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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 are also closely monitoring what mitigations will be put in place by schools, universities and awarding bodies for students who have not yet completed their qualifications. If you think your application may be affected please contact us.

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. 

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 16-week, 12-week, 8-week and 5-week pre-sessional English courses. For more information please see Pre-sessional English Language.