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.
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
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
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
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
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
At least five Higher Level passes are required in the Irish Leaving Certificate.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 may be useful for a range of degree subjects where enhanced numerical or statistical skills are beneficial. However, Core Maths is not equivalent in size to an A Level and therefore 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.
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.
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.