Frequently asked questions

You may have a number of questions about your current application, the Clearing process, and what happens once you have got your examination results. We hope the information below will provide you with the answers you are looking for.

Offer holders

How does the University receive my final results?

The University will receive A and BTEC (RQF/reformed) results direct from UCAS. If you have studied these qualifications, 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 18 August 2022. 

If you are not taking these qualifications, and receive your final results yourself, please email a copy to admissions@lboro.ac.uk 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. We will subesquently email you information about what you then need to do next to register as a Loughborough student.

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. 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 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. You must accept or decline the offer via your UCAS application 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 your results, please don’t worry! You should email admissions@lboro.ac.uk 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 2 September 2022. 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 appealing the grade I have been awarded? What do I need to do?

If you plan to appeal your grade, we encourage you to speak to your school/college about this as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, we are unable to take any action until the outcome of your appeal is known so there is no need to contact the University at this stage.

If by 2 September 2022 we are notified of any revised grades that mean you meet the terms of the offer we made and that you subsequently accepted, we will honour our offer to study at Loughborough. 

After this date decisions, on whether to accept applicants are at the University’s discretion and will 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 October 2023, we will need to receive confirmation of this from you in writing. Please email release@lboro.ac.uk 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 2022 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 admissions@lboro.ac.uk. 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, you can use the self-release function on your UCAS.

You will need to sign in to track and click the ‘Decline my place button’. By continuing, you will give up your confirmed place and end your contract with the University. You will then able to apply for another place at a different institution through Clearing.

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.

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 release@lboro.ac.uk 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.

Will extenuating circumstances and/or contextual information be considered if I don’t get the grades I need?

You should make us aware of contextual information and mitigating circumstances prior to your results being released, and by the end of July, so that this can be taken into account before we make a final decision on your application. We are unable to consider information shared after results are released.

If you don’t meet the conditions of your offer, all information on your application will be considered to determine if we may still be able to accept you onto the degree course for which you originally applied.

Clearing

What is Clearing?

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, or those changing their mind about the course or university they originally chose, to find suitable vacancies on higher education courses. For further information please see our Clearing website.

I have not applied to Loughborough. Do you have any vacancies?

If you have already received your exam results and you'd like to apply for a place at Loughborough, you can get in contact with us to explore your options.

If you are awaiting your results, then we will publish our full vacancy list and grade requirements on A level results day, Thursday 18 August 2022. We anticipate having vacancies in a range of subjects for well-qualified students, and we would love to hear from you.

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.

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, you can use the self-release function in your UCAS Hub.

You will need to sign in and click the ‘Decline my place button’.  By continuing, you will give up your confirmed place and end your contract with the University. You will then be able to apply for another place at a different institution through Clearing.

I have received a Clearing 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 and enter the course details and institution code (L79),

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.