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Frequently asked question for those supporting learners who are applying to University

The outreach teams at Sheffield Hallam work alongside wider university departments to ensure we provide the most consistent and comprehensive support for schools and colleges. Below you'll find some frequently asked questions and their answers, to support you in helping students make informed decisions about higher education. 

For information about the University's response to Coronavirus, please see our Applicant COVID FAQs.

What is the Equal Consideration Deadline?

The equal consideration deadline is the date all students should aim to submit their university application by. 'Equal consideration' means we review all applications we receive by the deadline, in the same way, regardless of when each application is received. 

Students can still apply after the deadline, if the course has places available, but their application won't be guaranteed to get equal consideration.

Usually, the equal consideration deadline is 6pm on the 15th January. However, in response to the closure of schools, UCAS' equal consideration deadline has been moved back to 6pm on the 29th January 2021. For more information, go to the UCAS website.

How can I organise a visit for my students?

The safety and wellbeing of our staff, and that of students and teachers, is our biggest priority. For this reason, our offer will be virtual for the foreseeable future. 

Although our activities are currently only available online we’re really keen to support you and your students through our online resources and virtual events. We have a wide programme of activities available for you and your students, which you can view on the Teacher and Adviser pages. For more information or to request a session, please contact us

Resumption of on-campus activity will be reviewed in line with government and university guidelines. Current COVID guidelines are available on the University’s website.

How do students make an application to Sheffield Hallam University? 

To apply for courses starting in 2021, students must apply online through UCAS. They can apply from the beginning of September the previous year through to the end of June, but should aim to submit applications by 29 January, because after this date courses can be closed to applications.

Any applications made after 30 June will automatically be entered into Clearing.

For further information and guidance, see the Study Here section of our website. 

What is SHU Progress and what support does it offer? 

SHU Progress offers support to specific students, including looked-after children or applicants with extenuating circumstances. This support may include interview preparation workshops, special consideration during the admissions process and exclusive events and activities for students who face barriers to their progression into higher education. Visit the SHU Progress website for more information.

What support is available for students with disabilities?

Disabled Student Support helps over 4,000 students each year who have a variety of conditions. Our disability specialists can answer all types of disability enquiries, assess support needs and provide support packages including learning contracts, support workers and assistive technology. 

For more information and guidance, see our prospective student support pages. 

How do students apply for student finance?

No matter their circumstances, anybody can afford to go university. There is support available to help students afford tuition fees and living costs such as rent, food and socialising. Students can also apply for funding from the government the February before their course starts.

Students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan if their course starts on or after 1 August 2016. Most full-time and part-time students can apply online to Student Finance England by setting up a student finance online account. Students will then be guided through the student application finance and will be prompted to include important details including household income. If applicable,  parent or partner will be asked to confirm these details.

Further guidance and information is available on the website. 

How do students apply for accommodation?

We guarantee first year undergraduate students accommodation in one of our halls of residence, or help in finding suitable private sector accommodation if that's what they'd prefer. Students should apply for accommodation at Sheffield Hallam as soon as they’ve received a conditional or unconditional course offer, even if we’re their insurance choice. They shouldn't wait until after they have received exam results.

What is a degree apprenticeship?

Degree apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed to help students gain paid practical experience at the same time as studying for a university level qualification. Students are employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week while also attending university. So they get to work, earn, learn and progress at the same time.

Degree apprenticeships include qualifications from level 4 (equivalent to the first year of a bachelors degree) to level 7 (equivalent to a masters degree). Further information be be found on our website. 

How can students find out more about Sheffield Hallam University?  

There are a number of ways students can find out more about Sheffield Hallam University. For the latest information, students can sign up for updates from the University.  

Students can also join us at an open day to find out about undergraduate and postgraduate courses, accommodation and more. Due to the coronavirus our events will take place virtually. Further information can be found on the Visit Us section of our website. 

UNI4U@Home is a new online resource for future students. The pages have been specifically designed to support them in exploring options after school or college, and contain information about higher education to help with making decisions about next steps. UNI4U@home can be accessed on our webpages.

We also have an Instagram account for students. We regularly share advice, resources and information about applying to and starting university. There will be opportunities to interact and ask questions as well as chance to learn more about courses, campuses and support at Sheffield Hallam. Follow us at @shuoutreach. 

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