UCA in 2020 - 2021

Teaching and life at UCA for 2020-2021

We’re doing everything we can to make sure our students make the most of their time with UCA. We’re continually reviewing how we work, in line with Government guidelines in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

This page provides you with the essential information you need to know about your learning experience and life at UCA this year.

  • Teaching

    Our priority is to deliver the best learning and overall University experience we can while adhering to government guidelines and ensuring your health and safety. We plan to offer:

    • As much face-to-face teaching with our academic and technical experts as we can, dependent on Public Health England guidelines and national and local restriction
    • Access to the state-of-the-art facilities in our workshops and studios, from animation suites and virtual reality labs to weaving looms, printing presses and pottery kilns
    • Move some elements online, including induction and enrolment and some taught session, to complement the learning activities taking place on campus

    (During the national lockdown all teaching is taking place online and our campus facilities are closed).

    Changes to our learning spaces include maximum room occupancies and other measures to support social distancing. Staggered timetables and directional signage help to regulate the flow of people moving between our spaces. You will need to wear face coverings on campus unless you're exempt.

    You can find specific information on how your course is running on our course welcome guide pages.

    Canterbury course welcome guide 
    Epsom course welcome guide 
    Farnham course welcome guide 
    Rochester course welcome guide 

  • Access to campuses

    Owing to current national restrictions our campuses are temporarily closed. When restrictions ease, we will open up as much as we can – as well as our teaching spaces, workshops and studios we aim to keep our libraries, food and beverage outlets and art shops open with new safety and hygiene measures and restrictions in place. However, this is dependent on government guidance.

    We are providing our undergraduate students with an additional four weeks’ access to our facilities at the end of the academic year, supported by technical and academic staff.

    There is no public access – for exhibitions and events until further notice. Access to all our spaces could change suddenly should necessary restrictions be put in place. Should this occur, we will contact anyone affected directly. 

    Open Days
    Because our campuses are currently closed to visitors, our Open Days have been postponed for the foreseeable future. However, we've created a Virtual Open Day experience for you online.

  • Online learning

    The Government is currently stating mid-February is the earliest point we may be able to undertake face-to-face delivery in our subject areas. Please be assured that as soon as we are allowed to do so, we will begin testing and return to face to face teaching.

    All teaching is taking place online for now. We expect all UCA students to engage with their online programme fully.  

    If you are not set up for online learning at home, it’s vital you let your course team or Gateway services know. There are options available to you, including our Digital Hardship Fund, which can be used to support the costs of essential learning technologies. You can find out more on our support pages.

    Please keep an eye on your emails for further updates, together with the Coronavirus section of myUCA.

  • Assessments

    We've reviewed how we assess your course to take into account the necessary changes we've had to make as a result of the national lockdown. These vary from course to course but include extensions to deadlines or marking based on work across the year, rather than particular units.

    Please keep an eye on your emails for further updates, together with the Coronavirus section of myUCA.

  • Further Education

    Our Further Education students can expect between two- and three-days online tuition a week (patterns will vary slightly between courses). Online sessions include pathway or course group lessons, individual and group tutorials, and practical workshop demonstrations. We are also providing detailed assignment briefs and resources that outline weekly targets and self-directed project work. Timetables have been sent to our students by their course team.   

    Whatever the level of study, including where exams have been cancelled this year, for example GCSEs and A-Levels, we still expect our students to fully engage in their courses. We will be monitoring the attendance of our students.  

    We are contacting vulnerable students and those with EHCPs directly to undertake learning risk assessments, develop individual learning action plans and put in place support for these students whilst working at home, including access to IT equipment.  

    We are also contacting students due to receive a free meal on teaching days this term with details of our supermarket voucher scheme. This will be calculated up to 19 February, in the first instance.  

    The Senior Leader responsible for the quality and delivery of remote education for Further Education at UCA is Professor Sarah Clark, Head of the School of Further Education. If you have any questions for Professor Clark, please email welfare@uca.ac.uk 

    Please head over to our support for students pages for more information on financial support, including our digital hardship fund, and other support available to you.  


  • Libraries

    Our libraries are currently closed.

    Existing library loans have been kept automatically extended until 28 February 2021, and we’ve made more library resources available, including digital magazines. We also continue to operate our Scan and Deliver and electronic Document Supply services, allowing you to request copies of chapters and articles to be delivered to you by email.

    A complete guide on our library services is available here – it contains everything you need to know, from archive access, borrowing and returning items, and study spaces.

  • Trips and study abroad

    Study trips
    We expect to able to run study trips in the future – domestically and, hopefully, abroad, too. However, all trips will be subject to whatever COVID-19 related restrictions are in place at that time. This is a fluid situation and we will have to respond accordingly when required.

    Study abroad
    If you are due to be on an incoming exchange or wish to take part in a study abroad programme, please contact Exchange@uca.ac.uk for more information.

    We strongly advise you to keep an eye on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice webpage and not to make any financial commitments in regards to travel and accommodation arrangements, unless you are sure that travel will be possible.

  • Students' Union

    Please visit www.ucasu.com for details on Student Union activities.

What is online learning like?



Our facilities will be available to you with some extra precautions in place to maintain social distancing and hygiene standards. And don’t forget, you’ll need to bring your own face coverings to wear on campus.