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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the answers to some commonly 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 Tutor'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 Tutor 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 Friday 1 August 2014. 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. See the links to the left of this page for more information on submitting certified verification of your qualifications.

Is it possible to change courses?

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

If you decide before 15 January that you want your application to be considered for a different course, 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 course.

If your request to change course 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 course once all on-time applications have been assessed. However for the vast majority of courses, we do not look at any late applications.

If the Admissions Tutor for your new course 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 course choice will be unsuccessful and you will lose your offer on your original course choice at LSE.

Please also note that it is not possible for your application to be considered for a course 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 Tuesday 15 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 Tutor 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 2014?

LSE does not offer the option of a two year deferral, unless the applicant has extenuating circumstances preventing them from beginning their course in 2014 or 2015. 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 Tutor 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 2 September 2014 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 2 September 2014.

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 2014 for applicants studying the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and 31 July 2014 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 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 2014.

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 Immigration Service (ISIS) |website.

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