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?
- What will happen to my application once I've submitted it?
- How long will it take to make a decision on my application?
- What are the deadlines for applications?
- Will halls of residence be open if I want to live on campus?
- I am interested in applying for September 2021; how will classes be taught and what can I expect from teaching?
- I'm thinking of applying to Reading for September 2021 (or in future years).How can I learn more about the University?
- The UK Government has announced that A level exams are cancelled this summer and will be replaced with teacher assessed grades. How is the University of Reading handling this situation?
When do applications open for September 2021 or future years?
If you're interested in undergraduate study, you will need to apply through UCAS. Applications open in September for the next year of study and our now open for September 2021 entry.
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 How to Apply page. Our International Foundation Programmes (IFP) are accepting direct applications through our online application form.
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.
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.
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 has since been extended to 29 January in light of the national lockdown).
You will only be eligible to apply for accommodation after you receive an offer to study with us.
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.
To create a safe and supportive study environment, we have adapted our teaching, facilities and services to comply with UK government advice relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have designed a blended learning environment, combining face-to-face interactive sessions (outside of national stay at home orders) and online core course content. We believe that this approach offers our students the best quality learning experience in the current circumstances, for students on campus and for those who may need to study remotely temporarily.
It is too early to predict what the situation in the UK will be in September 2021, but we are committed to continuing to offer our students the best possible learning environment.
Please note: In line with government direction, teaching provision for the majority of our programmes will be online only until at least 8 March 2021.
The government has confirmed face-to-face teaching can continue where necessary for specified subjects including: Education - Initial Teacher Training, Physician Associates, Pharmacy, and Speech & Language Therapy. For these programmes we are continuing our blended teaching approach of online and some face-to-face teaching.
For programmes with placement, practical or studio activities that cannot easily be replicated online, we will prioritise some appropriate face-to-face provision of these activities for students on these programmes, as soon as possible after 8 March 2021, if the government permits it and it is safe for us to do so.
For all other students, the University has made the decision that all remaining scheduled teaching sessions will continue to be delivered online only for the rest of the spring term. This will also help reduce the risk for our community, by minimising the number of people on campus and the number of students needing to return to Reading.
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.
Our admissions policy has been, and will continue to be, that we look at every application individually, and we will always consider applicants who may achieve lower than their predicted grades. In many cases, we are still able to offer applicants a place at Reading by taking into account their entire application and not just confirming an offer only based on final achieved grades. It might also help relieve some concern to know that if you have chosen or intend to choose Reading as your firm choice, we are able to guarantee you a one-grade drop on your offer across a majority of our programmes.
We would encourage you to continue studying and working on any assignments or lessons your school will provide during the current national stay at home order, and to focus on your and your family's health and wellbeing. We'll continue to keep our offer holders informed on Me@Reading and via email.