UCAS application checklist
Applicants who wish to study at Loughborough University will need to apply through UCAS. Loughborough’s institution name is LBRO, and our institution code is L79. The course code will depend on the degree to which you are applying.
Register with UCAS
Before you can do anything, you will need to register with UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). This is the official application route for the majority of full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are at school or college, you will be given a buzzword which will associate your account with your institution. It will also allow your teacher to input their reference.
The application consists of 6 sections, these include;
- Section 1: Personal Details
- Section 2: University Choices
- Section 3: Formal Qualifications
- Section 4: Employment History
- Section 5: Personal Statement
- Section 6: Reference
These sections can be completed in any order, but it’s important that before you submit your application each section is checked prior to submission, to ensure there are no mistakes.
Section 1: Personal details
This section is relatively straight-forward but take care to ensure that your name is spelt correctly and your contact details are right.
You have the option to add a nominated contact who may speak to universities on your behalf. This is usually a parent, guardian or teacher, and if you want you can add more than one name.
Section 2: University choice
In this section, you can choose up to five courses which you want to study. At this point in the application process you do not need to sort them in order of preference but do double check that you have entered the correct institution and course codes.
Loughborough’s institution name is LBRO, and our institution code is L79. The course code will depend on the degree to which you are applying.
The course pages include details of our typical offers. It is important to research the typical offers for the courses you’re interested in and that you feel they are achievable. At this stage don’t be afraid to make a mixture of aspirational choices and ones with more comfortable typical offers. Also check that you meet any GCSE requirements that are stated, or contact the Department to see if they accept retakes.
Section 3: Formal qualifications
You need to enter all formal academic qualifications that you have already completed as well as those you are currently working towards. We like to find out as much as we can about our applicants, so if you have any graded music, drama, dance, Duke of Edinburgh or sport leadership awards you should include these – they will help to demonstrate the breadth of your learning and that you have sought to develop skills that will be useful for higher education study.
All our courses have minimum GCSE English language requirements and some have GCSE maths and science requirements so make sure you have included these especially if you are re-taking.
International students and those with alternative qualifications can check English language requirements here.
Section 4: Employment history
If you have any previous or current employment history, this is where you would list this information. Not everyone will have employment history, which is why you have the option to leave this section blank. If you are applying as a mature student, remember that we will want to see everything that you have been up to since leaving education.
Section 5: Personal statement
We normally suggest that you complete this section once you have selected your university course choices, as this will allow you to tailor your personal statement.
Your personal statement is a crucial part of your application, within which you should explain your motivation for applying to University. It is important to showcase your drive and passion for the subject area in question, and any skills or experience you may have which will help you be a successful student. It can be hard to write a statement which encompasses a diverse range of courses, so if you are applying for four courses in one subject area and one course in another, you should focus your statement towards the majority. Loughborough University will always accept an emailed additional statement which you can tailor appropriately, giving you a chance to explain why you have applied to study in a different subject area.
Section 6: Reference
If you are at a school or college, a teacher or tutor will normally write your reference for you so you don’t need to worry about this section. If you are applying having already finished your studies, you will need to add the name and contact details of a suitable person (normally, a former teacher) who can be contacted by UCAS to provide a written reference. Please note that, Loughborough University requires a reference from all applicants.