We understand that our prospective students and offer holders may have concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
The UCO continues to observe the social distancing measures put in place by the UK Government in order to stop the spread of this virus and currently all of our premises are closed until further notice with our teaching and assessments now successfully moved to online delivery. Our patients continue to be supported by our students and staff through the UCO Virtual Clinic.
All our teaching and professional services staff are working hard to ensure our students complete the current year and are continuing to plan for the start of the next academic year, with our teaching delivery reflective of any government guidelines in place at that time. When we are permitted to reopen, the UCO will continue to closely follow the guidelines 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.
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.
Our open days are continuing to run virtually until further notice so please do continue to book up to participate through our website. 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 taken the decision to cancel the first phase of the Introduction to Osteopathic Science (IOS) course but do intend to offer the second and third phases of this course online if the ongoing restrictions mean we are unable to deliver these on a face to face basis. We have very successfully moved to deliver teaching to our current students online so that they are supported in the run up to their end of year examinations and, if social distancing rules preclude face to face teaching, we have developed an excellent online course that will provide applicants with the necessary support to enable them meet the terms of their offer
We do appreciate that you may be uncertain or anxious about the impact of Coronavirus disruption on your exams and overall grades, and how this may affect your plans to study with us. 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 With the Government and UCAS putting in places measures to ensure that A-levels and other qualifications will be published on time, we also hope that this provides you with the reassurance that you will be able to join us in September. We are also able to offer additional support to help our offer holders with the transition to higher education, through access to preparatory learning resources and some of our facilities. Even if you are confident you will meet the terms of your offer, please do not hesitate to contact us if you feel that you would benefit from this support.
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.