​Entry requirements​

Loughborough accepts a wide range of qualifications for entry. The following information 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

We normally expect applicants to have a minimum of GCSE grade C/4 in English Language and, for most courses, GCSE grade C/4 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 numerical GCSE grading in England, we ask for a 4 as equivalent to a grade C, 6 as a grade B and 7 as a grade A.

A/AS levels

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 the Critical Thinking A level is not accepted, you’ll find details in the relevant course description.

A level Science Practical Endorsement (for those studying in England)

We believe that practical skills in science are important to aid understanding of the relevant subjects. While we do not widely include the passing of the practical skills element in the conditions of an offer, it is our expectation that this element will be successfully completed. Where the practical skills element is required as part of an offer, this is stated in the typical offers listed for the course.

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 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.

Following reform to the Maths provision within the IB, we are happy to consider Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (AA) and Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation (AI) as being suitable to meet our GCSE (SL equivalent) and A Level (HL equivalent) Maths requirements.

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/Skills Challenge Certificate

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 providing individual course entry and subject requirements are met.

Irish Leaving Certificate

If you are studying the Irish Leaving Certificate, you will need at least five Higher Level passes.

BTECs

A combination of the National Extended Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma alongside two A levels and the National Diploma/Diploma alongside one A level 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.

Due to the specific nature of some of the grade and unit requirements, please refer to our online prospectus for more detailed information. 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.

Cambridge Technicals

A combination of the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate alongside two A levels, and the Cambridge Technical Diploma alongside one A level are acceptable for entry to the vast majority of our degree courses.

The Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in relevant subjects is also a suitable entry qualification for many of our courses. However, in some cases, A levels will also be required to ensure suitable academic preparation. Some courses may specify levels of achievement in specific units or ask for additional qualifications to satisfy subject requirements.

Due to the specific nature of some of the grade and unit requirements, please refer to our online prospectus for more detailed information. We advise applicants to avoid combinations of similar subjects in their Cambridge Technicals and A levels.

Access to HE Diploma

An Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject area is considered suitable for entry to the 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.

Extended Project (EPQ)

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 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 Maths where this is a required subject.

The London Institute of Banking and Finance (LIBF) qualifications

We consider the Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS) for many of our courses when taken in conjunction with two academic A levels. We would expect to see the Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS) already achieved, and will accept the combination of older ifs University Colleges certificates with the newly named LIBF Diploma.

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.

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 scheme see the OpenPlus website. Loughborough also recognises achievement in other Open University courses as appropriate qualifications for entry. We would normally expect 120 Level 1 credits for first year entry.

open.ac.uk/openplus

European and 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, alongside well-established International Foundation Programmes. For further information about acceptable qualifications visit our international webpages for more information. 

We also accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants that have followed a 12-year education system in their country for entry onto our International Foundation Programme. Entry requirements for this can be found on the individual International Foundation Programme

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/4 in GCSE English Language but we also accept a range of alternative school-based qualifications from the UK and internationally, as well as tests of English for speakers of a foreign language, such as IELTS, TOEFL and Pearson.

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 language requirements are included in our course specific entry requirements. Full details of the minimum and higher acceptable English language requirements can be found on our website.

Further information

We accept a range of additional qualifications to those listed in this section. Please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you on your specific portfolio of qualifications and whether this is acceptable for entry on to your chosen course.