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Appeals and re-sits

If you had a firm or insurance offer to study with us in 2020 and prior to the cancellation of exams in 2021 you were planning to re-sit your assessments, we will guarantee you the same offer for 2021. You will need to apply via UCAS again.

For medicine courses, the Medical Schools Council has advised that we should accept the results of the first available sitting of exams to guarantee you the same offer for 2021 entry. For England, these should be in autumn 2020. If you plan to sit your assessments in summer 2021 (unless this is the first available sitting), you will need to re-apply for medicine and will 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.

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 to use will be published by the government.

For more information, see the government’s website.

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 August 2021.

Where your course start date has been delayed to January 2021, your English language qualification needs to have been taken within two years of your original start date.

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.



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

We've put measures in place to make our accommodation safe. Travelling from outside the UK? We will support you to quarantine (self-isolate) on arrival.

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)

We're issuing CAS for courses starting in January 2021. We will send you an email to confirm when your CAS details are ready, and you can then verify them in MyNottingham. Check all the information carefully and follow the instructions to confirm that everything is correct or to report any errors.

Help with your visa

Travelling to England

Before you travel to England from overseas, please make sure you have checked the latest government guidance

If you're a student looking to travel from overseas for the 2021 spring term, please see our returning to campus webpage.


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