Update 19 June:
The UK Government has recently announced temporary changes to the Tier 4 visa process to make it easier for international students affected by COVID-19 to obtain a visa for study in 2020/21. This announcement also confirms that international students starting their courses online in 2020 will be eligible for the Graduate Immigration Route which will be introduced in 2021, as long as they enter the UK before 6 April 2021 to transition to on-campus study.
Due to coronavirus you may find that English language test centres are temporarily closed, although some are offering online tests:
- Cambridge Assessment English – C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency tests
- IELTS and IELTS Indicator (online test available from 22 April)
- Language Cert
- Pearson Test of English (PTE)
- Trinity College London – Integrated Skills in English (ISE)
Assessment arrangements and availability of results for international qualifications may also be impacted. UK NARIC has useful information about school closures and exam arrangements around the world. Below are links to the larger international awarding bodies – if you’re awarding organisation isn’t listed, contact them directly to find out about the changes they’re putting in place.
- Cambridge Assessment International Education
- College Board AP updates
- Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
- International Baccalaureate
- Oxford International AQA Examinations
- Pearson Edexcel International Advanced levels
Access to HE Diploma
Cambridge International IGCSE and international A level
City & Guilds international vocational qualifications, technical qualifications, and end-point assessments (EPAs)
Irish Leaving Certificate
NCFE and CACHE qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technicals
Oxford AQA international qualifications
We recognise that some students may feel disappointed that they haven’t been able to complete their assessments. If you do not feel your calculated grades reflect your expected performance, you will have the opportunity to appeal or you may choose to sit your assessments at the earliest reasonable opportunity. If you do this, you should be aware that taking your assessments later may impact you progressing to university in September as planned.