Applicants - Covid-19 updates

Latest coronavirus (Covid-19) information for applicants and prospective applicants

We understand that is an extremely stressful time if you’ve already applied to us or would still like to apply. We’ll take into consideration the disruption caused by the cancellation of UK exams when assessing applications and will apply this to our Contextual Admissions policy.

Scroll down to see answers to your most frequently asked questions. Contact us if you can't find the answer to a query you have. Email We can reply by email or arrange to call or Skype you.

We’ll update this page as more information becomes available. We are following the latest advice from Student Information Scotland (a new Scottish Government website for up-to-date information), the Scottish Government, NHS Inform and the UK Government, as well as relevant local agencies.

In addition to the guidance on this page, we’ll continue to keep in touch with all our applicants via regular emails.


Recent Updates

HN assessment plans for colleges
26 March, joint statement from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)and Colleges Scotland. Higher national students at Scotland’s colleges will be assessed through a combination of estimated grades on the basis of lecturers’ grades and a ‘reduced external verification model’.

UCAS extension
25 March, UCAS announced a two weeks' extension for applicants to make their university decision.


Campus lockdown
24 March, the University is in effective lockdown following UK and Scottish Government instructions. Do not come to the campus for any reason. Any interviews scheduled will now happen online about which we will contact you.

Applicant Visit Days
The Applicant Visit Day on Saturday 21 March was cancelled. We appreciate that you still may need information, so we are creating virtual Applicant Day pages for each undergraduate course, and these will be published shortly.

General Applicant FAQs

Is Abertay University still receiving and considering applications?

Yes, we are! Our undergraduate programmes for 2020 enrolment are still able to receive applications and these are being assessed as normal. Our postgraduate courses are also open.

See How to Apply.

Applicant Visit Day was cancelled. How can I get the information I need?

We had to cancel Applicant Day as per Government advice.

To give you all the information you need, we are creating a virtual Applicant Day experience for each undergraduate course. This will be available shortly.

I have an interview date. What should I do?

All interviews will now happen online. We will be in touch with you to arrange this.

My school is closed & I'm not in self-isolation. Can I still visit the campus?

Regrettably no. We have taken the decision to cancel all on campus visits. We are developing an online Applicant Day experience for each course that will help give you a flavour of what it’s really like to study here. If you’re a Postgraduate student, get a feel for our campus and facilities on our Virtual Open Day.

Links will be posted on this page so check back for updates.

Should I still apply for University accommodation?

Yes, when you are eligible to apply for accommodation then you should do so. This is when you’ve firmly accepted our offer to study in UCAS Track. Our usual accommodation application processes, guarantees and deadlines remain in place. Making sure you have somewhere to live is an essential element of preparing to study and it’s important that you make the necessary arrangements.

Applying for accommodation is free, and we’ll email you the moment our halls are open for applications during the Spring. 

What if I will miss the deadline to apply for University accommodation?

We are exploring options and will do our best to update you about that as soon as we can.

What if I need to defer to a later start date?

Should you need to defer because of COVID-19, you can defer to the next available start date.

All of our undergraduate degrees start in September, but some of our postgraduate degrees have both September and January start dates. We appreciate that many students have already made firm plans to come to Abertay this September and we are working on the basis that this is still be the case.

If you have already deferred once, we will allow you to defer again. If you have been awarded a scholarship for your studies, this can also be deferred. 

If you are an EU student, you may need to consider the decision to defer carefully as the current fee guarantee by the Scottish Government is applicable to those EU students entering in September 2020.

Will my course still start in September?

There are currently no plans to change our 7 September 2020 start date. If the situation changes, be assured that we will contact you if it does become necessary.

Where can I find Government information and updates?

The new Scottish Government Student Information Scotland website is providing all the latest information for Scottish Further and Higher Education.

UK Applicant FAQs

I'm Scottish. What happens now I can't take my exams?

The Scottish Government announced on 19 March that exams for Scottish school pupils won’t take place this year. The Education Secretary stated that those who were about to sit them won’t be disadvantaged and will be graded in coursework, teacher assessments and prior grades. He added that examination awards would be made by 4 August so students could secure entrance to college or university in the normal timeframes.

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) also announced on 19 March that it is working at pace on an alternative certification model and the Deputy First Minister has asked schools and colleges to continue to work with students to ensure that any units and coursework are completed and estimated grades are provided by teachers. We will publish more information as it becomes available from the SQA.

I'm English/Welsh. What happens now I can't take my exams?

On Wednesday 18 March the UK Government announced that examinations in England and Wales will no longer take place in May and June. 

The Government is working closely with examination boards to find a solution which will minimise the impact this has on individual students. Further details are likely to be released soon and we will update this answer as more information becomes available.  Please also check UCAS Track for updates.

I have more questions, who should I contact?

You can email any questions to We will do our best to answer you as quickly as possible.

International Applicant FAQs

I'm applying from overseas, who should I contact?

If you have questions relating to how Covid-19 may affect the application process, please get in touch with the relevant contact covering your area:

We will do our best to answer you as quickly as possible.

My exams have been disrupted. What should I do?

We understand that different measures are in place in different countries and are continually adapting our admissions policy in line with these changes.  You can contact us (see above for details) but also check your UCAS Track account for updates.

My university/school has been closed. What if this impacts my final grades?

We understand that this is an extraordinary situation which is outside your control. Our Admissions Policy means we take into account circumstances like these which impact on your ability to meet your potential.

I can't travel to the UK but have an interview appointment. What can I do?

All interviews will now happen online. We will be in touch with you to arrange this.

What is the situation with applying for my Tier 4 visa?

You will be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) letter once you have satisfied all conditions related to your offer of study, and not longer than 3 months prior to the start date of your programme at Abertay.

For the latest information on how COVID-19 is impacting UK Tier 4 student visa applications, see

I can't take the English language qualifications for my T4 visa

We understand that English tests are likely to be disrupted or cancelled. Please email the relevant contact covering your area to discuss the best way forward.

We will do our best to answer you as quickly as possible.

Will the dates for the pre-sessional English language courses be delayed?

We don't know at this point, but it is likely if the restrictions on global travel continue. If you have already applied, we will be in contact with you by email about this.

Can the University test my English language ability instead?

We are currently considering options for alternative English language tests, equivalent to IELTS.

This will allow you to take a secure test from home, and meet the English language requirements for your course. We will contact applicants directly with these details when they are confirmed.

Will my course still start in September?

There are currently no plans to change our semester start date of 7 September. However we are watching the situation carefully, and assure you that we will contact you if that does become necessary.

Can I start my degree late? What provisions are in place to support me?

We can accept students up to two weeks later than the start date for any course. We are also considering whether we can provide online resources where appropriate to ensure you will not miss any of the early work and are able to begin your programme.

I’m due to attend an Abertay University event in my country. Is it going ahead?

Unfortunately not as we have had to cancel all business travel and face-to-face meetings. Instead, you can check these pages for updates on the present situation and find further information about studying with us at Abertay here.

We recommend that you contact the Regional Manager for your country who will be able to help you.

We will do our best to answer you as quickly as possible.

When is the deadline for accepting/declining my offer?

We will be flexible with our deadlines in light of the current situation. We will advise you of any deadline changes as soon as we can.

Undergraduate applicants can accept their offer at any stage, and before the satisfaction of application conditions, via UCAS.

If you are intending to study with us, subject to your exam results, we encourage you to do so.