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September 2021 Intake: An Update

The last academic year was one of the most challenging in our history.

As with many other educational institutions across the country, 2020 and most of this current year saw closed doors, empty campuses, and uncertainty lingering in the air.

Today, we can announce that we are planning for the campus to be open for business with effect from the beginning of the academic year in September 2021. Subject to formal approval by the Board of Governors on 14 July, the Governor-appointed Curriculum Delivery Panel, supplemented by the TED Officers, has voted the following set-up for the first semester of the 2021-2022 academic year (September to December 2021):

  • All students are strongly encouraged to be in residence on campus during their studies, regardless of the mode of academic delivery for their particular programme. This is so that they can immerse themselves in the Newbold experience through our Campus Ministries and worship programmes, as well as gain direct access to our academic resources and tutoring.
  • BA (Hons) students are expected to attend classes on campus in person wherever possible. In exceptional circumstances, they will be permitted to take classes in real-time online.
  • All Graduate Diploma, MA, and Postgraduate Certificate classes will be delivered in real-time online, although students not living on campus will be encouraged to attend optional residential weeks to benefit from our academic resources including the Roy Graham Library, and the overall on-campus Newbold experience.



Coronavirus COVID-19: testing and precautions

Students from a green-listed country

  • Students from a green-listed country will need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to England, as well as book and purchase a day 2 COVID-19 test (to take upon arrival in England). Students will also need to complete a passenger locator form.
  • Upon arrival, the day 2 COVID-19 test must be taken, and students will not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive.
  • We will reimburse the tests purchased as they are a requirement.


Students from an amber-listed country

  • As per government guidelines, students from an amber-listed country will be required to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to England, and book and purchase day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 travel tests (to be taken after arrival in England). Students will also need to complete a passenger locator form.
  • Upon arrival at the College, students will need to self-isolate for 10 days before the academic year starts.
  • The day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests will need to be sent directly to the College. Our address is:

Newbold College of Higher Education
St Mark’s Road,
United Kingdom,
RG42 4AN

  • We will reimburse the tests purchased as they are a requirement, and students will not be charged for their accommodation during the period of self-isolation.


Students from a red-listed country

  • Students from a red-listed country will need to be tested before travelling to England and will also need to book a quarantine hotel package including 2 COVID-19 tests.
  • In addition, students will need to complete a passenger locator form.
  • Upon arrival in England, students will need to quarantine in a managed hotel, including 2 COVID-19 tests.
  • We will reimburse the tests purchased as they are a requirement.
  • Please note: costs for hotel packages for quarantining will not be reimbursed by the College.


For information on the processes for listed countries, please click here.

The welfare of our students, our staff, our community, and residents will always be a priority. We will continue to follow the national government guidelines, whilst hoping that all programmes offered will be available in-person safely in the 2022 Spring Semester.

We truly believe that to experience Newbold, is to be at Newbold.



For any questions specific to your circumstances, to testing, or for any queries, please do contact us. We are here to help.

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Do MA and Grad Dip students have the opportunity to sit in the class whilst the lecturer delivers a class online?

The answer to this is ‘no’. This is because lecturers are not necessarily on campus when teaching these classes.

Can I still move onto campus even though classes will be taught online only?

Yes, you can still move onto campus as it will also allow you to access integral campus resources such as the Roy Graham Library and Campus Ministries programmes and worship services.

Have the dates for the optional residential weeks in the autumn been pre-set for MA and Grad Dip or are they flexible?

No, there are no predetermined dates for these weeks although we would encourage students to attend induction week if at all possible.

In exceptional circumstances, BA (Hons) students are able to attend classes online rather than in person. How do I determine if my circumstances meet the exception?

As this clause pertains to the first semester of the year, you can raise your concerns with the Admissions team who will be able to guide you accordingly. The options available now will be reviewed and possibly adjusted for the Spring semester.

When will the timetable for the new semester be available?

We thank you for your patience in this matter. The recent changes at the College mean that there is a slight delay in the timetable being ready. We are working on this as fast as possible and as soon as it is finalised, it will be published.

Are the lectures recorded so that I can catch up with them later?

Whilst our lecturers may choose to record their own classes, our online classes need to be attended in real-time in order for your attendance to be counted.