Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions


Applying to an Undergraduate course at Liverpool John Moores University Faculty of Science:

How do I know if the course/university is right for me?

To ensure that you make the best possible decision you should do as much research as you can. In order to find out more about science courses at LJMU you can take a look around this site or get in touch with us directly. If you attend one of our various Open Days, you will be able to get a feel for the University and find out more about the course or courses that interest you. Another advantage of attending an open day is the chance to meet course leaders and even possibly your future fellow students and friends. You may already have friends or family that are studying here, pick their brains and find out what they think. Why not try internet forums such as The Student Room? You might be able to ask questions of students that are at the university you wish to attend. The key thing is that it is important that you don't rely on just one source of information when making your decision.

What about university league tables, are they reliable?

There are many people who would say no. What we say is that you should never rely solely on league tables. Though some universities 'shout' about high league table positions, they are very rarely an accurate representation of a course or university. Each league table is compiled in a very different way, using very different criteria (sometimes criteria that isn't even relevant to new undergraduate students) and often this means that they lead to very different conclusions. At LJMU for example, we have subject areas such as Sports Science that are national leaders in some tables that do not appear in the top twenty in others! So in other words, you might want to use them as a point of reference, but not as the sole deciding factor in your university choice. The main thing is to visit the universities that you are considering applying to, it's important that you feel comfortable and at home there, you cannot tell this by studying league tables alone.

I'm thinking of applying but am still unsure, can I attend a School Applicant Day to help me decide?

In most cases, yes. Though our open days cater mostly for applicants we will always try to accommodate you if you'd like to come to an open day. The only time when this may be a problem is if we are oversubscribed, if this is the case we may be able to arrange a one-off personal visit for you at a mutually convenient date and time.

How do I apply to LJMU?

If you wish to apply for full-time undergraduate study, you will need to apply through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. UCAS will forward your application to us and we will inform UCAS of our decision. You can apply online and view the progress of your application at http://www.ucas.com/

How do I find out my UCAS course code?

You will be able to find your 4-digit UCAS course code in the ‘Course Entry Requirements at a Glance' section of this website or by contacting us.

I'd like to study part-time, is this possible?

Most of our courses though not all, offer study on a part-time basis. Please contact us for further details. Part-time applications should be made directly to us and not through UCAS. A downloadable copy of application form for part-time and postgraduate applicants is available by clicking on the following link. Postgraduate, Part-time and International Application form

I've been out of education for a few years but I want to study for a degree, will this hinder me?

In our experience, people who have been out of education for some length of time sometimes get even more out of studying at University than those continuing their education. This is why we actively encourage applications from what is politely termed ‘mature students'! On some occasions we may ask you to come in and speak to ourselves or academic staff to assess your suitability for a course and if necessary offer you some alternatives or options.

I'm a student from the European Union, do I apply through UCAS?

Yes, applicants from the European Union are treated exactly the same as a UK applicant.

I'm from outside the European Union, what do I do?

If you are an international student, we again encourage you to apply through UCAS. However, we will also accept direct applications from outside the European Union. For help and advice please contact the LJMU international office on +44 (0)151 231 3172/3522/3169 or international@ljmu.ac.uk. Please also visit the international section of the LJMU website. There may also be opportunities for you to meet LJMU staff in your country.

I'm not sure what to put in my UCAS personal statement, is this important?

Yes, your personal statement is a very important part of your application. This is your chance to stand out from the crowd. There are occasions when a good personal statement can make up for a shortfall of 20-40 UCAS points in your exam results. There are plenty of sources of advice as to what you should include in your personal statement. However, please do not ‘cut and paste' phrases or paragraphs into your personal statement, if you do this you risk jeopardizing your offer. UCAS now routinely supply all universities with phrases/sentences and paragraphs that are common in personal statements, this means that the university is within its rights to reject your application on this basis. To sum up, your personal statement should be just that; personal to you.

After I have applied, when will I hear from you?

Once we have received your UCAS application, our science admissions team will assess it form and make a decision based on its contents. If you have applied for a course which requires an interview or an admissions test, we will contact you directly to invite you along. Alternatively, we will make a decision based on your UCAS application and let you know the outcome as soon as possible. If we are uncertain about any elements of your application we may call or email you to discuss this and possibly even invite you in for an informal chat. Hopefully we will be able to make you an offer on your chosen course and we will then invite you to attend one of our many Applicant Days. If we do make you an offer we will also introduce you to your own personal advisor who will be on hand to help you through the application cycle.

If you are concerned about the length of time it is taking for you to hear from us, please get in touch as there will probably be a reason for this delay.

I need to know about accommodation, is this guaranteed?

At LJMU we guarantee accommodation for all our new students. We have high quality, secure and competitively priced accommodation across Liverpool city centre to cater for all needs. All the information you need can be found at by clicking http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/Accommodation

Do you accept deferred entries?

Yes. For all courses, you can opt for a deferred entry application or ‘gap year'. As long as you achieve your qualifications during the academic year of application or you have an unconditional offer, we will hold your place until the following year. Unless there are exceptional circumstances involved we do not hold places open for longer than one year.

What about fees, the cost of university is very high isn't it?

With things having changed in 2012 it is important that you have the very latest information on fees for your year of entry and to get these we recommend that you visit the links below.

For further advice and help our welfare department can be found at: http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/StudentServices/Welfare

A very useful website in terms of student support and general advice is http://www.studentsupportdirect.co.uk/

I have all my offers, what do I do now?

You must let UCAS know which two courses you'd like to shortlist as your first (firm) choice and your second (insurance) choice. Please check with UCAS the date by which you must do this by. They will then contact us with your decision.

I've chosen my firm choice and my insurance choice but now I've changed my mind about the course I want to study, what should I do?

Any changes you wish to make should first be referred to UCAS. On some occasions you may have to contact the University in question directly to request a change, UCAS will let you know if you need to do this.

I met my conditions, what do I do now?

Relax, celebrate, whatever! If you have achieved or done better than the conditions we set you, you are in! You will receive official notification from us and on your UCAS record on the day of your results. If for any reason you are experiencing a delay in hearing from either UCAS or us, call us immediately and we'll update you.

I didn't meet my conditions, I'm very disappointed, where do I go from here?

It's not the end of the world. Speak to us, if you only narrowly fail to meet your conditions we will assess your application again and take into account your academic achievements in the past, your personal statement and your references. We may even still be able to make you an unconditional offer on your chosen course. If you feel you have performed very badly, get in touch with us. There may be alternatives on offer to you, for instance a course with a lower entrance criteria or perhaps a foundation year prior to commencing your degree. Whatever situation you find yourself in, if you have applied to us and chosen us as either firm or insurance choice we will try our best to find something suitable for you or offer constructive advice. 

What is Clearing?

Clearing allows those not holding offers at any university to ‘shop around' for a last minute place. Clearing takes place following the A Level Results Day. There may be a few places still available on certain courses at all universities. If you wish to call us through the clearing period to enquire about possible places then please do so, remembering to have your results and personal details at hand. Please note that we cannot take enquiries from those already holding an offer at another university. All details of clearing courses available at LJMU will be published on our website as well as the numbers to call to apply. In 2009 UCAS introduced an 'Adjustment Period', this is a system whereby if you have met or exceeded the conditions of your firm choice offer you may be able to look for a place at a different university or on a different course. Our advice is that you should be very careful when considering doing this, you will have already spent a great deal of time and thought on your choices and will have arrived at these after thinking carefully about a number of factors. Ask yourself, are you ready to make a 'snap judgement' to attend another university or course in the space of a few days? Why form a relationship with a university for the best part of a year only to change your mind at the last minute? We don't think that the adjustment period is necessarily good for students and that is why we would urge caution before deciding on this course of action. More information on the adjustment period can be found by visiting the UCAS website.


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