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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 undergraduate coursesExams, results and confirming your placeSelection events and interviewsAccommodation Health and Social Care student financeOpen daysApplying for postgraduate coursesTeaching & learningPlacements & work experienceSupport for starting at HallamSupport during my studiesSchools And Colleges FAQ

Applying for undergraduate courses

Responding to your offer

UCAS has also extended the deadline for responding to your offer (the ‘decline by default date’).

The deadline is based on when you get the last decision from your universities or colleges. Check Track to see your personal deadline.

  • If you receive your last decision on or before 20 May 2021, your reply date is 10 June 2021 (except if you're using Extra to find a place).
  • If you receive your last decision on or before 13 July 2021, your reply date is 14 July 2021 (including Extra choices)

For more information, visit the UCAS website or email if you have any questions.

 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 welcome the Government announcement that grades for A-Level, BTEC and GCSE students this summer will be determined by teacher assessment using a combination of mock exams, course work and essays to be defined by individual schools. However, 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

In light of the current Covid-19 guidance from the Government, all selection events will take place online this year. 

Health and social care interviews

We are conducting interviews via Zoom (online one-to-one platform) and we will contact you once we have reviewed your application. Please don’t worry if you have not used Zoom before, we will give you details of how to use it.  

Health and social care application support sessions

If you are thinking of applying for a health and social care course, you can access our online support sessions. Find out more and book your place.  If you have any questions, get in touch with us on 0114 225 6464.

Teacher education interviews 

We are conducting interviews online via an alternative method such as Skype and we will contact you once we have reviewed your application. Please don’t worry if you have not used the online platform before, we will give you details of how to use it. 

Portfolio reviews for art and design

If you are applying to our art and design courses we will ask you to submit a portfolio online for review. Visit our portfolio review information pages to find out more.

Architecture course discussions

All applicants who are made a conditional or unconditional offer will be invited to an online course discussion with a member of our architecture staff. 

You will be sent up-to-date course information with the invite to attend a course discussion. If you received a conditional offer, you should prepare a portfolio of work for the discussion.

Attendance at the course discussion is fully optional, but it does provide you with the chance to receive a reduced UCAS point offer. Visit our course pages for more information.


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 currently making plans for the return of our campus and accommodation tours as soon as it is safe to do so. Based on the Government’s plan for the easing of national Covid-19 restrictions, we anticipate that tours will be available to applicants by June at the latest and we are planning to provide other visit opportunities throughout the summer.

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.

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

Open days

As a result of the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, all of our open days are currently taking place virtually. We’re sorry we can’t meet you in person right now, but the health and safety of our visitors, students and staff remains our top priority.

We’re currently making plans for the return of our campus and accommodation tours as soon as it is safe to do so. Based on the Government’s plan for the easing of national Covid-19 restrictions, we anticipate that tours will be available to applicants by June at the latest and we are planning to provide other visit opportunities throughout the summer.

You can register now on our website to be notified when bookings open for campus visits.

In the meantime, our virtual course open days give you the opportunity to find out more about studying at Sheffield Hallam and life as a student in Sheffield. You can find out about our courses, accommodation and support as well as taking virtual campus and facilities tours and chatting live with our staff and students. 

If you have any queries about open days or events you can also call us on 0114 225 6464.

Applying for postgraduate courses

We are continuing to accept and process applications for postgraduate courses starting in September 2021 as usual. There are no fixed application deadlines however our courses can become full so improve your chances by applying as early as possible.

Find out more and apply.

Teaching & learning

We’re working with our current students to develop a new approach that combines on-campus learning with the most popular aspects of online learning that we’ve developed over the past year.

We are planning for teaching to be delivered on campus blended with online learning and support. You will be able to engage, both in person and digitally, with our academic staff and wide range of support services.

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

  • Face-to-face tutorials
  • Practical activities such as lab workshops or studio work
  • 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 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
  • Collaboration with other students through digital communities, networks and opportunities

It isn’t yet possible to confirm if there will be ongoing impacts of Covid-19, but we will continually monitor the situation and ensure our teaching from September 2021 provides you with a high quality learning experience whilst meeting any ongoing government guidelines.

We will be in touch regularly as you prepare to join Sheffield Hallam to keep you informed of arrangements for autumn 2021.

Placements & work experience

Applying your learning through work experience and placements will be a key aspect of your experience at Sheffield Hallam. We have worked closely with employers to ensure our students  can still gain these invaluable experiences in a safe and meaningful way throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

We have reviewed how we design and deliver work experience opportunities and placements to offer more flexibility in how, when and where placements are undertaken, to ensure our students continue to receive the best possible applied learning experience. Find out more.

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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