Prospective Student FAQs - Get Ready for September

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This page has been developed to provide information to students starting their studies in September 2020. If you are due to start your studies in January 2021, this information will be updated and sent out to you directly in December 2020. 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 30/09/2020

The health and wellbeing of our students and staff remains our top priority during this period of uncertainty. We are doing all we can to provide information and guidance to our prospective students, and will continue to do so, being as open and honest with you as possible.

The FAQs below cover some of the most common queries we are receiving from our prospective students. In some cases, we do not have the answers as we are responding to new information and changes in the situation as it develops. For the latest government advice and guidance please visit the gov.uk website. 

If you're an international student, we've provided some additional information for you here

Once you've registered as a student at Salford, you will gain access to our Student Hub which contains a wealth of information, including the latest updates on our response to Covid-19 and preparations for the new academic year. 

Our Recruitment and Admissions teams are still working, both on campus and from home, and are available to discuss any of your concerns via the usual contact methods:

Preparing for September

Are you still accepting applications?

Undergraduate Degrees

Yes, we are still accepting applications for September 2020 entry via Clearing which is now open. We have a range of courses available in Clearing and will welcome applicants who do not gain a place at their chosen institution or have not already applied to university. 

You can find more information on Clearing, including eligibility, the courses we have available and entry requirements, on our dedicated webpage. Once you have made a decision, please call us on 0300 555 5030 to apply. 

Degree Apprenticeships

Applications for degree apprenticeships are made directly to the University following a consultation with your employer. Please email the Apprenticeships team on apprenticeships@salford.ac.uk for more information. 

Postgraduate Degrees

If you are applying for postgraduate taught courses and research degrees, these should be sent directly to the University.

I need a DBS and/or occupational health check before I start my course - how does this work?

A number of our courses will require students to complete a DBS and/or occupational health check before starting their studies. We will start to contact these students after results day in August to help you organise this. For more information, please visit our DBS, Occupational Health, Immunisations, Uniforms page. 

Can I apply for the NHS Learning Support Fund bursary?

As announced by the government at the start of the year, financial support is being made available to students studying a number of healthcare courses from September 2020 via the NHS Learning Support Fund.

For more information, including whether or not you are eligible to apply, take a look at the booklet created by the NHS Learning Support Fund. Their team also ran a Facebook live to answer questions about the scheme. 

Applications to the NHS Funding Learning Support Fund opened on 1 July 2020, and they recommend that you apply by the end of July to ensure your funding is in place for the start of your studies. For more information, including how to apply, please visit their website

I am unable to provide copies of certificates to support my application due to Covid-19. What should I do?

We know that the closure of schools and universities may make it difficult for you to get certain information to us. If we have set you a deadline you cannot meet due to Covid-19, please contact us so that we can make alternative plans. We will only ask you for information that is absolutely necessary to assess your application at this time.

Will January 2021 intake be affected?

At the moment, we're focused on what is happening in September. We understand, however, that our January students also have concerns, and whilst we are unable to confirm where we will be come January, we would encourage you to prepare for some level of online learning. 

Registration and Induction

When does term start?

We can now confirm that the autumn term will start on Monday 28 September 2020. For an insight into how we are planning to shape teaching and learning to give you the best Salford experience, please take a look at the recorded messages from Dr Sam Grogan, our Pro Vice Chancellor for Student Experience:

How do I register as a student?

Every year, our students are invited to confirm their status as a student at the University of Salford via email once their offer has been accepted; this is processed online, so you won’t need to come on to campus. These emails will be sent out to you from Monday 17 August – once your place at Salford has been confirmed – and will also provide you with your unique student ID number, pin and a direct link to our Welcome website which will provide you with further information.

If you have any questions, please contact the Registration team by calling 0161 295 0023 (option 3, option 1) or email registration@salford.ac.uk – please note, the team are available 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday.

How do I get my student ID card?

If you complete your online registration before the first week of September and provide us with a UK term time address, we will post your student ID card out to you.

If you complete your registration after the first week of September, the Registration team will contact you via email to arrange an appointment to collect your student ID card on campus.

If you have any questions, please contact the Registration team by calling 0161 295 0023 (option 3, option 1) or email registration@salford.ac.uk – please note, the team are available 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday.

Will the changes to the registration process affect my student finance?

No, your student finance will not be affected by any of the changes this year; once you have completed the online registration process, this will confirm that you are a student at Salford and eligible to receive your funding. So, don’t worry, you will receive your first instalment at the start of term.

What's happening at the start of term?

From Monday 14 September – Friday 25 September, we will be offering a range of virtual, academic induction activities which will give you the opportunity to start engaging with your course, peers and academic tutors ahead of teaching which will commence on Monday 28 September.

At Salford, we understand that a student’s experience goes beyond the academic teaching on your course. To welcome you into our diverse community, our Students’ Union (SU) are developing an exciting package of activities and events as part of the Welcome programme. There will be at least one social event a day, from Monday 14 September – Sunday 27 September, and there will also be some activities during the first trimester.

At the moment, the majority of these events will be online, though the SU are also hoping to provide some on-campus activities in our Atmosphere Kitchen and Bar, including a quiz night, cocktail and mocktail mixing, and pizza making classes, though this will depend on government guidance regarding Covid-19. 

While it is not mandatory to attend your academic induction or our welcome events, we highly recommend that you do as they're a great way to settle into university life. 

Please note, the SU will not be hosting any club night freshers' events and will not be selling wristbands - any wristbands advertised as official are fake and we urge you not to purchase these. 

How will you ensure the safety of students on campus?

At Salford, our priority is to ensure the safety of our students, staff and visitors. We are following government and Public Health England advice and guidance regarding Covid-19 to ensure our campus is a safe and secure environment for all.

Preparations to welcome you onto campus in September is an ongoing process, but you can find guidance on what to expect on our dedicated webpage: Staying Safe. You will also find a risk assessment and our Community Pledge which is a shared commitment for all our students and staff to keep our campus safe. 

Please take the time to read through the information on Staying Safe carefully, and you are welcome to discuss any concerns that you have with your Student Progression Administrator by emailing the relevant School content below:

Will students need to wear a face covering whilst on campus?

As we are following government and Public Health England guidance regarding Covid-19, we will be asking our students to wear a face covering for all face-to-face activities and when entering our buildings. 

What should I do if I'm exempt from wearing a face covering?

We are working on a procedure for this with our Students' Union and will advise our students on the steps to take before term starts on 28 September. 

When will I get my timetable?

Once you have registered as a student at the University of Salford, you will receive an email with a link to your personal timetable and some general timetable guidance – these emails will be sent out from Monday 1 September 2020.

For an overview of the 2020/21 academic year, including a breakdown of each trimester and vacation period, please click here. The majority of our courses do not have teaching during trimester 3; however, if you are on an accelerated course, a course aligned with a healthcare profession or a course with a mid-year start, you will be taught during this period.

If you have any questions, please contact the Timetabling team by emailing timetable-enquiries@salford.ac.uk.

I'm studying a Health course - how do I collect my uniform?

Once you have registered as a healthcare student (Diagnostic Radiography, Midwifery, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Prosthetics and Orthotics) at Salford, you will be invited by our uniform supplier, Alexandra, to order your uniform. The emails will be sent out from Monday 14 September, and there will be a limited time to submit your order online, so please register as soon as possible to activate your University email address. 

As soon as the uniforms have been produced (in around 4-6 weeks), they will be sent out to the address you inputted when submitting your order.

Any information you need, including guidance videos on how to measure yourself and the contact details for Alexandra will be included on the email, so please don’t worry.

Please note that if you are studying Prosthetics and Orthotics, your email will be sent out from Monday 7 September.

Accommodation

When can I move into Campus Living Villages accommodation?

Students will be able to move into their accommodation from 18 September. There will be safety measures in place, such as social distancing and time slots, to avoid congestion. 

If you have booked and confirmed your accommodation, you will receive an email from our partners, Campus Living Villages, during the first few weeks of August to book a time slot for your arrival. It is important that you confirm your time of arrival as we will be working to ensure the safety of everyone involved. 

We are currently advising that students moving into their accommodation are assisted by only one person, in order to maintain social distancing. However, we understand that under certain circumstances, some students may require more assistance, so please do not hesitate to contact us as this will be assessed on an individual basis.

Please remember to confirm your time of arrival and if you have any further queries, please email salford@clvuk.com.

If you are moving into private accommodation, please contact your provider to make sure you're aware of any specific measures they will have in place when you arrive. 

Will I be able to socialise with my flatmates?

Yes, and once you move into your accommodation, you and your flatmates will be considered a household, so please ensure you’re aware of the latest government advice as you will be required to comply with any restrictions regarding Covid-19. 

If you or a housemate begin to display any symptoms and are required to self-isolate, the CLV team will be there for you every step of the way, from providing food parcels to arranging cleaning to looking after waste.

How can I stay safe?

We are following government and Public Health England advice and guidance to ensure the safety of our students moving into campus accommodation. Our accommodation partner,  Campus Living Villages (CLV), are working hard to provide each of you with an online induction to ensure we can maintain strong hygiene standards throughout. 

CLV has also introduced several measures throughout their accommodation in preparation for welcoming you in September to help maintain your safety, including: 

  • Plexi-glass safety screens at all reception desks
  • Hand sanitiser dispensers at the entrance and exits of every building
  • Face coverings to be worn in communal areas outside of your flat
  • No guests or visitors
  • One-way systems and floor stickers to promote social distancing in communal areas
  • Reduced capacity in communal areas, including common rooms, gyms and laundry rooms
  • Communal and busy areas will be cleaned and sanitised regularly
  • Latest government advice displayed via posters and on digital screens in reception areas
  • All staff members will be temperature checked at the beginning of every shift and have relevant PPE available

Please note that while guests/visitors will not be allowed into your accommodation, this is being reviewed every month. 

You can find more information on how CLV plan to help you keep safe here

What support is available to students in campus accommodation?

Campus Living Villages (CLV) works closely with our askUS student support service to ensure you are supported as you move in and with any changes you may experience whilst away from home. askUS services are currently being delivered online and over the phone to ensure that support is accessible for everyone wherever and whenever they may need it.

Can I still book a room?

Yes, we still have rooms available in Peel Park Quarter and John Lester and Eddie Colman Courts which can be viewed here - any cancellations we may have are released back onto the website every Thursday at midday.

If you haven’t seen our campus accommodation during a previous open day, please get in touch with us as we have videos of each room category so you can virtually view them.

Are there any other accommodation providers?

You will also be able to find accommodation with Manchester Student Homes, a free, university-run housing service for students. They offer free, independent housing advice and only advertise properties from accredited landlords who have signed up to their Code of Standards. For more information on their services, please visit their website. You can also contact them directly, by calling 0161 275 7680 or email manchesterstudenthomes@manchester.ac.uk

Teaching and Learning

How will I be taught?

Providing our students with a hands-on, practical learning experience is something we strongly value at Salford. While things will not be as they once were, this September we are striving to create an environment that ensures your safety whilst enhancing the way we teach.

We are committed to providing each of our students with as much face-to-face teaching as possible. To do this safely, however, we have made the decision to deliver all large lectures online as this will free up more spaces which can be used to provide distanced yet engaging teaching on campus.

Online teaching will be delivered via Blackboard, our virtual learning environment, which has been upgraded to ensure you have a positive and beneficial learning experience come 28 September. Please note that all lectures and relevant learning materials will be uploaded onto Blackboard, so you won't need to watch your lectures live. As a student at Salford, you will also have access to Microsoft Office and the ability to download all relevant applications onto your personal devices.

How will you support students with a disability or learning difficulty as you alter the way we learn?

Please be assured that students who require adjustments for teaching are being considered in each of our plans. While we are still working through some of the details ahead of September, you can visit our dedicated webpage for more information on how we can support your during your studies. 

From July to the beginning of September, our Disability and Learner Support team will begin to run a series of Transition events to help you prepare for university. Initially, these will be virtual sessions and you can select to attend the ones most relevant to you. To register your interest, please complete this form and we will send you further information in due course. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Disability and Learner support team by calling 0161 295 0023 (option 1, option 2) or email disability@salford.ac.uk.

I'm concerned about not having access to technology.

Please be assured that we have several measures in place to assist your access to technology, including:

  • Book a PC in the Library 
  • Ability to loan a laptop from our library - capacity increased to 500
  • Developed our Virtual Desktop Infrastructure to provide you with access to virtualised applications on your own device
  • Discounted equipment available through the XMA Online Shop

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have introduced the Salford Education Technology Fund which is to be used towards the cost of a laptop or desktop computer. You can find more information on the fund, including eligibility and the application process, here. If you have any questions about the Salford Education Technology Fund, please email SES-SETFund@salford.ac.uk

How can I travel from Peel Park to the MediaCityUK campus?

Our students can travel for free from Peel Park to MediaCityUK by showing their student card when boarding the 50 bus. The number 50 bus is operated by Stagecoach, an external bus company, who run a frequent, timetabled service between Peel Park and MediaCityUK. As with all bus companies, Stagecoach will be adhering to social distancing measures on this and all of their services - please note, you are required to wear a face covering on public transport. 

If you would prefer not to use public transport, some of our students also walk or cycle to MediaCityUK in 30-40 minutes from our main campus. 

Campus Life

Is the Students' Union (SU) going to be active from September?

Yes, and we have a wide range of societies, sports groups and social activities on offer so that you can pursue your passion or try something new. While some of our events may be online at the start of term, our SU are working hard to provide you with an exciting social life outside of the classroom, and we'll update you on this once a plan is in place. 

The SU's Atmosphere Kitchen and Bar will also be open to students from 28 September, though certain measures will be introduced to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors, including social distancing, reduced hours and cashless transactions.

For the latest updates, follow the Students' Union on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

Will the library be open to students in September?

Salford's Clifford Whitworth Library will be open to our students from September to ensure you are able to benefit from the facilities and resources we offer. Please be assured that you will still be able to take books out, though you will not be able to browse the shelves due to social distancing restrictions - all requests can be made through the new ‘Click and Collect’ service on the Library website.  

We have redesigned our Library spaces to ensure the safety of our students and staff when using the library; this will involve restricting the number of people entering the library, creating a one-way route around the building and creating a more rigorous cleaning regime of the laptops we loan to students.  

Our students also benefit from an extensive range of online resources, including electronic journals, E-books, newspapers and a range of specialist databases. For the next academic year, we have also purchased thousands of new resources to increase our digital content and, where possible, have linked these directly to your online reading lists. All these electronic resources are available off campus, and you can also download various digital tools to enable you to easily access them.

For more information on what to expect, please visit the Library webpage.

Please be assured that there are several study spaces available in the majority of our buildings across our campuses, so you'll be able to find a quiet place to work. 

Will the Sports Centre be open?

The Sports Centre on campus began a phased reopening on 14 September 2020, with Fitness classes and the Sports Hall reopening in the first phase. For the latest information on the Sports Centre, including the opening hours and membership prices, please visit their webpage

Am I able to park on campus?

Yes, and we have multiple car parks available across our Peel Park and Frederick Road campuses - take a look at our campus map for more information. 

If you choose to use a University car park, you will need a valid parking session which students can purchase hourly, weekly, monthly or annually. There are several ways to pay for your parking, and you can find more information, including prices, on our dedicated webpage

Please note that you will be able to purchase annual, monthly or weekly parking sessions via our online shop from Monday 14 September; however, you will not need to purchase a parking session until Thursday 1 October 2020. 

Student Support

What student support services are in place at Salford?

We want you to enjoy your time studying at Salford, but we understand that you may need a little extra support. askUS is our dedicated student support service, offering advice and information on a range of matters, from finance to wellbeing and counselling to disability and learner support.

I'm worried about my mental health

Within our dedicated student support service, askUS, the Wellbeing and Counselling team are on hand to support you throughout your studies. We've created a webapge to provide you with more information on our wellbeing service, including who to speak to about your mental health and guidance on how to ensure you remain supported once you start university. 

Previous students tell us that getting support in place early or ensuring any existing support they had in place was transferred to Salford, really helped them to enjoy and succeed in their studies, so we would encourage you to start the process as soon as possible. 

For more information, please call the Wellbeing team on 0161 295 0023 (option 1, option 1) or email wellbeing@salford.ac.uk.

Student Minds, the UK’s student mental health charity, are also here to help you and are aware that you may be experience a level of distress due to the outbreak of Covid-19. If you're in need of support during this period of uncertainty, please visit their page for more information.uncertainty, please visit their page for more information. They have also established a resource called transitions, to provide you with information and tips to guide you through the process of moving and settling in to life at university. 

I need more information about childcare.

We understand that as a parent of young children, you need support at a time and place that suits you. Salford have a wealth of support services available to you, from our dedicated student service, askUS, to our on campus nursery, Busy Bees. 

Busy Bees reopened on Monday 10 August 2020, and you can find more information and their contact details on their website

How does Salford support prospective students from under-represented groups?

The University of Salford offers a range of support and advice through our askUS service for care experienced young people, disabled learners, young carers and estranged learners (students who will be studying without family support). We will support you every step of the way, and as a student at Salford, you will have access to our counselling and wellbeing services to ensure you reach your full potential.

You can find support from several dedicated charities across the UK, such as Buttle UK who provide grants and assistance to vulnerable young people, Rees Foundation who strive to help care experienced individuals and Stand Alone who offer advice and support services to people estranged from their families.

There are also a range of services available to you across Greater Manchester, and you can find the contact details for these and each university on the Greater Manchester Higher Website.

Does Salford offer bespoke virtual visits for students?

We currently offer virtual visits for students who are eligible for support at Salford if they are care experienced or a care leaver.

You will have the opportunity to meet the care experienced support team from our askUS service, meet academic staff from your chosen course, take a tour of the campus and speak to current care experienced students about life at Salford.

To arrange a bespoke virtual tour, please contact careleaver@Salford.ac.uk - you can also invite another person who currently supports you to accompany you on your virtual visit. 

Video and Email Communications

Videos

Our Pro Vice Chancellor for Student Experience, Dr Sam Grogan, has created a series of videos to provide you with an insight into how we are preparing to welcome you in September as we navigate our way through Covid-19 safely. Please take a look at each of the videos below for more information on how we plan to give you the best Salford experience, including our changes to teaching and campus safety: 

Emails

Over the past few weeks, we will have sent you an email linking to Dr Sam Grogan's video update regarding the start of term - Monday 28 September 2020 - and our new plans to deliver teaching in an effective and convenient way. Please don’t worry if you have missed any of the emails as we have uploaded copies of them below – simply select the one most relevant to you.

Undergraduate Study

Salford City College Students

Hopwood Hall College Students

Postgraduate Taught Programmes

Live Q&A Sessions

Where can I find the University's Facebook Live Q&A sessions?

Over the past few months, we've had lots of questions on how the Covid-19 pandemic will impact your university experience once you join us in September. Staff from across the University have come together in our Facebook Live videos to answer your questions and provide you with an insight into our preparations for September; click the links below to find out more: 

Postgraduate Study

Can I still apply?

Yes, we are still accepting applications for September 2020 entry; all applications for postgraduate study are made directly to the University of Salford via our online application form.

While there is no set deadline for applications – as programmes have different entry dates – we recommend that you apply at least 6 weeks before your preferred start date so that we have time to process your applications and contact you once a decision has been made.

Are there any changes to entry requirements?

We recognise that this has been a challenging year for everyone, however your university will have altered any assignments and examinations to reflect this where necessary.

At Salford, we will do our best to consider the impact of the circumstances whilst maintaining the academic entry requirements of our programmes – these can be seen on course pages here.

I am an undergraduate student applying for a master’s – do I need to send in my degree classification?

Yes, as soon as you receive your official degree classification, please send it to us so that we can update your application. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us on 0161 295 4545 or email enquiries@salford.ac.uk.

What are your plans for September?

We can confirm that all teaching for September 2020 entry will commence on Monday 28 September, and we are committed to providing each of our students with as much face-to-face teaching as possible. We are currently developing a socially distanced timetable for each of our programmes to ensure the safety of our students, staff and visitors on campus and these will be available to you at the beginning of September.

In the meantime, please take a look at the recorded messages from Dr Sam Grogan, our Pro Vice Chancellor for Student Experience, for an insight into how we are planning to welcome and teach you in September:

I've applied - how can I prepare for September?

Our I've applied - what's next page has everything you need to know about preparing to join us in September, whether you need to apply for accommodation, secure funding or find support.

How can I find out more about Salford?

We have a range of postgraduate events throughout the year, including Open Days, live presentations and Q&A sessions. Visit our Postgraduate Events page for more information. 

Do you offer deferrals for postgraduate courses?

Yes, we do. If you would like more information on this, please call us on 0161 295 4545 or email enquiries@salford.ac.uk.

Degree Apprenticeship

I've applied for a degree apprenticeship - will I start in September too?

Yes, and we can confirm that our autumn term will start on Monday 28 SeptemberYou will be sent information on your individual timetable in early September, and we are currently developing a plan of how our students will learn whilst ensuring their safety on campus. We are hoping to provide each of our students with a combination of both online and face-to-face learning, though we will update you on this once a firm decision has been made for your course. 

Are you still accepting applications?

Yes, and applications for our degree apprenticeships are made directly to the University, following a consultation with your employer. For more information, please contact the Apprenticeships team by emailing apprenticeships@salford.ac.uk.

I and/or my employer need to speak to someone.

If you or your employer require any support, please contact the Apprenticeships team, by emailing apprenticeships@salford.ac.uk, as they will be happy to help you and answer any questions you may have.  

Placements

Will my placement be delayed due to Covid-19?

To enable our ability to maintain relationships with wider placement circuits and ensure high quality placements we are working collaboratively with partners across Greater Manchester and beyond. If a placement is integral to your course completion, please be assured that we are working hard to ensure that this practical element is priority, and that we will be putting relevant measures in place to ensure that you will complete this placement. 

As part of my course, I will be completing a healthcare placement – will I be safe?

Placement providers are following Public Health England (PHE) guidelines, which includes the use of PPE where appropriate. To keep safe, students should ensure they remain informed of the latest government and PHE advice.

I have a health condition – how will that affect me on placement?

All students are required to undergo an Occupational Health assessment prior to going on placement. If you have specific worries, especially with regard to Covid-19, these can be discussed with the Occupational Health Nurse or Doctor and your personal tutor at Salford.

General

I need to contact someone

The team are back working on campus and available via phone (0161 295 4545), email (enquiries@salford.ac.uk) and Live Chat (red chat icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen). 

Our opening hours are:

  • Monday to Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Fridays: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Can I speak to a current student who is studying my chosen course at Salford?

You can find out more about your course and chat to current students on our Unibuddy platform. Feel free to sign up, read some of the student ambassador profiles and ask questions to learn more about student life at Salford.

Archived FAQs

When will I hear back about my application?

Our Admissions team is working hard to process all applications as fast as we can, but it may take a little longer than usual as we are currently working from home.

My interview has been cancelled - how does this affect me?

All pre-offer interviews have been cancelled due to the current circumstances. For applicants affected by this, we have made the decision to base our offers on all of the information provided in the application form, including your personal statement and references alongside your academic profile.

I was due to sit the MSAP test – what’s happening with this?

We are unable to run the MSAP test as planned this year. Instead, we will be asking all applicants to complete an assessment as part of the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) process. You will see a change in your offer on UCAS which will provide you with the contact details of the tutor who will be able to provide you with more information on this. 

When do I need to make a decision on my firm choice of University?

UCAS has given all applicants extra time to make their decisions during this challenging time. If you received your last offer on or before 4 June 2020, then you must reply by 18 June 2020 (unless you’re using UCAS Extra to find a place). If you received your last decision on or before 13 July 2020, you must reply by 20 July 2020, including any of your UCAS Extra choices.

What will happen on results day?

If you are successful in securing a place at the University of Salford, you will receive a text message and an email confirming your place on Thursday 13 August. If you receive your qualifications prior to this date, a decision may be made sooner – if this is the case, we will communicate with you directly.

Please be aware that it is extremely important that your contact details on UCAS are correct, including your residential address as we may also send out some surprises!

When will I get my results?

It has been confirmed that students will receive their results on the following dates:  

  • Scottish Highers: Thursday 6 August 2020 
  • A-levels: Thursday 13 August 2020 
  • RQF BTEC: Thursday 13 August 2020
  • GCSEs: Thursday 20 August 2020 

We should be receiving the results for QCF BTEC qualifications from Monday 3rd August, so please keep an eye on UCAS Track for further updates on your application. 

What will happen if I decide to appeal my grades?

If you applied to us via UCAS and received a conditional offer but have decided to appeal your grades, please contact the Admissions team on 0161 295 4545 who will be able to help you. 

If you have not yet applied to us and have made the decision to appeal your grades, you are still welcome to apply to us through Clearing. Please call a member of the team on 0300 555 5030 as they will be happy to take your application and advise you on the next steps.

I am completing a BTEC or another vocational/technical qualification – will I still be awarded grades?

The government has confirmed that BTEC Nationals, vocational and technical qualifications should be treated in a similar way to GCSEs and A-levels, which means that you will be awarded with a calculated grade if you were due to complete the course before the end of summer. 

I have applied for deferred entry - will I be at a disadvantage as I won’t have taken any exams?

Although you have applied for deferred entry, you will be considered in the current admissions cycle, and you will not be at any disadvantage. 

Will you automatically receive my revised grade(s)?

Yes, we automatically received your A-level and BTEC Centre Assessment Grades via UCAS. If we were your firm choice and you now meet the conditions with your revised grades or you have decided you would like to study at Salford, please call us on 0300 555 5030 to discuss your application. 

I am a private/independent candidate - what is happening with my qualifications?

Ofqual have acknowledged that this is an anxious time for private and independent candidates and are continuing to explore options for students who have been home-schooled, are studying independently or are following distance-learning programmes.

Ofqual’s advice is to contact your assessment centre to explore your options, but there may be circumstances where they are unable to award a grade. Due to this, we may be able to set a piece of work in addition to the other evidence you have provided.

If you have been informed that you will not be awarded a grade(s), please email applications@salford.ac.uk and let us know which course you have applied for and the qualification(s) you were expecting to complete so that we can provide you with the next steps.

If you are an applicant with GCSE conditions, we have emailed you to ask for further information as we will then be better informed to help you. You will also find some information on the UCAS website which might help.

Accommodation - Can I move in early?

There will be some opportunities for students to move into their accommodation ahead of Friday 18 September; for more information on this, please visit the Campus Living Villages website

Accommodation - What can we do in the week between moving in and the start of teaching?

At Salford, we understand the importance of helping you settle into your accommodation and meeting new people, so we are working to do this whilst maintaining your safety. We are hoping to provide you with a combination of virtual and outdoor events - dependent on government advice - that will enable you to meet and socialise with the other students in your building.

Are you selling wristbands for Freshers week?

Unfortunately, our Students' Union will not be hosting any club night events during Freshers week and will not be selling any wristbands. Any wristbands that are being advertised as official are in fact fake, and we urge you not to buy them.  

I've been out of study for a long time and I'm nervous about going back into classes - what support do you offer?

Our teams are here to help and support your transition back into study during this challenging time, and we are developing a package of resources and information to assist you over the summer period.