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Pre-application FAQs

If you're interested in studying at Reading in September 2020, but have you 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 information 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.

These FAQs also address the provisions the University has put in place for the start of term in autumn 2020. 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.

Is the University still receiving and considering applications for study?

The deadline for applying to our undergraduate couses for entry this September has now passed. Any applications will now need to go via Clearing.

The deadline for our Pre-Sessional courses for 2020 entry has also now passed.

Our International Foundation Programmes (IFP) are still accepting direct applications through our online application form.

 The vast majority of our postgraduate programmes are still able to receive applications and these are being assessed as normal. You can apply for our postgraduate programmes via our online application service.

Will the University still be open for Clearing applications?

Yes. Clearing is currently open. Visit our Clearing website for further information.

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, so we do not anticipate any significant disruption in assessing your application. However, please bear with us if considering your application takes slightly longer. You can follow progress in considering your application on Me@Reading Applicant.

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

Currently, we're not experiencing delays on applications, so we are working to our normal application assessment timeframes. For undergraduate and master's programmes, this is typically less than three 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, 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 or overseas 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.

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

Do you have opportunities for me to experience campus for September 2020 entry?

Due to current government advice regarding the coronavirus pandemic, we are sadly unable to run our usual on-campus events and experiences. You can however undertake a self-guided, outside-only tour of our beautiful Whiteknights campus (pre-booking is required and this opportunity is reviewed in line with government guidance).

You can also explore our campus and facilities on our Virtual Experience Hub to get a sense of what it might be like to live and study at Reading and chat to our students - a great way to get first-hand information about what it's like to be a student with us.

Will halls of residences be open if I want to live on campus in September?

It is our intention for halls of residence to open in September, subject to any government restrictions, and we look forward to welcoming halls residents as planned at the start date of their contracts in September. We are working closely with our halls providers, UPP and Unite Students, to put the necessary social distancing and cleaning arrangements in place. We will monitor the government's developing advice and will be prepared to make additional arrangements as required, including facilitating quarantine if needed. Please also visit our Post-application FAQ page which we're regularly updating as we receive more detailed information from areas across the University.

I am interested in applying for September 2020, so how will classes be taught and what can I expect teaching to look like?

We will be offering a flexible, blended model of face-to-face and online teaching and learning to ensure that any offer-holder can start their programme in the autumn, whether they are able to come to Reading or whether they study with us remotely. We are looking forward to welcoming all of our students who are able join us on campus in September. In order to create a safe and supportive study environment, we will be adapting our teaching, facilities and services to comply with the UK government's social distancing and safety requirements. While we intend that welcome activities and teaching will take place on campus, we are also taking into consideration the needs of our students who may not be able to travel to campus in September by making all lecture and core course content available online, providing regular interactive sessions both face-to-face and online and providing academic support from your lecturers and Academic Tutor in-person and online. We've also outlined our commitment to our specialist support services and student life; and if you intend to join us on campus, some information about accommodation. For detailed information, please visit our Post-application FAQ page which we're regularly updating as we receive more detailed information from areas across the University.

When do applications open for September 2021 or future years?

If you're interested in Undergraduate study, you apply through UCAS, which open its applications in September for the next year of study (so if you're interested in September 2021, you can't apply until September 2020).

Postgraduate students can apply directly to the University from September 2020 for September 2021 entry; you can read more about postgraduate study here.

I'm thinking of applying to Reading for September 2021 (or in future years). How can I attend an Open Day or 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 as usual. Our Open Days will run as virtual events on 3 October (10:00-13:00) and 10 October (13:00-16:00), and you will be able to attend subject talks, chat with staff and students, find out about our campus and accommodation options, and all aspects of study, support and student life through chat channels and talks.

As well as our Open Days, we have a range of online resources and virtual events available. Our virtual taster sessions enable to explore your chosen subject at university-level, and you can attend or view webinars and podcasts to help you with the application process, with topics such as Personal Statement Tips, Making the Most of a Virtual Open Day, and 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 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 would like to visit campus, you can take a self-guided, outside-only tour of our beautiful Whiteknights campus (pre-booking is required and this opportunity is reviewed in line with government guidance).

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 next Master's Virtual Open Day will take place on 13 November (11:00-14:00). This virtual event will include presentations and Q&A sessions with academic staff on our different master's courses, as well as live chat with our current students. Booking will open one month before the event and, if you have registered your interest, we will email you when booking opens.

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