January starts

FAQs about starting at Leicester in January 2021.

If I can't join my course in January what should I do?

You may be able to get started in January by studying the first semester of your Masters course remotely. Please check the list of courses which offer this option. If you need to delay you could choose to defer your entry to September 2021, or request a deposit refund in line with our terms and conditions, please email pgadmissions@le.ac.uk and let us know how we can support you.

What courses have a January start?

We have a range of postgraduate courses starting in January 2021 please see our January start pages for details.

What if I can’t access an English test?

We are aware that there has been a great deal of disruption to English testing in a number of countries and that in the case of closures test providers are working to offer additional tests where possible as test centres reopen. You should keep up to date with developments and updates offered by your test provider in your local area.

You may be able to satisfy our requirements by offering alternative evidence. View the full list of English qualifications which the University recognises.

We also accept the Duolingo test result for all courses starting in January 2021. If you are holding a conditional offer and can’t access another English test, we would be very happy to offer you a free Duolingo test subject to availability. Free tests are limited so please contact study@le.ac.uk as soon as possible for further details.

You can meet our requirements by joining one of our Pre-sessional courses. If you would like to join one of these, we can assess your English skills via our online Leicester Pre-sessional English Test.

What if visa centres are closed?

We are constantly reviewing the situation and are aware that visa centres in some countries have been closed for some time and that others may be subject to closure in the future. If you are due to commence your studies soon, please contact pgadmissions@le.ac.uk for the latest information.

You will also find valuable information on the UK Council of International Student Affairs website.

What if I can’t get hold of transcripts or degree certificates?

You may not at this time be able to provide all of the documents we have asked for, such as transcripts or references. If this is a problem for you, please contact your admissions team at admissions@le.ac.uk (UG enquiries) or pgadmissions@le.ac.uk (PGT enquiries) for the latest information.

Will you accept Duolingo test result for January 2021 intake?

We do accept the Duolingo test result for all courses starting in January 2021. If you are holding a conditional offer and can’t access another English test, we would be very happy to offer you a free Duolingo test subject to availability. Free tests are limited so please contact study@le.ac.uk as soon as possible for further details.

When should I request CAS for January 2021 intake?

Once you have an unconditional offer have accepted the offer and paid your deposit you can request your CAS. Please ensure that you leave as much time as possible for your deposit payment to clear and for the CAS to be issued.

How do I get my CAS on time?

Once you have accepted your offer and paid your deposit we will send you an email so that you can request your CAS.

What’s the latest date that I need to receive my Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) by?

The last date we will be able to issue a CAS in the majority of cases will be 21 December 2020 so please ensure your deposit payment is made well in advance of this date.

What is the application deadline for courses starting in January 2021?

Applications for the January 2021 intake are now closed. We are accepting applications for September 2021 - please see our full range of programmes.

Registration for January 2021 courses is still open, please follow the instructions you received in your registration email and complete all necessary steps within the timelines stipulated in the email as soon as possible so that you can start engaging with your studies. Please contact us at pgadmissions@le.ac.uk if you require further advice regarding your individual circumstances.

When do January 2021 courses start and what if I can’t make it on time?

The first day of term for January 2021 start courses is 11 January 2021. Programmes will commence online and you must have registered online, or in person if you are already in the UK, to start your programme.

Will there be an induction for students starting in January?

Yes please keep an eye on our welcome pages for details of the induction activities for January starters.

Is there a deposit deadline for courses starting in January 2021?

You need to make sure your deposit payment has cleared on our system before the last CAS issuance date on 21 December.

Will I get a refund if the course does not start in January 2021?

If we are unable to deliver your chosen course in January then we will work with you to explore the options of an alternative start date or alternative course of study. Our normal terms and conditions apply to deposit refunds.

Will support be offered for students who need to quarantine who are arriving for January start?

Yes we will offer quarantine support to students who need to isolate on arrival.

Should I try to arrive early to complete quarantine?

Yes we would recommend arriving in time to complete your quarantine before your course starts.

Are there any scholarships for January start courses?

Yes we have a range of scholarships for students starting their course in January.

Can I still get a visa if my course is being taught online?

Students who wish to travel to the UK and study online until restrictions are eased on face to face teaching can apply for a CAS and receive a visa in the normal way. You will need to check your visa to ensure you enter the UK within the number of days stated there.

Will campus facilities be open such as the library?

Please see our full list of buildings and facilities available to students.

Will I still qualify for the Graduate Route if I study remotely?

To qualify for the Graduate Route you must meet all the conditions as set out in the UK government guidance - you can find further information on the UKCISA website.

Can I still get access to medical help during lockdown?

Yes you will still have access to medical care during lockdown. We recommend that when you arrive you register with a General Practitioner (GP).

The University also offers free COVID testing for all students who are without symptoms - see our Rapid COVID testing page for more details and how to book a test.

When do I need to be in the UK by to qualify for the Graduate Route?

If you are starting a one year Master's programme in January 2021 and want to take part in the Graduate Scheme you must enter the UK before 27 September 2021 and complete the final semester of your studies In the UK.

If you started a one-year Masters programme in September 2020 and want to take part in the Graduate Scheme you must arrive in the UK on or before 6 April 2021 and complete the final semester of your studies in the UK. This includes students who started a course which included a 'Year With Industry' but dropped this.

When is the latest date by which I need to register for my course?

You need to have registered by 25 January 2021, regardless of whether you are studying remotely or on campus. To register you need to have paid 50% of your tuition fees.

Can I study remotely and arrive when I am able to travel to the UK?

We have a list of January start programmes offering remote study for teaching block 1.

What if my academic performance is affected by the pandemic - what can I do and how will the University take this into account?

For details of support available to students please refer to our Postgraduate Safety Net Policy.

When will face to face teaching resume?

Due to the Government guidance issued on 5 January 2021, the University will be moving to online teaching only until, at least, the 22 February 2021.