Clearing and Adjustment FAQs
You may have a number of questions about your application, the Clearing and Adjustment process, and what happens once you have got your examination results. We hope that the information below will provide you with the answers you are looking for.
I have not applied to Loughborough. Do you have any vacancies?
We anticipate having vacancies in a range of subjects for well-qualified students. Whether you have done better than expected in your examinations results and are exploring opportunities through Adjustment, or are looking for courses available in Clearing, we would love to hear from you. You don’t need to have applied to Loughborough already. Please call the University's Contact Centre on 01509 274 403 to discuss your qualifications.
If you are holding an offer from another university, you will need to be released into Clearing by that institution. It is best to call our Contact Centre first to make sure we can offer you a place before you ask to be released from your other university.
How does the University receive my exam results?
The University will receive A and AS level exam results direct from UCAS. If you are taking A levels, we hope to be able to give you a decision on all those who have made Loughborough their firm choice on or shortly after Thursday 16 August 2018.
If you are not taking A levels, and receive your final results yourself, please email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org straight away. Please label the subject heading as Examination Results and ensure you include your name and UCAS Personal ID so we can identify your application quickly.
What happens if I get the grades I need?
Loughborough is your Firm choice: If you have met or exceeded all the conditions in your offer (including grades required in specific subjects), congratulations! You will be able to check to see that your place at Loughborough has been confirmed via UCAS Track.
You will then be invited to register at the University using our new online service. Online Registration will open six weeks prior to the start of your programme and we will email you information about what you need to do and how to access the site once it has opened. In the meantime, our Welcome to Loughborough site provides lots of useful information for new Loughborough students.
Loughborough is your Insurance choice: If you have met the conditions of your offer, but you have NOT been successful at your first choice, then UCAS will notify you that your place at Loughborough has been confirmed. You will then be invited to register at the University using our new online service. If your Firm choice accepts you then you will be placed there rather than at Loughborough University.
What happens if I don’t get the grades I need?
If you don’t meet all the conditions of your offer, we may still be able to accept you onto the degree course for which you originally applied. We will make these decisions as quickly as possible and will update the status of your application on UCAS Track as soon as we are able to do so.
If the University cannot accept you onto your original course choice, we may be able to offer you a different but related course. If this is the case, we will email you to let you know, and you will also see this on UCAS Track. You must accept or decline the offer via UCAS Track within five days. If you accept it, information about registration will be sent to you and your first choice accommodation guarantee will still stand.
If we are unable to offer you a place, or you decline an offer for a related course, you will be released to take up your insurance place or enter Clearing.
I have missing results. What do I need to do?
If you have not received all of your results, please don’t worry! You should email email@example.com as soon as you receive your missing results. Please indicate clearly that the email relates to Missing Results in the subject heading and ensure you include your name and UCAS Personal ID so we can identify your application quickly.
All conditions of your offer must be met and received by the University by 31 August 2018. After this date decisions on whether or not to accept applicants are at the University’s discretion and depend on the availability of places.
I am waiting for a remark. What do I need to do?
If you have received your examination results and are waiting for a remark, please note that this will need to be entered as a priority remark. You do not need to contact the University until the outcome of the remark is known.
If following your remark you meet the exact conditions of your offer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org including your full name and UCAS Personal ID. All conditions of your offer must be met and received by the University by 31 August 2018. After this date decisions on whether or not to accept applicants are at the University’s discretion and depend on the availability of places.
What do I need to do if I want to defer entry?
If you would like to defer entry and start your course in September 2019 we will need to receive confirmation of this from you in writing. Please email email@example.com indicating clearly in the subject line of the message that your enquiry relates to deferred entry. You should also include your full name and UCAS Personal ID.
Similarly if you are holding an offer for deferred entry and now wish to come in 2018 instead, you will need to put the request in writing, quoting your UCAS Personal ID, full name, the course name and detail the reason you wish to change your year of entry, to the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then consider the request depending on the availability of places.
Can I be released from my place at Loughborough into Clearing?
If you decide that you do not wish to take up your place at Loughborough and would like to be released into Clearing so you can seek a place at another institution then, we will need to receive confirmation of this from you in writing.
Please email email@example.com indicating clearly in the subject line of the message that your enquiry relates to Release into Clearing. You should also include your full name, UCAS Personal ID and reason for your decision. Please allow 24 hours for your UCAS track to be updated.
What about accommodation?
Once your academic place at Loughborough has been confirmed, you will be able to make accommodation arrangements.
If you applied to Loughborough in the main cycle, the Accommodation Centre will contact you by email in early August. Please be sure to check your email and take the necessary action promptly. If your email address has changed, or is likely to change in the next few weeks, it is important that you let both us and UCAS know, so we can keep in touch with you. Find out more about accommodation options.
If you have accepted a place at Loughborough through Clearing or Adjustment please refer to our guidance about how to apply for accommodation.
I have received an Clearing/Adjustment offer from you. What do I need to do next?
If you have received an offer from us, we will send you an email with further information about what to do next. Please follow the information detailed within the email carefully.
Clearing: To accept your place at Loughborough you need to press the 'Add Clearing choice' button on your UCAS Track and enter the course details and institution code (L79),
Adjustment: To accept your place at Loughborough you will need to reply to our email confirming your acceptance and ensure that you have registered for Adjustment in your UCAS Track. We can then make the necessary change on UCAS for you.
I have registered for Adjustment by mistake. Do I need to do anything?
If you are happy with your place, then you do not need to do anything. Your place with us is secure and eligibility for Adjustment will expire after the 5 day period.
I am an international student. Can I now apply for a visa?
If you are an international student and will require a visa to study at the University, we will issue you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) once you have met the full conditions of your offer and are placed with us. Once you have your CAS you will be able to apply for your visa (or visa extension). For further information about applying for a visa please visit the international student website.
What details do I need if I telephone the University?
For data protection reasons, the University is unable to discuss your situation with you unless you can provide us your UCAS Personal ID. This will allow us to identify your application and ensure that we are talking to the correct person.
We generally prefer to talk to you personally, but do accept that this is not always possible, and in some cases you might have asked your parents or another third party to ring on your behalf. In these cases, the person will need to be the nominated contact you have registered with UCAS and we will ask for another form of identification as well as your UCAS Personal ID.
Please help us to help you by having all your relevant information to hand before you call.
Can I withdraw from UCAS completely?
If you decide that you do not wish to take up your place at Loughborough and no longer wish to study at University in the UK and subsequently withdraw from UCAS altogether, then we will need to receive confirmation of this from you in writing. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org indicating clearly in the subject line of the message that your enquiry relates to withdrawal of your place. You should also include your full name, UCAS Personal ID and reason for your decision.
What are Clearing and Adjustment?
Clearing is an application service available between July and September, used by applicants who have received their exam results. It can help applicants without a place to find suitable vacancies on higher education courses. For further information please see UCAS Clearing website.
The Adjustment period gives students who have done better than expected a short period of time to reconsider their options, whilst having the security of holding on to their Unconditional Firm (UF) choice offer. In order to be eligible you must have met and exceeded the conditions of your Firm offer. If that is the case, you will be able to register for Adjustment. You have a limited time in which to use the Adjustment period - a five day period which begins on the date your offer becomes Unconditional Firm (UF). For further information please see the UCAS Adjustment website. If you're not technically eligible for Adjustment then don't worry, Clearing may also be an option for you.