Information for prospective students

Advice for students who are planning to join us in 2021-22.


The University of Sheffield is a world-leading University and we are committed to providing our students with the highest quality education and student experience.

As we have done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to work in line with the latest government guidance and advice to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. We plan to deliver as much face-to-face teaching as possible as soon as it is safe to do so. However, we have proven expertise in delivering blended learning via a mixture of face-to-face and online delivery and plan to continue this approach for the 2021-22 academic session.

We look forward to welcoming our new students to Sheffield later this year and providing them with a Sheffield on-campus experience.

Guidance for all applicants

Disruption to teaching and assessment

We know that education systems in the UK and around the world continue to be disrupted in 2021. We'll be as flexible as we can where applicants aren't able to meet the conditions of their offers in the way they expected or at the time they expected.

Many exam boards are intending to award qualifications to applicants even if their coursework has been interrupted or their exams cancelled. Where final grades are awarded by the exam boards, we expect to be able to accept these qualifications and grades.

Exam boards and other agencies are updating us about their plans, so you don’t need to alert us to your circumstances at this stage. We’ll contact you if we need you to do anything.

More information on this question for undergraduate applicants is available in the dedicated section below.

Open days

In line with government advice, all our on-campus events have been moved online. Find the latest information about online open days on our visit us page.

Guidance for undergraduate applicants

Predicted grades

For most of our courses, you don't need to be predicted the exact grades specified in the entry requirements in order to be considered for an offer. We know that applicants often improve on their predicted grades when their final results come through. We'll continue our flexible approach to predicted grades, and also take into account the disruption students have faced in both Years 12 and 13 as they prepare for higher education.

If you're studying at school or college in the UK and your exams have been cancelled

Governments in the UK have cancelled many final examinations and assessments for students taking qualifications this year. Governments and awarding bodies are developing guidance on how marks will be awarded to students taking a range of different qualifications used to apply to university. We’ll update our advice with more details as soon as we have them.

You can find more information about the approach in Scotland and Wales on the Scottish and Welsh government's web pages. We’ll add information from England as soon as we have it.

UCAS have also extended the deadline for applicants to receive equal consideration with others to their course from Friday 15 January to Friday 29 January.

At the moment, there's no action you need to take. Our understanding is that grades will be awarded to students in the usual format and at the usual time. We’ll be assessing applications and making offers as usual, and we intend to treat the grades you achieve as the same as those awarded in other years.

If you're studying as a private/external student in the UK

We’re awaiting further information from the Department for Education about how grades will be awarded for students studying as external students in 2021. As soon as we hear more, we'll update our guidance on this page.

Guidance for International applicants

English language qualifications

We accept a wide range of English language qualifications. Full lists are available on our web pages:

English language requirements for undergraduate applicants

English language requirements for postgraduate applicants

During the pandemic, we've added several new qualifications to our lists:

  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
  • NCUK English Language Test
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT

We’ll also accept IELTS Indicator tests completed on or after 1 July 2020, in addition to the IELTS Academic and IELTS for UKVI Academic tests.

Tuition fee deposit refund policy

Applicants to postgraduate taught courses can find information about tuition fee deposits, including our refunds policy, on our web pages:

Postgraduate taught course tuition fee deposits

We'll refund the deposits of applicants who are unable to take up their place due to government restrictions on travel, cancelled examinations or university closures relating to the coronavirus pandemic.

Support – get in touch

Our extensive range of support services for students and staff are all available online.