Information for 2020/21 UK applicants

We are welcoming both new and returning students to our campus in September 2020 and offering a blend of in-person and digital learning.

The safety of the Keele community is our top priority and we have been busy planning for this new way of studying over the last few months so that you can benefit from a full university experience from the very first day that you arrive at Keele.

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 admissions@keele.ac.uk.

Once your place at Keele is confirmed, please head to our Welcome web pages for lots of information to help you prepare.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you are an original applicant (i.e. not via Clearing) and have been offered, or have accepted, an alternative course, then we will reconsider you for the original course of study that you applied for should your appeal be successful. Once you have heard a positive outcome of an appeal, please contact admissions@keele.ac.uk.

However, please note that for some of our Health courses we would require the appeal outcome by 7 September. If an applicant receives a successful appeal after this date and fulfils our entry requirements then we would guarantee a place for next year instead.

If you applied or plan to apply to Keele via Clearing, then we will consider your application with the current grades that you have been awarded. Therefore, if you have been offered a place on an alternative programme - e.g. the Integrated Foundation Year - then we guarantee that we would convert your place to the degree programme if the appeal is successful and you fulfil the entry requirements of the degree course.

However, please note that for some of our Health courses we would require the appeal outcome by 7 September. If an applicant receives a successful appeal after this date and fulfils our entry requirements we would guarantee a place for next year instead.

If you have applied for accommodation and received a confirmation email from us, we will be processing your application as soon as possible. This may take up to one week as applications are now being allocated in the order in which students have their University place confirmed. Priority will be given to students who had Keele as their firm choice but were not offered a place last week due to their initial A level grades.

If you haven't applied for accommodation yet, you can still do so by clicking on the link on the confirmation email you will receive from the University.

Whilst we are hopeful of offering campus accommodation to all students, if the halls become full, we will work with you to find suitable accommodation off campus with one of our accredited landlords.

Place confirmed at Keele? Congratulations!

We’re currently working hard to give all our new students access to their IT account and then your warm Welcome will begin!

If you have not received your IT account information by the end of August, please contact studentrecords@keele.ac.uk to arrange for this information to be sent to you.

We are planning from September to offer a hybrid delivery model; a blend of small group, practical and clinical skills based sessions in situ and online digital learning. Our 5-stage plan sets out the facilities and services that will be available on campus, depending on the UK Governments national Covid-19 alert level. We are currently at stage 3. This means some facilities and services will be available on campus as a social distance; accommodation will be available to form small households (of up to 8) and teaching will be a blend of online and in situ for all disciplines.

We will continue to provide regular updates as these plans progress and as we receive further advice from the government. We would like to thank you for your continuing support and wish you, and those people close to you, the very best in these difficult times.

Yes. Our 5-stage plan sets out what facilities and services will be available on campus, depending on the UK government's current position on their alert system. We are currently at stage 3, which means some facilities and services will be available on campus as a social distance; accommodation will be available to form small households (of up to 8) and teaching will be a blend of online and in situ for all disciplines. We will use our five-stage plan to adjust the on campus activity in accordance with the government guidelines.

No, you would not receive a reduction in fees for online-only tuition as the University would still be teaching you and supporting you with your study. We are expecting to start next academic year with a hybrid delivery model, meaning you will receive a blend of online tuition and in situ small group, lab or clinical skills tuition in covid-adapted teaching spaces.  

The University is intending to begin the academic year as normal, with a hybrid approach to education delivery; online teaching complemented by small group, lab and clinical skills sessions in situ on campus. Our 5-stage plan sets out how we will respond to the changing government position with regard to Covid-19. Our commitment to online learning means that regardless of the UK national alert level, we will be able to begin the teaching of the academic year on time.

We have recently invested in brand new laboratories at Keele (Attenborough laboratories for Life Sciences, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and our new Central Science Laboratory for the Physical Sciences).  These have large open laboratory spaces. This means that in most instances we will be able to offer “blended” or “hybrid” learning in which you will have a mix of on-line study, but also laboratory-based practicals in labs which have been adapted to ensure social distancing.  This blended approach gives you as a student the most flexibility with your studies and ensures that we can manage covid-secure teaching spaces for all students.

We hope to welcome as many students on campus as possible in September. The  university is intending to offer a hybrid or  ‘blended’ delivery model next year. This means that you will have a mix of online and what we call ‘in situ’ teaching during the academic year. The ‘in situ’ part of your programme will be just as important as the online learning and so we will want you to join those sessions on campus.

You will receive the same support via our hybrid approach, as you would if only receiving face to face delivery. Your support will be offered remotely and/or online. When government restrictions allow, we will resume face to face support, alongside the online support offer

No, your degree will still be of the same quality, content and have the levels of intellectual challenge as always. Many degrees at Keele are accredited by external professional bodies and we have been working closely with all accrediting bodies to ensure that your degree will be accredited as usual.

Yes, obtaining a degree, acquiring technical subject knowledge plus developing graduate skills, attributes and social capital (networks) will make you more employable and likely to have a more successful career. For many occupations a degree is a prerequisite. Graduates are more likely to report job satisfaction and higher earnings. In the UK knowledge economy highly skilled people like graduates will be in greater demand so obtaining a Keele degree is an investment in your future.

Yes. We have accommodation on campus or can help you find accommodation in the local area if needed - please contact us to find out more.