Coronavirus FAQs for Applicants

Coronavirus FAQs for Applicants

As prospective students of RWCMD, we fully appreciate that you may have concerns about Coronavirus (Covid-19) and its potential impact on the start of your course in September 2020. These Frequently Asked Questions seek to offer some general guidance and advice, addressing as many of your concerns as possible. We continue to follow official government advice, and this means we will update this information when we can.

In the meantime, we want to reassure you that our commitment as a learning community puts students at the heart of all we do. We are monitoring the situation carefully and we will do everything we can to support your smooth transition to life at RWCMD.

 

My exams have been cancelled. What happens to my conditional offer?

You will have been told already by your exam board or school that A Levels, Scottish Highers, Advanced Highers, and other Level 3 (school-age) qualifications will be released according to their normal timetables, and we therefore expect the admissions cycle to continue as published. Please be assured that RWCMD will not amend any offer and we will respond to the results we receive and communicate our decision to you via UCAS as soon as we are able.

UCAS provides Coronavirus updates for students at www.ucas.com/coronavirus.

 

Do I continue to prepare to come to RWCMD?

Yes! We are planning for a September 2020 start as usual and are looking forward to welcoming both new and returning students. Prospective students will receive information about registration, induction and booking accommodation shortly.

UK and EU students are encouraged to continue with their applications for student finance. UK students may also be interested in the information from HEP Services (Student Loans Company) on how Coronavirus affects student finance.

Applicants from outside the UK and EU should refer to the Coronavirus FAQs for International Applicants.

 

What happens if advice on social distancing remains unchanged or travel restrictions are still in force in September?

We are monitoring the situation and hope that this will not be the case. However, as things progress over the summer, we will consider if some aspects of College life might need to be adjusted and we will update current and prospective students as soon as details are available.

 

I am an international student. When will I be able to apply for my visa?

As soon as your place is confirmed as unconditional, and as soon as confirmation has been received that term will start as scheduled, we will begin the process of supporting your visa application. We will keep in contact with you about this but, for now, the information on our website remains current.

You can also find further advice from the Immigration and International Student Advice Centre at the University of South Wales.

 

How will I demonstrate my English language? Will RWCMD be running a pre-sessional English language course for international students?

IELTS testing is still going ahead where it is permitted and safe to do so – see the latest IELTS updates at www.ielts.org.

For a full list of the English language tests that we accept, visit the English Language Requirements page.

We will also be running an online English language course – details can be found on the Pre-sessional English Language Course page.

 

Who do I contact if I have additional support needs?

Please contact studentservices@rwcmd.ac.uk in the first instance. You can find general information on the support available to students on the Student Services page.

 

I would like to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances. What do I do?

Please contact studentservices@rwcmd.ac.uk and a member of the support team will provide you with guidance.

 

Do you have any open days this summer?

There will be a Virtual Jazz Open Day on Thursday 4 June, with a live Q&A with staff and students from the Jazz department. To book a place, visit the Open Days page.

There will be a Virtual Music Open Day on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 June, with a live Q&A for each department. To book a place, visit the Open Days page.

Open days for Design for Performance, Scenic Construction, Stage & Event Management and Stage Management & Technical Theatre have been rescheduled for August/September. The Open Days page will be updated as soon as the exact dates are confirmed.