UCA in 2020

Life at UCA for 2020-2021

We’re delighted that UCA’s campuses are open and alive with student activity – all be it with a few changes 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:
    • Face-to-face teaching with our academic and technical expertsin line with Public Health England guidelines  
    • Access to the state-of-the-art facilities in our workshops and studios, from animation suites and virtual reality labs to weaving loomsprinting 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

    Changes to our learning spaces include maximum room occupancies and other measures to support social distancing. Staggered timetables and directtional signage help to regulate the flow of people moving between our spaces. You will need to wear a 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

    We are opening up as much as we can – as well as our teaching spaces, workshops and studios, our libraries, food and beverage outlets and art shops are open with new safety and hygiene measures and restrictions in place.

    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

    You will need to come to campus to undertake classes and other taught and practical sessions. There are exceptions for students that are unwell or self-isolating, who will be able to learn remotely. Please speak to your Programme Director if you have any questions about this.

    We are doing in-person teaching so you can access the expertise of our academic and technical staff, and our state-of-the-art studios, workshops and equipment. We will be doing some of our teaching online and wherever it’s practical, we’ll put our lectures, classes and seminars online so that you can still access them if you are self-isolating, or unable to come to the UK. 

    We are prepared to quickly move to online delivery of our courses should we be forced to close for a short period of time due to necessary restrictions. Building on what we learned during the first lockdown in March 2020, and having significantly boosted our digital infrastructure, we are confident our students will get a first-rate learning experience.

  • Assessments

    If you’ve been personally affected by Coronavirus, your assessments will take that into account and make sure you aren’t disadvantaged by it.

  • Libraries

    A complete guide on our library services is available here – it contains everything you need to know, from opening hours, 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, please contact Exchange@uca.ac.uk for more information.

    If you wish to take part in the study abroad programme from January 2021, please discuss this with your Programme Director. You will need to review the host university’s course offer and discuss the units you intend to study with your Programme Director, paying attention to the number of credits you will need to achieve while abroad (30 ECTS – equivalent to 60 UCA credits).

    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.

  • COVID-19 Tier system for universities
    The wellbeing and future of students is being prioritised by Government and universities are to stay open.
    A four-tier system has been developed specifically for universities and other educational settings -determined by the level of COVID-19 transmission within an individual university. These tiers affect how teaching is delivered.
    UCA is currently at Tier level One.
    This means we can offer a mixture of online and face to face teaching, with access to our facilities, including libraries and workshops.
    If we move through the tiers, less in-person teaching is permitted with limited access to on-campus facilities. If we reach Tier level Four, teaching will be fully online.
    It’s important to note that a change in Tier level may be localised to one campus.
    Any changes to our Tier level status will be updated here, and we’ll inform affected students via e-mail also.
  • Students' Union

    At present, all Students' Union activities - including clubs and societies and other social activities - are running online.

    Please visit www.ucasu.com for more details.

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.

Blogs about returning to campus