Information for prospective students

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


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, our larger on-campus events have been moved online. We are now running small campus tours for undergraduate offer-holders and will hold some on-campus events over the summer for those thinking about 2022 entry.

You can find the latest information about online open days on our Visit Us page. To ensure you're kept up to date with opportunities to visit, please register your interest with us

Guidance for undergraduate applicants

Results for students studying in the UK

Governments in the UK have cancelled most final examinations and assessments for students taking qualifications this year. In their place, alternative processes are being implemented to ensure that grades can be awarded as usual.

You can find more information about the arrangements on the government webpages for the relevant home nation.

There's no action you need to take at this stage. 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.

For students registered for A Levels, results day in 2021 will be Tuesday 10 August, and we hope to release our final decisions on applications on the morning of results day as usual.

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

For the majority of students in this position, we still expect to grades to be awarded.

In England, private candidates have been asked to work with a school, college or other exam centre to provide evidence along the lines of that produced by other students. The Department for Education are due to publish more information on arrangements shortly, and we'll update this page when we receive this.

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've recently updated the refunds policy to confirm that we'll refund the deposits of applicants who are unable to take up their place for any reasons relating to the coronavirus pandemic.

Travelling to the UK

The UK government has introduced rules for those arriving to the UK from overseas, classifying countries as green, amber or red. You can check the current status of your country and the testing and quarantine rules which apply to you on the UK Border Control website. Countries and territories can be moved between lists if conditions change.

Financial support for testing and quarantining on arrival to the UK

Financial support is available to enable new and continuing students to travel to the University of Sheffield for the start of the 2021-22 academic year. This support is for new and continuing students whose permanent residence is in a country or territory on the UK government’s green, amber or red list

Country list Financial support available
Green We will refund up to £85 of the cost of the mandatory Covid-19 test you are required to take after arriving in the UK.

We will refund up to £149 of the cost of the mandatory Covid-19 tests you are required to take after arriving in the UK.

Plus for those who have an accommodation contract for University owned/managed accommodation for 2021-22:

  • We will provide two weeks’ free accommodation for you to self-isolate in University accommodation.
  • We will provide basic essentials (food, bedding and cooking equipment) for the duration of your required self-isolation in University accommodation.
Red We will refund the £1,750 cost of the mandatory managed hotel quarantine. This cost includes the mandatory Covid-19 tests you are required to take after arriving in the UK and food for the duration of the managed hotel quarantine.

Applications for refunds open on Monday 16 August. For full details of eligibility, how to submit a claim and further information, please refer to our Covid-19 Support Fund web page. 

We recommend you read the guidance on the UK Border Control website carefully for further information and guidance on booking hotel quarantine and additional arrivals information.

Travel guidance for international students

Covid-19 vaccinations

Anybody aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status.

If you have received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine overseas that is also available in the UK, you should receive the same vaccine for your second dose. If the vaccine you received for your first dose is not available in the UK, the most similar alternative should be offered. For further information, please refer to NHS England's guidance:

Learning and teaching 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.

Our expectation and current plan is to deliver face-to-face teaching in 2021-22.

We also have proven expertise in utilising digital technologies to enhance our face-to-face learning and teaching delivery. We will of course have contingency plans in place to adapt our learning and teaching delivery in response to new Covid-19 safety measures should this be needed.

We will also provide further updates on teaching and what students can expect for the academic year 2021-22 as soon as we are able to confirm this. Our approach will continue to follow government advice and guidance, while aiming to provide the best possible on-campus student experience and excellent standards of teaching.

International travel restrictions or visa delays

If you are unable to travel to Sheffield for the start of the 2021-22 academic year for reasons related to international travel restrictions or visa delays, you will be able to commence your studies remotely where possible.

We know that you will be eager to know if this affects you personally. We’ll be in touch over the coming weeks to confirm which programmes are eligible.

The UK government has recently confirmed that if a student needs to begin their course this autumn by distance learning from overseas due to Covid-19, they will still be eligible to switch into the Graduate route if they meet the other requirements of the route.

Remote attendance: course exceptions

Unfortunately, it won't be possible to study remotely on the following courses, because they include clinical placements or practical training, or for professional accreditation reasons.

Undergraduate courses
  • Medicine MBChB (A100)
  • Journalism Studies BA (P500)
  • General Engineering with a Foundation Year MEng (Hons) (H101)
  • Civil and Structural Engineering with a Foundation Year BEng/MEng (H201)
  • Mechanical Engineering with a Foundation Year BEng/MEng (H301)
  • Aerospace Engineering with a Foundation Year BEng/MEng (H407)
  • Bioengineering with a Foundation Year BEng/MEng (H160)
  • Chemical Engineering with a Foundation Year BEng/MEng (H801)
  • Materials Science and Engineering with a Foundation Year BEng/MEng (J501)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering with a Foundation Year BEng/MEng (H602)
  • Robotics with a Foundation Year BEng (H653)
  • Robotics with a Foundation Year MEng (H659)
  • Computer Science with a Foundation Year BSc/MComp (G401)
  • Software Engineering with a Foundation Year BEng/MEng (G651)
Postgraduate courses
  • Physician Associate Studies (MEDT50)
  • Midwifery MSc (NURT118)
  • Human Anatomy with Education MSc BMST34)
  • Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine MSc (BMST02)
  • Molecular and Cellular Basis of Human Disease MSc (BMST05)
  • Neuroscience MSc (BMST11)
  • Genomic Approaches to Drug Discovery (BMST27)
  • Educational and Child Psychology (EDUR136, EDUR138)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (EDUT207, EDUT199)
  • Broadcast Journalism MA (JNLT06)
  • Journalism MA (JNLT07)

Support – get in touch

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