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Welcome to University Centre Sparsholt! 

We can’t wait to welcome you to our countryside campus in September! We understand starting life at University is a big step, now more than ever. However, University Centre Sparsholt is working hard to ensure you feel safe, supported and prepared to learn  this Autumn.

Read more about plans for the 2020/21 Academic Year 

Read more about plans for the 2020/21 Academic Year for Veterinary Nursing Science 

To help get you ready to join us we’ve put together some useful information below about student life, our expert tutors, accommodation and much more. We hope you find the below information useful, but if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’re here to help!

Face coverings on campus

In line with the latest Government guidance, all students, staff, and UCS visitors will be expected to wear face coverings in communal areas whilst on site. This includes corridors, shops, toilets, catering outlets and the library (prior to sitting down). We are also requiring all students travelling to Sparsholt to wear face coverings on college arranged transport.

They will not be required in classrooms, sports facilities, offices or outdoor spaces.

If you are exempt from wearing face coverings, this will be discussed and recorded on your arrival to UCS.


If you’ve not yet applied to UCS and would like to find out more about how to apply via clearing visit our clearing page


Dates for your diary:




1st year students start date


Returning Students start date


MSc students start date


Clearing Deadline 2020


Autumn Reading Week

OCT  26 – 30

Autumn Term Dates

First years (full and part-time): W/C Monday 21 September 2020 to Wednesday 16 December 2020

This includes NEW FdSc and BSc Students who will start on the following dates:

  • First year Agriculture – Monday 21 September – 10.30am (plus Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23)
  • First year Equine – Monday 21 September – 10.30am (plus Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24)
  • First year Wildlife Ecology and Conservation – Tuesday 22 September – 10.45am (plus Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24)
  • First year Animal Science and Zoo Biology –  Groups A and B – 10.30am.Groups C and D – 11.30am Tuesday 22 September (plus Wednesday 23 and Friday 25)
  • First year Aquaculture, Fisheries and Marine – Wednesday 23 September – 11.30am (plus Thursday 24 and Friday 25)
  • First year FdSc Veterinary Nursing Science Students – TBC 


Continuing students (2nd and 3rd years) and internal top-ups to be invited to enrol and return teaching contract by email and will start Monday 28 September 2020 to Friday 18 December 2020

MSc Thursday 1 October 2020 to Friday 18 December 2020

Keeping you safe in September

Sparsholt College and University Centre Sparsholt’s (UCS) dedicated staff have been working hard to implement a range of safety measures across the Sparsholt site, ensuring you feel safe and secure when arriving at our countryside campus in September.

Find out more from our Principal Julie Milburn below, or read more here.


What to do if you’re feeling unwell? 

The main symptoms of COVID-19 have been identified as:

High temperature – This means you feel hot to touch on your head.
New, continuous cough – This means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – This means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
If you have any of these symptoms, we ask that you DO NOT come into UCS and arrange to take a test.

If you are using Sparsholt or Public Transport and the driver believes you have any symptoms, they have the right not to bring you onto the Sparsholt Campus.

If you attend the Sparsholt campus with any of these symptoms or they develop whilst you are at UCS, you will need to drive or be picked up by your next of kin and taken home. You will be provided with written instructions on booking a test and reporting the results to UCS.

ANYONE with symptoms should then self-isolate until they have received a negative test result back. If anyone you live with has symptoms or test positive for Covid-19 you should NOT COME to UCS and self-isolate for 14 days or until that person receives a negative test result back.’

Absence Reporting
Please contact UCS and your tutor if you are unable to attend. Call 01962 797311 or email before 11.00am each day. Please do not just contact your tutor as that will not be recorded as a notified absence.

Because of my time at Sparsholt I am able to pursue my passion and my dream. I am forever thankful.


Student Wellbeing

University Centre Sparsholt’s highly experienced Student Wellbeing Team offer specialist advice and support for any obstacles life throws at you. Our team includes specialist wellbeing practitioners, counsellors, and nurses that are dedicated to listening and empowering you to resolve any challenges you might face. If you’re feeling worried, need some advice, or just need to talk, we’re here to help.

Find out more here.

Study Support 

Everyone learns in different ways and what’s the best method of studying for one person may not be for another. Therefore at University Centre Sparsholt we pride ourselves in having a specialist team to assist our degree students with their studies.

Find out more here.

Experience UCS Online 

Although we have not been able to run any Open Events on our campus over the summer term, you can still get to know our expert tutors from the comfort of your own home! Take a look at our experience UCS online pages and hear directly from our experts in the videos we have created for you before you arrive in September!

Find out more here.

Make sure you’ve got the most up-to-date information for Accommodation, finance and transport, as well as purchasing the right PPE for your course!

Stay in touch

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