Prospective Student FAQs (Covid-19)

Prospective Student FAQs (Covid-19)

Information for prospective students who are looking to apply or have applied to study at Edinburgh Napier University and / or to attend on-campus events. Please check this page regularly as it will be updated on a regular basis as the situation develops.

In light of the Scottish Government’s announcement on 11 August that it is to review all previously released exam results, will you review previously rejected offer holders and reinstate offers where appropriate?

Following the announcement to the Scottish Parliament by the Deputy First Minister regarding 2020 SQA National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher results, we wish to confirm that Edinburgh Napier University will automatically review the applications of all offer holders who were previously determined not to have met the grades required to confirm their place.  

Should your revised grades now meet the level required for entry, we will contact you and advise you of how you can have your offer reinstated if you wish. 

We ask for your patience while we await receipt of the revised results via official channels and then review and process these decisions. We aim to undertake this process as swiftly as possible. 

There is no need to contact us directly. Should you now be eligible for a place, we will contact you as soon as possible. If you have not heard from us by 21 August and believe you now meet the conditions set for entry, please contact with your details.

Will I be able to start my course in September 2020?

Our start date is unchanged – the new academic year will begin on Monday 7 September for all students. We will be following Scottish Government guidelines on precisely how our campuses and facilities will be operating but we are committed to doing all we can to provide students with the best possible experience over the next academic year. Find out more about what to expect from September 2020.

What if I cannot travel to Edinburgh due to my personal circumstances, such as local lockdowns, personal health, visa delays or flight cancellations? 

If you are unable to travel to campus for the 7 September start date, you can begin your studies online and travel to join us on campus as soon as you are able. 
Our programme teams are developing plans for how students on programmes with practical elements will study. This might include rearranging the course structure so that those elements can be picked up later in the year or how they might be altered to allow remote teaching.  
If you are an international student and expecting to arrive in Edinburgh after 7 September, please notify the visa and international support team at with your student ID number. If your 30-day entry clearance has expired, you will be able to request a new one for free until the end of 2020. We are constantly monitoring guidance from UKVI and will provide updates on this webpage and directly to applicants. 

What’s the last date I can arrive on campus?

We’re expecting that some students won’t be able to travel to be with us in Edinburgh at the start of the academic year, maybe due to international travel restrictions or health reasons. We’ve made sure all of our teaching for Trimester 1 (7 September – 19 December 2020) will be available online for students who are not able to travel to Edinburgh. Students will need to matriculate online at the start of the Trimester as usual, and will be able to access all teaching and support services remotely. 

Will all my teaching be online?

All of our degree programmes will be taught in a mix of online and on-campus teaching, known as blended learning. To start with, we expect the majority of large group teaching will be delivered online, but that all students will have at least some on-campus classes. We are currently looking at each programme to work out which classes must be delivered on-campus and working out timetables for our teaching spaces. More details will be made available to applicants about their timetables in the coming weeks.

Will I need to quarantine on arrival into the UK?

If you are flying into Edinburgh or another Scottish airport, you should follow current quarantine advice set by the Scottish Government

If your point of entry to the UK is in England, you should follow the UK Government quarantine advice.

If you will be staying in University accommodation during your studies, you can arrive up to two weeks early if you need to quarantine (known in the UK as “self-isolating”).

If you plan to stay in private accommodation during your studies, we recommend you follow the latest government guidance on the websites above in order to safely complete your quarantine on arrival. In most cases we would expect this to involve taking up your private accommodation as planned, and then continuing to observe the required quarantine period in this location. More guidance on the necessary steps, the quarantine rules and the support available is available in the government guidance linked above.

What support will there be for me if I have to self-isolate on arrival or during my studies?

If you are required to quarantine or self-isolate while in Edinburgh Napier accommodation, then our staff will operate a grocery and medicine collection service to support you. During this time you will also be able to access all of your teaching online to ensure you don’t fall behind with your studies.

Are Edinburgh Napier University on-campus events running?

All on-campus events have been adapted to take place virtually, with no requirement to attend in person. We also have opportunities to speak with current Edinburgh Napier University students at We will announce details for forthcoming events such as autumn Open Days in due course.

My school, college or university is closed and my exams have been cancelled – how will this affect my application/offer?

We are aware that as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak applicants will be anxious about the impact that any closure to their current institution may have on their application. Advice for students in the UK is detailed below. For students currently outside the UK who are unable to provide academic evidence to meet the entry criteria, please get in touch to discuss your individual situation.

The Scottish and UK Governments have stated that students at school and college will still be awarded their qualifications, however the grade achieved will be determined by an alternative assessment of a student's ability. In Scotland, this process is being managed by the SQA and updates on how they intend on awarding grades can be found here. For A-Level candidates, OFQUAL are publishing guidance on behalf of awarding bodies – the latest guidance can be found here. The exam bodies will provide the University with applicants' achieved grades in the same way as they would have under normal circumstances and these grades will be used by the University in determining whether you have met the conditions of your offer.

If you are not satisfied with the award you are given by your exam body there will be a mechanism for you to have this reconsidered, and the University will retain your offer of a place until that process is complete. 

The University is also working with local colleges to ensure students studying HNC/D or other college-based qualifications are not disadvantaged by the current circumstances. 

For applicants currently at University we would encourage you to follow your institution's advice regarding accessing assessments or the support they have in place for students unable to complete their assessments due to their personal circumstances.

What if I cannot get the references or transcripts required for my application? 

We are aware that a number of areas and countries are facing widespread school and university closures as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak and that receiving documents such as transcripts or references to support your application may be challenging at this time. 

If this is a problem for you, please contact the relevant admissions team at the address below who will be able to review your deadlines.

What if I cannot get my visa because my visa centre is closed? 

While some UK visa centres are now starting to open, we are aware that some remain closed in some countries. 

We hope that all visa centres will reopen in time for students coming to join us in September 2020, but will keep the situation under review. We are constantly monitoring guidance from UKVI and will provide updates on this webpage and directly to applicants.

What if my English language test centre is closed? Will you consider alternative assessments?

We know that test providers are intending to offer additional test appointments once they reopen to deal with the backlog. 

We will continue to monitor the provision of English language tests over the coming weeks, and will assess the impact this is having on our offer holders, to identify if there are any actions we can take to alleviate problems with access to tests.

The University has confirmed that for September 2020 it will accept the TOEFL at Home, IELTS Indicator and Duolingo tests - all of which can be undertaken without the need for attending a test centre. We may also be able to consider IELTS Academic tests taken within the last four years. 
More information can be found here.

What about pre-sessional English for academic purposes courses? 

We are aware that delays to processing visas and/or obtaining English language qualifications may have an impact on applications for the English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional courses. We are continuing to monitor the situation and considering actions that we might take to mitigate these impacts, including the possibility of offering the pre-sessional in an alternative format.

We are presently running a number of our pre-sessional English programmes online which new applicants may be able to access.

If you have any concerns about pre-sessional English courses, you can get in touch with our EAP team:

I am looking to study at Edinburgh Napier as part of an exchange or study abroad scheme. What should I do? 

We would encourage all potential visiting students to apply as they would normally at this time. We are monitoring the situation regularly and will update this advice if required. 

I want to apply for accommodation, what should I do? 

The Student Accommodation team, along with all staff at Edinburgh Napier, are working hard to make sure your university journey is impacted as little as possible by the coronavirus pandemic.

At this time, we are working towards all tenancies beginning in September as normal, with staggered start and end dates to allow for social distancing during key collection. We are also introducing an early arrivals package to support international students who may be required to quarantine when they enter the country.

We encourage all potential students to apply for accommodation as they would normally at this time, and look forward to welcoming you in September. Please note that you must hold an unconditional offer of study in order to apply for accommodation.

For more information on the University’s accommodation guarantee and properties, please visit the student accommodation webpage here.

Are the postgraduate teaching courses still scheduled to start in August?

Yes. It is our intention to start these courses in mid-August as planned. There will be slight changes to delivery but once these are confirmed, it will be communicated to all programme acceptances.