Adjusted examination grades 

Tuesday 8 September 2020   
We understand that this has been a difficult and stressful situation for all our applicants, and we thank you for your patience at this extraordinary time.   

The College has now contacted all offer holders.  

Everyone who has met the conditions of their offer from Imperial is entitled to take up their place.

We have now either confirmed those places that we are able to offer this year or communicated decisions regarding deferred offers for 2021 entry. 

At all times during our admissions process we have prioritised: 

  • Ensuring high standards of health and safety 

  • Maintaining the student experience and academic integrity of our programmes  

  • Ensuring we have the academic, teaching, technical and professional staff we need in order to offer you an excellent experience
  • Confirming the availability of appropriate space and other specialist resources  

  • Other factors relevant to your programme  

If you are an applicant who has submitted an appeal of your results, we will be in touch if the outcome is received by 7 September 2020.

We are also accepting outstanding evidence of English language and ATAS by 7 September.  

To all applicants who have now secured their place at the College for this year or next, we warmly welcome you into the Imperial community.

Frequently asked questions

Take a look at our frequently asked questions to find information about our confirmation processes.


Clearing and Adjustment at Imperial

Do you have any spaces available in Clearing or Adjustment?

We will not be recruiting applicants through Clearing this year and the College is also closed to applicants via Adjustment.


I have a question about my results

How do I know if I have been accepted at Imperial?

You will need to log on to UCAS track to see if Imperial has confirmed your place.

If your status on track is unconditional firm, your place has been confirmed. 

If you're an A-level student and you believe your results may change as a result of the Government's announcement, please see the statement at the top of this page.

My grades have changed. Should I send these to you?

No, you do not need to send these to us.

We have now processed revised grades from IBorg, SQA and the A-level examination bodies (received via UCAS) and have made offers for this year or next.



You initially rejected me, but my new grades now meet my offer. What happens now?

We have now received official confirmation of all revised grades from UCAS.

Our Admissions team should have been in touch with you to provide further information.

If you have submitted an appeal of your results, we will be in touch if the outcome is received by 7 September 2020.


My new grades are still lower than my offer. Will I be reconsidered?

If your current Imperial status is unsuccessful and your revised grades still don’t meet our offer, then your status will remain unsuccessful in UCAS Track.

If you wish to be reconsidered, you will need to re-apply to Imperial for 2021 entry.



I have been made unconditional on UCAS – do I need to do anything?

Congratulations on your offer!

Fortunately, there is nothing you need to do.

If your status has been changed to unconditional on UCAS there is nothing you need to do to secure your place at Imperial. We look forward to sending you further details about registering with the College nearer to the start of term.

I am appealing my result, will you hold a place for me?

Deadline for sending results

If you are appealing your results and these change, you need to send us proof of your new marks from the exam body by 7 September 2020.

If your new marks fulfil the original conditions of your offer and you wish to take up your place with Imperial, we will then work with UCAS to re-instate your place for this year or next.

If you have fallen to your insurance choice, we will also need their permission in order to reset your status to firm with Imperial. This process can take a couple of days, but we’ll look to resolve your status as soon as possible.

If you receive a re-mark after 7 September

If you receive a re-mark after 7 September, we may only be able to honour your place if there are spaces available within your department.


Appeals cannot be submitted directly to Imperial by applicants or schools. Appeals must be made to your school and examining body.

Subject to official adjustments to your grades by the awarding body, Imperial will then reconsider the adjusted official grades.

Applicants who have not met the conditions of their offer and who have not been accepted by Imperial will have been carefully reconsidered by the academic department to which they applied.

Departments will have carefully reconsidered all applications and all material information that we hold regarding your application and performance during the selection process, in addition to your exam results.

I want to claim mitigating circumstances

The deadline for sending us mitigating circumstances was 16 July 2020.

We will not normally consider mitigating circumstances if they are submitted after the exam results are published. However, if something happened to you during the year or exam period that affected your exam performance, please send an email to the relevant Admissions Team with the following information: 

  1. An outline of the circumstances that affected your performance, including dates or time periods if possible.
  2. Any medical documentation or school letters that can be provided as evidence. 

These will then be passed to the Admissions Tutor for consideration.

Documentary evidence must be submitted for any circumstances to be considered.

I have an unconditional place at Imperial, is it possible to switch programmes?

If you wish to change programmes within the Department you are currently holding an offer for, then please contact the relevant Admissions Team to see if this is possible at this stage.

Most programmes offered within a given department share a common year 1 curriculum and it is usually possible to change your programme at any stage up to the end of year 1. It may be better for you to transfer programme within your department as a student, rather than late in the admissions process, as this can delay enrolment and the issuing of CAS where this is required. We advise that you discuss this with your department for guidance.

If you wish to move to a programme within a different Department it is very unlikely that this will be considered as programmes are generally full. However, please do contact the relevant Admissions Team in the first instance.

I have met the terms of my offer, why have you rejected me?

We check all exam results extremely carefully, but if you believe we have made a mistake please contact the Admissions team as soon as possible. Please note, you must meet the exact terms of your offer and all specified deadlines in order for us to confirm your place.

If you have not met the exact grades/subject specifications, but have achieved an equivalent tariff score across your grades, this is not the same as meeting the exact terms we specify, as our offers are not tariff based.

My results were supposed to be sent to you by UCAS but you say you haven’t got them. Why is this and what should I do?

Sometimes results are not sent to us by UCAS.  If you have a copy of your results, please forward them to the relevant Admissions team so we can make a decision on your application.  If you don’t have your results you will need to contact your school/college in the first instance to see if there is a problem, and then contact UCAS to find out if the results are available.


When is the latest I can send my results in?

We can only guarantee places to those who:

  • meet all the terms of their offer by 21 August 2020
  • provide us with official confirmation of these results by 21 August 2020

If you are seeking a re-mark or appealing your results, then we must receive these results by 7 September 2020.

Exam results should be sent via email to the appropriate Admissions team.

I hold an unconditional place but want to defer. What should I do?

If you applied this cycle and you now wish to defer please send an email requesting this to the relevant Admissions Team. Please note, deferrals cannot be guaranteed. If we do defer your place it is unlikely that we will be able to reverse this decision, so please be aware of this before you make your final deferral decision. If a deferral is not granted, your options will be to either take up your place this year, or withdraw and reapply for reconsideration in the next admissions cycle.

What happens if my UCAS Track status does not change?

If your offer is still showing as conditional, there may be a few explanations. We may still be waiting to receive all your results. If you were asked to meet a certain qualification, it is your responsibility to submit these to us - we cannot confirm an offer without verifying these results. Please contact our relevant admissions team to submit outstanding results.


My place has been confirmed

When will I hear about accommodation?

If you have any queries about Accommodation please visit the accommodation website.

When will I get my CAS number? (for international students only)

We are hoping to have issued the majority of CAS numbers for unconditional offer holders by the 21 August, where an applicant has indicated that they need a visa and have provided us with their passport details.

If you have not yet provided us with your passport details, please do this via MyImperial, without delay. Once we have received your passport it will take two to three working days for your CAS to be issued.

Help can be found from our International Student Support team.


I haven't met my offer conditions

UCAS is showing that you have rejected me but I don’t know my exam results, can you tell me my grades?

If you have not received your exam results we cannot issue them to you. As a matter of urgency you should contact your school as they will be able to provide you with your results.  

I have been rejected and wish to speak to the Admissions Tutor in person to appeal this decision

It is not possible to appeal directly to the Admissions Tutors at this time of the year.  Due to competition for places we are only able to guarantee places to those who have met all the terms of their offer.  If spaces were available after we had allocated them to those who met the terms of their offer then the Admissions Tutor we will have considered very carefully those who narrowly missed the terms of their offer. If your status on UCAS is unsuccessful, then that is the final outcome on your application following reconsideration by the Admissions Tutor.

What happens if I’ve missed my offer by a small margin?

If Imperial is your Firm Choice:

If you have narrowly missed the conditions of our offer, Imperial will review your case. In some circumstances it may be possible for the offer to be confirmed. If we decide to confirm your offer, UCAS Track will let you know. If you are unsuccessful at Imperial, you will be considered by your Insurance Choice.

If Imperial is your Insurance Choice:

If you are unsuccessful at your firm choice and have narrowly missed the conditions of our offer, then Imperial will review your case and in some circumstances it may be possible for the offer to be confirmed. UCAS Track will let you know if we decide to confirm your offer.

If you have missed the conditions of both your firm and insurance choice, you will be entered into Clearing.


I want to change or amend my UCAS choices

Imperial is my insurance choice and I want to come here instead of my firm choice

If you secured an unconditional offer with your firm institution, it is unfortunately not possible to switch to Imperial at this stage.

Imperial is my firm choice but I now want to go to my insurance choice

If you have secured an unconditional place with Imperial and now wish to go to your insurance choice this may not be possible. You should first approach your insurance institution to see if they would be willing to accept you via clearing.

If they confirm that they will accept you, then you can release yourself into clearing via UCAS track up to the 31 August. After this date, you would need to write to Imperial’s admissions team to request that they release you into clearing. You will then need to refer yourself in clearing to your insurance choice. 

I don’t want to come to Imperial any more, please will you release me into clearing

We are sorry that you no longer wish to come to Imperial. If you wish to enter into clearing to pursue gaining a place at an alternative institution, you can release yourself into clearing using your UCAS track up to the 31 August. After this date, you would need to write to Imperial’s admissions team to request that they release you into clearing.

You made me an offer during the admissions cycle which I declined. Now that I have my results will you reinstate my offer?

If you have previously declined your offer then this offer is no longer valid.  We would not be able to reinstate the offer at this stage of the admissions cycle. We would only be in a position to consider an application via clearing or adjustment for eligible applicants, subject to us advertising that a programme is open to applications via clearing or adjustment.



Have you made deferred offers?

Yes. The College admissions team have worked exceptionally hard to successfully confirm places for hundreds of additional offer holders that have now met their conditions as a result of adjusted grades. Where possible, we have increased the number of places on courses in order to enable us to admit as many students as possible and at the same time maintain the quality of the degrees and the safety of staff and students. However, for some courses, we have not been able to accommodate enough additional places.

Therefore, we have had to make a small number of deferred offers for 2021 entry. We know this will come as a disappointment to the applicants concerned.

How many candidates have you accepted/deferred?

The College has worked exceptionally hard to successfully confirm places for hundreds of additional offer holders that have now met their conditions as a result of adjusted grades. We have confirmed thousands of offer holders for entry this year but have unfortunately had to make offers to just over one hundred applicants for entry in 2021.

Have you prioritised certain offer holders?

In some parts of the College, more places are required than can be accommodated in 2020, even with additional capacity. Departments have explored the need to ensure high standards of health and safety, the student experience and academic integrity of the course, the capacity amongst academic, teaching, technical and professional staff, the availability of appropriate space and other specialist resources and other factors relevant to the course.

We have now filled our places up to their additional capacity on the following basis:

  • Giving priority according to widening participation indicators (disadvantaged backgrounds), as per government direction
  • Offer holders ranked most highly through the established course admissions process

Are there places available on alternative courses for offer holders?

We have tried to find space on alternative courses, which are in similar disciplines to those of interest to offer holders, where they met the entrance requirements, but in most cases this has not been possible.

Could you not have simply accepted everyone? You are teaching remotely after all.

We know our decision will come as a disappointment to some offer holders. Where possible, we have increased the number of places on courses in order to enable us to admit as many students as possible. However, for some of our courses, we have not been able to accommodate enough additional places.

Many of our programmes will be taught partly or wholly remotely in the Autumn term, however, we must ensure the wellbeing of our students throughout the entirety of their degree, including when we are once again able to offer substantial on-campus activity.

What support do deferred offer holders receive?

All deferred candidates who we have been unable to accommodate will be offered a package to support them until the start of their programme in 2021.  This package will include a mentorship arrangement with the College, as well as access to online programmes that support the transition from school to university, and participation in introductory activities in their department.

Can an appeal be made?

We have considered all possibilities before taking this difficult decision and we are unable to change our decision.

Does this decision make entry more competitive for next year’s candidates?

The College has worked swiftly to make decisions in the best interests of our offer holders and to bring some closure to an extended period of uncertainty for them. We will carefully assess how these deferrals may impact next year’s candidates and will provide an update in due course.


I have a different question

I haven’t applied to Imperial can you put me on a waiting list in case someone drops out before enrolment?

Imperial does not operate waiting lists. If you wish to be considered by Imperial, you would need to apply to the College in the next admissions cycle.

My contact details are wrong. Can you change them?

All contact details need to be updated on UCAS Track and this will update both UCAS and our systems. It may take a couple of days for these changes to be reflected on all our systems.

You have classified me as an Overseas student, but I should be Home (or vice-versa)

If you think we have assessed your fee status incorrectly, you should complete a Fee Status Questionnaire and send it to the relevant Admissions Team.

Find out more about fee status