Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update.

Prospective Student and Applicants FAQs: Coronavirus


As we receive questions we will build on and expand this list - please keep your questions coming by emailing either (for general enquiries) or (for enquiries specific to an existing application).

Accepting your place on a course or placement – can this be done electronically rather than signing and posting forms back?

UCAS applicants – please respond to your offer through UCAS (  SRUC then receives this information from UCAS.

Applicants who receive offers directly from SRUC – please send your response back by email to, there is no need at this time to sign and post back the slip at the bottom of the letter. 


When will more details about course timetables be available?

Lecturers should be able to provide you with a rough timetable, or a look at last years to give you an idea. Drop us an email to ask. Our timetables are not usually confirmed until the summer break.


Term Dates for 2020 entry

The Scottish government has confirmed that while lockdown will be eased eventually, social distancing will need to be maintained, likely until the end of the year, if not beyond. They have also confirmed that periods of lockdown may have to be reintroduced, should we see surges in infections.

Our Campus Term Dates have been revised and can be seen in detail by visiting these pages. In short, the academic year will begin with an online welcome/induction week on the 21st September and teaching will commence on Monday 28th September using a blend of teaching and learning techniques. Content will be delivered online where possible, and practical classess will be arranged for small groups with safe socially distanced procedures. Each course will need to deliver their content slightly differently, and we will be in touch with all applicants through the summer months once more detail about each individual course is confirmed.


My offer was conditional upon gaining work experience, what do I do now that lockdown has made this not possible?

We are sympathetic with this predicament. Please bear with us as we prepare a standard response to this question.


Where can I find out more information about accommodation?

You can find more information on our website by following this link. Specific contact details are given for each campus.


Where can I find more information about funding?

You can have a look at our fees and funding web pages. If you are a HN or degree student you can also visit SAAS. We will be sending funding information out to all applicants soon, so also keen checking your inbox, or revisit this page.

We have created new Funding FAQ documents for HNC, HND and degree students, and for college-level course students,


Will international students still be able to start their course?

International applicants can email with their concerns and the Admissions/Immigration Team will make contact with them. 


English Language Requirements

We are aware that English language test centres are closed in many countries. You may be concerned about being unable to take your English language test, to meet the English language conditions of your offer.  It is important for the success of your studies at SRUC that you can demonstrate good English language skills.  

In addition to the English Language tests we usually accept, SRUC has agreed to accept the below for entry in September 2020.   

More information can be found on the SRUC’s English Language requirements page.  

If you need a Tier 4 visa to study with us on a course below degree level, we can only accept as evidence of English Language one of the UKVI approved tests: 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us


Work Experience

National Certificate/Advanced Certificate Horse Care, HNC/HND Equine Studies, Introduction to Animal Care/National Certificate Animal Care, HNC/HND Animal Care

SRUC understands that this is a difficult time to be undertaking relevant work experience.  If you are already holding a conditional offer for one of the courses above where the conditions include gaining relevant work experience, this requirement will be removed for the coming academic year. 

However, if circumstances change between now and the start of the course, we recommend that you try and gain work experience before the start of the course. 

BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing

SRUC understands that this is a difficult time to be gaining relevant work experience in a veterinary practice.  If you are already holding a conditional offer where one of your conditions includes gaining additional work experience, we recommend that additional experience is gained prior to the start of the course to prepare you for the demands of the programme.  We appreciate that this will only possible should the current circumstances improve, and it is safe to do so, therefore will take this into consideration when making final decisions on acceptance.

If you have any questions regarding your work experience conditions, please contact and they will be passed onto the Veterinary Nursing team. 


Internal progression within SRUC

SRUC is continuing to deliver learning, teaching and assessment remotely wherever possible, whilst recognising that some changes will be necessary. We are currently reviewing our progression/admissions criteria and will publish this information when it is finalised.

We want to help support you to achieve your qualification and to progress on to your next activity be it further study or in to the work place.


Applicants undertaking SQA (HN, NC qualifications) at Scottish Colleges

SRUC understands that this is a difficult time to be undertaking your studies.  Where possible, we hope you are able to continue with your qualification remotely.  If you wish to discuss the conditions of your offer with SRUC, please contact