Frequently Asked Questions

A level results and use of Centre Assessed Grades

All applicants

What are Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs)?

With the cancelation of examinations, schools / colleges were asked to submit estimated grades to each of the awarding bodies. The Centre Assessed Grades (or CAGs) refer to these estimated grades before the awarding bodies applied their moderation algorithm.  

The Government have recently announced that students will now be able to use either the moderated grade that they recently received from their awarding body or their official Centre Assessed Grade (also known as revised grade), whichever is higher.

It is important to note that your revised grade is not necessarily the same as your mock examination results or the predicted grades on your UCAS application.

Do I need to send you evidence of my Centre Assessed Grades?

We have received official revised grades for A Levels, Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers and the International Baccalaureate Diploma via UCAS. If you are studying one of these qualifications, you do not need to send us any information.

I am planning to appeal my Centre Assessed Grade. What do I need to do?

If you are planning to appeal your Centre Assessed Grade, you will need to discuss this with your school / college as soon as possible. We cannot make any formal decisions until we receive details of official revised grades from the awarding bodies via UCAS. We will need to have received this information by 7 September.

Will UCAS Track update automatically?

It is important to note that your offer will not be automatically updated in UCAS Track.

We are conscious that you may currently be placed at another university which is a good fit for you either as your Insurance choice or through Clearing/Adjustment. You may also have started the registration process or applied for accommodation at that institution.

It is understandable that you may not wish to take up your place at Loughborough even if your revised grades now meet the conditions of our offer. As such, we will contact you before we action any changes.

It is important that you fully think through the different options available to you (including for example the availability of accommodation) before you confirm your preferences. How to confirm your preferences will be outlined to you in an email.

What are the timescales for changes happening?

We received the official revised grades from UCAS late on Thursday 20 August.

The information contained in the results file needs to be processed by hand therefore please bear with us while we review the revised grade information. We aim to have this exercise completed by the weekend.

We understand that you will be anxious to learn the outcome. Please note we are unable to provide further details on the status of applications until processing is completed. We will email Firm and Insurance applicants whose grades have been revised with an update on their individual application as soon as we are able to do so week commencing Monday 24 August 2020.

Will my Student Finance England application be impacted?

If your course changes as a result of your revised grades, it is important that you update the details listed on your Student Finance England account to make sure you receive your student finance at the start of term. Your maintenance loan will be delayed if the information is not updated. More information is available here.

What do I need to do if I want to defer entry?

If you have been accepted by Loughborough but now want to defer entry and start your course in September 2021, 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.

Loughborough was my Firm choice...

I was originally unsuccessful, however, my revised grades mean that I now meet the exact conditions of my offer. Are you able to accept me?

Once we have processed the revised grades that we have received from UCAS, we will email Firm and Insurance applicants whose grades have changed.

If you now meet the exact conditions of your offer including minimum subject requirements we will honour the original offer we made to you. It is important that you fully think through the different options available to you (including for example the availability of accommodation) before you confirm your preferences.

We will send applicants in this situation an update as soon as possible week commencing Monday 24 August 2020. This email will outline the options available to you and the steps you need to take if you wish to take up a place at Loughborough.

I have still not met the exact conditions of my offer with my revised grades. Will you reconsider me?

Once we have processed the revised grades we have received from UCAS, we will email Firm and Insurance applicants whose grades have changed with an update.

If, your revised grades 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.

We will send applicants in this situation an update as soon as possible week commencing Monday 24 August 2020.

I now meet the Clearing/Adjustment entry requirements that you were advertising last week. Why won’t you accept me?

The University no longer has any vacancies for undergraduate courses. As such we are unable to consider any new applicants through Clearing / Adjustment. Students are welcome to apply in the next admissions cycle for entry in Autumn 2021.

I’ve been accepted by my Insurance choice/another university through Clearing and I want to stay at that course/university. What do I need to do?

It is understandable that you may not wish to take up your place at Loughborough if you are now placed at another university even though your revised grades now meet the conditions of our offer.

If we are able to accept you based on your revised grades we will write to you about the steps you need to take next. Please follow the information in this email carefully. We won’t make any changes unless you confirm that you now wish to study at Loughborough.

I’ve been made and accepted a Change Course Offer at Loughborough. What are my options now?

If we are able to accept you on to your original course based on your revised grades we will write to you about the steps you need to take next. Please follow the information in this email carefully. We won’t make any changes unless you confirm that you now wish to study your original course at Loughborough.

Loughborough was my Insurance choice...

My Centre Assessed Grades mean that I can now go to my Firm choice. What should I do?

If your Centre Assessed Grades now meet the conditions of the offer from your Firm choice university, Loughborough will not commit you to studying with us. In terms of next steps, you should follow the advice provided by your Firm choice university that is now able to accept you.

I was originally unsuccessful, however, my Centre Assessed Grades mean that I now meet the exact conditions of my offer. Are you able to accept me?

Once we have processed the revised grades that we have received from UCAS, we will email Firm and Insurance applicants whose grades have changed.

If you now meet the exact conditions of your offer including minimum subject requirements we will honour the original offer we made to you.

We will send applicants in this situation an update as soon as possible week commencing Monday 24 August 2020. This email will outline the options available to you and the steps you need to take if you wish to take up a place at Loughborough.

I have still not met the exact conditions of my offer with my revised grades. Will you reconsider me?

Once we have processed the revised grades we have received from UCAS, we will email Firm and Insurance applicants whose grades have changed with an update.

If, your revised grades 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.

We will send applicants in this situation an update as soon as possible week commencing Monday 24 August 2020.

I now meet the Clearing/Adjustment entry requirements that you were advertising last week. Why won’t you accept me?

The University no longer has any vacancies for undergraduate courses. As such we are unable to consider any new applicants through Clearing / Adjustment. Students are welcome to apply in the next admissions cycle for entry in Autumn 2021.

I’ve been accepted by another university through Clearing and I want to stay at that course/university. What do I need to do?

It is understandable that you may not wish to take up your place at Loughborough if you are now placed at another university even though your revised grades now meet the conditions of our offer.

If we are able to accept you based on your revised grades we will write to you about the steps you need to take next. Please follow the information in this email carefully. We won’t make any changes unless you confirm that you now wish to study at Loughborough.

I've been accepted by Loughborough through Clearing/Adjustment

My Centre Assessed Grades mean that I can now go to my Firm or Insurance choice. What should I do?

If your Centre Assessed Grades now meet the conditions of the offer from your Firm or Insurance choice university, Loughborough will not commit you to studying with us. In terms of next steps, you should follow the advice provided by your Firm or Insurance choice university that is now able to accept you.

I chose other universities as my Firm/Insurance choices

Do you have any vacancies in Clearing/Adjustment?

Loughborough filled its remaining places last week and no longer has any vacancies through Clearing and Adjustment. We are unable to consider any new applications from students whose revised grades are higher than the results they were awarded last week.

Accommodation

Will I be able to secure University accommodation?

Please note that we only have a limited number of rooms still available on campus in the University’s Halls of Residence.

We will help students who have been accepted as a result of their revised grades to secure University-approved accommodation as far as possible. However, you should be aware that the accommodation available is likely to be in a private hall in Loughborough rather than on campus. 

I have not yet applied for accommodation. What do I need to do?

The accommodation application process will not be open to affected applicants until we have been able to confirm the situation.

We anticipate that students who are subsequently accepted onto a course starting in Loughborough this autumn will be eligible to apply for accommodation from Tuesday 25 August onwards, and 24 hours after their place has been confirmed on UCAS Track.

Will my accommodation guarantee still stand if I have been admitted as a result of my revised grades?

Unfortunately, due to the high demand for student accommodation this year, we are unable to guarantee accommodation in University Halls of Residence for students who have been accepted as a result of their revised grades.

If my course at Loughborough changes as a result of my revised grades, will this impact on my student accommodation?

If you were accepted by Loughborough onto an alternative course and have already secured University accommodation don’t worry. The change in course will not impact on the room you have already secured.

I no longer plan to study at Loughborough in 2020-21. Can I cancel my accommodation contract?

If you had secured University accommodation but no longer plan to study at Loughborough because you have been accepted by another University, we are able to release you from your contract. In order to cancel your accommodation contract, you will need to complete and submit our cancelation form.