With results for A-level students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland published today, thousands of teenagers will find out if they’ve received a spot at a university.
But with the continuing coronavirus pandemic, university is likely to be a bit different this year.
There are many challenges facing UK universities – student and staff health and welfare, living arrangements, and how to do a socially distanced Freshers week.
Here are just some of the ways university might change:
Most universities will take a “blended approach” to teaching and learning, with many universities announcing that lectures involving whole year groups will be given online.
In addition, some in-person teaching will be provided, such as tutorials, but they will take place in bigger rooms in a socially distanced way.
Doug Clow, an online learning consultant who has spent 20 years at the Open University and is now advising universities