Information for 2021/22 applicants

We realise that this a difficult time for applicants thinking of applying to university for 2021 entry. We're committed to keeping you updated throughout the admissions process about any changes that may occur, and so the content on this page will be reviewed frequently to keep you fully informed.

Please find a series of FAQs below, and if you have any other questions then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via You can also find more information about admissions requirements and processes here.

Mustafa Dashti, Medicine student

"When I'm on campus, I feel safe. The university has taken such an interest in our safety and changed so much to make everyone feel welcome and listened to during these turbulent times. They email regularly to provide updates on the current national situation, and inform me of new changes well in advance"

Mustafa Dashti, Medicine student

Our hope is that programmes will be delivered normally in 2021/22, focused primarily on in-person and on-campus teaching, but of course this depends on how the Covid-19 pandemic develops and any government requirements that are in place. At present, we are using a blended approach of some in-person teaching together with digital learning methods. For example, for each module there is a weekly menu of online activities such as recorded lectures to watch and comment on, or directed reading to annotate. There are also live online presentations, collaborative work and discussions. These online activities are supplemented with carefully-selected small group sessions in person and on campus, such as practical classes, laboratory classes, workshops and tutorials. These have been designed to enable social distancing and you can read more about studying safely on campus here.

Please rest assured that there are lots of opportunities to check-in with other students and your tutors to build up a strong sense of belonging and community - you are part of the Keele community wherever you are. You are still able to study effectively if further restrictions are placed on campus activities – and as things open up, we will add more campus-based learning activities when it is safe to do so.

Our hope is that accommodation on campus will operate normally in 2020/21, but of course this depends on how the Covid-19 pandemic develops and any government requirements that are in place. At present, all of our halls are open and we have put lots of measures in place to enable students to live on campus safely.

Halls are currently split into eight-person households. Students can interact with the other students in their household as normal without the need to social distance with that specific group of people, in the same way that a family can socialise together.

Read more on our Covid-secure accommodation measures.

The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is our absolute priority - for more information about how we’ve responded to the pandemic please visit our main coronavirus page.

No, all are our Admissions staff are working remotely and we are processing applications as normal. Should you have any questions about the Admissions process please see the following pages for more information.

We’re currently running virtual events. For the most up to date information regarding our open days and offer holder days please see the following relevant pages:

Undergraduate Programmes – No, UCAS deadlines and key dates remain the same as published on the UCAS website. If there are any changes then UCAS will inform you directly.

Postgraduate – No, you can apply now for any of our courses unless stipulated on the relevant course page.

There are currently no plans for the start date of your course in September 2021 to change.

In the unlikely event that dates do change then we will notify you of this as soon as possible.

No, our entry requirements will remain the same as stipulated on the relevant course pages. When considering an application we do not make decisions solely on predicted grades. We look at a wide range of information, including previous academic achievement, work experience (paid or unpaid), extra-curricular activities, your personal statement, academic references, and personal circumstances. If you do not quite meet our entry requirements then we may also consider you for a relevant alternative course.

If this was to happen, we would take advice from all relevant parties, including the government and awarding bodies. We would ensure that you were kept up to date with any developments and any disruption would be kept to a minimum.