Reduced contextual offers

While consideration of contextual information may occasionally lead to an offer being made which is slightly lower than the typical entry requirements, meeting some specific eligibility criteria guarantees that if you are made an offer, it will be a reduced by up to two grades.

Access Loughborough Contextual Offer

Where specific contextual information is met, you will be eligible for an Access Loughborough Contextual Offer. This is up to two grades lower than typical entry requirements.  

You are eligible for an Access Loughborough Contextual Offer if:

  • You have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at the end of Key Stage 4 (Year 11) and/or six years prior to this point

Or you attend a non-fee paying (state) school or college and meet any two of the below criteria:

  • You live in an area of low participation in higher education
  • You live in an area of socio-economic deprivation 
  • You attend a school or college in the lowest 20% of all schools in England for average score per A level entry

The Access Loughborough Contextual Offer is new for those applying in the 2022 admissions cycle and currently this scheme is only open for applicants living in England who are studying three A Levels, or a combination of two A Levels and a BTEC/CTEC qualification and anticipate paying Home fees for University. Please see further information in our contextual admissions FAQs.

Please note that courses which include a Foundation Year are not in a position to make Access Loughborough Contextual Offers.

Realising Opportunities Students

Loughborough University is a Realising Opportunities (RO) Partner University.

If you are taking part in the RO programme, and receive an offer of a place, this will be in the form of a dual offer. The dual offer will include a standard offer and an alternative RO offer. Alternative RO offers are dependent on your successful completion of the RO programme and are up to two grades lower than typical entry requirements.

LUDUS Gold Students

If you are taking part in LUDUS (Loughborough University’s - Discover University Scheme) Gold, and receive an offer of a place, this will be in the form of a dual offer. The dual offer will include a standard offer and an alternative LUDUS Gold offer. Alternative LUDUS Gold offers are dependent on your successful completion of the LUDUS Gold programme and are up to two grades lower than typical entry requirements.

All offers are subject to applicants fulfilling any subject specific entry requirements at A Level or equivalent and minimum GCSE or equivalent requirements. For some courses, offers are subject to a successful interview and/or review of a portfolio.