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We look forward to welcoming you to our international community of students from more than 120 countries. 

Aston University is aware that the outbreak of Coronavirus may be causing concern and disruption to offer-holders. We will continue to show flexibility and will publish regular updates on this page. For those who use WeChat, we will also post updates on our WeChat account ('Aston1895') and in our WeChat group for offer-holders. To join this group, add us on WeChat 'Aston_U' and send us a screenshot of your offer letter. 

We currently plan to teach on campus in September 2020 (unless circumstances change), and we look forward to welcoming you to the Aston University community.

For offer-holders who are experiencing disruption due to the outbreak of Coronavirus:
 

Undergraduate and Foundation offer-holders
  • If you hold an offer for an undergraduate (bachelors) or foundation course at Aston University, we will extend your deposit payment deadline to 20th July 2020.
  • If you have been asked to attend an interview at Aston University, we can make alternative arrangements so that you don’t have to travel. Please contact Undergraduate Admissions.
  • If you are having difficulty paying your deposit due to disruptions caused by Coronavirus, please contact us at ask@aston.ac.uk (please make sure to provide your 9 digit student application ID number).
  • If you pay your deposit and the impact of Coronavirus prevents you from arriving for your course in September 2020, you will have the opportunity to defer your course to September 2021 (depending on your course).
  • If you decide against an alternative start date, you may request a refund in accordance with section 11 of our tuition fee charging policy. If you request a refund of your deposit, you should provide evidence that the impact of Coronavirus has prevented you from arriving for your course.

Examples of evidence which you may need to provide under the ‘natural disasters’ category are: 1) documentation showing that the official travel advice from your home country advises against travel to the UK due to Coronavirus or 2) documentation from an official source (e.g. World Health Organisation or Public Health England) advising that if you travel from your current area of domicile to the UK you would be subject to quarantine restrictions.

Postgraduate offer-holders
  • If you hold an offer for a postgraduate (masters) course, we will extend your acceptance deadline to 23rd May 2020. If your acceptance deadline is later than this, please use the later date as your official deadline. When you are ready to accept your offer, you can pay your deposit online.
  • If you are having difficulty paying your deposit due to disruptions caused by Coronavirus, please contact us at ask@aston.ac.uk (please make sure to provide your 9 digit student application ID number).
  • If you have a scholarship attached to your offer acceptance deadline (the Global Excellence Scholarship), the new acceptance deadline of 23rd May will also apply to your scholarship. If you have been given a later acceptance deadline than 23rd May, then the later deadline will also apply for accepting any scholarship offers.
  • If you pay your deposit and the impact of Coronavirus prevents you from arriving for your course in September 2020, you will have the opportunity to defer your course to begin in January or September 2021 (depending on your course).
  • If you decide against an alternative start date, you may request a refund in accordance with section 11 of our tuition fee charging policy. If you request a refund of your deposit, you should provide evidence that the impact of Coronavirus has prevented you from arriving for your course.

Examples of evidence which you may need to provide under the ‘natural disasters’ category are: 1) documentation showing that the official travel advice from your home country advises against travel to the UK due to Coronavirus or 2) documentation from an official source (e.g. World Health Organisation or Public Health England) advising that if you travel from your current area of domicile to the UK you would be subject to quarantine restrictions.

English language requirements

We will accept a wider range of English language qualifications instead of IELTS Academic; including TOEFL, PTE Academic, iGCSE, Indian Standard XII, HKDSE, WAEC, for direct entry (excluding foundation level courses). For foundation level entry, you are still required to provide a UKVI IELTS to meet your offer condition. If your qualification is not listed here then please contact us at ask@aston.ac.uk to see if we can accept it.

There is also an option to take the Aston Online English Test.

Pre-sessional English options for September 2020 entry

Summary of updated Pre-Sessional English options:

  • The 18-week Pre-Sessional English course has been cancelled.
  • The 9-week and 5-week Pre-Sessional English courses will be taught completely online. There will be no on-campus teaching for these courses. 
  • In addition to accepting UKVI IELTS, we will accept a wider range of English language qualifications (including non-UKVI English tests) for the 9 and 5 week courses. (Such as non-UKVI IELTS Academic, TOEFL, PTE Academic).
  • There is an option to take the Aston Online English Test for the 9-week and 5-week Pre-sessional English courses.

18-week course 

This course has been cancelled. All students who had applied for this course have been contacted individually to discuss other options. If we have not yet managed to contact you successfully then please contact us at ask@aston.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)121 204 4910 (please provide your 9-digit student application ID number) and we will help you to re-organise your study plans.

9-week course (online)

 
Course dates Entry requirements Accepted qualifications
6th July – 4th September 2020

IELTS overall 5.0 or 5.5*

*Depending on your course/level of study. See pre-sessional entry requirements

UKVI IELTS

Other English language qualification (non-UKVI IELTS Academic, TOEFL, PTE Academic)

Aston Online English Test

5-week course (online)

 
Course dates  Entry requirements  Accepted qualifications
3rd August – 4th September 2020

UKVI IELTS overall 5.5 or 6*

*Depending on your course/level of study. See pre-sessional entry requirements

UKVI IELTS

Other English language qualification (non-UKVI IELTS Academic, TOEFL, PTE Academic)

Aston Online English Test

 

Aston Online English Test

We know it is currently more difficult in some parts of the world to book an English language test such as IELTS. To support you to achieve your Aston offer conditions, if you need an English language qualification for your course starting in September, or for the Pre-Sessional English courses, you may take the Aston Online English Test.

 
When can I take the test? You can take the test from 1st May 2020 onwards.
What does the test involve?

The test will have four parts: reading, writing, listening and speaking. It will take approximately 3 hours in total. After the test there will be a Skype interview of approximately 15 minutes with an Aston University member of staff.

During the test, you will be asked to prove your identity, by showing a passport or identity card for example.

How much does the test cost?

£60

How do I book the test?

You can book your test online. A link will be available by 30th April on this webpage. You can also register your interest, and we’ll send you an email once the test booking system is open. Students who pre-register their interest using the link above will be given priority access to book a test.

Courses starting in January 2021

If you are unable to attend in September then we have a range of postgraduate courses available starting in January 2021. Our courses are taught by industry experts, and will offer you unique opportunities for real-world experience. When you’re ready to study with us, we’re ready to transform your career.

If you hold an offer to study with us in September 2020, you may have the option to defer your course to begin in January 2021. To defer your course, you will need to complete our deferral request form which will be available on the January 2021 courses page soon. Pre-Sessional English courses for the January 2021 intake will also be available.

Can’t see your course listed? We are working to offer more courses starting in January 2021, please check the January 2021 courses page regularly for new course additions. 

Still have questions?

Our enquiries team are available to help answer any questions you may have, please contact us at ask@aston.ac.uk (please make sure to provide your 9-digit student application ID number). If you use WeChat, you can contact us at 'Aston_U'.

If you have any questions specifically related to your Tier 4 Visa or your CAS, please contact casqueries@aston.ac.uk and our expert visa team will be able to help you.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Aston University community in September.

Current students

For current students of Aston University, we are publishing updates such as health advice on our health and wellbeing pages.