1. There could be a drop in students – many universities are still charging the same fees as before the virus but with no contact hours. Some applicants might question the value that they receive if distant learning models are somewhat passive.
2. There’ll be more students appealing A level results and choose to defer a year/resit exams.
3. Plus, there’s a lot of uncertainty around finances and student loans.
4. We might initially see less international students make applications – aside from travel and visa issues, they need to meet the criteria for English proficiency tests and exams have been postponed.
On the flip-side
Trends show that in a recession, more people invest in upskilling so online courses will open the doors to domestic school leavers who might not have considered this route as well as more mature students.
Online university open days
We’re already seeing a shift with 360 virtual tours of the campus, facilities and student accommodation.
Stepping up online learning
This isn’t anything new – MOOC learning has been around for years but we’ll see a radical shift to digital modules and machine learning software used in assessments and exams.
Lastly, the social landscape will be affected – uni event such as Freshers’ Week and end of term balls will change as we know it as this dynamic won’t be the same.
We discuss these points in our latest video here.