University Centre Myerscough's Higher Education Centre =
University Centre Myerscough's Higher Education Centre =

Coronavirus Information, FAQs and more

Coronavirus Information

Our plans for September...

Here at University Centre Myerscough, we are determined to provide the best experience for you. We are planning for all our courses to start in September. We are thinking about some of the questions that you may have and we’ve tried to answer these below to reassure that you will be able to start to study with us as planned.  

University Centre Myerscough Assessment and Joining Instructions (23/7/20)

Students of University Centre Myerscough letter (UPDATE 13/07/20)

We will let you know any changes via updates to these FAQs, or by direct communication (email or letter). 

A brief overview of our anticipated approach depending on the Government guidelines and Covid-19 alert levels is as follows:

Government Covid-19 alert level 

COURSE DELIVERY 

Student Support Services 

CAMPUS Resources 

(Library, HE Centre, Restaurants etc.) 

Level 5 

A "material risk of healthcare services being overwhelmed" - extremely strict social distancing 

All online 

All services are online, with emergency on-call arrangements in place 

Campus resources closed 

Level 4 

A high or rising level of transmission - enforced social distancing 

Mainly online with some essential on-campus delivery following social distancing and health and safety measures 

Student support services delivered mainly online with some essential on-campus availability following social distancing and health and safety measures 

A small number of essential campus resources open following social distancing and health and safety measures 

Level 3 (current level) 

The virus is in general circulation - social distancing relaxed 

On-campus delivery where possible following social distancing and health and safety measures. Some large group teaching may continue online supported by on-campus small group seminars and workshops.  

All student support services available on-campus following social distancing and health and safety measures 

All campus resources available following social distancing and health and safety measures 

Level 2 

The number of cases and transmission are low - minimal social distancing 

Full return to on-campus delivery following social distancing and health and safety measures. 

All student support services transitioning to normal delivery 

All campus resources transitioning to normal delivery 

Level 1 

Covid-19 is no longer present in the UK - no social distancing 

Full return to normal delivery 

Full return to normal delivery 

Full return to normal delivery 

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my course go ahead as planned in September? 

We are planning for all our courses to start in September. 

Are there any changes to the content of the course? 

No, there are no anticipated changes to the content of the course. However, if restrictions remain in place due to the pandemic, changes may be required to some activities (for example, trips and visits may need to be done differently or on an alternative date). We will let you know if there are any changes to specific activities. 

Do I have a choice on how I begin my studies if campus is open business as usual from September? 

If you have medical, health or other specific requirements for your studies you will need to get in touch with our Student Support and Inclusive Learning teams who can work with you on a study plan for the coming academic year. 

What will welcome week be like this year? 

We can’t wait to welcome our new students in September and we are planning welcome week now. We know it is important for you to get to know your surroundings and make friends in the early days of starting your course. 

We are also planning some pre-arrival activities over the summer which are going to be a great way to get you started even before the course starts. We will be in touch with more information in the coming weeks and months.  

Are there any changes to the length of the course? 

No, there are no anticipated changes to the length of the course. If the pandemic does continue to impact on any specific aspects that may affect the length of the course (for example, arrangements for placements), we will be in touch with you as soon as possible. 

Are there any changes to how the course will be delivered? 

We are planning for all our courses to start in September. We know how important it is that you have normal on-campus face to face delivery and we are planning to maintain this as much as possible following any ongoing social distancing guidelines and health and safety measures. 

All our normal support services and learning resources, such as our Library and HE Centre, will also be provided as normal following the same social distancing guidelines and safety measures. 

If social distancing guidelines continue, some large group lectures or modules may include online sessions delivered through our virtual learning environment (Canvas and Teams) until those social distancing restrictions are lifted. Where possible, these will be supported by face to face small group seminars or workshops. We will let you know when we have further details on any specific arrangements. 

 

Will there be changes to the way my course is assessed due to the pandemic?  

We are intending that all assessments will continue as normal. However, if restrictions remain in place due to the pandemic, changes may be required to some types of assessments (for example, written exams or groupwork). We will let you know if there are any changes to assessments at the earliest opportunity.   

Will my award change because of the pandemic? 

No, your award will remain as advertised.  

Will the pandemic change the location of where teaching may be delivered? 

No, teaching will continue at University Centre Myerscough (Bilsborrow, Preston centre) as normal. A small number of modules are delivered at our partner UCLan in Preston and these will continue as advertised on the relevant course factsheet. 

Are there any changes to the cost of the course? 

Tuition fee payments and costs remain the same and tuition fee loans remain available as normal. Please make sure you continue to make arrangements to pay your fees as you would normally. Any additional costs for your course are detailed on the relevant course factsheet. We will let you know what you need to do if there are any changes.  

What financial support is available for me? 

We know that many of you will have been affected financially by the pandemic and we have a wide range of bursaries and scholarships available to support you in your studies. All our standard scholarships and bursaries will continue to be offered for September 2020 entry. You can find out about these on the Fees and Finance page on our website. 

Can I still book my accommodation? 

Yes bookings for our residential accommodation are open. Everyone who has accepted their offer will receive details from us letting you know how to book your Myerscough residential accommodation. Further details are also available on our website. 

What safety measures will University Centre Myerscough put in place to minimise the spread of COVID-19? 

When we are back on campus we’re expecting to social distance, this will mean our students and staff are protected. Think of it a bit like going to the supermarket - sanitiser stations, floor markings and controls on the number of people in any given space. 

Information for Enquirers/Applicants

Can I still apply to start this September?

Applications are still open for this September and you can apply with or without your results. Please see the relevant course factsheet on our website for details of how to apply.

Will exams being cancelled GCSE/A-levels have any impact on my application or offer?

The cancellation of GCSE/A-level exams shouldn’t affect the offer we make you. Where appropriate, your School/College is working with Examining Bodies to confirm your grades and so we will be treating results day the same as if you had taken your exams.

Can I transfer to University Centre Myerscough from another higher education course?

Yes, but first we will need to check what you have studied already and which course you are interested in at University Centre Myerscough. Please contact or Admissions Team in the first instance (HE@myerscough.ac.uk

I am an international student? How does this affect me?

We are planning for all courses to start in September. Our admissions team will be liaising with you over the coming weeks to confirm the arrangements for your offer and for starting the course. You should continue to supply your documents and make arrangements for your deposit as usual. The advice from the UK Government on visas and travel arrangements is being regularly updated so please keep an eye on the UK Government website.

What if I want to defer?

We would encourage you to start your courses as planned. The wider impacts of the global pandemic are not yet known so it is still a good time to get started with your studies. Although some aspects of courses may look a little different this year, we’re planning for all our courses to start in September.

How will this pandemic affect future job opportunities?

We are facing a global pandemic so we do not yet know how job prospects will be affected in the UK or around the world. We believe that the more experience, skills and knowledge graduates have the more employable they will be when the pandemic is over.