Statement: A level results and use of Centre Assessed Grades

21 August 2020

We are pleased to confirm that the University has now received revised A Level, Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher and IB results from the awarding bodies via UCAS.

We are currently processing this information in line with the principles of our two previous statements. As such we are sorry that we are unable to provide affected applicants with an update on the status of their application at this time. If you have already contacted us then you do not need to do so again. We will email Firm and Insurance applicants whose grades have been revised with an update as soon as we are able to do so, but you should note this may not be until Monday 24 August 2020.

We are very grateful for your patience and understanding as we work through the details in order to ensure that every applicant is given due care and consideration at this difficult time.

18 August 2020

After yesterday’s announcement by the Government on changes to A Level results, Loughborough University committed to provide an update to affected applicants by 4pm today.

If, as a consequence of the adoption of Centre Assessed Grades, you now meet or exceed the exact conditions of the offer made to you by Loughborough University, we will stand-by our original offer to you and will be able to confirm your place for 2020 entry. This applies to students who selected Loughborough as their Conditional Firm, and where relevant Conditional Insurance, choice.  

If, after the adoption of Centre Assessed Grades you still do not meet our offer then unfortunately, we will not be able to confirm your place this year. For those students who achieved results equivalent to or one grade short, we would be happy to offer you a place starting in Autumn 2021 provided minimum subject requirements have been met.

Please note that the University has no vacancies in Clearing/Adjustment.

We have a limited number of rooms in University Halls accommodation.  However, you have our commitment that the University will help you to secure University-approved accommodation if you are unable to secure a place in Halls.  This is likely to be in a private hall in Loughborough where you would be located with other first year students, affiliated to a University hall, be a full member of its community and be supported by that Hall’s Warden team.

What you need to do next

If you wish to still come to Loughborough and believe you now meet the requirements of the original offer you should register your interest by telephoning our call centre from 0900 on Wednesday. If you have already done this today (Tuesday) you do not need to contact us again.

We are unable to formally confirm places until we have received the official Centre Assessed Grades from the awarding bodies via UCAS. We have not yet been notified of the timeline for receipt of this information, but we will post updates here regularly. Please note that in the case of revised Scottish results, this process took one week.

We will not reopen the accommodation allocation process until we have received the above details from UCAS, when we will reopen it to all students confirmed through the process above. You will be notified in advance of the date when you are eligible to apply for accommodation.

We are grateful to all students for your understanding at this difficult time, that was not of your own making. Loughborough University is pleased to be able to stand by the letter of our original offers. We are truly sorry that there are students who have narrowly missed their offers that we are not able to confirm for 2020 entry.

While we will not be in a position to confirm places until we receive the official Centre Assessed Grades, the University Admissions Contact Centre will open tomorrow (Wednesday 19 August 09:00 to 17:00) to answer any questions. The number to call is 01509 274 403.  

We will be developing a series of frequently asked questions and these will be made available on our website shortly.

17 August 2020

At Loughborough University we place our students and their interests at the heart of what we do. The University is presently digesting the implications of the announcement made today by the Governments of England and Wales regarding A Level results and the use of Centre Assessed Grades.

We are urgently seeking further information, including how and when we shall be notified of Centre Assessed Grades. These may not be the same as your mock examination results or UCAS predictions.

At Loughborough we filled our few remaining places on Thursday last week. The change announced today, Monday 17 August, is challenging for us to accommodate, coming at a time when we are well advanced with plans to make the campus as safe as possible in respect of COVID-19 for the new academic year.

For applicants that are now Unconditional Firm (UF) with the University (through whatever route), please follow the guidance we previously issued. We look forward to welcoming you at the start of the new academic year.

Some applicants that were holding Conditional Firm (CF) or Conditional Insurance (CI) offers that were released by the University will have adjusted A-level grades that now meet or exceed the conditions of our original offer. We are working urgently to clarify the implications for these individuals. We are particularly concerned about degree programmes with extensive laboratory, studio or practical work. We also have concerns about the availability of residential accommodation. We shall make a further statement tomorrow, Tuesday 18 August at 16:00.

We have huge sympathy for young people affected by this current situation, in particular those that feel they have been let down after much hard work: we are as frustrated and concerned as they are. Despite this, we shall do our utmost to reach positive outcomes for those affected as soon as we possibly can.

Please note we cannot make any formal decisions to confirm places until we receive details of official Centre Assessed Grades from the awarding bodies via UCAS.

The University Admissions Contact Centre will open tomorrow (Tuesday 18 August) at 09:00. The number to call is 01509 274 403. We shall do our very best to support all applicants but will still not be in a position to confirm places at that time.