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If I meet my A level grade requirements, but STEP 1 is required but not taking place, does that mean I will have a confirmed place at Imperial or will my application still be reconsidered?

We understand that COVID-19 has caused some form of disruption for all our applicants this year, either through the cancellation of teaching or scheduled exams and we know how you must be feeling. We have a limited number of spaces on our Computing and Joint Maths and Computer Science undergraduate courses. Therefore, unfortunately, we cannot accept all the candidates who have a STEP 1 requirement in their offer if they meet their other offer conditions. If you have a STEP 1 offer condition, you would automatically be placed under reconsideration. Thus we will in August, once all results of A-Levels and other examinations have been announced, accept for entry in October 2020 those students who have the best overall performance, as long as there are spaces on the course. In judging this overall performance we will take into consideration the performance at the exams that they have been awarded, performance at the interview, and the activities and achievements detailed in the UCAS application.

In the Department of Computing, based on previous years’ experiences, students with A*A*A* or A*A*AA in A-Levels (or the equivalent) are very likely to gain entry. Those with A*A*A or A*AAA are less likely to gain entry. However, the results that each student gains are difficult to predict, and we can only admit students up to our capacity to teach students in the department.

We realize that this process might cause some extra uncertainty, but believe that it is the fairest way in which to substitute the missing STEP paper from your offer.

Substitutes for A*A*AA

I am taking an exam other than A-Levels, how does the A*A*AA transfer to other qualifications?

There is not a fixed formula for this since the nature of each exam varies. However, if you have been asked for a STEP 1 paper, then we would be looking for achievement in your exams over and above the offer made, to make up for the missing STEP requirement.

STEP 2

If my offer contains STEP 2, and I fail to get the required grade, will I still be eligible for reconsideration?

Yes.

Since there are more people going into reconsideration in August as STEP 1 has been cancelled, will offer holders who missed STEP 2 condition still have a chance to be reconsidered?

Yes. All candidates with one or more missed offer conditions will be reconsidered.

My offer includes STEP 1 and STEP 2. What happens if I miss my STEP 2 offer condition?

If you miss your STEP 2 offer condition, or indeed any other condition of your offer, you will be placed under reconsideration. During reconsideration, we will review and accept for entry in October 2020 those students who have the best overall performance, as long as there are spaces on the course. In judging this overall performance we will take into consideration the performance at the exams that they have been awarded, performance at the interview, and the activities and achievements detailed in the UCAS application.

My offer includes STEP 1 or STEP 2. How will my application be treated?

If your offer includes STEP 1 or STEP 2, we will expect you to take the STEP 2 exam and meet the requirements in order to fulfil your offer conditions. If you do not sit the STEP 2 exam, or sit it and miss the conditions, your application will move into reconsideration in August 2020.

Already taken A levels

I hold a conditional offer and I have already completed my A level exams last year. Will I be considered at an advantage?

No, you will not be considered at an advantage. All applicants will be treated in the same way, and if you do not meet all your offer conditions, your application will be considered at reconsideration alongside the applicants who receive their A level (or equivalent) results in August 2020.

If we have already taken A levels and only have a STEP 1 condition, will we also have to wait until A levels results day?

Yes. Your application will be reconsidered along with all other applicants who have missed their offer conditions on A level results day.

Offer doesn’t have any STEP papers

My offer does not have any STEP papers, how am I affected? Will my offer conditions change?

All offer conditions remain unchanged. If your offer conditions do not include a STEP exam, and you miss your offer conditions, you will be reconsidered in August 2020, just like all other candidates who have missed their offer conditions.

If I miss my A-Level grades but resit in the next examination series is there a chance that my offer would be held?

If you don’t secure your place with Imperial and wish to sit your exams in the Autumn (schedule to be confirmed), you will need to reapply for 2021 entry in the new UCAS cycle. Your application will be considered alongside others who apply in the new UCAS cycle. We are unable to guarantee that you will receive the same offer as this year. For more information, please refer to our admissions page for offer holders.

Timing of decisions

When will I know if I have a place at Imperial?

If you make all the grades of your current offer your place is guaranteed. Most students will find out if they have a place at Imperial between 13 and 20 August.  You will be informed of this decision via UCAS track.

In previous years very few, if any students gain a place having selected Imperial College as an insurance offer, as it is unlikely that your exam results would both fail to give you entry to your firm choice but be competitive enough in comparison to other candidates for Imperial.

What if exam results are not received at all/postponed

My exam results might be delayed past the deadline previously given for the submission of my results. What will happen?

Please refer to this link for deadlines of when to submit results to us by.

Our website will be updated regularly with information if any results are delayed beyond these deadlines or not available at all as a result of cancellations.

What if my exams are cancelled?

As far as possible we will reconsider you based on what information we have. Please do refer to our website for further information.

If we have not met our offer conditions, and we do not receive a decision from Imperial College within a week of A level results day, how will clearing work for us?

The week delay is a maximum, and we should let you know sooner. However, you may always ask us to release you into clearing if you prefer not to wait

Should we send in our other qualifications or achievements?

I have taken an exam or test or have an achievement not requested in my offer, and I would like to add it to my application. How do I go about this?

If you have taken an exam or test for which the result was not put in your UCAS statement, or have an achievement not requested in your offer that you would like to let us know of, please let us know by emailing the information to doc-ugadmissions@imperial.ac.uk including your name and UCAS number in the subject.

I have sat a particular test which was not a part of my offer conditions and achieved good results. Will you change my offer conditions if I send you the results?

No, we will not be changing any offer conditions.

Joint Maths and Computer Science

If I am a JMC student with a STEP 1 condition, am I expected to get A*A*A*A?

No, you have an equal (very good chance) of gaining entry with A*A*AA. The number of places on the JMC is not fixed, but rather the total number of students the department can accept is fixed.

Can I switch from JMC to Computing?

Please think about this carefully, and then make the request to us once you have all your exam results on results day. If you are an A-Level candidate, to take the JMC course you must have an A* in Further Maths. There is no guarantee that your request will be approved. If you are an overseas candidate, please contact the International Student Office as changing your course will have implications for your visa.

How many places are there on the JMC course?

Normally the JMC offers held and the JMC intake is about 20% of the year. Please refer to this link for undergraduate admissions statistics from previous years.

Fees and Funding for 2020/2021

Fees for next year

Will fees be changed whilst online teaching is being given?

Please refer to our fees and funding pages for details of tuition fees for the academic year 2020/21

 

Miscellaneous

What preparation do you recommend for the course?

Despite the STEP papers being cancelled, the practice of STEP level problems from past papers is recommended for all students. You can also spend your summer learning a programming language of your choice (and do not feel restricted to learning those that we teach in the first year).

In the case of the European Union, students who will sit final exams that due to COVID-19 will be harder, there will be any adjustments to the current offers?

There will be no adjustment to current offers, all offers remain unchanged.

Statistics

What are the undergraduate admissions statistics for the current and previous admissions cycles?

Detailed statistics for the current admissions cycle will only be made available after the current admissions cycle is over. For statistics of previous admissions cycles, please refer to this link.

Teaching in 2020/2021

The latest information on teaching in academic year 2020/2021 is available here.

How long will online teaching last?

The provisional plan for the Department of Computing (including JMC) is that the online teaching will be made available for at least the autumn term, with on-campus teaching being available if it can be organised within the social distancing rules in place at the time.

It is important to recognise that, depending on official government guidance throughout the entirety of the next academic year, the balance in the ‘multi-mode’ offering may be subject to change. We hope to be able to offer you increased on-campus learning activities throughout the year. 

Will we need to travel to campus and/or live in London if teaching will be held online?

If you can’t travel to campus in time for the start of term, we want to reassure you that we have made plans which make it possible to offer you a high-quality remote educational experience during the Autumn term. If you are unable to travel to campus for Autumn term, you will not be disadvantaged in your learning experience.[MV1] 

It is important to recognise that, depending on official government guidance throughout the entirety of the next academic year, the balance in the ‘multi-mode’ offering may be subject to change. We hope to be able to offer you increased on-campus learning activities throughout the year. 

How will small group work be managed using online teaching?

This will be arranged using Microsoft Teams or similar technology, and be run in a way as close as possible to the experience that would have occurred if held on campus.

What will happen if social distancing rules are relaxed in the UK, but international students are unable to arrive due to travel or visa restrictions?

If you can’t travel to campus due to travel or visa restrictions, we want to reassure you that we have made plans which make it possible to offer you a high-quality remote educational experience during the Autumn term. If you are unable to travel to campus for Autumn term, you will not be disadvantaged in your learning experience during your programme. 

It is important to recognise that, depending on official government guidance throughout the entirety of the next academic year, the balance in the ‘multi-mode’ offering may be subject to change. We hope to be able to offer you increased on-campus learning activities throughout the year. 

You may also find information on this link useful.

Visa queries

Can we apply for a visa before our offer is confirmed?

Details of the visa application process are available here:

Covid-19 and your immigration status

Applying for your visa

Once you have received your CAS from Imperial, you should be able to start the visa application process. CAS is issued to those candidates who have a confirmed place on the course.

If you have any concerns about the visa application process, please contact our International Student Support Team.

Please also visit this page for the latest information for offer holders.