This thread is for 2012 applicants and prospective applicants to chat and ask questions about the university and applying to it. I've tried to cover the most common queries in this post, but if you have any questions that aren't answered here then go ahead and post it here. I ask only that if your question isn't answered here then you look on the university website first
How to apply
All applications for undergraduate study at Loughborough University must be made through UCAS. This applies to all applicants, including international applicants. The only exception is the Art and Design Foundation Programme.
For 2012 entry, you must apply between September 1st 2011 and January 15th 2012. You are guaranteed equal consideration if you apply during this period; if you apply after January 15th you may not receive the same level of consideration.
Candidates must have GCSE grade C or above in English Language or Use of English. Note that for some courses the requirement is at least grade B.
Candidates are required to have GCSE grade B in Maths. For some courses grade A may be required; AS level Maths of at least grade C may be accepted instead of this.
GCSEs generally play a minor part in university applications. Loughborough does not have any "minimum requirements" for number of A or A* grades, but be sure you meet the minimum requirements in maths and English for your chosen course.
Candidates are expected to offer at least three full A levels, though this may occasionally be replaced with two full A levels and two AS levels. For a list of qualifications that are accepted instead of A levels, see this page
General Studies is not generally accepted as part of an offer.
Specific courses, particularly engineering, may require certain subjects at A level, most commonly maths, physics, or chemistry. A minimum of grade B, or in some cases grade A, is required. You are advised to check the course requirements carefully as they differ between courses.
Offers from Loughborough are typically between BBC and AAA (280-360 UCAS points), depending on the course.
If your predicted grades do not meet the minimum entrance requirements for the course then your application will obviously be riskier. How much so, or whether it would result in an automatic rejection, I am unable to say.
English language ability
UK candidates are expected to have a minimum of GCSE grade C in English Language or Use of English. For some courses grade B is required.
International applicants should see this page
Loughborough University welcomes applications from international students. You are however advised to check the English language requirements, particularly if English is not your first language.
You are considered a mature student if you will be aged 21 or over at the time of your course starting.
The university welcomes applications from mature students. In some cases the entrance requirements may be different; you are advised to contact the university for queries related to this.
It is generally inadvisable to apply to more than one course at any university.
It is harder to write a good personal statement for two even slightly different courses, and the university will know of both your applications which could make you appear less focused.
Loughborough accepts students for deferred entry provided the year is spent pursuing "worthwhile activities".
Loughborough University has announced it's intention to charge the maximum £9,000 tuition fees for courses starting in 2012.
How long do replies take
No one can say; be patient. There is no need to contact the university if you are still waiting to hear from them as it will not get you an answer any faster.
Loughborough does not generally carry out interviews for most courses, the exception to this being for engineering. These interviews are fairly informal and the majority of those interviewed go on to receive an offer, but you should not be complacent.
Rejected despite meeting the minimum requirements
Meeting the minimum requirements is no guarantee of a place. Many courses at Loughborough are highly competitive and receive multiple applications per offer made.
If you wish to know why you were rejected then you should contact the university, though there is no guarantee that they will provide you with clear feedback as thousands of applicants will be unsuccessful.
After Receiving an Offer
Certain courses may be available in Extra, Adjustment, or Clearing.
Only a small number of courses are likely to have places in Adjustment or Clearing, and all courses that are available through one are available through the other. If a course if not available in Clearing it is not available in Adjustment either.
If you have any questions that are not answered in this post, feel free to post them here. If the same questions come up frequently I will add them to this post, along with anything else I think of later that would be useful information to have here.
I do not work for Loughborough University or represent the university in any capacity beyond being a student there. The advice or information given by me in this thread is therefore unofficial and not to be considered representative of Loughborough University. In all cases you are advised to contact the university directly if you have any doubt over any aspect of your application.