Approach to course delivery from Autumn 2020

We are pleased to be able to announce our plans for teaching in the coming academic year (2020/21).

We have worked with our Course Leaders to develop an approach to learning next year tailored to the individual needs of our courses. This approach is Hybrid Learning, involving a combination of onsite teaching and remote teaching activity. Where activities essential to our mission as a small specialist institution for theatre and performance require physical in-person presence, they will take place onsite with appropriate safety protocols and risk assessment. Other learning and teaching activities that can be appropriately and successfully delivered online or remotely, will follow a remote learning  approach, for the first term (at least).
Our hybrid approach focuses on a number of key features:

  • We want to provide certainty over how your course will be delivered in the first instance whilst explaining our planning for changing circumstances
  • Our campus will be Covid-secure. You can be confident that all on-site activity will be rigorously assessed to ensure your safety
  • You will meet and train with fellow students on campus as part of your course delivery, ensuring opportunities to bond, share experiences and develop your practice 

The individual course plans below have been put together following discussions with students and staff across Central as well as taking into account guidance from the Government, Public Health England and the NHS. Our overarching priority is the safety of students and staff at all times; should further restrictions on lockdown come into force we would look to revert to a more fully virtual model so that your professional and academic development is not delayed. In the same way, should social distancing measures be completely removed then we would look to revert to on campus teaching as soon as safely possible. The first term however will be fixed in line with the plans below.
Click on your relevant student status and course from the lists below to see the individual arrangements for your specialist discipline.

Read our Frequently Asked Questions

New Students (1st year Undergraduates and Taught Postgraduates)

Continuing students (Undergraduates and MFA)

Frequently Asked Questions

If there is a big development, like a cure for COVID-19, will we go back to on-site training?

If there is a cure and social distancing measures are lifted, then we will look to adapt our plans to return to on-site training as soon as safely possible. The earliest this could be would be at the start of term 2, however will be dependent on when restrictions are lifted.


I am nervous about the prospect of hybrid learning – does it mean my training won’t be as high a standard?

We have worked carefully with academic staff to ensure that all students on all courses can have a learning experience that allows them to meet all of the learning outcomes. You will learn from leading academics and professionals, and we have examined each course individually to ensure that, where on-site work can be safely delivered, we can accommodate this.


Why are there sometimes differences in the blended and remote learning contact hours?

Based on our experience during the previous summer term, we have found that delivering the same number of hours online as expected in-person is very demanding for students and may not be so effective in enabling them to fully engage with the curriculum. Where there is a difference, students will be provided with support and guidance for their collaborative and independent working.


Why might my course’s individual arrangements show less than 180 (MA) or 240 (MFA) credits?

The information provided is for your specific course, we will be providing an overview of the 20-credit Performing Research Unit and 20-credit Postgraduate Options via a separate sheet. General information about Performing Research and certain units can be found within the programme specifications on your course page, under ‘Course Details’.


I am worried about how much time I will get on campus, based on individual arrangements.

The outlines provided relate to the teaching you can expect to receive onsite or remotely as part of our Hybrid Learning approach for next year. We are currently working with course teams to finalise the details of onsite access for independent work, access to specific resources and spaces, in addition to the teaching time highlighted.


What if I need to self-isolate because someone I live with is self-isolating?

We are working on plans to be able to stream sessions or provide alternative arrangements in these circumstances.


I am an international student – when should I arrive in the UK?

Your arrival date in the UK will depend on a range of factors.

The UK Government currently has a 14 day quarantine in place for all international arrivals, however it is expected that this will imminently change to a ‘traffic-light’ system based on prevalence of COVID-19 in individual countries. Arrivals from countries with low or moderate risk levels may not need to quarantine for 14 days. The UK Government has yet to release a full list of countries, however it should be noted that risk levels could change over time.

If you are required to quarantine on arrival in the UK, we would advise that you factor in the 14 days you will need to self-isolate when planning your arrival date. We would also suggest that you think carefully about the type of accommodation you are organising so you can immediately travel from your arrival airport, port or train station.

If you are not required to self-isolate, the SAS usually advises International Students to arrive approximately 5-10 days before you are due to Register. This will allow you enough time to get settled into your accommodation and complete other tasks such as set up a UK Bank Account and register with a GP surgery. However, if you become aware of a change in the risk rating of your home country or a country you will need to travel through, you may want to plan to arrive earlier in case you need to quarantine.

We advise keeping up to date with the UK Government’s Entering the UK Advice and check the advice for any country that you need to travel through to get to the UK. Many countries have different travel restrictions and rules about self-isolation and quarantine. Some countries might make exceptions to travel bans for nationals and residents or if you are just making a connecting flight. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK also provides an overview of what's happening in other countries; go to Foreign travel advice, choose the country you want to travel through and then select 'Coronavirus'. Country-specific information appears under the box near the top of the page.


How should I go about sorting my accommodation? Will Sharers Days still happen?

We have provided updated COVID-19 Accommodation advice for incoming students on our Accommodation Support webpage. Now we are entering July, we are at the start of the time where students should begin to organise their accommodation for 2020/21. You can receive further advice from the Student Advice Service by emailing

Sharers Days will take place online on 17 July and 21 August 2020. You can find out how to sign up on our Accommodation Support webpage or email for more information.

Principles for 2020/21

The School’s senior academic body, the Academic Board, confirmed our commitment to the following principles which have informed our planning for summer 2020 and the academic year 2020/21:

1. Our hope is that we can return to delivering our programmes as they were originally planned for, but we will only do this when it is safe to do so
2. Hybrid delivery is the expected mode of delivery, which will include a combination of units delivered with and without on-site components, but is an alternative where we are unable to provide our normal academic programmes
3. Fully virtual delivery:
    a. Is the proposed mode of delivery we will adopt if the UK government reinstates lockdown on the basis of public health risk
    b. Like our approach to alternative assessment, it provides another way of studying where we are unable to safely provide our normal or hybrid academic programmes or when students aren’t able to fully attend (for the 2020/21 academic year)
4. We have developed academic regulations and processes for delivering academic programmes in cases of significant disruption (such as the current pandemic), and these will continue to form part of our normal policy and practice, until it is clear and agreed at a senior level that we are not operating under significant disruption. Further information about these will be published on our Quality Assurance and Enhancement webpages.

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