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We’re making every effort to keep this information up to date in order to reflect the latest decisions made by us, other organisations and the UK government. 

Undergraduate applicants should also review the information provided by UCAS.

If you cannot find the answer to your question in the FAQs below, you can also contact the relevant Admissions team by visiting the following admissions webpages for undergraduate students and postgraduate students.

Exchange students should contact the College’s Exchange Co-ordinator if they have any questions.

If you’ve been affected by changes to this year’s UK examination results, see the dedicated exam results page.

Undergraduates (updated 17 September 2020)

I need to update my email address – how can I do this?

You can update your email address on the UCAS track website.

Simply log in with your personal ID and password.

Do I need to send you mitigating circumstances due to disruption that I have faced caused by COVID-19?

No. We understand that COVID-19 has caused some form of disruption for all of our applicants this year and we know how you must be feeling.

We do not want to put you under any extra pressure so you do not need to submit evidence of your mitigating circumstances.

We will take the disruptions you've faced this year into consideration when reviewing your application.

How do I verify my academic qualifications?

We may have previously asked you to supply evidence of your academic qualifications by posting the original, physical documents to our Admissions team.

This request no longer applies so please do not post any certificates or documents to us as these will not be received.

If you need to submit your academic qualifications, including your final High School qualification grade, to Imperial as part of your offer conditions please email a copy of your official results to the relevant Admissions team on this webpage.

If you have already posted your documents to us, please email the Admissions team to notify them and include any electronic copies you may have.

Please note: we are implementing these measures to support applicants with their admission process; the College reserves the right to amend this information and to ensure that original academic credentials are verified at appropriate stages.

I have an English language condition as part of my offer – how do I meet this?

If you have an offer from Imperial you will have previously been given a deadline of 16 July 2020 to meet your English language condition (if applicable to your offer).

We have extended this deadline to 18 August 2020.

We will keep this date under review and let you know if this deadline is extended further. Your offer details won’t be updated to reflect this change.

If you have already taken the following English language proficiency test, we will be able to verify your results online:

  • IELTS: please email your Test Report Form Number or a scanned copy of your certificate to the relevant Admissions team.
  • Pearson: please submit your scores to Imperial via your PearsonPTE account.
  • TOEFL: you email your 16 digit registration number or a scanned copy of your certificate to the relevant Admissions team. Please ensure that you quote your CID number in your email.
  • Cambridge Advanced and Proficiency Tests: email your certificate and statement of results to the relevant Admissions team.

If you have already taken an alternative English language qualification which we accept, please email a copy to the appropriate relevant Admissions team.

If you have not yet taken an English language test, we are aware that testing centres have been closed in many regions, delaying your ability to schedule a test date.

We will therefore accept the following alternative online tests:

  • TOEFLiBT online: ETS will make an online 'At Home Testing' TOEFL test available in particular regions. We will accept this version of the TOEFL IBT examination, but we do not consider TOEFL 'my best' scores.
  • IELTS online testing: IELTS have launched the IELTS indicator test that can be taken online. This will be available for a limited time while test centres remain closed. Bookings will open from 22 April 2020. We will accept these IELTS results for admission to main undergraduate courses or our pre-sessional programme.
  • Duolingo English Test: We will accept the Duolingo English test with scores between 115-125 (or 110-120 for entry to our Pre-sessional English programme). Please see below for more information on the grades we accept:
    • Entry Requirement for the six-week online Pre-sessional English Programme where your main programme has an English condition at the standard level: 110
    • Entry Requirement for the six-week online Pre-sessional English Programme where your main programme has an English condition at the higher level: 120
    • Entry Requirement where you main programme has an English condition at the standard level: 115
    • Entry Requirement where you main programme has an English condition at the higher level: 125
  • LanguageCert International ESOL Test: We will accept the LanguageCert International ESOL test. Please see the table below for more information on the grades we accept:
  • Imperial Online Pre-Sessional English programme: Our six-week online pre-sessional English programme is aimed at applicants who need to fulfil their English language entry requirement. 
    • You should only take part in the six-week Pre-sessional English Programme if you do not have any school attendance commitments during the course dates of 13 July to 21 August 2020.
    • An online three-week programme is also available for applicants who already meet the English language requirement but who would benefit from additional tuition before starting their course.

What will happen if I don’t meet my offer conditions?

We understand that COVID-19 has caused some form of disruption for all our applicants this year, either through the cancellation of teaching or scheduled exams, and we know how you must be feeling. 

If you do not meet your offer conditions, our departments will reconsider your application in full and make a final decision on whether or not we can confirm you place to study at the College. We will consider things such as:

  • your UCAS application
  • notes from any interviews you may have already attended
  • any admissions tests you may have taken

Will I be able to obtain a visa and ATAS in time to start my studies at Imperial?

If you have questions about obtaining or renewing a student visa or ATAS certificate, read the FAQs from the International Student Support team or contact them via email for detailed information and advice.

Student visas

Due to COVID-19 the service offered by UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) has been disrupted, and many centres remain closed. Some VACs are now resuming services, where local restrictions allow. For updates to the status of VACs in your country, contact:

  • TLS contact if you’re in Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East
  • VFS global for all other countries

Ongoing global restrictions mean some UKVI services will remain closed. Contact your local VAC to find out the latest status.

Get advice and support about applying for a Tier 4.

ATAS certificates

The FCO have now re-opened the ATAS application service.

Applicants with an ATAS condition as part of their offer should now submit their ATAS applications as soon as possible. Once your ATAS clearance has been obtained, the FCO will email us a copy of your ATAS directly. 

If you have an offer from Imperial, you will previously have been given a deadline of 16 July 2020 to meet the ATAS condition (if applicable to your offer).

We have now extended this deadline to 7 September 2020.

Please visit the ATAS guidance webpage to make your ATAS application.

I’m taking high school exams provided by one of the UK’s exam boards – how am I affected by COVID-19?

On 18 March 2020, the UK government announced the suspension of this year’s summer examination period.

The government has confirmed that students due to sit exams will still be awarded their qualifications and grades based on a range of evidence and data, including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment.

The government has provided further guidance for summer 2020 grades for GCSE, AS and A-Level, Extended Project Qualification and Advanced Extension Award in Maths.

You can read guidance for candidates sitting Welsh WJEC board examinations.

You can read guidance for candidates sitting Northern Ireland CEA board examinations.

Scottish Qualifications Authority

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) will take a similar approach to other UK examination boards to ensure students still receive their qualifications with grades and are not disadvantaged by the current situation.

SQA has now provided further guidance on the SQA website.

I’m an A Level candidate registered privately for my examinations / I’m home schooled / I’m distance learning – how am I affected by COVID-19?

The government has provided further guidance for applicants who have registered privately, or who have been home schooled or studying via distance learning, in the document Summer 2020 grades for GCSE, AS and A-Level, Extended Project Qualification and Advanced Extension Award in Maths (PDF).

Where examination centres have accepted entries from private candidates (students who they have not taught themselves, because they have been home schooled, following distance-learning programmes or studying independently) the centre may include recommendations for the award/grade of your qualifications where the Head of Centre is confident that they and their staff have seen sufficient evidence of your achievement to make an objective judgement.

We are aware that for these candidates, the Centre may not always be in a position to do this. Where this is the case, and as a result of this decision you are unable to receive your qualification and grade, this may result in you being unable to fulfil an academic condition of your offer.

In this situation, we will carefully reconsider your application and level of achievement to date in August during the confirmation period. Subject to spaces being available, each department at Imperial will then take a decision as to whether or not they are able to accept you on the basis of your achievement to date. 

Should you not secure your place with us for Autumn 2020 entry, you will be able to register for the Autumn examinations with a view to re-apply for admission in 2021, as we will be unable to defer conditional offers.  

I'm a non UK resident – where can I find information about my exams and qualifications?

International Baccalaureate Diploma candidates

IBOrg have announced that the May 2020 examinations have now been suspended, but provided reassurance that students will still be awarded their Diplomas with grades determined by their established procedures. A number of coursework and component deadlines have also been extended. IB Diploma students should refer to IBOrg for further information. Imperial expects to receive your results from IOBOrg in the summer as normal.

We understand that you will be awarded your qualification and grades this year without having had the opportunity to formally sit your examinations. If you feel that you results do not reflect your potential and you opt to sit the formal examinations the next time that they are available, we will not treat or consider these results as resits.

International A-Level candidates

As the impacts of COVID-19 are affecting regions in different ways, with different Governments implementing changes at a local level, the international A-Level examination boards have confirmed that the summer examination schedule will be cancelled. The examination boards have provided assurance that students will still receive their qualifications with grades and that the awards/grades will be determined according to the procedures that they establish. This will follow similar principles that the examination boards are implementing for their UK equivalent qualifications.

Further information can be found at:

We understand that you will be awarded your qualification and grades this year without having had the opportunity to formally sit your examinations. If you feel that you results do not reflect your potential and you opt to sit the formal examinations the next time that they are available, we will not treat or consider these results as resits.

Information for Private, Home Schooled or Distance Learning A level candidates

The process for students who have registered privately, or who have been home schooled or studying via distance learning is also outlined in the above document. These candidates should be included in recommendations for awards and grades where the Head of Centre is confident that they and their staff have seen sufficient evidence of the student’s achievement to make an objective judgement. We are aware that for these candidates, the Centre may not always be in a position to do this.

Where this is the case and as a result of this decision these students are unable to receive their qualification and grade, this may result in you being unable to fulfil an academic condition of your offer. Where this is the case, your application and level of achievement to date will be carefully reconsidered in August during the confirmation period. Subject to spaces being available, the department will then take a decision as to whether or not they are able to accept you on the basis of your achievement to date. Should you not secure your place with us for Autumn 2020 entry, you would need to sit your examinations at the next available sitting with a view to re-apply for admission in 2021, as we will be unable to defer conditional offers.

Advanced Placement candidates

The College Board have confirmed that traditional face-to-face examinations will not take place, but that online examination methods will be made available in two sittings.

See College Board for further information

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education candidates

The Hong Kong Examination and Assessment Authority have announced amendments to the examination schedules and process.

Information can be found at HKEAA

French Baccalaureate

On 3 April Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer announced that this years' French Bacclaureate would re-formatted due to the disruption caused by COVID-19. We still expect French Baccalaureate students to receive their qualification this year, but await further information on the re-formatting of this years' examination series.

Irish Leaving Certificate candidates

We are aware that the Ireland’s Minister for Education and Skills announced the postponement on the Irish Leaving Certificate examination series for 2020. Plans are being formulated for the Leaving Certificate examinations to begin in the last week of July or early August, subject to public health advice. However, the exact timetable for examinations or results are not yet confirmed. You can find further information on this announcement.

Imperial will await confirmation on the results schedule. This is needed before we can confirm what this means for our offer holders and whether additional measures or changes will be needed to support your transition to university. We’re conscious that offer holders will have a conditions deadline of the 21 August 2020. We will keep this under review in light of amendments to the exam and results schedule. We will confirm when the new schedule has been confirmed.

I'm a non UK resident with an early verification deadline for my qualifications – does this still apply?

Imperial typically operates an earlier deadline of the 31 July for some non UK high-school qualifications. Where this applies, we will have specified this deadline in your UCAS offer conditions.

However, in light of the situation faced by our applicants this year, we are removing this deadline and to extending it in line with our academic conditions. Your offer details won’t be updated to reflect this. 

The deadline is now the 18 August.

Will the admissions cap affect me and what if my course is over recruited at results day? Will my offer be withdrawn?

We do not expect the introduction of a temporary cap on student numbers across English universities to impact your offer with Imperial. The Government has introduced these measures to ensure a fair distribution of student numbers across universities and to deter recruitment practices that may not be in students’ best interests.

At Imperial, we are looking to recruit a similar number of students to previous years and we have made a consistent number of offers to help us achieve this.

Ofqual and the examination bodies have also provided assurance that this year’s grade distributions of awarded qualifications will be comparable with that of previous years. So, we expect our recruitment and conversion rates to also be similar to previous years.

Michelle Donelan, Universities Minister recently reassured students that if they “have accepted an offer, meet the conditions, and decide to take the place, nothing has changed” and we expect that to be the case.

We won’t know the exact position of places confirmed and places available until August, but this does reflect our expectations as they stand currently. We hope this provides reassurance to offer holders who may be concerned.

What happens if I just miss my grades in the summer? Should I retake or go through clearing?

If you don’t achieve the grades in your Imperial offer, we will carefully reconsider your application during the confirmation period (*this is usually August). Your department will then take a decision about whether to confirm your place based on the grades you have achieved and the spaces available at that time.

If your place with Imperial is not confirmed, you may end up being placed with your insurance choice institution (if you have one and if they accept your grades).

If you are unsuccessful at securing a place with either your firm choice or insurance choice university, you still have options:

  • Either reapply for 2021 entry in the new UCAS cycle (you may choose to resit or retake exams at the next available opportunity) or
  • Enter into UCAS Clearing to try to secure a place for 2020 entry

What happens if I defer as I want to sit exams in autumn? Will my offer stand for the next intake?

Currently, the UCAS process only allows you to defer your place if you achieve unconditional-firm status by meeting all of the conditions in the offer set by your firm-choice university.

If you don’t secure your place with Imperial and wish to sit your exams in the Autumn (schedule to be confirmed), you will need to reapply for 2021 entry in the new UCAS cycle.

For applicants who were awarded their A-levels or IB Diploma this year and who need to sit exams at the next available stage, we will not consider these as ‘re-sits’.

What does Adjustment mean?

Adjustment is a UCAS process for applicants who exceed the conditions of their offer with their firm choice university. It's a way to potentially swap your place for one on another course you prefer at a university that is taking part in the Adjustment process.

It is available from A-level results day (13 August 2020) until 31 August 2020 and it's entirely optional.

You can register for Adjustment in UCAS Track. If you try it but don’t find a course you prefer, you will still keep the place on the course you gained on results day.

You'll only lose that place if you confirm you'd like to go elsewhere and the new university/college adds themselves to your application.

You should check other universities’ websites and UCAS for more information on Adjustment. 

Will Imperial be entering Clearing?

Imperial does not typically enter into Clearing, which is a UCAS process that lets you apply for a course which still has places for 2020 entry.

Clearing is open from 6 July – 20 October 2020.

You should check universities’ websites and UCAS for details of which courses have Clearing places.

What if I don’t want to start my course in Autumn Term 2020?

We are confident that we will be able to offer you an excellent educational and student experience at Imperial this Autumn. It won't be identical to the experience that you were expecting when you applied for your programme and we understand that you may prefer to withdraw and apply again at some point in the future, or make different arrangements altogether. However, please rest assured that any changes we are making are in the interest of our community’s safety and well-being. We also understand that each of our incoming students’ situations will be different. That is why we are offering a multi-mode learning experience, providing flexibility and numerous options, so that you can move seamlessly between on-campus and the remote delivery of your programme.

To ensure you have all of the information you need to make a final decision, we will be writing to you again no later than 31 July to set out exactly what you can expect in the Autumn Term in line with the conditions set by England’s regulatory body for higher education, the Office for Students. We will also tell you what your options are, should you choose not to join us, or if your circumstances have changed meaning that you cannot join your programme in the Autumn in person or online. In the meantime, we suggest that you continue to apply for your visa, if you need one and you are joining a full-time degree programme.

What if I want to defer my place until the next academic year (2021/22)?

You may apply for a deferral of entry, under exceptional circumstances. Requests for deferral are considered at the discretion of academic departments and will be based on a change of circumstances that is outside your control, and could not have been foreseen, that will prevent you from taking up your offer on the course starting date. Please contact the academic department you have applied to if you wish to request a deferral. The criteria for considering your request will be made available to you. You can find the contact details for your department in the ‘further information’ section of the webpage for your chosen course or programme.  

I didn’t meet my A-level offer conditions and haven’t been accepted. Can I appeal my results? Will this impact my offer or my place? 

Students can appeal if they think the exam board has not followed the proper administrative procedure, but they cannot appeal the grade itself.  The deadline to send your admissions tutor the revised results is 31 August 2020.  

See the UCAS website for guidance.

If my place at Imperial isn’t confirmed in August and I opt to sit the Autumn 2020 A-level examinations, what are my options?

If your place at Imperial isn’t confirmed for 2020 entry, but you opt to sit or re-sit your A-levels in the Autumn 2020 examinations, we will need you to reapply for 2021 entry.

You can start your application via UCAS. UCAS will send your application to us (if it is complete) from the 8 September 2020.

Proposed dates for the Autumn examination A-level series are the 5 October to 23 October. The results will be available from 17 December.  

Unfortunately, we don’t offer any January intakes for undergraduate courses, so entry would need to be for October 2021.

Postgraduates (updated 17 September 2020)

I need to update my email address – how can I do this?

You can update your email address on your Imperial Gateway account.

Simply log in with your current email address and password.

Do I need to travel to Imperial for an interview?

No. If an interview is part of the admissions process for your course, the department will contact you directly to arrange for this to be conducted via a suitable online platform.

Do I need to send you mitigating circumstances due to disruption that I have faced caused by COVID-19?

No. We understand that COVID-19 has caused some form of disruption for all of our postgraduate applicants this year and we know how you must be feeling.

We do not want to put you under any extra pressure so you do not need to submit evidence of your mitigating circumstances.

We will take the disruptions you’ve faced this year into consideration when reviewing your application.

How do I verify my academic qualifications?

We may have previously asked you to supply evidence of your academic qualifications by posting the original, physical documents to our Admissions team.

This request no longer applies so please do not post any certificates or documents to us as these will not be received.

If you need to submit your academic qualifications to Imperial as part of your offer conditions please email a copy of your official results to the relevant Admissions team.

If you have already posted your documents to us, please email the Admissions team to notify them and include any electronic copies you may have.

There are lots of ways you can verify your degree documents with us:

  • If you are applying to a postgraduate course at Imperial from a UK university, you can use the statement of qualifications form in place of transcripts. The university where you completed your undergraduate studies needs to download and complete this form and include the university stamp. Your university should then email this form to the relevant Admissions team.
  • If the university where you completed your undergraduate studies has a secure e-transcript sharing service, we recommend using this to share your transcript with the relevant Admissions team.
  • If you have been provided the option to verify your degree via the qualification check service, you can opt to do this and this will be accepted as official verification. If you do not wish to opt to use this service and your university does not have a secure e-transcript sharing service, then you may email your official degree documents to the relevant Admissions team. If you send your documents via email, you will be required to present your original documents as part of registration (providing your place is confirmed).

I have a GMAT/GRE offer condition – how do I make sure you receive my scores?

If you have been asked to take a GMAT or GRE test as part of your application or this is part of your offer conditions, you should release your scores to Imperial online. Doing so will allow the relevant Admissions team to verify your results online.

You can also email a copy of your results to the relevant Admissions team.

Please note: the ETS will make an online GRE at Home test available in certain regions. Imperial will accept this version of the GRE.

I have an English language condition as part of my offer – how do I meet this?

If you have been asked to demonstrate your English language proficiency as part of your offer conditions, we may be able to verify your test results online if you have taken the following tests:

  • IELTS: please email your Test Report Form Number or a scanned copy of your certificate to the relevant Admissions team.
  • Pearson: please submit your scores to Imperial via your PearsonPTE account.
  • TOEFL: you email your 16 digit registration number or a scanned copy of your certificate to the relevant Admissions team. Please ensure that you quote your CID number in your email.
  • Cambridge Advanced and Proficiency Tests: email your certificate and statement of results to the relevant Admissions team.
  • Duolingo English TestWe will accept the Duolingo English test with scores between 115-125 (or 110-120 for entry to our Pre-sessional English programme). Please see below for more information on the grades we accept:
    • Entry Requirement for the six-week online Pre-sessional English Programme where your main programme has an English condition at the standard level: 110
    • Entry Requirement for the six-week online Pre-sessional English Programme where your main programme has an English condition at the higher level: 120
    • Entry Requirement where you main programme has an English condition at the standard level: 115
    • Entry Requirement where you main programme has an English condition at the higher level: 125
  • LanguageCert International ESOL Test: We will accept the LanguageCert International ESOL test. Please see the table below for more information on the grades we accept:
  • Imperial Online Pre-sessional English programme: Our six-week online Pre-sessional English programme is aimed at applicants who need to fulfil their English language entry requirement. 
    • An online three-week programme is also available for applicants who already meet the English language requirement but who would benefit from additional tuition before starting their course.
    • Please note that the Pre-sessional English programme cannot be undertaken by offer holders to the Business School due to their earlier start dates.

If you have completed an alternative English language qualification that we accept, please email a copy to the appropriate relevant Admissions team.

While there is not normally a deadline to submit your English language proficiency tests, this condition of your offer must be fulfilled in time for you to start your studies.

Will I be able to obtain a visa or ATAS certificate in time to start my studies at Imperial?

If you have questions about obtaining or renewing a student visa or ATAS certificate, read the FAQs from the International Student Support team or contact them via email for detailed information and advice.

Student visas

Due to COVID-19 the service offered by UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) has been disrupted, and many centres remain closed. Some VACs are now resuming services, where local restrictions allow. For updates to the status of VACs in your country, contact:

  • TLS contact if you’re in Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East
  • VFS global for all other countries

Ongoing global restrictions mean some UKVI services will remain closed. Contact your local VAC to find out the latest status.

Get advice and support about applying for a Tier 4 visa.

ATAS certificates

The FCO have now re-opened the ATAS application service.

Applicants with an ATAS condition as part of their offer should now submit their ATAS applications as soon as possible. Once your ATAS clearance has been obtained, the FCO will email us a copy of your ATAS directly. 

Please visit the ATAS guidance webpage to make your ATAS application.

I didn’t reply in time to my offer and it has now been withdrawn. What should I do if I want to accept the offer?

If you didn’t reply to your offer within 28 days, your offer may have been withdrawn.

If you now want to accept your offer, please email the relevant Admissions team to request that your offer is re-instated.

I have a deposit condition in my offer, but I won’t be able to make the payment by the deadline. Is it possible to extend the deadline?

If you have received a deposit invoice as part of your offer conditions, but are unable to pay by the deadline, either because you are applying for funding or you are uncertain whether you can take up your place, please email tuition.fees@imperial.ac.uk to request an extension to the deadline.

These requests will be subject to your department's approval.

I have a deposit condition in my offer, but a financial sponsor will pay my fees. How do I submit my sponsorship letter?

If you have received a deposit invoice as part of your offer, but are in receipt of financial sponsorship from an official authority of scholarship body, you should email a copy of your sponsor letter to the relevant Admissions team.

What if I don’t want to start my course in Autumn Term 2020?

We are confident that we will be able to offer you an excellent educational and student experience at Imperial this Autumn. It won't be identical to the experience that you were expecting when you applied for your programme and we understand that you may prefer to withdraw and apply again at some point in the future, or make different arrangements altogether. However, please rest assured that any changes we are making are in the interest of our community’s safety and well-being. We also understand that each of our incoming students’ situations will be different. That is why we are offering a multi-mode learning experience, providing flexibility and numerous options, so that you can move seamlessly between on-campus and the remote delivery of your programme.

To ensure you have all of the information you need to make a final decision, we will be writing to you again no later than 31 July to set out exactly what you can expect in the Autumn Term in line with the conditions set by England’s regulatory body for higher education, the Office for Students. We will also tell you what your options are, should you choose not to join us, or if your circumstances have changed meaning that you cannot join your programme in the Autumn in person or online. In the meantime, we suggest that you continue to apply for your visa, if you need one and you are joining a full-time degree programme.

If your programme has changed compared to our formerly advertised provision, and you no longer wish to take up your place with us, you may withdraw. If you have paid a deposit, we will refund you.

What if I want to defer my place until the next academic year (2021/22)?

You may apply for a deferral of entry, under exceptional circumstances. Requests for deferral are considered at the discretion of academic departments and will be based on a change of circumstances that is outside your control, and could not have been foreseen, that will prevent you from taking up your offer on the course starting date. Please contact the academic department you have applied to if you wish to request a deferral. The criteria for considering your request will be made available to you. You can find the contact details for your department in the ‘further information’ section of the webpage for your chosen course or programme.