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.
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.
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.
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.
- England: How qualifications will be awarded in 2021
- Northern Ireland: Alternative awarding arrangements 2021
- Scotland: SQA Awards update
- Wales: Wales' approach for qualifications in 2021 confirmed by Education Minister Kirsty Williams
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.
English language qualifications
We accept a wide range of English language qualifications. Full lists are available on our web pages:
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:
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 are all available online.