Information for Applicants FAQs

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We want to reassure current and new applicants that we’re working as normal on processing applications, but things may take a little longer than usual.

We hope this section will answer some of the questions you may have. For any more information please contact ACAdmissions@uhi.ac.uk

Will the course I’m interested in be running this year? content

Will the course I’m interested in be running this year?

Will the course I’m interested in be running this year?

We are planning for a range of scenarios to allow the vast majority of our courses to go ahead. As always, we depend on sufficient numbers to make courses viable.  We are hopeful that we will be able to have students back in centres for at least some of their timetables in the coming semester, and we look forward to students being back in centres full time, as and when restrictions and government guidance allow.

We will be as flexible as possible with all students in allowing them to connect from home where a class is timetabled in a centre and COVID19 related issues (eg children not in school / self-isolation) would prevent attendance in person, for as long as these issues persist.

We have over 20 years’ experience in delivering courses using a combination of video conferencing and on-line learning supported by our teaching staff and college centre teams so you can be certain we will give you a great start on the path to your future.

What days or times of the week will the course run? content

What days or times of the week will the course run?

What days or times of the week will the course run?

We anticipate that most full time courses will start on 7th September, using our well proven models of blended learning which will include a mix of interactive video classes which will be available remotely, online learning materials and limited on-campus activity.

Do you have a timetable for my course yet? content

Do you have a timetable for my course yet?

Do you have a timetable for my course yet?

We will confirm timetables with students nearer to the course starting date, hopefully towards the end of August, as we continue to follow the most up-to-date official guidance available.

When do you expect course to start this year? Do we have a start date? content

When do you expect course to start this year? Do we have a start date?

When do you expect course to start this year? Do we have a start date?

Most courses will start as normal on 7th September. Course inductions will take place the week prior to this.

When courses restart, life on campus will undoubtedly be slightly different. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all staff and students. Any return to face to face learning will be safely planned in line with the current and developing Scottish Government public health measures, including social distancing.

The course I’m interested in has a large element of practical activity – how is that going to work this year? content

The course I’m interested in has a large element of practical activity – how is that going to work this year?

The course I’m interested in has a large element of practical activity – how is that going to work this year?

We have always included a large degree of flexibility in the way we deliver our more practical courses.  Obviously the current situation brings greater challenges, but we are confident that we will be able to structure the courses to allow the practical elements to continue in new and innovative ways or where necessary to be covered later in the academic year when its is considered safe to do so.

My course includes a work placement – will that go ahead? content

My course includes a work placement – will that go ahead?

My course includes a work placement – will that go ahead?

We are looking at how we can offer work placement opportunities if applicable to your course. We will work closely with our providers to keep students safe in line with current guidance, while gaining the necessary skills.

What is going to happen about the start of the year? Will there be a Freshers Week/Induction? content

What is going to happen about the start of the year? Will there be a Freshers Week/Induction?

What is going to happen about the start of the year? Will there be a Freshers Week/Induction?

Whilst its unlikely that gatherings such as a traditional Freshers Week will be able to take place at the start of the academic year, it’s really important to us that you quickly settle in and become one of the Argyll College UHI student body. 

We are putting in place a fully online induction which will give you access to all the information you will need as a student at Argyll college. Nearer the start of your course you will be given access to online induction resources, and if we are able to carry out a live video (VC), or face-to-face induction, we will confirm the date and time of this as soon as we can

 

I don’t have great IT skills but I want to study remotely – what support will I get to understand how to access my course/learn this way? content

I don’t have great IT skills but I want to study remotely – what support will I get to understand how to access my course/learn this way?

I don’t have great IT skills but I want to study remotely – what support will I get to understand how to access my course/learn this way?

Don’t let your IT skills, equipment or slow broadband stop you – speak to us about anything you think might stand in your way, we may be able to help.

We expect ALL of our students will need some support and help in getting started. 

We're planning to run some support sessions in August to help you acclimatise to student life and to our methods of teaching and learning. If you’d like some support in brushing up your IT skills these sessions will be ideal. We’ll let all applicants know more about these.

Will you be holding face to face interviews during the application process for courses starting in Autumn 2020? content

Will you be holding face to face interviews during the application process for courses starting in Autumn 2020?

Will you be holding face to face interviews during the application process for courses starting in Autumn 2020?

We will be holding interviews where necessary using online technologies such as Webex, Skype or telephone for course applications this year.  All offers will be sent by email (please check your junk folder if you haven't yet received an email from us in your mailbox).

What happens about my exam results? How will I know if I have the correct entry qualifications? content

What happens about my exam results? How will I know if I have the correct entry qualifications?

What happens about my exam results? How will I know if I have the correct entry qualifications?

Exams (Nat 5, Higher, Advanced Higher and A levels) have now been cancelled in Scotland and the rest of the UK, as well as many other countries across the world. We are aware of how unsettling this situation is for all those affected. We are monitoring the processes put in place by the different exam bodies to allow grading and certification to go ahead in the absence of the final exams and will work with this information when it becomes available.

If you already have a conditional offer or receive a conditional offer from us relating to exam results, your final grades will come through to us as normal to allow final decisions to be made. There is a possibility that the final results for some qualifications may change or take longer to process, and if this is the case, we will notify any applicants this affects.

Please rest assured that if you have not achieved the result you hoped for due to the exams being cancelled, we will consider all evidence provided to ensure that you have an opportunity to access an appropriate course that gives you the best chance to succeed. We will keep you informed of any impacts on your application. You can help us by making sure you respond as quickly as possible to offers made and to requests for additional information.

Will I need my own laptop or pc to access my course if study is going to be at home? content

Will I need my own laptop or pc to access my course if study is going to be at home?

Will I need my own laptop or pc to access my course if study is going to be at home?

We will support you in using your own equipment if its suitable.  We are also assessing what equipment students might need if the place/method of study changes for their course.  We will be able to provide more comprehensive advice shortly. 

I have to share my laptop with another family member and might not be able to access classes at scheduled times. content

I have to share my laptop with another family member and might not be able to access classes at scheduled times.

I have to share my laptop with another family member and might not be able to access classes at scheduled times.

We will be looking at a variety of methods of studying, including the options to potentially study some parts of the course at times that are suitable for you and with follow up support from your lecturing and centre staff where needed.  With good communications between you and your lecturer, we are sure this can be accommodated.

I don’t have a strong internet connection at home, how will this affect my study and can college help? content

I don’t have a strong internet connection at home, how will this affect my study and can college help?

I don’t have a strong internet connection at home, how will this affect my study and can college help?

We will work with you to explore how that can be addressed  and to support you in accessing what is required for your studies. If you would like to speak to someone in more detail about this please contact us on ACadmissions@uhi.ac.uk

 

How will course funding/bursary be affected if the course doesn’t start til October ? When will bursary/funding be paid to me? content

How will course funding/bursary be affected if the course doesn’t start til October ? When will bursary/funding be paid to me?

How will course funding/bursary be affected if the course doesn’t start til October ? When will bursary/funding be paid to me?

We are still finalising arrangements for courses due to start in session 2020-21.  However, we expect funding will be available as normal to cover study from the start date to the end date.  Once that information is known, we will contact you to let you know how you  will be affected.

I’ve accepted an offer but think I might want to defer for a year rather than try to juggle family, work and studying online – not sure it’s for me. content

I’ve accepted an offer but think I might want to defer for a year rather than try to juggle family, work and studying online – not sure it’s for me.

I’ve accepted an offer but think I might want to defer for a year rather than try to juggle family, work and studying online – not sure it’s for me.

We’d be happy to talk you through what’s the best thing for you.  Our courses have always been designed to be as flexible as possible to allow you to fit in “life” with study and many of our students prefer that.  We have years of experience in delivering courses this way with a combination of some timetabled activity and some more flexible ways of learning.

We are looking at ways to re-schedule some of the practical and collaborative aspects of some of our courses so that they can be studied later in the course and concentrating on the many parts of the course that can be tackled now using video conferencing and online technologies.  All of this will ensure that if you study with us, you’ll be moving ahead with your career plan.

Our teaching and support staff are extremely experienced in supporting students in this type of learning so there is no need to alter or delay your plans – we can support you to achieve all your future aspirations.

Will I be tested for Covid-19 before coming onto the college campus? content

Will I be tested for Covid-19 before coming onto the college campus?

Will I be tested for Covid-19 before coming onto the college campus?

We will continue to follow any updated guidance on this and will advise students if this is a requirement closer to the start of the Academic Year.