International Applicants 2020 Entry

We wanted to update you on how the University is preparing for the start of the next academic year in light of the social distancing restrictions that are likely to still be in place. The safety and wellbeing of the Keele community is our highest priority, and we want to assure you that activities will only take place on campus where it is safe to do so. Keele has always prided itself on providing an excellent student experience, as evidenced by our unparallelled performance in the annual National Student Survey, and we are committed to continuing to provide that high quality experience both in person and online.

We plan to start next academic year with a hybrid delivery model, offering seminars, laboratory practicals (including field-based practical activity) and placement activities in their usual settings, complemented by online delivery, to replace large group teaching like lectures which cannot be accommodated at present due to social distancing.

However, we know that things are likely to change over the next few months, so we have implemented a five stage alert system (similar to the English Government’s alert system) that will define what studying at Keele will be like throughout the 2020/21 academic year, depending on the Government’s guidelines.

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If you have any additional questions please do contact us via This page will continue to be updated as the University receives further advice.

Yes, we are still planning to start in late September as normal and will do all that we can to support you in being able to enrol. However, if this changes we will keep you informed via this web page.

Yes, we are processing applications as normal. If you have any queries regarding your application please contact us via

Coronavirus is a global situation which is changing daily and it is difficult to predict how any future travel restrictions may be put in place for the UK or in any other country.

Keele University is a supportive community, one that will prioritise student safety and wellbeing. Please continue to check this, the UK Public Health England website along with your own home government resources on the latest travel guidance.

Keele University recognises that the current situation is causing major disruption to applicants to the university as well as to current students. To help you with this we are now running our Pre-Sessional English Language courses online.

We are also helping our existing students by continuing to deliver all of our academic English Language modules online at all levels (Foundation Year, Undergraduate and Postgraduate) as well as offering a substantial number of online 1-1 tutorials. These online tutorials will continue until regular teaching resumes. To book an online 1-1 tutorial please click here:

If you require any further information about Keele’s Academic English Language programme, please contact the Language Centre at

The University considers a variety of alternative qualifications and assessments to IELTS which allow you to demonstrate your level of English to meet our entry requirements. A full list of our alternative qualifications can be found online.

Given the current issues of test centre closures and limited availability for IELTS and other global assessment providers, we are working with these providers to expand what assessments we will consider including some that are assessed from Home such as TOEFL ibt Home Edition.

The main global English Language Assessments we consider are:

  • IELTS Academic
  • IELTS Academic (For UKVI; SELT version)
  • TOEFL IBT Home Edition

There may be some flexibility, we are awaiting finalised information from a number of Awarding Bodies.

Please contact your school, college or University for further information on the impact this may have on your studies. You may also want to check the Awarding Bodies websites for latest information.

We are also monitoring the advice from relevant Awarding Bodies regarding what processes they are putting in place.

If you have already taken an English Language assessment but are awaiting the results we have been reassured by the main providers we work with (IELTS, TOEFL, PTE) that your results will be provided to you as soon as possible. If you are concerned about the time it may take to get your final results you should check with the Test provider on the likely date you will be given them before you contact the University Admissions Team as it likely we would need the final result at least a month before your start date in the UK.

Students who do not require a SELT (Secured English Language Test) which is usually for UK based Foundation and Pre Sessional English Programmes) may be able to demonstrate their English proficiency using alternative qualifications or assessments.  Please contact the Admissions Team for further details on alternative assessments.

Yes, however, any offer conditions will need to be met including a tuition fee deposit payment or evidence of financial sponsorship before a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) number can be issued. If you are unsure please email

If you were due to take examinations this summer, it is envisaged that your University/Higher Education Provider will be looking at alternative assessment in lieu of formal examinations.

However, if you are unable to provide a final transcript/certificate or the completion of your current course is going to be delayed, please contact

Yes, we will still consider your application to study. If the situation changes we will update this page. Therefore, please check back here to make sure that there haven’t been any updates to our position before you make your application.

A small number of our undergraduate courses have now closed for applications, for availability please check the UCAS site. For postgraduate courses, you can check directly on our website.

If you need to apply for a Student Visa to study in the UK as at the moment the majority of UK Visa application Centres are closed this means that until they reopen we will not be able to support you in applying for a UK Student Visa. (If you have already submitted your UK Visa application a pending visa application please see the next question).

For new students to the University, it may be the case that your programme can be started by distance learning with you applying for a Student Visa to come to Keele at a later point during the academic year. Visa applications can take around a month and you will need to include the time taken to travel & settle in at the University. This means that we may only allow you to travel to Keele at a set point. We also understand that online learning may not be suitable in all academic areas and that it might not be right for you. We would want you to consider your academic options before considering what this would potentially mean for a Student Visa.

If you need any advice on your Visa options please contact Immigration Compliance by email to

Depending upon where you have made your Visa application, either outside or inside the UK will determine what your current options are for your studies. We will also need to consider if we are able to support your programme via online learning.

In all circumstances please contact Immigration Compliance by email to with the details of your current circumstances and situation so that we can try our best to assist you.

Because of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, Keele University’s 2020 Pre-Sessional English Language course will now be delivered online only. The online course will be of the same quality as our Keele-based programme and will follow a rigorous syllabus designed to develop all of the skills you need to succeed in your chosen degree programme. The online course will include a mixture of class-based discussion, interactive activities, and listening practice as well as guided reading and writing tasks all with personalised feedback. Throughout the course you will be fully supported by our dedicated team and will receive regular 1-1 tutorials to work through any issues you may have and help you reach your full potential.

At present, the application deadlines are as stated on our website. We are continually reviewing this as the situation continues and will update our website should deadlines change.

The pre-sessional courses are scheduled to go ahead on the dates published on our website. The latest start date for the pre-sessional courses are as follows:
PAE1 - 24th June at 8:30am
PAE2 - 29th July at 8:30 am

We are continually reviewing this as the situation continues and will update our website should these dates change.