Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions for Results Confirmation 2017 - this information will be updated in August 2018 

Can I apply through UCAS Clearing, Adjustment or directly to LSE for entry in 2017?

No. LSE has now filled its places for undergraduate study commencing in September 2017. This means that LSE has not entered Clearing or Adjustment this year for any course. We do not consider direct applications. For details on making an application for entry in 2018, please visit the page here.

How will I know if I have been accepted to LSE?

As we are unable to confirm decisions on successful/ unsuccessful offer holders over the phone, please log on to your UCAS account for the official decision of your place.


I have logged on to my UCAS account, but do not have a decision. Why is this?

There are a number of reasons why you may not have a decision; however, the most common is that we have not received official confirmation of some or all of your results. This can sometimes happen with exam boards, so you should not be alarmed. However, it is quite important that we obtain these results from you as soon as possible and no later than 31st August 2017.

You can either:

1) Send a certified copy of your results directly to the School. More information about certified verification can be found on our website here: http://lse.ac.uk/CertifiedVerification

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2) Ask your school to send us a letter on school headed paper, or an email from an official school address confirming the missing marks. If the letter is posted to us, it must meet the conditions for acceptable verification of results as listed on our website here.

Please note that we are unable to consider provisional results.


I have logged on to my UCAS account and have received an unsuccessful decision. Can I be reconsidered?

We are now only able to grant a place at the School to those who fully meet the conditions of our offer. Should you believe that your exam papers were incorrectly marked, you should consult your school about the possibility of obtaining a priority re-mark. If your papers are successfully re-marked and you fully meet the conditions of our offer, we will re-instate your place at the School. You must inform us once you have booked your priority re-mark.

Please be aware that the final deadline for submitting your re-mark is 5pm on Friday 1 September 2017. ** There can be no extension to this deadline. **

Please remember to send your re-mark results through a verified source, e.g. certified copy by post or a confirmation email from your school through an official school email address.

You can provide proof of your qualification(s) in one of the following four ways:

a) Send photocopies of your certificates/results slips/transcripts. These must provide the following four elements:

     1. An original signature by your head teacher, other teacher from your school or by a British Council official.

     2. The teacher/British Council official must also print their name.

     3. He/she must also include their job title, e.g. head teacher.

     4. The copy must also contain an official school stamp/British Council stamp.


b) Ask your school to send us a letter on school headed paper. This letter should state the year you took the subject, the subject you took and the grade obtained in it. An original signature, printed name and job title should also be on the letter;


c) Send the original certificates/results slips/transcripts, which will be copied and returned to you through standard second class post or airmail.

Please visit our page here for an example of the information that needs to be included on all certified copies.

d) Ask an official from your school to email us (from an official school account), quoting your name and UCAS ID, and providing a scan of the notification from the exam board.

Please note that provisional results will not be accepted.


I have received an unsuccessful decision on my application on UCAS, but thought that marginally failed offer holders were reconsidered?

As mentioned in your Offer Guide, offer holders who marginally fail to meet our conditions are referred back to the Admissions Selector for reconsideration. We received the results in advance of their publication and have been able to carefully consider those who fell into this category. Those who were deemed to have marginally failed to meet our conditions were compared against similar offer holders in the cohort. Regrettably, due to the limited number of spaces available, we are unable to guarantee places at the School to those who have not fully met their offer conditions.  If you have now received an unsuccessful decision on your application, this confirms that the marginal fail review has concluded. This academic decision is final.

I have received a successful decision on my application. What happens next?

Those who have received a successful decision on their application should expect to receive an electronic Welcome Pack via email at the end of August. The pack will contain an electronic Certificate of Acceptance, as well as a Welcome Guide, containing useful information in preparation for joining the School in September.

Those joining us in 2017 should also ensure they have completed their Pre- Arrival forms via LSE For You (Financial Undertaking and Student Verification Forms). Failure to complete these will delay your registration to the School and restrict your ability to make course selections (once available). Overseas offer holders requiring a CAS will not receive one until they have completed the Financial Undertaking Form.

I am an overseas offer holder who has received a successful decision on my application. When will I receive my CAS?

LSE issues CAS statements regularly (see page 26 of the Undergraduate Offer Guide). CAS statements are only issued once applicants are fully unconditional, and have met all conditions of their offer – this includes providing verification of previous results and English language qualifications (see offer letter), submitting the Financial Undertaking Form, and responding to our request to verify your passport details. We anticipate that all fully unconditional offer holders will have their CAS issued to them by Monday 21 August.


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.

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 Wednesday 1 August 2018. 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 verification 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 13 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.

If your request for deferral is refused, your offer is still valid for 2018.

LSE does not offer the option of a two year deferral, unless the applicant has extenuating circumstances preventing them from beginning their programme in 2018 or 2019. 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 31 August 2018 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 31 August 2018.

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 29 June 2018 for applicants studying the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and 1 August 2018 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 29 June (for the IBDP) or 1 August (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 1 August?

If you cannot provide certified verification of your requested 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 1 August 2018.

It is unlikely that applicants who marginally fail to meet the English language conditions of their offer will be able to have their place confirmed at the School after this date.

Note for international students: Submitting your verification 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.