2020/21 Academic Year FAQs

By Leeds Conservatoire

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The latest information and updates from Leeds Conservatoire about the Academic Year 2020/21 will be posted on this page.

We are undertaking detailed planning for next year, in consultation with the HE sector and taking advice from the government. We are planning for every eventuality and will release updated information about our plans as and when it becomes available.

If you have any questions about your studies during the academic year 2020/21, please contact help@lcm.ac.uk.


Start of term

What is the start date for Autumn term?

Induction for first year, foundation year and postgraduate students will start on 21 September, with teaching starting in the week commencing 28 September. This is one week later than planned. (First year includes students progressing from foundation year.)

Induction for second (L5) and third (L6) year students, will start on 28 September, with teaching starting in the week commencing 5 October. This is two weeks later than planned.

A full academic calendar will be published soon. Please note that for most students, there will not be a reading week in the first semester.

What are the plans for Freshers’ Week and Induction?

We are working with our Students’ Union to create a series of events during induction, and throughout the year. We hope to be able to organise some in-person events at some point during the year.

In the meantime, you can join our Students’ Union Facebook group to connect other applicants:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/995050580951971/

How will I know if it is safe to start studying in September and what precautions is Leeds Conservatiore taking?

Your health and safety is a priority. We are mindful of government guidance around issues such as social distancing and are continually assessing our spaces to ensure that they are safe to use. We are building circulation and cleaning into the timetable and will only deliver teaching in-person when it can be done safely.

Will you be offering flexible start dates?

You will be able to tell us if you cannot start at the beginning of term and we will try to make arrangements on a case by case basis. You don’t need to contact us yet. If you will be travelling from outside the UK and may need to quarantine on arrival, please factor this into your travel plans if you can.


Access to Facilities

Will individual practice be permitted on campus?

Students will be able to access practice rooms and rehearsal spaces if it is safe to do so. Availability may be reduced based on room capacities for social distancing, and safety precautions such as additional cleaning.

Will I be able to use the recording studios?

Students will be able to access studios if it is safe to do so. Availability may be reduced based on room capacities for social distancing, and safety precautions such as additional cleaning.

Can I borrow resources from the library?

A Library service will be available for you to access the texts, scores and resources that you need to study.


Teaching

Will all of my lectures be delivered online?

We are planning a combination of online and in-person teaching. In planning our teaching for next year, we have taken into account the particular resources you will need to continue your learning. We will prioritise your access to the specific resources you will need to complete your programme of study e.g. studio access for Music Production students, or access to space for dance sessions for Musical Theatre students.

How will I be assessed?

Wherever possible we will be using the original assessments from your chosen degree of study. In some instances we will ask for these assessments to be submitted online. For performance assessments we are looking to deliver these face-to-face, but are reviewing government guidance on public events.

Will I still be able to take part in performances?

We are currently working with our Events and Programme teams to consider how we continue performance work across our activities – whether linked directly to your programme, or additional opportunities e.g. core ensembles. We understand how the opportunity to perform is an integral part of your conservatoire experience and will be exploring the different opportunities we can offer in safe, sustainable ways.

What do I do if I am unable to take part in any in-person elements of my tuition?

We will try to make alternative arrangements for you, depending on what the issue is. You don't need to contact us now.


Accommodation and Finance

When will I need to pay my accommodation deposit?

If you have been allocated a room at either Joseph Stones House or One Mill Street, a deposit or advance rent payment is required to complete your booking and further information will be sent to applicants who have a reserved room in the next few weeks.

If you have booked or intend to book accommodation yourself, a deposit or advance rent payment is usually required by all accommodation providers and they will advise you regarding when this needs to be paid.

What happens if I get Coronavirus whilst living in Leeds?

You (and your flatmates) will need to follow current government guidelines on self-isolation, which are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

You will also need to inform your accommodation provider or landlord so they can make necessary arrangements to keep you, other tenants and staff safe. More information will be available from your accommodation provider prior to you moving in.

If you are an international student, you will need to register with the NHS and a local GP when you arrive to ensure you can access medical care if needed. This can be done via telephone in the first instance; you might need to sign up in person after you have completed your 14 days of self-isolation. You can find information on how to access health care as a student here: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/getting-medical-care-as-a-student/

Most of our students register with Leeds Student Medical Practice: https://www.leedsstudentmedicalpractice.co.uk/

I am an international student and will need to self-isolate on arrival in the UK, do you have specific accommodation for this purpose?

We do not anticipate specific quarantine accommodation will be needed as self-isolation can take place in “your own home”, which we understand to include student accommodation. Please check with your accommodation provider before travelling to the UK as they may have specific advice for you. We will add further information as it becomes available.

Government guidelines on self-isolation for those arriving in the UK can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk

When should I apply for student finance?

For applicants intending to start with us this September, the online applications process opened in February. There is no official closing date but to be sure your funding is in place for September you are advised to apply as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

Apply online at www.gov.uk/studentfinance or to obtain a paper form contact Student Finance England on 0300 100 0607. Applicants from other parts of the UK and EU also apply online but there are different sites – these are detailed on our website here.

If you need us to help you with this process please email studentfunding@lcm.ac.uk.

I’ve decided to stay in my family home rather than moving into student accommodation. Do I need to tell Student Finance?

Yes, if you don’t then this will result in a loan overpayment which will be recovered by Student Finance

As the start of term is now starting a week later than planned, will I still receive my first student loan payment on 14 Sept?

If you are a new student, and you have had your loan application approved and completed the conservatoire’s registration process, you will now receive your loan as soon as possible on or after 21 September.

Can I find out who I’ll be living with in September?

Unfortunately, we can’t disclose the names of people living in your accommodation, but Leeds Conservatoire Students’ Union has a Facebook group where you can connect with other applicants. You can join this here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/995050580951971/


Support for Students

I’m feeling anxious about leaving home, is there any support at Leeds Conservatoire?

We can offer; informal wellbeing advice, exploring a range of topics from healthy eating and sleep to homesickness, confidential counselling to help you to explore difficult thoughts and feelings and tailored mental health support if you have any long standing mental health issues.

Is this support available on campus?

The support that we provide will be offered within the main building subject to safety advice relating to social distancing, cleaning and circulation or via email or Microsoft Teams. Sometimes a referral to an external agency or advice around self-help materials might be more helpful to you. We can work with you to identify what type of support would best meet your needs during your time with us.

Do you provide any tailored support for musicians and performers and will I have to pay for it?

Yes, we provide a range of regular wellbeing services within the conservatoire as well as small group workshops. These cover topics relevant to musicians and performers such as performance anxiety, Alexander Technique and resilience.

Some or all of this support may be offered remotely via Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

We can also signpost students to external organisations for further help.

All wellbeing services that we provide are free to full-time students registered at Leeds Conservatoire.

What support does the conservatoire provide for disabled students?

Many students’ support needs are met through adjustments to teaching and learning including for example:

  • Extra exam time
  • Extensions to assignment deadlines
  • Weekly study skills workshops
  • Lecture capture system, Panopto.

Other support needs may be met through individual reasonable adjustments and Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) which our Disability Advisers can help you to apply for.

If you want to talk to one of our Advisers about any aspect of the support we offer please email disability@lcm.ac.uk.

I had extra time in exams at school, will that continue at Leeds Conservatoire?

It may be that you can also get extra time in exams and assessments here at Leeds Conservatoire; you can discuss this with our disability support team before you register or as soon as possible after you’ve registered in September.

If you want to talk to one of our Advisers about this please email disability@lcm.ac.uk.

I am dyslexic, can I get help and if so who do I need to talk to?

During the application process there are many opportunities for you to declare your disability and the conservatoire’s Disability Advisers, are always happy to discuss your individual needs and requirements at any point during your studies.

If you have not already done so you are encouraged to contact them by emailing disability@lcm.ac.uk.

Will any of the Health & Wellbeing group sessions be going ahead in the new academic year if social distancing remains in place.

Yes, we are planning to offer some group sessions remotely if social distancing remains in place; we are keen to continue to offer all of our existing services, even if this is remotely via MS Teams video sessions or Zoom.

As an international student I am worried that due to social distancing measures and needed self-isolation I will feel lonely and won’t be able to make new friends – is there any special support for me?

Current guidance is that self-isolation lasts 14 days upon arrival; after that if you have not developed any symptoms, you will be able to meet people outside your household. You can look up the current guidelines here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing

We are planning a variety of different activities (in person and online) for new students to get to know each other and have the best possible start in Leeds. If you’re struggling with adjusting to your new life in the UK, you can contact the International Student Wellbeing Adviser for support and advice: HealthandWellbeing@lcm.ac.uk

How do I access support with my Health and Wellbeing?

You can get in touch with us to access the service following registration at the conservatoire by emailing HealthandWellbeing@lcm.ac.uk


Application/Auditions

2020 Entry

My school/college exams have been cancelled, how will my final grades be decided?

Your grades will be decided by your teachers at school or college. This useful article from What Uni explains how your grades will be calculated. https://www.whatuni.com/advice/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/coronavirus-alevels-grades-awarded-in-2020/87371/

Are you still considering applications?

We are still considering applications for our courses, although in some instances we only have limited spaces available for certain instruments.

Find out more about Clearing.

I am unwell with coronavirus and unable to submit my audition, what should I do?

Please contact our admissions team at headmissions@lcm.ac.uk

Can I defer my place for this year?

We usually consider deferral requests after applicants have received their results in August, and all applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. This means that you can take the next couple of months to make sure that this is the right decision for you. However, if you’re absolutely certain now that you would like to defer, please contact headmissions@lcm.ac.uk and we will consider your request sooner.

Do you have places available in clearing?

The majority of our courses will have places available in clearing, although in some instances we will only have limited spaces available for certain instruments.

I have received a conditional offer but am worried that I may now not meet it. What will happen if I miss the grades?

If you don’t meet the academic entry requirements, the curriculum team will review your whole application before making a final decision. Your offer might still be confirmed, or you might be offered a place on a four-year course with Foundation Year if appropriate.

I have some specific questions about my application, how can I get in touch?

You can contact our admissions team at headmissions@lcm.ac.uk


2021 onwards

Are you still holding open days?

While we are unable to hold in-person open days, you can access our online open day on our website. The online open day includes films of welcome talks, course talks and student panels at previous open days. You can also take a virtual tour around key areas of the campus, and find information on applying, accommodation, funding and student support. You can access this at any time, and once you've registered, we’ll keep you updated about upcoming live video chat sessions with course leaders and student services teams.

What are the UCAS Conservatoires application dates/how do I apply?

You can apply to our Classical and Jazz courses via UCAS Conservatoires from 16 July, and the deadline for equal consideration is 1 October. You can find out more about how to apply on the UCAS website https://www.ucas.com/conservatoires/how-apply-through-ucas-conservatoires

How will auditions be taking place?

We are currently working with our programme and admissions teams to develop our audition experience. Your audition may take place online or in-person, but we will provide full guidance for you over the coming weeks.


Leeds Junior Conservatoire

Can my child join Leeds Junior Conservatoire?

Yes, we are currently accepting applications for Leeds Junior Conservatoire.

Will Leeds Junior Conservatoire be delivered online?

In 2020-21 we will be delivering lessons using a blend of face-to-face and online learning. You can find out more about our online lessons and visit us on one of our virtual open days and find out more about the high-level training we offer for talented young musicians.

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