Frequently Asked Questions

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs:

Message for offer holders from Dame Minouche Shafik

Since the emergence of COVID-19, our top priority has been to keep our LSE community safe and well. As we begin to plan for the new academic year, I wanted to share our latest thinking with LSE offer-holders and returning students.

We aim to welcome our new and returning students and to provide on-campus teaching and learning from the start of Michaelmas Term 2020. However, we are preparing for a variety of alternatives, whether on campus (likely with social distancing measures in place), online or a flexible model combining both modes of delivery.

We will issue more specific guidance in the coming weeks and will make a final decision on Michaelmas teaching and learning no later than mid-July. 

I look forward to welcoming you to our School community in the Michaelmas Term.

Dame Minouche Shafik

Director, LSE 

Will LSE be taking part in Clearing or Adjustment for 2020 entry?

We do not anticipate entering Clearing for 2020 entry but it is possible that we will participate in Adjustment for 2020 entry. This information will only be available from the day before A level results day, 12 August 2020. Details of any course vacancies will be listed on our website.

How will GCSEs, AS and A-Levels be graded and awarded in the Summer?

On 3 April, Ofqual published further guidance on how GCSEs, AS & A levels will be awarded in summer 2020. The Gov.UK link tells you more about the process and includes the letter which Ofqual has sent a letter to all students explaining the grading. 

The exam boards aim to deliver these grades in August. We will use these grades as the basis for our confirmation decisions. In the meantime, we continue to work with UCAS, exam boards, schools and the rest of the university sector to make the necessary arrangements for our offer holders and to communicate information to you on a regular basis.

If you do less well in one or more of your A-Levels in August you may choose to sit an exam, as soon as it is reasonably possible to do so in Autumn 2020, to improve your grades. If, having taken these exams, you meet or exceed your offer condition to study at LSE, we will guarantee you an offer of a place in 2021, but you must submit a new application through UCAS in the normal way.

We are also monitoring closely the situation with schools overseas and their exam boards.

We appreciate that this is a frustrating and anxious time for our offer holders but please be assured we are doing all we can to support you and to develop processes in this fast moving situation.

What are LSE' plans for the start of the 2020-21 academic session?

LSE has set up a planning committee to explore various scenarios for the 2020-21 academic year. We aim to welcome our new and returning students onto campus in September and we hope to be able to deliver teaching and learning in person to all of our student community from the start of the Michaelmas term. However, it is too early to make that guarantee at present. Therefore, the planning committee is considering a range of alternative options for the start of term - whether on campus, online or a blended model combining both modes of delivery. All of our planning and modelling is informed by expert medical advice and we will be paying close attention to the UK government's guidance on transitioning out of lockdown in the coming weeks. 

It is possible that LSE, along with other educational institutions, may have to implement social distancing measures on campus. The planning committee will be making recommendations on how this can be achieved, and will also look at other potential barriers and constraints to students starting with us or returning to campus. 

We will issue more specific guidance in the coming weeks and will make a final decision on Michaelmas teaching and learning no later than mid-July. 

For information on how the School is already supporting current students, please see info.lse.ac.uk/coronavirus-response/advice-for-students.

As ever, please be assured that we are doing everything we can to make sure that your opportunities at LSE are undiminished and that you get to enjoy the benefits of studying at one of the world’s leading social science institutions.

What does the decision to cancel all IB exams mean for my offer of a place at LSE?

The International Baccalaureate has published guidance on how students will be awarded an IB Diploma or Certificate in 2020. The IB website provides more information on this and their grading.

The International Baccalaureate intends to release results to universities and schools as planned on 5 July 2020. LSE will use these grades as the basis for our confirmation decisions, as normal.

Please continue to check this page regularly for the latest information.  

If test centres in my country are closed, what can I do to meet my English language requirement?

The position of test centres in certain countries is changing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The webpages below are being regularly updated with the latest advice for candidates:



ETS will be offering candidates in certain countries the opportunity to take the TOEFL iBT at home until test centres reopen. LSE will accept the at-home TOEFL iBT with a minimum score of 100 overall, and a minimum of 27 in Writing, 25 in Reading, 24 in Listening, 24 in Speaking. Details can be found here.

A list of the English language tests we currently accept for undergraduate study is available on our website.

We plan to make English language assessments available via the LSE Language Centre where required.

The deadline for receipt of a qualification meeting our requirements has been extended to 31st August 2020.

I am an offer holder, how do I verify my qualifications with LSE?

If you have been made an offer of admission, you may have been asked to supply evidence of qualifications by posting the original documents to LSE. However, many postal services are currently disrupted, and LSE’s Undergraduate Admissions team is currently working remotely. As such, you are able to verify your qualifications in alternative ways and we advise against posting any documents (particularly original documents). Do not bring them to the School in person.

Please note that these measures are being implemented to support offer holders, but the School reserves the right to amend this information and to ensure that original academic credentials are verified at a later stage.

Verifying high school documents

As we are currently unable to confirm receipt of, or verify, documents that have been sent to us via post, documents can be sent to us directly via email at ug.admissions@lse.ac.uk. However, in order for your documents to be accepted, such emails must:

  • be sent directly by an official at your school/ institution;
  • be sent from an official school/institutional email address (not Hotmail, Gmail etc.);
  • contain the full name and job title of the official who sends the email;
  • provide your final and not your provisional results; and
  • include your name and UCAS or LSE ID number.
  • include your date of birth.

Verifying English language test results

If you have been asked to demonstrate your English language proficiency, we may be able to verify your test results online if you have taken an IELTS, Pearson, TOEFL or Cambridge Advanced/Proficiency tests:

For IELTS, you can provide your Test Report Form Number or a scanned copy of your certificate to the Undergraduate Admissions Office at ug.admissions@lse.ac.uk

For Pearson, ensure you have sent your scores to LSE via your Pearson PTE account. You must contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at ug.admissions@lse.ac.uk to enable us to retrieve your results.

For TOEFL, you can confirm your date of birth and your TOEFL appointment number with the Undergraduate Admissions Office by emailing us at ug.admissions@lse.ac.uk

For Cambridge Advanced and Proficiency Tests, email your Candidate ID No (3 Letters + 6 Numbers) and Secret No (4 digits) to the Undergraduate Admissions Office at ug.admissions@lse.ac.uk

If you have completed another one of LSE’s accepted English language qualifications, such as IGCSE English, please refer to the information on verifying school documents above.

Will LSE make all offer holders unconditional now that exams are cancelled?

No, we will await the grades which will be issued for UK-based students in the summer. Once we have received the grades we will make our decisions on whether or not to confirm offer holders as unconditional.

Will LSE only confirm places for those who make LSE their Firm choice?

No, confirmation decisions will be made in the summer using the grades issued by the exam boards following the UCAS process and timetable.

I’ve read that universities in England could face limits on how many undergraduate students they enrol. Will this affect my offer to study at LSE?

The UK government is discussing with the higher education sector how universities can manage student enrolments in September 2020. However, we want to reassure you that if you meet the conditions of your offer this year we will honour your place for 2020 entry.

We will keep you updated as and when further government announcements are made.

Can LSE take back someone’s offer if they do not accept the offer straight away on UCAS?

We will continue to follow the standard UCAS process and timetable. Offer holders can accept or decline our offer until the 18th June. If UCAS adjusts its processes we may have to change the way we do things. Continue to check our website for the latest information.

Has the UCAS reply deadline been extended?

Yes. If you receive your last decision on or before 4th June, the UCAS reply deadline has been extended to 18th June.

Can I visit LSE before deciding whether to accept my offer?

Whilst we will no longer be holding an on-campus Offer Holders’ Day in 2020 we have created some Virtual Offer Holders’ Day pages. These include departmental information; advice from students and staff; videos and blogs, and the opportunity to ask LSE staff and students questions about life at LSE. 


General Offer Holder Frequently Asked Questions

What are the terms of my offer?

Your offer of admission to the School has been based on the information you provided on, or with, your UCAS application form. It is your responsibility to provide official evidence of your qualifications if we require it (please see your offer letter). If you are unable to provide such evidence, we reserve the right to review, and possibly withdraw, your offer of admission.

I have been asked to provide evidence that I meet LSE's English Language proficiency requirements as part of my offer. I already have an acceptable qualification and declared this on my UCAS application. Is this a mistake?

No. You may have already declared a qualification we would accept (pending verification), or may be exempt, based on your nationality. However, you are required to clarify your circumstances via the questionnaire in your offer email.

Is it possible to lower the terms of my offer?

No. The School will not enter into negotiations with successful applicants over the terms of their offer. Each offer has been made taking into consideration all the information included on your UCAS form and the Admissions Selector's decision is final.

I have decided to drop one of my subjects, is this ok?

It is important that you email the Undergraduate Admissions Office before you drop any subject – even if this subject does not form part of your offer. An Admissions Selector will consider your request and we aim to provide you with a final decision within two weeks.

What should I do if I want to decline my offer?

You can decline your place on the UCAS Track system.

When do I have to send off my certified documents?

You should send any certified official documents we have requested as soon as possible, and no later than 31 August 2020. It will also be a requirement of your visa application that you have an unconditional offer, so it is in your interests to send your documents as soon as you can. More information on submitting certified documentation of your qualifications.

Is it possible to change programmes?

If you have decided you no longer wish to study the programme for which you have been made an offer, then - under exceptional circumstances - you may be able to be considered for a different programme.

If you decide before 15 January that you want your application to be considered for a different programme, you should contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office outlining the reasons for the change. Your application would then be in competition with all other applicants to that programme.

If your request to change programme comes after 15 January, your application will be classed as late. This means that we will only be able to look at your late application if there are still places available on the programme once all on-time applications have been assessed. However for the vast majority of programmes, we do not look at any late applications.

If the Admissions Selector for your new programme choice decides not to offer you a place, or you are happy for your application to be considered as late and we do not look at your late application, your new programme choice will be unsuccessful and you will lose your offer on your original programme choice at LSE.

Please also note that it is not possible for your application to be considered for a programme from which you have already been unsuccessful.

I have changed my correspondence address. What should I do?

Please notify UCAS and the institutions to which you have applied of your new address in writing as soon as possible. Please note that if you have indicated your term-time address in the correspondence address section of the UCAS application form, do not assume that all correspondence will be automatically sent to your home address once term finishes. You should notify UCAS and the institutions as soon as you leave your term-time address so that all correspondence can be sent to the correct address.


Frequently Asked Questions before registration:

Can I defer my place until next year?

If you wish to defer your entry, you will need to submit a written request (an email will suffice) to the Undergraduate Admissions Office by Friday 17 July at the latest. Requests received after this date will not be considered as UCAS will not allow any institution to make any amendments to applications after 1 August. Your email needs to state your reasons for your request and what you plan to do on your gap year. The Admissions Selector will then consider your request and you will be contacted once a decision has been made. Should your request be granted, your UCAS record will then be changed to reflect your change of year.

We aim to respond to all deferral requests by Friday 24th July.

If your request for deferral is refused, your offer is still valid for 2020.

LSE does not offer the option of a two year deferral, unless the applicant has extenuating circumstances preventing them from beginning their programme in 2020 or 2021. Please note that compulsory National Service is not considered as an extenuating circumstance for two year deferral requests.

What happens if I fail to meet the conditions of my offer?

If you marginally fail to meet the conditions of your offer, your application is automatically referred back to the Admissions Selector for reconsideration in August. Your application is then considered in competition with all the other applicants who have marginally failed to meet the conditions of their offer. There is no guarantee that LSE will be able to confirm your place at the School.

We will send our decision to UCAS as soon as possible, so please do not contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office as it may delay the processing of your application.

What happens if I ask for a re-mark?

If you plan to ask for a re-mark for any of your exams, then you should inform the Undergraduate Admissions Office as soon as possible. For speed, you should ask for a priority re-mark from the relevant exam board/s.

The office needs to receive official confirmation of the results of your re-mark by 1 September 2020 at the very latest. Providing your re-mark grades meet the original grade conditions of your offer, we will overturn the unsuccessful decision and your offer will be reinstated. Please note: we will be unable to reinstate offers if we receive revised grades after 1 September 2020.

What happens if I experience difficulties at examination time?

We understand that circumstances can arise which have a detrimental impact on exam performance. If you marginally miss the conditions of your offer at Confirmation, the School is only able to give due consideration to those with severe extenuating circumstances. However, we can only consider information regarding extenuating circumstances which has been sent to us by 30 June 2020 for applicants studying the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and 31 July 2020 for all other qualifications, including any corroborating evidence that you can offer such as a doctor's note, a note from your school or other official documentation.

It is highly unlikely that we will be able to consider any appeals which are received after results have been published, as many of our candidates meet, if not exceed the conditions of their offer and we do not have the places to admit additional students at this stage.

Therefore if you feel that your exam performance has been affected, you should contact us in writing by 30 June (for the IBDP) or 31 July (for all other qualifications). 

It is also advisable for your school to notify the examination boards of any such extenuating circumstances, along with relevant medical notes, as they can then be taken into consideration when your scripts are being marked.

What happens if I can't provide certified verification of my English language qualification which you have requested before 31 July?

If you cannot provide certified documentation of a recognised English language qualification, we will not be able to confirm your place at the School. If you cannot meet this deadline for any reason, it is important that you inform us before 31 August 2020. 

Please refer to the information at the top of this page for the latest guidance and advice on our deadlines.

Note for international students: Submitting your certified documentation late can result in delays in issuing your CAS number to the Home Office, which you will require to apply for your visa. It is important that you apply for your visa early enough to allow sufficient time for you to attend Registration. More details can be found on the LSE International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT) website.