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Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Page last updated: 06/08/2020

Teaching and learning

Information around student assessment, mitigation arrangements, tuition fees and complaint processes relating to coronavirus.

Plus Icon What will my learning and teaching experience involve?

In academic year 2020/21, your course will be delivered via a blend of online and digital learning and on-campus teaching and learning, with the necessary Covid-19 social distancing and other measures in place on campus informed by Government and Public Health England advice and guidance. Importantly, the teaching content you will receive won’t change; it will be what was planned for the academic year 2020/21 before the current Covid-19 outbreak. Not only does this maximise your learning experience, it also ensures that we support our more vulnerable learners, including those who may need to self-isolate or shield.

The key points about your learning and teaching experience are:

  • Your start date will not change and you will start university at the original planned time
  • Course delivery will typically be in three 10-week blocks
  • To comply with social distancing, you will experience a ‘blended’ approach to learning – this is a mix of face-to-face on-campus and online teaching and learning
  • In the period up to December 2020 (teaching block 1) we are working within 2 metre social distancing measures. During this time, we will prioritise small-group and specialist teaching and are not planning to deliver large-group teaching on campus throughout 2020/2021. This will ensure that maximum space will be available for work that requires the use of specialist space or resources
  • We remain determined that as many students as possible will access on-campus contact with tutors in each term. However, in most cases, if you choose not to attend, or are not able, to attend campus due to Covid-19 (e.g. due to self-isolation, shielding or travel restrictions), the taught content will be available online
  • Wherever possible we are planning to create ‘study bubbles’ – these are groups of students who consistently study together
  • In the event of a further government lockdown in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with and complete their studies
  • This will include the achievement of all learning outcomes including any specified professional statutory and regulatory body accreditation requirements where this applies
  • If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice
Plus Icon Will the university be open in September?

Yes, we will be open in September and your course will begin at the originally planned time. Your course will be delivered through a ‘blended approach’ - a combination of on-campus face-to-face teaching in small groups alongside online teaching and learning. See the key points above for more detail.

Plus Icon Will it be safe to come onto campus?

We have created detailed plans for learning and teaching which will meet social distancing rules and will create a safe environment in which you can learn. This involves moving to teaching students in small groups face-to-face, holding lectures online, reducing the number of students within specialist facilities and teaching students within specified zones of the campus. We will continue to follow Government and PHE guidance around Covid-19 in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of both students and staff.

Plus Icon My course is accredited, will I still be able to meet these requirements?

We will prioritise face-to-face teaching and practical teaching to meet the intended learning outcomes and any requirements of relevant professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRB) if your course includes these elements. This will ensure that your course retains its full professional status.

Plus Icon What happens if I am unable to attend sessions on campus as I am shielding/live with someone who is shielding?

In most cases our courses can be studied entirely online in 2020/21 if a student wishes to do so. There are some exceptions to this:

Undergraduate courses

  • BA (Hons) Filmmaking
  • BA (Hons) Dance
  • BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance
  • BA (Hons) Performing Arts
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences (all pathways)
  • BSc (Hons) Dietetics
  • Bsc (Hons) Nutrition
  • Bsc (Hons) Safety, Health and Environmental Management
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Health
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
  • Bsc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • BSc Sports and Exercise Therapy

Postgraduate courses

  • MA Choreography
  • MA Performance
  • MSc Biomedical Science
  • MSc Medical Biochemistry
  • MSc Biomedical Science Research
  • MSc Dietetics
  • MSc Nutrition in Practice
  • MSc Health and Safety
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Safety
  • MSc Environmental Health
  • IOA Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control
  • MSc Physiotherapy
  • MSc Occupational Therapy
  • MSc Sports & Exercise Therapy
  • MSc Sports & Exercise Medicine

* Additional courses may be added. This is not a comprehensive list.

Plus Icon Will things change if the Covid-19 alert level changes?

If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Government and Public Health England advice.

In the event of a further government lockdown in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with and complete their studies. This will include the achievement of all learning outcomes including any specified professional statutory and regulatory body accreditation requirements where this applies.

Plus Icon Where can I find details of my course fees?

Your course fee is stated in your offer letter. The course fee published for 2020/21 on the University’s Online Prospectus and included in your offer letter will not change. Other additional costs also remain as published on our original Online Prospectus information.

Plus Icon What IT equipment may be required in the case of a further lockdown?

If a further lockdown is necessary then delivery will be continued and supported via online and digital learning. Students will need a personal digital device for this purpose. The University’s wide range of student support services available for students also includes a laptop loans scheme for use on campus. Students may wish to bring an existing personal device or purchase or lease a laptop or similar device for their personal use. The University has a means-tested Covid-19 Financial Assistance Package to support students to acquire a laptop should this be needed.

Plus Icon Will I be able to use the library?

Yes our libraries will reopen at the start of term and we are working on plans to maintain social distancing within each library, including booking study space and computers. The Library website links you to thousands of electronic books, journals and multimedia resources plus online subject guides created by our Academic Librarians. You can also develop your academic skills with material from Skills for Learning and get extra support if you have a disability or dyslexia. We’re available by phone or chat 24 hours a day to help with your library and IT queries including joining meetings or lectures online and accessing software to support your studies.

Plus Icon Academic calendar

Access 2020/21 academic calendar and term dates

Timetables will be made available to students during induction week via the student portal (MyBeckett) and the Leeds Beckett app.

Plus Icon Sandwich placements, other placements and other off-campus learning opportunities

Covid-19 response measures are likely to impact on the arrangements for placements, field trips, volunteering and other off-campus activities. If available, these are likely to operate with appropriate social distancing arrangements.

The University’s is not intending to facilitate outward (from UK) international/overseas placements, study abroad or volunteering activity in 2020/21. This is to minimise the risk of infection and avoid students being stranded abroad in the event of a lockdown and the introduction of national/local travel restrictions. We will only consider international placements for students whose domicile address is in the country of their placement.

Inward Erasmus study (from other EU countries to the UK under this scheme) will be supported where these align with the academic calendar dates associated with the relevant teaching block. There may be other national or international travel restrictions or quarantine measures or specific work-place Covid-19 measures that impact on these opportunities.

Course changes 2020/21

Plus Icon What does it mean if I chose to defer my studies?
  • Your request will be considered by your course team.
  • Should your request be permitted this would mean you would suspend your studies and recommence these in 2021/22. 
  • This may mean that you need to study a different version of the course or that some option modules may have changed. You will be notified of this nearer the time.  
  • You will also need to consider if there are implications for any professional accreditation associated with your course. Your course team will be able to advise you on this.
  • This may also have implications for your student loan, or your visa if you are an international student.
  • Further advice and guidance are available from the Student Money Advice Team, Student Immigration Advice & Compliance or the Students’ Union Advice Service.
Plus Icon I am considering transferring to another course at Leeds Beckett University, what do I need to know?
  • Places on courses may not be available for 2020/21 entry;
  • You would need to satisfy any applicable course admission requirements and professional requirements (where applicable) and processes for entry with advanced standing or credit transfer.
  • This may have implications for any professional, regulatory or statutory body accreditation status where applicable. Your course team will be able to advise you on this.
  • This may also have implications for your student loan, particularly if you were required by the other provider to start afresh on your selected course. 
  • You would retain any credit you have successfully achieved and been awarded at Leeds Beckett University. This may not meet the applicable course admission or professional requirements for admission to another course and this will need to be considered. 
  • You would be awarded any credit or contained award you have successfully achieved by Leeds Beckett University.
  • This may also have implications for your student loan, particularly if you were to continue studies at another provider and were required to start afresh on your selected course.
  • Further advice and guidance are available from your course team, the Student Money Advice Team or the Students’ Union Advice Service.
Plus Icon Can I transfer to another provider?
  • Yes, however, the new provider will make the decision as to whether to accept your application.
  • You will need to satisfy any applicable course admission requirements and processes for entry with advanced standing or credit transfer. 
  • Places on courses at other higher education providers may not be available for 2020/21 or 2021/22 entry.
  • This may have implications for any professional, regulatory or statutory body accreditation status where applicable.
  • This may also have implications for your student loan, particularly if you were required by the other provider to start afresh on your selected course.
  • Other higher education providers may also be making changes to courses and methods of delivery in response to Covid-19 for 2020/21;
  • You would be awarded any credit or contained award you have successfully achieved at Leeds Beckett University.
  • Further detail can be found in our Student Transfer Plan 
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