If you are an applicant or offer holder you may have questions about what to expect from your course at the UCO. This page is intended to provide you with updates from our Course Team and other departments at the UCO to help you prepare for study with us. Please check back regularly and we look forward to welcoming you soon!
If you would like to speak to someone directly please get in touch on 020 7089 5316 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated 7 September 2021
With just a week to go until the start of term, here are some important updates for applicants joining us this September.
Covid testing and vaccinations
As a healthcare education provider we take our responsibility for the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and patients seriously. When in our buildings students are expected to adhere to our COVID policies and procedures - find more information about these on our COVID page.
Before your first day with us please complete a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) and do not attend in the event of a positive result. You can obtain a free test for this from your local pharmacy or by ordering some online.
Once you have started your studies we ask that you complete two LFTs per week (you'll be given a starter pack at induction) and self-report the results to us. You'll be given more information about how to self-report at your induction. This information helps us manage our response to COVID-19, support national and regional monitoring and ensure safe delivery of our teaching and clinical services. For more information about why we collect this data and what we do with it please read our COVID privacy notice.
The UCO also supports the UK vaccination programme and would encourage you to consider vaccination if you haven't already done so. This letter explains how to get a vaccination locally. If you have any questions these FAQs may be helpful to you.
We thank you for helping to keep the UCO a safe place for all!
You should have already received your induction timetable by email, but if not you can download a copy below. Please bear in mind that these are provisional and may be subject to minor changes.
- M.Ost full-time induction timetable
- M.Ost part-time induction timetable
- Access to HE induction timetable
You'll meet our Students' Union team at induction so that they can tell you a bit more about exctra-curricular life at the UCO, but in the meantime, here's a sneak peek at some of their plans for Freshers week. Please do come and get involved - it's a great opportunity to meet your fellow starters and students from other year groups and to make new friends!
Updated 9 August 2021
We know that the past 18 months has created some uncertainty for students and that as applicants you may want to know how your course will be delivered in the event of further disruption due to COVID. Excluding the initial lockdown period when the tightest restrictions were in place we have been able to deliver practical teaching and learning throughout the pandemic, and with some adjustments have ensured the delivery of full course timetables and learning outcomes. In the event of further restrictions we have a number of contingency plans in place to ensure the continued delivery of your course.
Based on current guidance and restrictions we are planning to deliver the majority of our teaching face-to-face on campus, but are pleased to be able to provide the option for students to be able to attend some non-practical sessions online if they wish to. Students will continue to wear appropriate levels of PPE for all practical and clinical sessions as per current guidance. On campus facilities such as our library, practice rooms and Students’ Union will be open for student use.
Should restrictions be tightened we hope that it will be possible to continue with face-to-face teaching for all practical and clinical elements, with appropriate PPE in place, as per guidance for practical courses during the last lockdown. It may be necessary to move non-practical teaching online, but we are confident that through this approach it will still be possible to deliver our full curriculum, as we did last year. We will review use of on campus facilities in line with restrictions but will endeavour to keep access open to students if possible.
We are confident we will be able to continue with practical and clinical elements, given that we have been able to do so for the past year. However, in the highly unlikely event that we need to temporarily suspend practical and clinical teaching, or for any adaptations that we may need to make, including changing numbers of people on site for example, we have a range of options at our disposal.
These include virtual clinic sessions, remote observations of technique classes and the use of pre-recorded and live video link sessions. We have recently invested in the development of a new video suite and several virtual classroom suites using cutting edge technology to provide new and exciting opportunities for teaching and learning.
Students who are unable to participate in practical elements or face-to-face teaching, be that due to shielding, sickness or COVID travel restrictions will be supported remotely and the activities as stated above will be available to these students. However, students who miss a significant amount of practical teaching or clinical placements should be aware that they may need to repeat missed elements or in some cases the academic year.
Updated 4 May 2021
Tours of the UCO
We're really pleased to be able to resume tours of the UCO for applicants and offer holders on a one-to-one basis. To book a guided tour of the UCO please contact us to arrange a suitable time and date.
As we continue to operate a COVID-secure environment we would ask that you attend alone if you can, or limit any accompanying friends or family to one person only. You will also be asked to adhere to our other COVID measures, including not attending if you are displaying any symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate and wearing a face mask while on site.
We look forward to welcoming you to the UCO!
We will be holding a virtual Q&A session with a selection of our students on Tuesday 12 May at 2.30pm. If you are wondering what it's like to be a student at the UCO, or have a burning question about the course, the social scene or living and studying in London, register for our session and our students will be there to help!
Updated 29 April 2021
Over the past year we have worked incredibly hard to adapt the delivery of our courses in light of changing guidance and restrictions to ensure our students can, wherever possible, continue to participate in and progress with their studies, whether it be through the continuation of practical elements using PPE, or engaging remotely with lectures, seminars and our virtual clinic. You can find out more about the measures we have put in place in response to the pandemic on our COVID-19 page.
We understand that you may have questions about how your course will be delivered in 2021/22, and while we can’t offer any guarantees about what the situation will be in the UK come September, we are making plans based on a number of different scenarios.
Regardless of what restrictions may or may not be in place, we will be continuing with an element of online learning for all courses, both asynchronous and live, as the past year has demonstrated that there are real academic benefits to this. It will be there to support classroom teaching and practical elements though, not to replace it. We would like to use the technology and the skills we have developed to offer students greater choice in how they learn.
To enable this we are further investing in cutting edge technology for several of our teaching spaces to support remote learning and to enable synchronous teaching to students on campus and at home, and we’re excited to be able to offer this as a significant benefit for UCO students from September 2021.
If as part of your offer you have been asked to complete our Introduction to Healthcare Sciences (IHS) course you can complete this entirely online, at a time and pace to suit you.
Obviously we very much hope that by the start of the academic year you are able to fully participate in all aspects of your chosen course, and that any online elements will simply add flexibility to you and your studies.
If however you are unable to participate in face-to-face elements for a limited period as a result of restrictions or health reasons we will do our best to support you remotely. Please be aware however that due to the subject matter of some of our courses if you are unable to participate in practical elements for a prolonged period of time (more than six weeks) you may be asked to repeat the missed elements before you can progress to the next year.