FAQs for UK/EU applicants

We understand that you may have questions at this time. To help, we have put together some FAQs which will hopefully answer some of them. If there is something else you would still like to ask us, please get in touch by email to marketing@derby.ac.uk or call us on 01332 591044.

If you’re concerned about your grades and how they will be assessed, please refer to the letter that was sent out by Ofqual to all GCSE and A-level students on the 3 April. The letter clearly sets out how your grades will be calculated and we now know that A-level results will be issued on the 13 August as planned.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Yes, nothing has changed regarding your offer from the University of Derby. We will contact you when you need you to do anything. Meanwhile, if you have any questions you can contact the team on askadmissions@derby.ac.uk.

We always consider each application on individual circumstances and merit. If your assessed grades don’t meet the conditions of your offer, we will contact you to tell you if we can still offer you the course you applied for or an alternative. This will be based on your assessed grades and your supporting application.

Your school or college will be asked to send exam boards two pieces of information for each of your subjects, based on what they know about your work and achievements:
  • the grade they believe you were most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned.
  • within each subject, the order of students at your school or college,by performance, for each grade. This information will be used to standardise judgements – allowing fine tuning of the standard applied across schools and colleges.

Your school or college will consider a range of things like your classwork and homework; your results in assignments and any mock exams; any non-exam assessment or coursework you might have done; and your general progress during your course.This information will allow Ofqual and the exam boards to standardise grades across schools and colleges, to make sure that, as far as possible, results are fair and that students are not advantaged or disadvantaged because their schools or colleges are more generous or harsh than others when making those judgements. That means the final grade you get could be different from the one your school or college sends to the exam board.

Further information can be found on the Ofqual website.

Your interview will still take place virtually; we will send you details of this by email. Please contact askadmissions@derby.ac.uk if you have any concerns about your interview.

It is our intention to start the next academic year, as planned, on Monday 21 September when our University Welcome and Induction programmes commence, ahead of teaching starting on Monday 28 September. There will be a small number of programmes that will have different start dates and if this applies to you, we will contact you further about this in the coming weeks.

Your accommodation would still be guaranteed. We would look at individual circumstances and try to place you in accommodation as close to your original requirements as possible. During the COVID period your contract terms will be adjusted to provide maximum flexibility. We will keep you updated with any changes.

Our University is planning to reopen in September, any visits prior to this date will not be possible. We will keep you updated over the coming weeks and in the meantime you can take a look around our Virtual Open Days.

As for our new students, we are currently planning for courses to start in September. If you are a current student moving onto your first year of a degree course please refer to our Student FAQ’s.

Please do let us know if you are having issues. We are constantly reviewing our deadlines and we can advise accordingly.

Your offer letter advised that you should accept your offer within 14 days. This deadline has now been extended to 28 days. Once you have accepted it, you will still have a further 14 days to change your mind. Please email acceptmyoffer@derby.ac.uk as soon as possible to indicate whether you wish to accept your offer, or askadmissions@derby.ac.uk if you have further questions.

We are currently anticipating that to manage the need for social distancing some aspects of your studies will be delivered via virtual learning, with lectures – typically for larger groups – delivered online for the first term at least. We will give you regular on-campus contact time with your teachers, in small teaching groups, tutorials and practical sessions, including sessions in our laboratories. Right now we are working on the above as our absolute Plan A – what we are aiming to achieve – but that we will also need to watch how the Covid-19 crisis unfolds and react accordingly.

Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances, we’re unable to run our Open Days on campus however we do have digital alternatives so you can still have a look around. Please check out our Virtual Open Days where you can tour the campus, accommodation, the City of Derby, and watch some subject videos.

We are currently anticipating that to manage the need for social distancing some aspects of your studies will be delivered via virtual learning, with lectures – typically for larger groups – delivered online for the first term at least. We will give you regular on-campus contact time with your teachers, in small teaching groups, tutorials and practical sessions, including sessions in our laboratories. Right now we are working on the above as our absolute Plan A – what we are aiming to achieve – but that we will also need to watch how the Covid-19 crisis unfolds and react accordingly.

If you are a current offer holder with the University please speak to you admissions advisor by emailing askadmissions@derby.ac.uk. If you are new to the University our Fast Track to Clearing is now open on available courses, please check the course you are interested in on our website to see if it is available through clearing. If we’re able to make you an offer through Clearing, you’ll just need to add us as your Clearing choice in UCAS Track.

Everything you need to know about funding your studies, as well as how to apply, can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance. You should submit your application before 22 May 2020 by visiting: https://www.gov.uk/apply-online-for-student-finance  

If you received all of your offers by 4 June, you have until 18 June to make your decisions and reply in UCAS Track. Here’s some helpful advice from UCAS on replying to your offer: https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/after-you-apply/types-offer/replying-your-ucas-undergraduate-offers

At this stage you may send us alternative documentation if you have this. You may also be able to approach your school for an example for confirmation, or send your results notifications in the meantime. We recommend you still try to secure an official documentation where you can and contact us if you are still experiencing any issues.

We consider each application on individual circumstances and merit. If your assessed grades do not meet the conditions or you have not met other conditions of your offer, we will contact you to tell you if we can still offer you the course you applied for or if we can offer an alternative. It’s important to note that we don’t just assess your application based on your grades, your supporting application and passion for the subject is important too.

We consider each application on individual circumstances and merit. If your assessed grades have not met the conditions of your offer we will contact you to tell you if we can still offer you the course you applied for or if we can offer an alternative.  It’s important to note that we don’t just assess your application based on your grades, your supporting application and passion for the subject is important too.

If you wish to take a gap year and start your studies in 2021, the process will still be the same for those students who were meant to be taking their exams this summer, whether you start in 2020 or 2021. Please note deferral requests are considered, and are not automatic, as it will depend on course availability for 2021.

If you have received an offer from us and put us as your first choice you can now apply for accommodation. You can find out more about how to apply here. If you haven’t had a chance to see our accommodation, you can go on a tour by visiting our Virtual Open Day.

If you have applied to stay in University accommodation, or wish to apply for a place, then we look forward to welcoming you into our Halls. As you will understand, the arrangements may differ to what was typical until the pandemic, but we will ensure that you are safe, able to make friends and have access to everything you need in your new home.

To help you during this uncertain period we are ensuring that our accommodation contracts are as flexible as possible. For instance, we will support you if you want to start your studies as planned in September but only take up accommodation in January.

Last updated: Monday 8 June 2020 15:58:30