Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 222222
Loughborough University

Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements

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The majority of our applicants come to us with qualifications in Maths, Physics and Chemistry or Biology. We are also open to applications from able students offering other subject combinations.

Entry requirements for the most common qualifications are shown below. We recognise the increasingly wide variety of qualifications taken by applicants, especially those applying from overseas. If the qualifications you have or are hoping to achieve are not listed, please contact the Admissions Tutor or the Overseas Admissions Tutor as appropriate.

First Year Entry

A Level (not including General Studies or Key Skills)

MEng: A*AA including Maths and at least one from Chemistry or Physics.

BEng: AAB including Maths and at least one from Chemistry or Physics.

SQA Advanced Highers

MEng: AA including Maths and either Chemistry or Physics, plus Highers at AAA in 3 other subjects

BEng: AB including Maths and either Chemistry or Physics, plus Highers at AAB in 3 other subjects

International Baccalaureate

MEng: 38 points including 19 from Maths and two sciences (Maths and at least one from Chemistry or Physics must be HL)

BEng: 35 points including 17 from Maths and two sciences (Maths and at least one from Chemistry or Physics must be HL)

Access to Higher Education

MEng & BEng: 60 credits overall including 30D, 15M at Level 3, including 15 credits in Maths modules and 15 credits in Chemistry and/or Physics based modules

BTEC (Engineering or Applied Science)

MEng: DD plus A level Maths Grade A

BEng: DD plus A level Maths Grade B


Foundation programme

If you do not meet the standard entry qualifications, you may be able to join our one year Science and Engineering Foundation Studies (SEFS) Programme which will improve your skills in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics, as well as introducing key elements of Engineering and Computing. The Foundation Programme is a route in to our programmes for good students who either:

  1.  Have taken A levels or equivalent with good grades (AAb or higher) but not in the required subject mix of Mathematics and Sciences. Students will also be expected to have achieved grades A/B in Mathematics and the Sciences at GCSE (or equivalent).
  2.  Are international students who have been educated in a 12 year (rather than a 13 year) school system and possess Science and Mathematics qualifications equivalent to AS level, with good grades.

We do not take students onto the Foundation programme who have missed the A level grade requirements for our Chemical Engineering programmes. 

For further information please see the Science and Engineering Foundation Studies webpages. Please note that International Students will need to meet the University English language requirements to enroll on the Science and Engineering Foundation Studies Programme.

If you know that you definitely wish to apply for a Foundation Programme at Loughborough and then proceed to take Chemical Engineering, then please apply for the “Chemical Engineering with a Foundation Year” option on your UCAS form (course code “H80A”, short course title “BEng/ChEFY”). This will guarantee passage to our Chemical Engineering programmes on successful completion of the Foundation programme.

Second Year Entry

Some qualifications such as Diplomas in Chemical Engineering from recognised overseas institutions allow students to be admitted directly to the second year of our degree programmes. We are only considering exceptional students for second year direct entry in 2016, i.e. students who have already achieved A*AA at A level or equivalent at Year 13 qualification, and are likely to achieve a first class or GPA of 3.6/4.0 or above in their current Chemical Engineering programme (that is equivalent to Part A at Loughborough). Please contact Anna Temple for more details (A.Temple@lboro.ac.uk) if you think you may be eligible.

English Language requirements for International Students

Overseas students need to satisfy the University's English Language requirement before being accepted onto a degree programme - details can be found on our International Office website.


Contact us

Department of Chemical Engineering
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU

+44 (0)1509 222 533