Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and guidance for applicants

Updated 30 March 2020.

Although this page is being regularly updated, we are aware that the situation is evolving rapidly. The latest information for the public is available on the NHS website.

We understand that applicants and offer holders are justifiably concerned about the coronavirus and the potential impact on their enrolment at the University.

Universities UK, Universities UK International, Universities Scotland and Universities Wales continue to work with the UK Government and local public health authorities to distribute appropriate guidance to UK universities.

As this is a rapidly changing situation. Please also refer to the University’s latest advice and guidance.

We will continue to review the likely impact of the situation on all applicants, and make every effort to ensure those applicants are not disadvantaged.

Please also see a message from the our Vice-Chancellor.

On this page you will find details relating to admissions.  The frequently asked questions are split into three categories:

All Applicants

UK/Home Applicants

International and EU applicants

All Applicants

Should I still apply?

Programmes at the University of Liverpool are currently available for you to apply to.

Are applications still being processed?

Yes.  The Admissions teams are working from home and processing applications as normal.

Can I defer my offer?

For the majority of programmes the University will allow a one year deferral for offers and applications.  If you wish to defer please email the Admissions team.

I have applied for deferred entry what happens to my application?

Applicants who have applied for 2021 entry will have their application processed.  Applicants who are awarded examinations/assessments during 2020 will not be disadvantaged.

Will response time for applications be affected with the university closing down?

The Admissions team are continuing work from home and applications are being processed as quickly as possible.  We would ask that applicants are as patient as possible as it may take slightly longer than normal to process applications.

What is the latest date that I can start my programme for 2020/21 entry?

At present, the latest date for registration is two weeks from the start date of the programme (12 October). The University is continuing to review the changing situation and any updates will be published on this page.

I cannot get hold of the documents admissions have requested, what shall I do?

We are aware that delays may be unavoidable for you in gathering the information needed to support your application. We aim to be as flexible as possible so if you need additional time to gather requested information, please just let the Admissions Team know so that we are aware that there will be a delay.

How do I contact Admissions?

Please contact Admissions via our Enquiries team at or via the virtual advisor.

Additional contact details are available here.


UK/Home Applicants

My school/college has closed for an extended period and this may affect my studies. Will the University take this into consideration when I receive my results?

We recognise that schools and colleges may experience disruption to teaching, coursework and examinations and we are monitoring the advice and guidance from the Department of Education, Ofqual and awarding bodies. We have established processes in place for dealing with extenuating circumstances and as part of this we will guided by the consideration given by awarding bodies. Please ask your school/college to contact the Admissions Team with information about the impact of the closure on your studies.

I am unable to attend my school/college. I’m receiving tuition and support remotely, but my grades might be lower than predicted. Will my circumstances be taken into account when you are confirming places?

We have established processes in place for dealing with extenuating circumstances and as part of this we will guided by the consideration given by awarding bodies. Please ask your school/college to contact the Admissions Team with information about the disruption to your studies.

I am studying a foundation year at another university and hold a Conditional offer for entry to Year 1. My university might not be able to complete my assessment and could award pass/fail to students. How will this impact on my offer?

We understand that providers may be finding alternative ways to teach and assess their students as a result of COVID-19. Once your university has confirmed how your foundation year will be assessed and you have your results please contact the Admissions Team so we can consider your results and circumstances.

I won’t be able to complete my Practical science endorsement. What happens?

If you are unable to complete your practical science endorsement please contact the admissions team directly.


International and EU Applicants

For queries relating specifically to entry to Pre-sessional programmes at the University, please see the English Language Centre FAQ’s

My local IELTS testing centre is currently closed due to coronavirus. Can I apply to study at the University without a valid English Language test?

The British Council have advised that all IELTS exams in some parts of the world are suspended for the duration of March and into April 2020. If you cannot book an IELTS test, you might be able to use an older IELTS result to support your application to academic study at the University. IELTS remain valid for 2 years from the test date.

Please be aware that the University accepts a variety of English Language tests, SELT and non-SELT. Please view our English language requirements page for further information.

I took an IELTS test in January in China but my certificate hasn’t been issued to me yet. Can the University contact IELTS for this information?

Test takers who have already taken their test should receive their Test Report Form (TRF) by mail. If you do not have a certificate yet, you can provide the TRF number and the Admissions Team can verify your results online. Unfortunately, we are unable to contact IELTS on your behalf.

I have an IELTS test booked in April. Will I be able to participate in the test?

IELTS advise that if you are concerned or have questions about an upcoming test, please email the test centre directly. Further advice can be found at the IELTS website.

I am required to make a tuition fee deposit payment of £1,000 and my original deadline was 28th February can I have an extension? 

For those applicants from the University of Liverpool Management School who were due to pay a £1,000 deposit by 28th February 2020 they now have an extension until 31st May 2020.  All other applicants who are required to pay a deposit the deadline remains 16th August 2020.

I am required to make a tuition fee deposit payment of £1,000. If I make a payment, will this be refunded if I am unable to travel due to restrictions in September.

For offer holders affected by disruption to travel plans which results in them being unable to register for study at the University in September, a full refund of the £1,000 will be issued.

Are the University able to test my English Language instead of having to present an acceptable SELT or non-SELT?

The University does not currently offer this service and applicants for academic study must present a valid SELT or non-SELT. Please see our English Language criteria.

Study at my university has been delayed and we will not begin semester 2 teaching until later in April. Therefore, I expect that I will not get my graduation documents until August, which is after the International application deadline of 31st July. Can I still apply for September 2020 entry?

The University will apply a degree of flexibility to international applicants and offer holders who expect that they will experience delays in commencing their studies in September due to issues surrounding the coronavirus.

You may be encouraged to utilise priority visa services available in your country where a priority decision is usually made within 5 working days.