still running pre-sessional English language courses?

All of our pre-sessional English language courses will continue to run on the dates advertised here on our website. The courses will be taught through a series of live online classes supported by interactive online learning materials, so you will still benefit from the structure of a classroom. The classes and supporting material are developed and delivered by the experienced teaching team at DMU’s Centre for English Language Learning (CELL). Applicants will receive information on how to access the online learning with their pre-course information which will be sent to you at a later date.

CELL is accredited by the British Council and is a member of English UK, the national association of accredited English language centres, and the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes. This means you can be sure that you are receiving the highest standard of English tuition informed by current best practice.

 
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