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Coronavirus FAQs for prospective applicants

Read through our FAQs below. If you cannot find the information you need then please get in contact with the Student Marketing and Recruitment team.

Will LSE be taking part in Clearing or Adjustment? 

LSE does not usually participate in Clearing or Adjustment processes. Details of any course vacancies remaining after the UCAS deadline will be listed on our website.

My exams and/or teaching have been disrupted by COVID-19.

We are taking advice from exam boards and anticipate that they will take this disruption into account when awarding grades. We will also refer to the information supplied in your UCAS Reference to gain a greater understanding of the disruption caused to the teaching provision at your school/college.

Has the UCAS deadline changed for 2021 applicants? 

UCAS have extended the equal consideration deadline from 15 January 2021 to 29 January 2021 (18:00 UK time). This applies to candidates applying for September 2021 entry or deferred September 2022 entry. More information is available on the UCAS website. 

Do I still need to take the LNAT for the LLB Bachelor of Laws programme?

The LNAT is classified as 'testing for essential purposes' and therefore Pearson VUE-owned and operated Pearson Professional Centers test centres in many countries remain open.

LLB Bachelor of Laws applicants are therefore expected to sit the LNAT before the 29 January 2021. The deadline has been extended from 20 January 2021 as a result of the UCAS application deadline extension.  

Country specific testing information and safety measures can be accessed on the LNAT website.

If you have received an email from your test centre advising that your test has been cancelled, testing has been suspended, or if you are unable to sit the test because you are self-isolating, you should try to reschedule your appointment so that you can sit the test before 29 January. You can do this online - please visit the Pearson VUE website for instructions. 

If you are unable to sit the test before 29 January, please contact Undergraduate Admissions to discuss your circumstances. 

You can contact LNAT Customer Services at:  
Telephone: +44 (0)161 855 7448

If I am unhappy with my calculated grades and decide to 're-sit' the exams in Autumn 2020, will I be disadvantaged?

Candidates who are unhappy with their calculated grades received in summer 2020 will have the opportunity to 're-sit' the exam. You are expected to sit the exam as soon as it is reasonably possible to do so (i.e. Autumn 2020). We will not consider exams taken in Autumn 2020 as re-sits and you will not be disadvantaged.

Will the entry requirements change for 2021 entry? What if my calculated GCSE English and/or Maths grade is below the standard entry requirement?

Applicants should still be predicted to meet the entry requirements stated on our programme pages. 
As we anticipate that exam boards will take disruption caused by COVID-19 into account when awarding grades, therefore would expect that you attain a 6 in English Language and a 6 in Mathematics (this requirement may be higher for some programmes).

I haven’t been able to take an English Language test yet. Will I be disadvantaged?

It is not necessary to provide proof of English language proficiency at the time of application. This does not form part of our assessment process. If you are made an offer for one of our programmes and we require an English language qualification, we will request this as part of your offer conditions. Please see our English Language webpages for details of acceptable qualifications and the required scores:
Undergraduate English Language requirements
Graduate English Language requirements

What measures are in place in LSE's halls of residence?

Visit our accommodation COVID-19 pages to find out more about the current measures in place to ensure the safety of our students. 

I have visa related questions, can you help? 

Propsective applicants and offer holders are advised to consult our International Student Visa Advice Team's COVID-19 advice page.

What are the teaching arrangements for September 2021?

We hope that programmes beginning in September 2021 will be unaffected by Coronavirus. If there are going to be any changes to the delivery of the programme we will update our programme pages to reflect the amendments and all offer holders will be notified.

For more information about LSE's teaching plans for 2020 please refer to our undergraduate offer holders' page here or our information for graduate students here. Our FAQ page for current LSE students may also be helpful.  

Will you be holding events for prospective students?

Yes! We are organising a number of online events and creating new resources for prospective students. Visit our Virtual Undergraduate Open Day, Virtual Graduate Open Day, listen to a webinar or talk to us on Live Chat. Use our events finder to view upcoming events.