Information for prospective students - January start

This page has been developed to provide information to students starting their studies in January 2021. If you are due to start your studies in after this date then information will be shared about your intake closer to the time. In the meantime, you may still find the information on this page of interest to you, but please be aware that it may change.

This page was updated on 18/01/2021 to provide an update on our plans for online teaching. We expect to be teaching online until the Easter Vacation Period and information about this can be found in the Further Information section below.

The following has been designed to provide you with information, advice and guidance regarding the University’s position on Covid-19 and any changes which may have been made to your course of study as a result of the pandemic.

In many cases, there are no changes, but it's important to us that we provide you with these details before you register with us later this month. Please make sure you read the information carefully, which will include any changes to:

  • Course content
  • Duration
  • How your course will be delivered
  • Cost
  • Method of assessment
  • Award or accreditation
  • Possible location of delivery

Please note there are no changes to the cost of any courses.

You’ll also find more information on how we are responding to the unpredictable nature of Covid-19 at the bottom of the page. It’s really important that you take the time to read through this to make sure you have all the details you need.

If you have any questions after reading this page, please contact us using the details at the bottom of the page. We will also include a link to this page and to our FAQs in all of our future communications with you prior to the start of your course.

This information is correct as of 18 January 2021 and we recommend that you check back regularly for updates.

Course-specific information

Choose your course

Please select your course from the menu below to show the details of any changes. If there is no change, you will see ‘no change’ listed.

If you are holding an offer for a course with professional experience or studying abroad, we hope that by the time you come to this part of your course the pandemic is no longer impacting us, however we cannot guarantee this. 

  • School: School of Health and Society
  • Content: No change
  • Duration: No change
  • How it will be delivered: In line with the Government announcement on 4 January 2021, this course will be taught predominantly online until at least 22 February 2021. You will be expected to come onto campus for clinical skills sessions. Further updates will be provided to you as and when the situation changes.
  • Cost: No change
  • Method of assessment: No change
  • Award or accreditation: No change
  • Possible location of delivery: No change
  • School: School of Science, Engineering and Environment 
  • Content: No change
  • Duration: No change
  • How it will be delivered: In line with the Government announcement on 4 January 2021, this course will be taught predominantly online until at least 22 February 2021. You will be expected to come onto campus for clinical skills sessions. Further updates will be provided to you as and when the situation changes.
  • Cost: No change
  • Method of assessment: No change
  • Award or accreditation: No change
  • Possible location of delivery: No change
  • School: Salford Languages
  • Content: Laboratory classes may have to be adapted, in some cases, to ensure the safety of students and staff. 
  • Duration: No change
  • How it will be delivered: In line with the Government announcement on 4 January 2021, this course will be taught online until at least 22 February 2021. Further updates will be provided to you as and when the situation changes.
  • Cost: No change
  • Method of assessment: No change
  • Award or accreditation: No change
  • Possible location of delivery: No change
  • School: School of Health and Society
  • Content: No change to taught content, however, at present we are unable to offer students the opportunity to work within the NHS as a Band 2 Healthcare Assistant - full details of the course can viewed on our Coursefinder page
  • Duration: No change
  • How it will be delivered: In line with the Government announcement on 4 January 2021, this course will be taught online until at least 22 February 2021. Further updates will be provided to you as and when the situation changes.
  • Cost: No change
  • Method of assessment: No change
  • Award or accreditation: No change
  • Possible location of delivery: No change
Further information

Update following the announcement of a national lockdown on Monday 4 January 2021

The information available to you further down this page was prepared in advance of the Government announcement on Monday 4 January regarding the national lockdown. Since that message we have been working hard to provide information to our students and applicants about how this announcement will affect your studies.  

We have now updated the course menu above to show how each course has been affected by the pandemic. Universities have been instructed to deliver courses online where feasible and, based on current information from the Government, we believe it is unlikely that on-campus teaching will be allowed to restart before the end of March.

As such, unless we receive other advice from the Government, online teaching will continue until the Easter Vacation Period. The vacation commences Monday 22 March 2021.
There are exceptions to this, predominantly for heath care courses, and you will see this detail in the menu above.  

Timetable clarification
For those of you studying courses within: 

  • School of Science, Engineering and Environment
  • Salford Business School
  • School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology
  • Salford Languages

Your course is fully online until the Easter Vacation Period unless we receive updated advice from the Government. Due to the late notice of this request from Government, we are still updating timetables with this information. Should you see any teaching events on your timetable that show as being on campus, these will now be online.
 
For students within the School of Health and Society, unless you are on a course that is exempt from being online, the above also applies to you. Please select your course from the drop-down menu above to clarify whether you will have teaching on-campus or not.
 
For those on exempt health and social work courses, your scheduled, on campus teaching will go ahead as planned.

We have provided a range of information for you in our FAQs which have been updated following the Government announcement. If you do have any questions ahead of starting your studies, please contact enquiries@salford.ac.uk in the first instance.  

Covid-testing on campus for students

For students studying on campus from 25 January 

We are recommending that those students who are moving to Salford this month to begin their studies on campus (permitted courses only – see your course information above) take a PCR test if possible before leaving home and take two lateral flow tests, three days apart, on arrival in Salford. 

If you live in the local area and will be commuting to campus for your studies, we recommend that you take two lateral flow tests, three days apart, the first on your first visit to campus.  

The lateral flow tests will be available in the testing centre located in the Sports Centre from Friday 8 January and can be booked through your Advantage account (you can access Advantage once you have completed your student registration). The centre will be open between 8 - 15 January (including the weekend) and then Monday – Friday from Monday 18 January until the end of the month. 

For students beginning their studies via online delivery 

We will assess the situation at the point of you coming on to campus and advise you at that stage what testing may be required. 

How will the University respond in the event of a further lockdown?

Throughout the global pandemic, we have worked closely with Salford City Council and the NHS Trusts in Salford and Greater Manchester in order to make the best decisions for our community.

Both separately and together, we have planned for a number of scenarios relating to Covid-19. One of these is what will happen in the event of a local lockdown. There are an emerging number of different approaches to lockdown and the advice set out below is an example. We will provide specific information and advice based on the nature of any local lockdown.

Salford lockdown

If the University is required to go into lockdown, the University campuses will close as they did in March 2020. This means that all teaching will move online. Our teaching staff are prepared for this scenario, to enable you to continue your studies with minimal interruption. We will let you know if assessments need to change and what to do with regard to any practical element of your course.

Whilst all campus buildings will close, you will still be able to access askUS and the Students’ Union support services via telephone and online.

The library will move to online access only and you will not be able to take out or return books. Where you have equipment out on loan, we will advise if this can be kept until we reopen or if it must be returned.

Depending on health advice provided by local authorities and the UK government, students living in student accommodation may be specifically asked to either continue living in their student accommodation or to return home if possible. Those unable to return home, for example due to family circumstances or travel restrictions, will be supported while they remain in their student accommodation.

Lockdown of another area

Many of you live outside of Salford and it may be that your area goes into a local lockdown. If this happens, please comply with all requirements set by your local authority.

If you want information or support on how local lockdowns may affect you, and your ability to engage in your studies and the wider student experience, please contact your School.

If you want wellbeing, financial or accommodation support, or need advice on anything else connected to your life outside of your timetabled lectures and seminars, please contact askUS.

If this impacts your ability to engage with your studies, please contact your course tutor to explain the situation. They will then advise on the best course of action, which could include submitting a Personal Mitigating Circumstances note (PMC) or it may be that they can assist you with continuing your learning online. Courses will vary depending on a number of factors, so please get advice for your specific circumstances and don’t rely on information from friends.

The event of a local lockdown may also change who teaches your course or the way in which it is delivered – it may, for example, be your tutor that is impacted. As stated in our Terms and Conditions, we will give you notice as soon as reasonably practicable and do what we can to minimise any adverse effects on your learning.

Keeping up to date

In the event of a lockdown prior to you joining the University, we will inform you directly if it affects us here in Salford and would advise that you please check the University website (www.salford.ac.uk) and your personal email address for the most up to date information. Once you have registered with us formally and your student account is created, all information for students will be accessible via the Student Hub and shared with your University email address. Please be aware that not all information shared on social media is correct and we would always advise that you check the official University channels.

Please be assured the University has plans in place to address the situation of a lockdown and will continue to support you. If you have any worries or concerns about this information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

What will the teaching week look like this year?

Your health and safety, and that of the whole University community is our priority. We need to adhere to social distancing guidelines and to changing government and Public Health England guidance to ensure that we help control the spread of Covid-19.

Creating a socially distanced timetable is really challenging, especially when organising 35,000 teaching activities. Ordinarily, classes are scheduled Monday to Friday, from 9am to 6pm, and we're trying hard to stick to this. We are still working on our timetables for this coming year and we have decided to deliver large lectures online to free up more spaces for safe face-to-face teaching. 

There is a small possibility that, in exceptional circumstances, classes may take place outside of this time frame, including weekends. Your course timetable will be made available to you on or around the 18 January which will provide you with the full details. 

What does the academic year look like?

Our academic year is divided into three terms, known as trimesters, which are 14 weeks long, including vacation periods. To see an overview of the 2020/21 academic year, please click here

 

How will the University communicate with you before you join us and then once you've started your course?

While you are an applicant, all communications will be sent to the email address you gave as part of your application. If you applied through UCAS, please make sure you keep your details on UCAS up to date as our information comes from there. We may also use your postal address and your mobile number, so keep these up to date as well.

Once you have registered for your course you will have a University email address set up and given to you, we will then use this for all future communication. You will receive information from a number of different places once you've registered, so it's really important that you continue to check your University email address.

How can I stay up to date?

This page, our FAQs and our FAQs for international students will be updated with any further information that comes in. As you can imagine, we are reviewing and responding to government and Public Health England guidance regularly and the picture can change. If there is a significant change to your course, we will inform you directly.

As part of the registration process, you will confirm that you have read and agreed to the information on this page so it’s really important that you read carefully and ask us any questions you might have.

It's difficult for us to make guarantees as we’re sure you can appreciate, but we will keep you up to date as best we can.

Contact us

If you have any queries about this or anything relating to your future studies, please give us a call on +44 (0)161 295 4545. We’re all working from home but available to take your calls, on live chat, on email and we’d recommend that you follow our social media channels too. Get in touch!