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Undergraduate applicant information

UCAS deadlines

Most undergraduate applications will have been made through UCAS and therefore the following information regarding UCAS deadlines will apply to you. UCAS deadlines do not apply to part time, degree apprenticeship and nursing top-up degree courses where applications will have been made directly to LJMU. For those who have applied or are considering applying directly please contact the relevant faculty admissions team should you have any questions relating to deadlines.

UCAS response deadline

If you have received decisions from all your institutions by 20 May, you must respond by 10 June 2021. We will accept any decisions made up to this deadline, and will not pressurise or incentivise applicants to make decisions any earlier.

UCAS decision making deadline

We are processing applications as quickly as possible. In line with UCAS deadlines, if you submitted an application by the equal consideration deadline of 29 January you will receive a decision by 20 May. Applications submitted between 29 January and 30 June will receive a decision by 13 July 2021.

Deadline for meeting offer conditions

For most courses, the deadline to meet conditions made in your offer is 31 August 2021. We appreciate that some applicants may receive results after this date. In general, outstanding conditions can be satisfied up to the point of enrolment. If you anticipate you may get results after this date or you are concerned about this please contact the relevant admissions team.

If you do not achieve the grades you were hoping to, we may still be able to accept you on the course or offer you an alternative. Your admissions team will be able to help advise on this.

Summer exams 2021

Further to the cancellation of A level and GCSE examinations in summer 2021, we are monitoring communications from the Department for Education and Ofqual in England, and the relevant organisations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, regarding the awarding of qualifications in Summer 2021. We welcome the commitment from the government to find appropriate alternative arrangements for assessing the ability and potential of students.

For most qualifications, we are expecting students to still receive a final award to be released by the exam boards. We appreciate that the method of assessment and final grade allocations will likely be different to previous years. If you know that your qualification will no longer be awarded (or if your results will be delayed beyond the end of August), please contact our admissions teams so that we can advise further.

A level and GCSE results

Dates have been set for students to receive A level results on 10 August and GCSE results on 12 August.

Interviews and assessments

All interviews and other assessments are currently being conducted online or via telephone in line with government and public health guidance.

Events and visiting LJMU

We normally hold a range of events on campus throughout the year, including open days, applicant days and campus tours. Whilst current restrictions are in place we have been offering these activities virtually. You can view campus tours, listen to subject talks from academics, find out more about accommodation and much more at our live and on demand events. Applicants receive invitations to virtual applicant day events, where you can meet others on your course and talk to staff online. We look forward to welcoming visitors on campus again as soon as it is safe to do so.

Teaching in September 2021

We hope that teaching will be mainly face to face, on campus, though we will continue to follow government guidance relating to this. Many students have enjoyed aspects of the online learning experience and expressed that they would like to continue some of their learning in this way, even when government restrictions are lifted. We have taken this feedback on board and are considering offering a small amount of online teaching as part of degree courses where this is appropriate and enhances the student learning experience. This would be alongside traditional face to face teaching on campus, including lectures, seminars and group work. Find out more about the positive student experience of online learning in our short video and article.

Contacting admissions teams

Admissions teams are currently working remotely therefore the best way to contact teams is by the email address for your faculty/school as listed below.  You can also chat to admissions teams live on the Applicant Site between the office hours of 9am-5pm. If you are unsure which faculty/school the course you applied for or wish to apply for is in, please consult the course page or your email that acknowledges receipt of your application.  

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies: APSadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

Faculty of Business and Law: busadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

Faculty of Engineering and Technology: fetadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

Faculty of Health: health@ljmu.ac.uk

Faculty of Science: scienceadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

School of Education: Education@ljmu.ac.uk

Provision of information to admissions teams

As we are physically away from the office at the moment, please avoid sending information to us in the post. Wherever possible please scan and email documents rather than mail them to us as we have difficulty accessing post at this time and it is delayed in reaching us. Alternatively, you can upload your documents directly to the admissions team. Please contact your admissions team who can arrange a personalised upload link for you.

Joining our community

We want you to feel part of our community and offer a range of ways for you to connect with us and current students. You can also access information via our applicant area and meet others from your course or halls on campus connect.

Extenuating circumstances

We expect schools, exam boards and government policy to take into account the significant disruption to education in 2020 and 2021 when awarding grades in 2021. This means that we do not require applicants to submit individual mitigating circumstances relating to this.

Deferrals

It may be possible to defer your course until September 2022. If you wish to defer your course please contact your admissions team to discuss deferral options.

Student finance

Applications for student loans can be submitted from March. Please view our finance pages for further information. If you have a query relating to student finance please contact moneyadvice@ljmu.ac.uk.

Accommodation

If you are joining us in September 2021, you can request accommodation using the form available on the applicant area.

IT equipment and information for those purchasing a laptop

Many of our students choose to purchase their own laptop.  If you are planning on buying a laptop for your studies we recommend you buy a device with Windows as its operating system in order to ensure the most seamless and straightforward access to LJMU IT systems. For most courses a Windows laptop with an Intel i5 processor, 512gb solid state drive and 8Gb Memory will meet all of your IT needs. If your course involves working with a lot of graphics or very complex calculations and/or large data sets, you may need a more powerful device with an i7 processor, 16 or 32Gb Memory and a separate graphics processor. If you are considering a Chromebook, please be aware that some difficulties have been encountered when accessing certain software products from these devices. 

LJMU has excellent IT facilities and support available 24/7 in our two libraries, the Learning Commons in the Student Life building and the many social spaces around campus during semesters. These facilities are available for you to access throughout your studies and will provide you with all the equipment you will need in order to undertake and complete all the online or IT based aspects of your course. Some of the computers based at Avril Robarts Library have the higher power and graphics capability described above and you will be able to book these as a student here.  

We appreciate that some of these terms are quite technical, so have provided the below glossary that may be of use if you are planning on purchasing equipment:

The Processor – this is the ‘brain’ of the computer. The higher the number, the faster it works, so i7 is faster than i5. 

Graphics processor – a specialised processor within the computer that produces images (e.g. pictures, graphs, diagrams etc.) on your computer screen. It is usually included as part of the computer ‘motherboard’, the core of the computer, however some kinds of software benefit from a separate one. Computer gaming and video editing are examples of software that would benefit from a separate one. 

Memory (also known as RAM or Random Access Memory) – this is where the computer holds information it is working on. It is usually expressed as a number of gigabytes (Gb). In our experience, 8 is plenty for most users, but some kinds of software run better on 16 or 32Gb (e.g. some engineering and design software). As with most things in IT, a bigger number means better performance but be aware that most software will not need more than the 8Gb we have suggested and you will only notice a difference if your software actually needs it.

Solid state disk – this is where the computer writes things that you want to keep, such as your files and software. If you have heard the term ‘hard disk’ this is the latest kind, it has no moving parts and is therefore faster to use than the old type and doesn’t suffer from mechanical failures. The recommended size of 512Gb is a lot, especially as students also have free access to Microsoft Office 365 which includes twice that much OneDrive cloud storage. You can access this from any internet connected computer, tablet or smartphone.