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Coronavirus update: Advice for applicants

This page provides information for September 2021 applicants, on the continuing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. We will update this regularly. 

If you can’t find an answer on this page, please get in touch by emailing or chat to a member of our course enquiries team who are available Monday – Friday, 10am-4pm.

On this page: Applying for September 2021Exams, results and confirming your placeSelection events and interviewsAccommodationOpen daysTeaching & learningPlacements & work experienceSupport for starting at HallamSupport during my studiesSchools And Colleges FAQ

If you are applying from overseas, please also check the additional information for international applicants.

Applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses

We are still accepting and processing applications for our undergraduate and postgraduate courses starting in September 2021.

Undergraduate courses

Clearing is now open for applications– and you don't need your results to get started.

Postgraduate courses

Home students

You can apply for any of our postgraduate courses right up to the start of the course in September. Apply online from one of our course pages

Overseas students
If you are applying from overseas, please be aware of the application deadlines for your region.

  • Applications from China and South-East Asia – 30 August 2021
  • All other international applications - 2 July 2021

These deadlines apply to all postgraduate full-time courses with the exception of:

The deadlines are due to high volumes of overseas applications and have been set to ensure all applicants are able to receive their CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies), process their visas and plan travel arrangements.

The later deadline for applicants from China & South-East Asia is due to the availability of priority visa services which reduces visa processing times.

Exams, results and confirming your place

The Department for Education and Ofqual have confirmed that A-Level results will be released on Tuesday 10 August with GCSE results released on Thursday 12 August. Results for vocational or technical qualifications linked to moving on to further or higher education are also expected to be issued to students either on or before these dates.

This means we should be in a position to confirm your place as soon as you receive your results through the standard UCAS application processes.

We understand that this is not a normal year and many applicants have experienced significant disruption to their learning. We are continually reviewing our admissions process and confirmation levels and we will seek to offer the utmost flexibility when considering your results and confirming places.

Selection events and interviews

All selection events and interviews are currently taking place online, please check the information in the entry requirements section of your course page for further details and support.


If you hold a course offer to study with us, you can apply online for accommodation and you will receive an accommodation offer once your status has changed through UCAS to an unconditional firm, as per the usual process.

We’re also working with our accommodation providers to ensure that all government guidance is followed to provide you with a safe and comfortable living environment. It is recommended that you apply through the Sheffield Hallam accommodation service to ensure flexibility and support for your arrival.

You can find out more and view all our properties on the accommodation section of our website

Open days

We’re excited to invite you to experience our campus and facilities in person this summer.

Join us for our Clearing Open day Saturday 14th August.

We will be ensuring the safety of all attendees and staff by following government guidelines and practicing social distancing.  

Campus and accommodation tours

Our student-led campus and accommodation tours are running on Wednesday’s and Friday’s throughout the summer.

Find more information and book your place.

Teaching & learning

We've worked with our students to develop an approach that combines on campus teaching and learning with exceptional digital learning and support.

All of our students can expect an extensive on-campus teaching, learning and broader social experience.

Your on campus learning will be supported by teaching, learning and opportunities provided online through our innovative digital learning platforms and apps. You will be able to engage, both in person and digitally, with our academic staff and wide range of support services.

Each course offers a tailored blend of opportunities so the amount of on-campus learning will vary depending on your course and modules - and has been developed in consultation with student reps from your course.

We expect teaching and learning activity delivered on campus to include:

  • Practical activities such as lab workshops or studio work
  • Face-to-face tutorials, seminars and lectures
  • Directed and self-directed learning in specialist facilities
  • Employability focused activities such as live projects or learning in simulated environments
  • Collaboration with other students through group and project work

Teaching, learning and support provided online will include:

  • Live streamed seminars and lectures
  • Online tutorials
  • Recorded content for students to access on demand (including live lecture recordings)
  • Access to equipment, both digital and physical resources, to support learning off campus
  • Networking and collaboration opportunities through digital communities and events 

Placements & work experience

Applying your learning through placements, applied projects and other work experience opportunities will be a key aspect of your experience at Sheffield Hallam. We are working closely with employers to offer a wide range of flexible opportunities undertaken either in the workplace, online, on-campus or through a blended approach, to suit both you and the employer. Find out more

If you are an overseas student find more information on our specialist careers and employability support for international students.

Support for starting at Hallam

We know that your last year of education has been very challenging and you may be worried about how prepared you are for starting university and beginning to study at a higher level.

From the moment your place at Sheffield Hallam is confirmed, you’ll be supported in your journey to becoming a university student. As part of the unique Hallam Welcome experience, you’ll receive regular updates, key information and have access to a range of resources to help you prepare for starting with us.

We recognise that the transition to university may be more challenging than usual for some students, and we will build in relevant support for you. The Hallam Welcome will provide a comprehensive transition and support programme to ensure all students get off to the best possible start at Sheffield Hallam.

Your Hallam Welcome will include:

  • A copy of our ‘Insider’s Guide’ providing all the key information and practical tips you need before you join us.
  • Hallam Welcome module to help you prepare for joining the University.
  • Welcome Week featuring a wide range of social events and activities to get involved in.
  • Course specific welcome and induction programme providing early opportunities to meet your course teams and fellow students.
  • Access to our pre-arrival skills assessment tools and academic skills development course, to help you evaluate your study skills, create a development plan, and tap into tailored support from our skills centre.
  • Access to our unique student support triangle, with three dedicated advisers for every student - providing support and advice for personal, academic and career development.
  • Membership of our Student’s Union and access to their societies and volunteering offer, as well as representation from your elected Student Officers.

Support during my studies

You’ll continue to be supported through your three dedicated advisors throughout your time at Sheffield Hallam. One helps with your studies, one provides any personal support or advice you need, and one helps you start your career. They’ll be with you every step of the way, so they’ll get to know your needs and interests — giving you a dedicated personal support service, from the moment you start right through to graduation.

You’ll also be able to access our comprehensive range of wider support services quickly and easily, both online or through our Hallam Help points on campus.

Specific support services you’ll have access to include:

  • Our Skills Centre to help you get to grips with the demands of university work. They offer advice and workshops on everything from planning and structuring your assignments to referencing and academic writing.
  • A wide range of online resources to plug any skills gaps, develop your digital skills and refine the skills you already have.
  • Our Student Wellbeing service provides a range of support, including mental health, group sessions, counselling, active wellbeing and daily drop-ins, faith and chaplaincy, and inclusive support services, as well as self-help resources.
  • Our onsite medical centre and specialist services to help with issues like anxiety, loneliness and your mental health, including one-to-one appointments with trained wellbeing practitioners.
  • Financial support to help with budgeting or finding part-time work, and access to emergency funds if you find yourself in financial trouble.
  • Dedicated support for disabled students tailored to your individual needs.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic we’ve provided additional dedicated support to help our students continue their studies. Examples of this include:

We’re currently developing our support packages for both new and continuing students for the 2021/22 academic year and will provide further details through our regular applicant communications once these are confirmed.

Support packages will be designed to ensure the best possible learning experience for all students, recognising any lost or delayed learning in schools and colleges many students will have experienced over the past year.

Schools and Colleges FAQ

If you are a teacher or adviser please see our FAQ page for those supporting learners who are applying to university.


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