Covid-19 (Coronavirus) FAQs

We are all facing extraordinary, unprecedented global challenges and having to make decisions about future commitments with an ever changing backdrop of information.  We have put together answers to some of the most frequently asked questions by our international community of students and agents so you can quickly find out what is happening at the University of Brighton.

Current students

Will the University be closing?

Following the Government’s announcements about the closure of our country’s schools, colleges and the cancellation of public exams, the University has now moved to remote working, including remote teaching, learning and assessment for its students. Whilst the University will continue to operate in this remote format, all university buildings (except for halls of residence) closed at 5pm on Friday 20 March until further notice.

Should students who are currently enrolled with UK institutions return to their home countries?

This is entirely the decision of the individual student, their parents /sponsors / supporters. The University will continue to support students who opt to return home to continue with their studies. Any students considering going home for an extended period should notify their course leader on the form provided on our International FAQ page.

Can the student remain in their accommodation over the summer break if they can’t return home safely?

Yes, all students who live in halls will continue to have accommodation provided. Those students in private accommodation should check with their own landlord. We are looking at a range of options for how we can continue to support to EU/International students who may not be able to travel home.

As the UK government has announced that they won’t be testing for those who have mild symptoms, is there any assistance from the university to seek advice if they’ve got the symptoms?

The Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England are still the best sources for up to date information and advice relating to the virus. Our advice is still to contact NHS 111 or NHS111 online in the first instance they will advise you what to do if you are displaying symptoms.

What will the impact be on visas in relation to students who left their course and the UK this week?

Any international/EU student who wishes to or is required by their sponsor to return home for an extended period will be supported in continuing their studies. Please take a look at our guidance for international students on their visa status.

Are exams being cancelled?

No, exams are not being cancelled; the University will be switching to online assessments rather than holding exams. Please check Student Central for your own individual assessment arrangements.

How will students be assessed at the end of the study period in the absence of formal lectures and group tutorials?

Students should submit coursework assessments as per normal processes. Assessments will continue as planned where possible and alternative arrangements will be put in place on a module by module basis. Any changes to assessments will be communicated through student central so please keep checking.

Returning students

Can I expect the university to start as normal in September?

We are continuously monitoring the situation and liaising closely with Public Health England (PHE). We will know more closer to the time.

What will happen if the student cannot return after Easter due to travel restrictions?

The University will continue to support students with their learning through remote online learning. The student should stick to the timetable they have been issued – this will ensure there are no module clashes. Module tutors will endeavour to use these slots to deliver teaching, respond to student questions or facilitate a discussion forum. For those students who have a time difference which makes this unreasonable these sessions will be recorded in Microsoft Teams so you are able to access the material at a later date.

Can students stay in the UK away from college?

This is entirely the decision of the student themselves. The University will support all students, regardless of their location, to continue their studies through remote online learning.

Applicants

What will happen to the foundation students in regards to degree course applications?

We expect all students completing Foundation or Pre-Masters studies within our University of Brighton International College (UBIC) to be able to progress onto their chosen degree course just as they would in any other year.

Will students receive a refund for the weeks of lessons they miss?

All students have now moved to remote learning and are being fully supported to continue their studies online.

Are we looking at online delivery for courses starting in September 2020?

The University is accepting applications for 2020 entry as normal and will be monitoring the situation closely over the next few months. We will provide further updates in due course.

Can I apply for accommodation now for 2020/21?

Yes, application for university halls is now open. You will receive your invitation to apply very soon. All eligible applicants are guaranteed an offer of a room in halls. We are reviewing our application deadline with a view to extending it, given the degree of upheaval caused by COVID19.

How can I find out more about being a student at Brighton?

There are still loads of ways to find out about studying here. Get in touch with our enquiries team online, by phone and through live chat. Message current students and say hello through the Unibuddy app and book a place on our regular online events. We are updating Twitter and Facebook and keeping the positive vibes growing on Instagram. There are loads of great courses and subject social media channels too. Finally, make sure to read or emails – we will send you helpful reminders and advice on a regular basis.

Find out more about studying with us

We have a series of online events planned where you can chat to staff and students. Find out more here.

You can also ask questions to current students and read blogs they have written through our website.

Our enquiries team deal with the majority of queries key contacts can be found on our website here.

 

Brighton secures top 10 position in the UK’s Best Student Cities

Brighton, the city that we call home and share our name with has been ranked in the top 100 globally (up 9 places from last year) and in the UK top 10 of the QS Best Student Cities 2019. This secures our position in the UK top 10 for another year running, which goes to show that Brighton is a fantastic location for students to study and live.

Brighton is a diverse, friendly and liberal city; steeped in creativity and unique charm it is home to our 21,000 students from over 140 different countries. Located on the South-East coast of England, based closely to Gatwick airport and Heathrow Airport, Brighton is often referred to as London-by-the-sea; whilst within easy reach of the real London (only 55 minutes away), Brighton has its own flavour of culture, art, sport, history and landscapes to rival those of the “Big Smoke”, and we’re located on the beach!

We have a host of events that entertain throughout the year and positions us nationally and globally as a hot tipped destination for visitors ( last year we welcomed 11 million tourists to Brighton), including the Brighton Fringe Festival, Brighton Festival, Great Escape Festival, Digital Festival, Brighton Pride and more! Whatever suits your students, we are sure Brighton will have something to make them feel at home when studying.

Brighton’s vibrant community celebrating the UK’s biggest Pride festival last year! Fun fact, the building in the background, The Royal Pavilion, is where the University began it’s journey over 150 years ago as a dedicated arts school!

 

How to take on the Clearing process with the University of Brighton

It is always the high point of the admissions cycle when we reach the summer and all hands are on deck for processing results, securing a CAS, applying for visa and getting the last factors ready before helping your students arrive to the UK. Our admissions members based at Brighton are busying away, making changes to student applications and receiving many new applications when clearing started in July.

And as we approach the A-level results day, we know that a number of students internationally will be receiving their results and may want to make a change to their current course decision after achieving higher in their results, may not have even started the process of applying but now know they want to come to the UK, or have slightly missed the grades for their first choices of university but still want to study at a modern, fast-paced institution.

That’s where our main clearing processes come into place, and whilst you should have all received the email in regards to what to do with clearing applications to Brighton, this post will hopefully be a reminder to help with having a smooth week from next Thursday on wards.

Emails

As always, during confirmation and clearing there may be a slight delay in responses to your emails as the agentapps team will be assisting colleagues with other admissions work during this busy period. Where possible we will work through all emails in date order and will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.

Applying through clearing

If you have an applicant who wishes to apply to the University of Brighton as a clearing applicant, please follow the below guidance to ensure a swift response.

If you wish to call the university for a quick decision, please do so from August 15th – 21st, on +44 (0) 1273 644000.  If you call the university directly we can pass your phone call to the International Team for their immediate decision. I would also encourage applicants to phone in themselves on these days as we may wish to speak directly to students at this time of year, to assess their suitability.

Please note, for some courses that require either a Skype or in person interview it may be necessary to assess suitability in the initial phone call and then, if appropriate, arrange an interview for a specific time and date.

If you prefer to email your clearing enquiry please send this to agentapps@brighton.ac.uk and include the following information.

Applicants Full Name:
Date of Birth:
UCAS ID:
Course:
Telephone Number:
Email address:
Academic qualifications (attach copies):
English qualifications (attach copies):
Portfolio link (Art/Media courses only):

It is essential that you send this email ‘high importance’ and include the words ‘URGENT CLEARING ENQUIRY’ in the subject line of the email, so that we can easily see that the email is about clearing.

Clearing is a very busy time for all involved and we thank you in advance for a collaborative approach to the way we work. Any questions, as always pop them in the comments box. Happy Clearing!

NSS Results show Significant Improvement

The 2019 National Student Survey (NSS) results were published on Wednesday 3rd July.

​Professor Ruth Whittaker, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Education & Students, reflects on the 2019 NSS results:

They show that 80.29% of our students were satisfied or very satisfied with their overall experience, 3.68% up on 2018 – amongst the largest increases by a university. We have seen improvements across all measures with improvements of around 3% across a number of key measures, including TEF metrics.

This is fantastic news and is down to the outstanding efforts of colleagues across the University to enhance the student experience. It is especially gratifying to see the targeted interventions we have been making reflected in these latest results. As an institution with learning and teaching at its heart I want to see us do more to celebrate and share our best practice and successes.

September 2019 Application Deadline Dates

It’s  beautiful sunny day on the South Coast, and we are really excited to report that clearing applications are well underway with our enquiries and admissions teams taking multiple calls daily. It only seems fitting therefore that we share with you the application deadline dates for the summer months.

These deadlines are to assist with your application procedures to ensure that students will apply on time and have sufficient amount of time to apply for their CAS and then subsequently their visa.

Please use the below table as guidance for submitting new applications to the University of Brighton. If you contact us with all documents to hand i.e transcripts/ references/ personal statement/ English language certificates and submit the application correctly through your portal, we will try to accommodate to these requests past the application deadline dates (please note the headings refer to where students will be applying for their visa).


Access to your portal and detailed instructions on application procedures can be found on the blog under the “Brochures, Procedures and Presentations Tab”.

As always any questions, let us know in the below comments.

New Entry Requirements- Canada, China, India, USA and IB!

As informed from our last newsletter, the international office and admissions teams have been reviewing some of our entry requirements. We are bringing you an important announcement to recent changes in requirements for a number of regions. These changes fall in line with the internal market changes, changes in region and in-market demand.

Canada

Undergraduate: We require Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a minimum of 65-70% in six grade 12 U or M courses OR Alberta/ British Colombia/ Nova Scotia High, Secondary School Graduation Certificate with a minimum 65-70% in at least five grade 12 courses OR Manitoba High School Diploma with a minimum of 65-70% in at least five 300-level Grade 12 subjects. For all other Canadian provinces please contact us directly.

Postgraduate: We require a four-year bachelor’s degree or a three-year Baccalaureat or Bachilier degree with a GPA of 2.5 for courses that require a 2:2 equivalent, or 3.0 for courses that require a 2:1.

China

Undergraduate: We will consider the National College Entrance Examination (NCEE)/ Gaokao with a minimum score of 75% overall and 75% in any required subjects. Some courses may require higher at 80%. Applicants with 70% can apply and will be considered. Students taking the Senior Secondary School Certificate (Huikao) need to take and successfully complete an international foundation year.

Postgraduate: Applicants are required to hold a four year benke bachelor degree OR a master degree with an overall grade between 60-70%. Students graduating from a prestigious university may be considered if slightly lower than the 60%, please contact us directly for more information.

India

Postgraduate: We previously had not considered applicants who had not studied at a state university. We will not consider these students for entry onto our masters courses. Please contact us for more information if you have an applicant.

USA

Undergraduate: We will require students to pass their High School Graduation Diploma with a 3.0 GPA plus one of the following:

  • a score of 1600/2400 on pre-2016 SAT Reasoning Test (SAT)
  • a score of 1050/1600 on hte new SAT Reasoning Test (SAT)
  • an ACT of 24+
  • 2 AP tests with scores of 3 or above (dependent on course)
  • 2 SAT Subject Specific Tests (SATS) with minimum scores of 580 in each.

We will also accept a minimum of 30 US college credits.

Postgraduate: We require a four year bachelor degree with a minimum GPA of 2.6. For some courses a GPA of 2.8 will be required.

International Baccalaureate 

We welcome applications from students who are completing either the full IB Diploma or components of the IB Diploma. If a student is taking components of the IB, our admissions team will make an individual assessment of the application. We recognise the equivalency of an IB Certificate at Higher Level as equivalent to an A level, and an IB Standard Level as equivalent to an AS level. We will also consider students taking the IB Career-related programme, these will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

We will communicate changes to requirements to you as and when there may be changes. If you have any questions about requirements, as always send us a question!

 

 

Summer Pre-Sessional English Courses

Does your student need to re-take IELTS to meet the conditions of their offer?

If your student has already achieved IELTS 6.0 it is still possible to join our 8 week summer pre-sessional course. If students pass this course they will not need to take IELTS again before joining their degree in September. The course begins 23rd July and the last date to qualify for a visa is the 2nd July.

We also offer a 12 week summer pre-sessional course starting on 25th June available to student with IELTS 5.5 with no component below 5.0. The deadline to receive CAS is the 4th June and therefore the deadline for applications for this option are fast approaching.

For those students with degree offers for September 2020 applications are now open for our year-round pre-sessional. Stage I of the course requires a minimum IELTS of 4.0 and begins in October 2019 and again in January 2020, but if  scores are higher than this students can join later in the year.

More information on the courses with the Brighton Language Institute can be found on our website; this is also where you will apply for the courses.

2019 International Scholarships- Deadlines Approaching

As we approach the summer months, and we welcome the hugely anticipated sunshine, we will also be coming to the submission deadlines of our international scholarship applications. International scholarships are available to high-achieving undergraduate and postgraduate international offer holders from all subject disciplines.

From Autumn we have been receiving applications and during the Spring term, we started awarding scholarships to worthy individuals. Applications still remain open for the following scholarships:

  • International scholarships worth a £5000 reduction of full tuition fees available to full-time undergraduate or postgraduate students regardless of their country of origin.
  • 1 full tuition fee scholarship for a full-time postgraduate taught student who has previously graduated with a first-class degree or equivalent and is a national and resident of one of the following countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nigeria, Pakistan or Vietnam.

These will be awarded to international students who meet our course entry requirements and have received an offer, meets the relevant eligibility criteria for each scholarship, and who show excellent grades in their previous education.

Once a student holds an offer of a full-time place on a course at the university, you  should email internationalscholarships@brighton.ac.uk quoting their eight-digit student number in the subject line. We’ll then send you an application form which involves filling out a some details and a writing a personal statement explaining why the student is applying for a scholarship, mentioning achievements to date, plans of future careers, how studying in the UK will benefit the student and what the student aims to achieve upon graduation. All the details are listed in the application form to help your students when completing it.

The deadlines to submit potential applications are:

  • 31st May full fee tuition scholarship for full-time postgraduate students from the above listed countries.
  • 30th June for £5000 international scholarships.

The final award committees take place in June for applicants for the full postgraduate scholarships and July for the £5000 international scholarships. Students will know by the dates on whether they have been successful in their application.

As well as the above awards, the University of Brighton also participates in and offers alternative scholarship opportunities including Forward Bound, International Research Scholarships, International Huxley Scholarships and Santander scholarships. Further details about these can be found on our website.

Please spread the word amongst your prospective offer holders and we look forward to receiving applications from you shortly.

Bringing you the Brand New BSc (Hons) Nutrition

The University of Brighton’s host state of the art facilities including the Culinary Arts Studio, a replica or a working restaurant kitchen.

It is a topic that is rarely out of the media and we are constantly being encouraged to think more about our diet and its impact on our health and the wider environment. Our Nutrition BSc (Hons) degree will help students become part of the solution to these issues, opening doors to a diverse range of career opportunities, and turn their interest in food into a professional career.

This new course offers two specialist pathways:

  • Nutrition with Public Health BSc (Hons)
  • Nutrition with Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)

Years 1 and 2 will consist of core modules dependent on the chosen pathway and in year 3 students will choose their optional modules. Example modules include (not an exhaustive list):

  • Food Policy
  • Global Health
  • Community Engagement for Public Health
  • Nutrition Consultancy
  • Food consumer behaviour
  • Nutrition for physical activity

Our teaching team have experience of teaching and research related to nutrition, dietary analysis, food, sport and health. They also act as consultants to food SMEs, NGOs, businesses and the wider health sector. Course content has been mapped against the Association for Nutrition (AfN) degree criteria.

With the inclusion of 2 work placements in a not-for-profit organisation and a consultancy project with a commercial organisation, for example with food banks, health and sport centres and sport teams, and access to sport and exercise science labs, the newsroom and our culinary arts studio, this hands-on course will put learning into practice and will prepare students for successful careers in nutrition.

Key Facts

  • Taught mainly in Eastbourne with some classes taught in Brighton.
  • £14,460 per year for international fees.
  • IELTS 6.0 with 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other sub-skills.
  • Academic requirements can be found on the course page on the “International Requirements” tab.

Find out more and apply for your students on the agent portal or UCAS.

Any questions, please ask us!

 

NB (please note,this new course is in the final stage of development and may change. Check our website for latest information).

Top 10 Ranking for our Art and Design Courses!

The University of Brightonís annual Graduate Show where more than 500 final-year-students showcase their creations at the university.
www.andyweekes.net

We are absolutely delighted to share this news with you; we have been ranked 8th in the UK and 38th worldwide for art and design! In the most recent QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019, Brighton features 8th in the UK for Art and Design and 38th internationally – jumping up six places internationally since 2018.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019 are internationally recognised and rank the world’s top universities in individual subject areas, covering 48 subjects.

With a rich history in art & design, tracing back over 150 years ago when we started as an art school in 1859, Brighton continues to deliver exceptional, individualistic art courses to students.

Find out more about our courses:

Undergraduate

 Postgraduate

Or ask us a question!