We understand that our prospective students and offer holders may have concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
The UCO is monitoring and following advice from Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and has put in place a number of temporary measures to enable us to continue to support students, patients, staff and prospective students while minimising any risk of increasing spread of the virus. You can read more about steps we are taking here.
We have taken the decision to cancel our open day later this month, but we do believe the best way to find out if the UCO is for you is to visit us if possible, and would recommend booking on to one of our future dates if you are able to. As an alternative if you would like to request an electronic open day pack please contact admissions, or you can find lots of other information and videos about life at the UCO on our website and social media channels.
We have also taken the decision to cancel the first phase of the Introduction to Osteopathic Science (IOS) course. As it stands, the second phase is due to run as normal but we will be reviewing the situation as it evolves and will keep all students informed of any changes. We are also investigating the possibility of delivering this as an online course if necessary.
The UCO is continuing to accept applications for our courses starting in 2020 and can conduct interviews with applicants via Skype or telephone. We are also still available via email or phone to answer any questions you many have about the application process, our courses, or studying with us in general.
We appreciate that applicants may be uncertain or anxious about the impact of Coronavirus disruption on their exams and overall grades, and how this may affect their plans to study with us. While we don’t yet know what steps the Government will be putting in place for students due to complete their A-Levels or other qualifications this summer, we are monitoring the situation closely and would like to reassure applicants that we will do our best to manage changes and to find solutions where possible. This may, for example, include a slightly later start to the course this Autumn, to factor in any postponement of exams. We would also like to offer assurance that as a professional qualification we assess all applicants on an individual basis and our decision to accept students is not solely based on academic qualifications.
If you are feeling anxious about Coronavirus and the current situation the Student Minds website has some useful information and links to sources of advice and support.