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We understand you may have concerns about the ongoing Coronavirus situation and your plans to study at the University of Chester this year.  Therefore, we have setup this dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page which will be updated on a regular basis.  Given the continually evolving nature of the situation, we are doing our best to provide as much clarity as we can.  The safety of our staff and students is of the utmost importance and we will do everything we can to assist you.

For additional support and guidance, it is useful to follow the UKVI updates and UKCISA website.

Can I still apply for programmes which start in September/October 2020?

Yes - applications remain open and we encourage you to apply as normal, thank you for your interest. For guidance on how to apply as an international student please visit the How to Apply page. Despite our staff working from home at the moment, we are still able to process applications in as similar timescale as normal. 

Is it still possible to contact the University to discuss my enquiry or application to study?

Yes - our staff are continuing to work remotely, and we are still able to respond to your enquiries as quickly as we would normally. The best way to contact us at this time is by email in the first instance, you can do so by emailing us at:

My examinations have been cancelled.  Will this affect admission and ability to meet entry requirements?

We understand that many applicants have had their exams cancelled or may not yet know whether they can take them as originally planned.  Many exam boards have provided their own guidance already, including the following:

Any applicants affected by the cancellation of their exams and who are concerned that they may not be able to satisfy the academic condition of their offer should, in the first instance, contact the University’s International Centre by emailing, including the details of any examinations that have been cancelled, their full name and University of Chester reference number (ref: OIA…)

During these difficult and challenging times for applicants, the University will take into consideration these unique circumstances and will work with applicants on a case-by-case. Where possible and practical to do so, alternative methods of assessing an applicant’s academic standing for entry may be required, these may include online interviews with an academic member of staff, an online test conducted live on a one-to-one basis with an academic member of staff, or by reviewing academic work undertaken previously, or another form of alternative assessment.

I have received an offer to start a course in September 2020. What will happen if face-to-face teaching is still suspended at that point? 

We're continuing to prepare to welcome our new students in September/October 2020 as usual. Should current guidance change and we have to make alternative arrangements, we will write to you. This page will be kept up-to-date with the most recent guidance and advice. 

Will I receive a refund to my deposit payment?

Students are eligible for a full refund at any point prior to receiving a CAS from the University.  This is an exception to our standard refund policy for the 2020 academic year, and applies to the Sept/Oct and Jan/Feb intakes.       

My local IELTS testing centre is currently closed due to coronavirus. Can I still apply to study at the University? 

Yes - you can still apply to study our courses even if you do not yet have an English language test result, such as an IELTS. We understand that English language testing has been suspended or restricted in a number of countries, and that test providers are working hard to find alternative solutions, including potential online testing. Please check with English test providers in your home country for further details.

Will you consider other English language test results? 

Yes - we already accept a range of English language test results other than IELTS. Further information is available on the Entry Requirements page.

Can the University test my English language ability instead? 

Yes - our online University of Chester English Language Test (UoCELT) has been in operation for a few years. The UoCELT is a free test designed and administered by trained and highly experienced English language specialists.  It takes about 90 minutes and gives an accurate assessment of your speaking, writing, reading and listening skills.  You can take the test at home via Skype or in another secure environment at a time convenient to you and, unlike other tests, you will be told the result shortly afterwards.  Depending on the outcome of the test, you will be able to progress onto our Pre-sessional English course, Foundation, Undergraduate or Postgraduate programmes.     

Are pre-sessional English language courses still going ahead? 

Yes - the University has taken the decision to move all teaching to online, including our 12-week, 8-week and 5-week pre-sessional English courses. For more information please see Pre-sessional English Language.