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Appeals and resits

If you have a firm or insurance offer to study with us in 2021 and plan to delay your university start in order to sit assessments next year, we will guarantee you the same offer for 2022. You will need to apply to the same course again through UCAS. 

If you decide to appeal your grades and the outcome is not known by 31 August 2021, we will not be able to accept you for 2021 entry but the same guarantee would apply for 2022 entry.

Medicine only

If you choose to sit autumn assessments rather than use your teacher assessed grades and you meet the conditions of your 2021 offer, we will guarantee you the same offer for 2022. You will need to re-apply through UCAS but will not be required to retake the UCAT exam and interview.

Exams and assessments

We are aware that exams and assessments have been - and continue to be - impacted across the world.

We are monitoring the ongoing situation and will be as flexible as possible to support your journey to study with us. See the Russell Group letter to students about how we're making sure no one is disadvantaged in their application.

Qualifications will be assessed differently this year, we plan to accept and consider these results in the same way as in previous years. 

A levels,GCSEs and Scottish Highers

Exams are cancelled in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Instead, grades will be awarded on the basis of teacher assessments. 

We do not require applicants to have taken the practical element of A levels this year due to coronavirus.

WJEC A levels

We are unable to consider provisional grades from your school. We need official confirmation of your A level results which will be released in August. 


For assessment taken in 2021 the way BTECs are assessed is changing. We are considering what we as a university can do to support students and ensure you are best prepared for your course of study. We are aware applicants may have unit grades as part of a conditional offer and we are in the process assessing these offers. We will update applicants individually by week beginning 7 June at the latest and the website shortly with further information. 

Private Candidates

If you are a private candidate, you will not have to take summer exams and will be assessed in a similar way to other students, by a recognised exam centre. These centres will assess you using an adapted range of evidence, which could include assessment materials provided by the exam board. A list of exam centres for private candidates has been published by the government

Considering your results

We have a well-established process in place to consider candidates who have not met the conditions of their offer once results are released.

Applicants who have missed the terms of their offer will not automatically be unsuccessful. We will look closely at the results and make a decision, taking into account any extenuating circumstances.

Admissions deadlines

Current deadlines for submitting your results
Course(s)Start dateResults deadline
Some postgraduate courses 25 January 2021 13 January 2021
Some postgraduate research courses 1 February 2021 20 January 2021
Most undergraduate courses such as BA, BSc, LLB 20 September 2021 31 August 2021
Most postgraduate taught courses such as MA, MSc 20 September 2021 3 September 2021
Most postgraduate research courses such as PhD 1 October 2021 10 September 2021

If your start date is not listed here and you are unsure about your results deadline, please contact us.

English language tests

We accept a range of English language qualifications, including IELTS, TOEFL iBT, Pearson PTE, GCSE, IB and O level English. We have also introduced alternative options for applications received before 31 October 2021.

English language alternatives

IELTS (Academic) and IELTS for UKVI

We will accept combined or 'best' scores with the following conditions:

  • Combined or 'best' scores must have been obtained over a maximum of two tests
  • Overall score and each element score must be above the UKVI minimum in both tests
  • Overall score and each element score must meet your offer conditions in one of the two tests
  • Both tests must have been taken within the two years prior to the start of the course

If you need a student visa for a foundation or presessional English course, you must take a single IELTS test and cannot combine scores.

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT

Equivalent scores
IELTS (Academic)LanguageCert International ESOL SELT
6.0 (5.5 in each element) SELT Communicator B2 – Pass (at least 33 in all skills)
6.5 (6.0 in each element) SELT Communicator B2 – Pass (at least 33 in all skills)
7.0 (6.0 in each element) SELT Expert C1 – Pass (at least 33 in all skills)

The Communicator B2 and Expert C1 exams are separate – you cannot achieve a C1 from a B2 test, and vice versa. Register for this test on the LanguageCert website

TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

Equivalent scores
IELTS (Academic)TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
6.0 (5.5 in each element) 79 (at least 17 in writing and listening, 18 in reading and 20 in speaking)
6.5 (6.0 in each element) 87 (at least 20 in speaking and 19 in all other elements) 
7.0 (6.0 in each element) 100 (at least 20 in speaking and 19 in all other elements) 

Register for this test on the TOEFL website

LanguageCert International ESOL (non-SELT)

Equivalent scores
IELTS (Academic)LanguageCert International ESOL (non-SELT)
6.0 (5.5 in each element) Communicator B2 – Pass (at least 31 in three skills and 25 in one skill)
6.5 (6.0 in each element) Communicator B2 – High Pass (at least 39 in two skills and 31 in two skills)
7.0 (6.0 in each element) Expert C1 – Pass (at least 25 in all skills)

The Communicator B2 and Expert C1 exams are separate – you cannot achieve a C1 from a B2 test, and vice versa. We will accept this non-SELT qualification for entry to degree courses, and presessional courses delivered online. For visa purposes, we are unable to accept this for foundation or presessional courses delivered in-person so, in this situation, you would need to take one of the other qualifications listed above. Register for this test on the LanguageCert website.

HKDSE English

We will temporarily accept HKDSE English with a school based assessment replacing the speaking element. Grade boundaries will remain the same and can be found on our standard English language equivalencies.


Teaching in semester one

All of us at Nottingham are looking forward to welcoming you to the university and the city that will be your home. We are working hard to prepare an exceptional Nottingham student experience for you, including a two-week Welcome period to introduce you to your fellow students, activities and student societies as well as the full range of social and entertainment experiences that our campuses and city have to offer.

When you start your studies this autumn, we hope that national Covid-19 restrictions will remain eased thanks to the efforts we have all made with public health measures and the vaccination programme (please don’t forget your jab when you are offered one).

We have learned a lot through the pandemic and have been able to redesign our approach to teaching and learning to ensure it is informed by our exceptional research as always, challenges you to think in new ways, but also enables you to study in ways that are convenient for you. Teaching is being planned to take place in person wherever possible, subject to government guidance for the safe operation of universities in the autumn. Your tutorials, laboratory classes, workshops and seminars will be set up with a view to enable you to study and discuss your subjects with your tutors and fellow students in stimulating and enjoyable ways.

We will use the best of digital technologies to support both your in-person and online teaching. We will provide live, interactive online sessions, alongside pre-recorded teaching materials so that you can work through them at your own pace. While the mix of in-person and digital teaching will vary by course, our expectation is that further in-person teaching will be possible from the spring term.

Although there is a current easing of restrictions, there is scientific concern that the autumn may see a resurgence of Covid-19 infections. With this in mind, we are also planning to be flexible to ensure your health and safety and to be able to take into account any changes in government public health advice. This includes continuing to provide our own on-campus Covid-19 testing service and supporting the national vaccination programme.

Your school or department will contact you soon to let you know the detailed arrangements for your teaching. We are committed to reviewing our arrangements across the year to offer the best possible student experience, consulting you and keeping you updated as we continue to follow government guidelines.


All assessments in the 2021/22 academic year will be delivered online unless there is a professional accreditation requirement or a specific need for on-campus delivery and in-person invigilation.

Travelling to England and quarantine 

If you are travelling from outside of the UK to join us for the 2021/22 academic year, please make sure you check the government’s latest policy ontesting and quarantining. We are providing support to new international fee paying undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students travelling from red and amber countries. Check to see if you're eligible.

Quarantine support for new students

Letter from Michelle Donelan, Minister of State for Universities (PDF)

At the time of writing you do not need a vaccine in order to enter the UK. If you haven’t had a vaccine by the time you travel, you will be eligible to get one here in the UK provided you register with a General Practitioner when you arrive. Please note that this advice may change, so always ensure you have the most up-to-date information.

Remote study applications

We want all students to join us in person to experience our beautiful campuses and student life but we know it may be difficult for some students living overseas to do that. For a limited number of reasons, we may be able to offer remote study. Not all courses are able to offer it. You will need to apply if you want to be considered for remote study.

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If you have firmly accepted your offer to study at the university, you will be able to apply for accommodation.

Accommodation applications are now open for courses starting September 2021.

Accommodation options for September 2021

Visa guidance

To apply for a student visa, you'll need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). This is a unique reference number we will provide you, confirming details about you and your chosen course.

To be eligible for a CAS, you must have:

  • firmly accepted your academic study offer from Nottingham
  • met all your conditions and received an unconditional offer
  • paid a tuition fee deposit (if applicable)

Help with your visa

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