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The Government passed legislation requiring vaccination as a condition of deployment, which was due to commence from 1 April 2022. The Secretary of State announced that this is being reconsidered and is set to be revoked. The Government’s decision is subject to Parliamentary process and will require further consultation and a vote to be passed into legislation.  The Government has indicated that it plans to work with Royal Colleges and professional regulators to strengthen guidance and consult on updates to the Department of Health and Social Care's Code of Practice for regulated providers to strengthen the requirements in relation to COVID-19, which applies to all Care Quality Commission (CQC registered) providers of all health and social care in England.  The legislation that was passed would have required you to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to the university, before joining your programme. While the legal requirement on deployment is set to be revoked, being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless exempt) is important to protect both service users and the workforce across the health and social care sector.  As the Law has not yet changed and we are unsure of what local practice placement providers will require, we recommend that you receive any Covid -19 vaccinations that you are eligible for, in advance of your programme commencing.  As soon as we know what the final Government decision is on this matter we will be back in touch with further information.


Applies  to

Social Work (UG and PG)

Occupational Therapy (UG and PG)

Adult Nursing (UG and PG)

Mental Health Nursing (UG and PG)

Learning Disabilities Nursing (UG and PG)

Child Nursing (UG and PG)

Midwifery (UG and PG)


Physiotherapy (UG and PG) 

Before you travel

Current guidance (from 04:00 on 7 December) is that you must take a PCR or LFD COVID-19 test before you travel to England from abroad.

You can read full Government guidance on their website.

You must take the test in the 2 days before your service to England departs. If your test result is positive, you must not travel. You must follow local rules and guidance for positive coronavirus cases. This will apply whether you qualify as fully vaccinated or not. Ahead of travelling to England you must also:

• book and pay for a COVID-19 PCR test – to be taken after you arrive in England

 complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England

After you arrive in England

You must quarantine in your home or the place you are staying while you await the result of the PCR test you have taken in UK. If this is negative, then you may end your isolation.

Please note: Government advice can change and countries can be added to the Red List at Short notice so please refer to the Government advice before travelling to the UK.

There are currently no countries on the UK's travel Red List.

There are different rules for entering the UK if you are travelling from (or via) a Red List Country. Countries can be added to the Red List at short notice so it is important that you read the full Government information on their website before booking travel.

The university will continue to review the latest  information and if the country you are travelling from is currently on, or is added to the Red list we will contact you directly as soon as possible with any update on what this change means for you, as an applicant. 

Guidance requires applicants on the Red List to undertake the following:

Before you travel to England you must:

• take a COVID-19 test – you must take the test in the 2 days before you travel to England

• book a quarantine hotel package, including 2 COVID-19 tests

• complete a passenger locator form

You must do this even if you are fully vaccinated.

Read more about taking a COVID-19 test before you travel to England.

When you arrive in England – red list rules

When you arrive in England you must quarantine in a managed hotel, and take 2 COVID-19 tests.

You must do this even if you are fully vaccinated.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing before you travel to England

You need proof of a negative COVID-19 test to travel to England from abroad.


If you are travelling from a Red List country and you are not able to arrive for the start of term, we would like to reassure that you can start your studies online with us – this will include access to virtual lectures and all learning materials associated with your course.

You will also be able to access our 24/7 electronic library and student support services. If changes are made to the red list, we will be in touch with revised guidance.

Please note that all students need to be in the UK to have started face-to-face teaching by 6 April 2022, as per current UK Visa and Immigration office guidance, regardless of their country’s status at that time. You may also choose to delay your studies until the next available intake. We will be contacting applicants affected by the red list to identify any issues with travel preparations, over the coming days.

Please note that the University is not able to cover the costs associated with quarantine and travel and this must be covered by applicants.

Travelling to the University

Yes, we offer a free service for collection at Newcastle Airport, Train Station and Bus Station. You can find all the information including how to book at Meet and Greet ( 


Once you have enrolled on your programme, you are no longer an applicant and are now a Current Student. This means that any queries you may have will now be dealt with by our Ask4Help Team.

You can self-serve a number of common queries by using the Student Portal, which you will gain access to, once you have enrolled. This is not the same portal you used throughout your application journey.

Your Student Portal is your essential platform while you are studying with us. Access news, your timetable and programme site, a range of Help and Support articles and lots more.

Find out more about Using your Student Portal here.  

Blackboard is Northumbria’s complete Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where you can access your programme content, attend the virtual classroom, interact with your tutors and peers, submit assignments, view your grades and more.

Find out more at Getting Started with Blackboard on your Student Portal.

You can find information on how to access your timetable - which includes both teaching and Welcome Week information - on your Student Portal.

If you have received an invoice and believe it to be incorrect, you should flag this at the point of enrolment using the Questioning a tuition fee invoice article on your Student Portal to submit an enquiry to us.

If you are a sponsored student and have been invoiced for fees directly you need to ensure you have provided a valid sponsor letter for that academic year via your Student Portal - please see Payment of fees by a sponsor more more information.

Something that many new students need to do is open a bank account. You will have a choice of banks, and it is important to consider which bank is right for you. Please see Opening a UK Bank Account article on your Student Portal for information and guidance.

All programme (course) specific information, including your reading lists will be included on the individual module sites on Blackboard after you enrol. You can also view reading list guidance on the University Library website.


If you have a query about collecting your BRP (Biometric Residence Permit) card, you can find guidance on your Student Portal using the links below. 

If you are required to register with the police as a condition of your visa, you should do so after you have your BRP. Information on registering with the police can be found at Results (sponsored) 

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