Important information about January 2021 timetables
Staggered start to on-campus teaching
The UK Government requires universities to stagger the return of students in Semester 2. This means that while semester 2 will start in January 2021 as scheduled, the date when your on-campus teaching starts might need to change. The overall timescale is detailed in our article Semester 2 staggered return to on-campus teaching. Your faculties and departments will email you with more details on what this means for individual programmes and you will be notified once your timetable is available.
Your preference for remote/in-person study is independent to the staggered timetable. If you have requested to study in-person, then your timetable will only reflect this from the date the government guidelines allow.
If your timetable is incomplete and/or shows you will be studying on-campus from the start of term
Updates to your timetable will continue to be made in January 2021 so that it contains the most up-to-date information for your module registrations, remote study and/or on-campus teaching arrangements.
Please make sure you continue to check your timetable for changes and in particular, take note of when your academic department has communicated your on-campus teaching will begin because this might not automatically show in your timetable. We expect all timetable changes needed to reflect the staggered return to campus to be published by 17 December 2020.
I’m new to King’s and studying remotely, can I change to on-campus teaching?
Welcome to King’s! Please contact your academic department to make this request. You’ll need to request a change by 15 January 2021 to make sure there is enough time to plan this into your timetable; changes will take up to 5 working days to process.
If you have requested to study in-person, then your timetable will only reflect this from the date the government guidelines allow.
I’ve requested to study remotely, does the staggered start apply to me?
The staggered start arrangements are specifically for when on-campus face to face teaching will begin. Therefore, if your course is eligible for remote study and you are studying remotely, then your teaching will begin online from 15 January 2021 and will not be affected by any stagger times.
I’ve requested to study remotely but my timetable is showing on-campus teaching
There are several reasons why your timetable might show on-campus teaching. These include:
- Your course is not eligible for remote study in Semester 2.
- If you have recently requested a change from in-person to remote study then this can take up to 5 working days.
If your timetable hasn’t updated after 5 working days, please contact your academic department.
In this article:
- Starting your course in January 2021
- Continuing your course in January 2021
- Information for all students
- What are the teaching arrangements for this academic year?
- Can I study remotely on any programme?
- What if I need to study remotely but my course is not eligible?
- What if I want to change my mode of study during a semester?
- What happens if I have been advised to self-isolate or have had a positive coronavirus test result?
- I’m an international student studying remotely
If you are starting your studies in January, we will schedule your timetable with a blended offer of face to face and online learning activities. If you wish to study remotely, please contact your department to make this request. You’ll need to request this by 15 January 2021 to make sure there is enough time to plan this into your timetable; changes will take up to 5 working days to process.
What will happen at the end of Semester 1?
- If you are on a programme that requires face-to-face attendance during Semester 2: In-person learning will be automatically scheduled in your timetable where appropriate, even if you have studied remotely during Semester 1. You do not need to take any further action.
- If you are studying remotely for Semester 1, and your course allows you to continue this arrangement, your Semester 2 timetable will also be scheduled for remote study. As such, if you wish to change to in-person learning from January, please contact your department to make this request. You’ll need to request this by 15 January 2021 to make sure there is enough time to plan this into your timetable; changes will take up to 5 working days to process.
- If you are studying in-person for Semester 1, your Semester 2 timetable will also be scheduled for in-person learning. As such, if you wish to change to remote learning from January, please contact your department to make this request. You’ll need to request this by 15 January 2021 to make sure there is enough time to plan this into your timetable; changes will take up to 5 working days to process.
Important to know: If you are studying in-person, your timetable will include a blended offer of face to face and online learning activities.
Information for all students
What are the teaching arrangements for this academic year?
We are taking a flexible and blended approach to teaching throughout 2020-21 to ensure that you can fully engage with your studies, while also protecting the health of the entire King's community. We encourage you to come to campus to study, if you are able to. However, many students will have the option to study remotely. Our programmes have been designed to offer the same high-quality education and support online as you could expect from face-to-face teaching. If you need to study remotely and are not be able to come to campus , your departments and faculties will work with you to ensure you have access to our high-quality education and support and you will be scheduled to online learning activities in your timetable.
Can I study remotely on any programme?
For some programmes with practical elements, we are not able to offer a fully online experience and in person attendance is required. These courses are listed in separate articles:
- Semester 1: Courses that are not eligible for remote study
- Semester 2: Courses that are not eligible for remote study
Important to know: some courses which allow remote study in Semester 1 require face-to-face attendance in Semester 2 (and Semester 3 where applicable). This may be because certain face-to-face activities had to be deferred from Semester 1, or there are additional clinical or practical elements required.
What if I need to study remotely but my course is not eligible?
If you are studying on a programme where remote study is not an option and you have health conditions or other risk factors and you are concerned about studying on campus, please read our article Coronavirus & individual student risk assessments.
If you are based overseas and your arrival in London is delayed by travel restrictions or visa issues, please contact your department to discuss potential programme options and arrangements. You can find further support for visa issues in our Immigration & visa advice section.
What if I want to change my mode of study during a semester?
We are planning our teaching delivery by semester to comply with safe distancing requirements, but we understand that personal circumstances may be subject to change, and some flexibility may be necessary to support you in your studies. If you need to change your study status from remote study to in-person, or vice versa, you will need to complete a request form via your department to confirm details. This information will be shared with other areas such as timetabling to help assess your request and make a decision, so it may take a few days to process. If you begin studying remotely and your circumstances change during the semester, we will not be able to guarantee to facilitate your request due to safe distancing requirements, but we will do the best we can, considering all the options available in the light of the situation and capacity at the time.
What happens if I have been advised to self-isolate or have had a positive coronavirus test result?
In these cases we need you to complete the self isolation form; your faculty will work with timetabling to ensure appropriate provision. If you are unwell and not able to attend any scheduled teaching activities, whether online or in-person, you should advise your department following normal procedures for sickness absence.
I’m an international student studying remotely
If you have decided to study remotely outside the UK for Semester 2, you can find further information how this might impact your immigration status in our articles:
- Applying for a Visa to study on campus in Semester 2
- If I study remotely (not in the UK) for Semester 2, will it affect my Student/Tier 4 visa?
- I'm an EU/EEA/Swiss national. If I study remotely (outside the EU) for Semester 2 will I need a visa to return/come to the UK?
Important to know: If you need help submitting your visa application please contact Advice & Guidance.