Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Entry requirements

Loughborough accepts a wide range of qualifications for entry. The information below details the typical requirements. It should be read in conjunction with the information given for each course and the University’s statement on the qualification reforms taking place in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

GCSE

GCSE

We normally expect applicants to have a minimum of GCSE grade C in English Language and for most courses, GCSE grade C in Mathematics. A higher level of achievement in specific GCSEs is required for some courses and details of these are included in the relevant course entry. An applicant’s overall GCSE grade profile is also considered alongside the specific GCSE requirements listed. In terms of the new numerical grading in England, we will ask for a 4 as equivalent to a grade C, 6 as a grade B and 7 as a grade A.

A/AS Level

A/AS Level

Applicants are normally expected to have at least three A levels. In many cases, specific subjects are required, and these will be indicated in the typical offers listed for the course.
 
General Studies is not usually accepted as one of your three A levels. A small number of courses will accept it where it complements other subjects taken. Where applicable this is stated in the typical offers listed for the course.
 
Critical Thinking is accepted for most courses, although other subjects may be preferred in some instances. Where Critical Thinking A level is not accepted, this is stated in the typical offers listed
for the course. 
 
We believe that practical skills in science are important to aid understanding of the relevant subjects. As such we will ask for the practical skills element of a science A level to be passed as part of the conditions of offer for those studying science subjects in England where it is relevant to the course to which they have applied. Where applicable this is stated in the typical offers listed for
the course.

Cambridge Pre-U

Cambridge Pre-U

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects or a combination of the Pre-U and A levels, provided a minimum of three subjects overall are taken. We recognise the benefit of the Global
Perspectives and Research (GPR) course in developing independent study and research skills. While we would consider this as part of an application as evidence of motivation to study a specific subject in more depth, we do not generally include it as part of our offer conditions. However, it may be used to further consider an application upon receipt of final examination results.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Applicants are required to have the full International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least three subjects studied at Higher Level. As well as an overall points score, specific subjects and points will be required at Higher Level. Applicants taking IB Certificates at Higher Level outside of the full diploma may be considered on a case by case basis depending on overall profile, breadth and depth of study.

Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers

Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers

If you are studying Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers, you will usually need at least two subjects at Advanced Higher, sometimes in specified subjects, alongside Highers in three other subjects.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma

Applicants taking the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma will be asked to achieve the A level requirements for their course as part of their qualification. The Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted alongside two A levels as long as individual course entry and subject requirements are met.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Irish Leaving Certificate

At least five Higher Level passes are required in the Irish Leaving Certificate.

BTECs

BTECs

We welcome the revised specifications to Level 3 BTEC qualifications, particularly the move towards examinations and external assessment, and the new emphasis on research skills, all of which will better prepare students for university study. However, our typical offers will not currently distinguish between new (RQF) and old (QCF) BTEC qualifications.
 
Combinations of the National Extended Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma and National Diploma/Diploma alongside A levels are acceptable for entry to the vast majority of our degree courses. National Extended Diplomas/Extended Diplomas in relevant subjects are also suitable entry qualifications for many of our courses. However, in some cases, A levels will also be required to ensure suitable academic preparation. A certain level of achievement in specific units may also be required, particularly if these are relevant to the proposed degree. We advise applicants to avoid combinations of similar subjects in their BTECs and A levels.
 
BTEC HND and HNC are also considered and in some cases may allow applicants to progress directly to Year 2 of the course. Due to the specific nature of some of the grade and unit requirements of our typical BTEC offers.

Cambridge Technicals

Cambridge Technicals

We will consider the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma when accompanied by two A levels. The Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma and the Cambridge Technical Diploma alongside one A level may also be considered for entry to our courses provided the diplomas are in a relevant subject for the chosen course. Some courses may specify levels of achievement in particular units of the Cambridge Technical or may ask for additional qualifications to satisfy subject requirements.

Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE Diploma

An Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject area is considered suitable for entry to the vast majority of our courses. We require 60 credits overall, 45 of which should be at Level 3. In most cases, Distinction or Merit may be required in certain units.

Advanced Diploma

Advanced Diploma

Loughborough University is pleased to accept the Level 3 Advanced Diploma for entry to most courses. Applicants may be required to take Additional or Specialist Learning (ASL) components, usually in the form of a specific A level subject to satisfy specific course entry requirements.

Open University (OU)

Open University (OU)

The Departments of Chemistry and Physics are partners in the Open University OpenPlus scheme. This allows students who have successfully completed two years of study with the Open University to progress directly to the second year of a Chemistry or Physics degree at Loughborough. For more information on the OU OpenPlus scheme see the OpenPlus website. Loughborough also recognises achievement in other OU courses as appropriate qualifications for entry. We would normally expect 120 Level 1 credits for Year 1 entry. 

Extended Project

Extended Project

We recognise the benefit of the Extended Project in developing independent research and critical thinking skills. We would consider this as evidence of motivation to study a specific subject in more depth, and while we do not generally include it as part of our offer conditions, it may be used to further consider an application upon receipt of final examination results.

Core Maths

Core Maths

Core Maths may be useful for a range of degree subjects where enhanced numerical or statistical skills are beneficial. However, Core Maths is not a suitable replacement for A level Mathematics where this is listed as a required subject as part of the typical offer for a course.

AQA Baccalaureate

AQA Baccalaureate

Entry requirements for the AQA Baccalaureate are based on the three A levels taken within the overall
qualification. Students taking the AQA Baccalaureate should therefore refer to our standard A level typical offers for their chosen course.

International qualifications

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications such as the European Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, German Abitur, Hong Kong DSE, and Indian Standard XII among many others worldwide. We also accept well established International Foundation Programmes. Further information about acceptable qualifications can be found on our international pages
 
We also accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants that have followed a 12 year education system in their country for entry into our International Foundation Programme. Entry requirements for this can be found on our international website

English language requirements

English language requirements

All applicants are required to demonstrate that they have an appropriate level of English language. We normally ask for a minimum of a grade C in GCSE English Language but we also accept a range of alternative school-based qualifications from the UK and several countries, as well as tests of English for speakers of a foreign language, such as IELTS and Pearson. For full details of the acceptable English language requirements see our website
 
Please be aware that because of the nature of certain subject areas, some courses require higher levels of achievement in English language. Details of any additional GCSE English requirements are included in our course specific entry requirements. Further details of higher IELTS requirements are available.

Further information

The University also accepts a range of additional qualifications to those listed above. Please contact our Admissions Office who are happy to advise you on your specific portfolio of qualifications and
whether this is acceptable for entry on to your chosen course.