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Pre-application FAQs

If you're interested in studying at Reading, but you have not yet applied, you may have questions about how we're processing applications and ways you can engage with us before applying. We've compiled answers specifically for you on this page.

We'd also encourage you to read through our post application FAQ page, where we've compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions from our applicants and offer holders about next steps in the application process.

We update all of our FAQs regularly as we receive additional information and as government guidance changes. Although you are not currently one of our students, you are welcome to take a look at the things we have put in place to support the student community during the outbreak.

When do applications open for September 2021 or future years?

If you're interested in undergraduate study, you will need to apply through UCAS. The UCAS equal consideration deadline has now passed, however, we are still accepting late applications for entry this September (2021) until 30th June for most courses, subject to availability. To avoid disappointment, we would recommend applying as soon as you can if you are interested in studying with us this September, as courses may close to new applications as they become full.

Postgraduate students can apply directly to the University from September 2020 for September 2021 entry. Read more about postgraduate study.

For more information for undergraduates and postgraduates on how and when to apply, visit our page. Our International Foundation Programmes (IFP) are accepting direct applications through our online application form.

What will happen to my application once I've submitted it?

Your application is important to us and our staff are well equipped to work remotely under the UK's current stay at home guidance, so we do not anticipate any disruption in assessing your application. You can follow progress in considering your application on Me@Reading Applicant.

How long will it take to make a decision on my application?

We are working to our normal application assessment timeframes, which means you will typically hear from us within two to four weeks. PhD applications take longer because we involve your future PhD supervisor in the assessment process. You can follow progress on your application assessment on Me@Reading Applicant.

What are the deadlines for applications?

For postgraduate applications, apart from our MSc Speech and Language Therapy, we don't have a final deadline to submit applications. However, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible so that we are able to make a decision on your application before the start of term. This is especially important for international students who require a visa to study in the UK. You can read more about applying for a UK student visa on the UK Visa and Immigration website.

For undergraduate applications, you should aim to apply via UCAS between 8 September 2020 and 29 January 2021 for admission in September 2021. (The UCAS equal consideration deadline was originally 15 January but was extended to 29 January in light of the national lockdown). We can still accept applications after this date but please be aware that some of our courses may be closed.

You will only be eligible to apply for accommodation after you receive an offer to study with us.

Will halls of residence be open if I want to live on campus?

It is our intention for halls of residence to remain open for students starting with us in September 2021, subject to any government restrictions. We continue to work closely with our halls provider, UPP, to put the necessary social distancing and cleaning arrangements in place for our students. We will monitor the government's developing advice and will be prepared to make additional arrangements as required, including facilitating quarantine if needed.

Visit our post-application FAQs page which we're regularly updating as we receive more detailed information from areas across the University.

I'm thinking of applying to Reading for September 2021 (or in future years). How can I learn more about the University?

We're thrilled you're considering Reading! Due to current government advice regarding the coronavirus pandemic, we are sadly unable to run on-campus events and instead have a range of online resources and virtual events available. Our virtual taster sessions enable you to explore your chosen subject at university-level. To help you with your application process, you can also join webinars and listen to podcasts on topics such as:

  • Personal Statement Tips  
  • Making the Most of a Virtual Open Day 
  • Choosing a Course.

We've also created a Virtual Experience Hub which allows you to explore our campus and facilities, chat to our students, and get a sense of what it might be like to study here with us. We understand that one of the most important things is to get a feel for campus and to interact with us as much as possible, so we're making sure we have lots of information for you to virtually experience campus and meet our staff and student support staff.

If you are interested in postgraduate study, please register your interest and we will keep you updated on postgraduate study and event opportunities via email.

Do you accept Duolingo test results for evidence of English language proficiency?

We are unable to accept Duolingo test results as evidence of English proficiency. We are able to accept IELTS and some other equivalent certifications as listed on our English Language page.

What are Reading's plans for Autumn 2021 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic?

We will be providing teaching through a combination of regular face-to-face on campus sessions and online learning in 2021/22, as part of our ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Subject to any changes in government guidance, we are planning for our campuses to be open in the autumn, with our full range of facilities and services - such as the Library, Support Centres, catering and SportsPark.

Please see our separate page for further information about our plans for 2021/22. We have provided more detailed information on the arrangement for live interactive sessions and guided learning activities in our email to current offer holders; please check your email for full information related to our teaching and learning provision for autumn term 2021.

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