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Admission Policy

1.0 Introduction

This document summarises Lancaster University Leipzig’s policy on admissions to foundation and undergraduate programmes.  It does not address the admission of study abroad/exchange students.  Student recruitment and marketing are also beyond the scope of this policy.

The policy is written for applicants, their parents, advisers, admissions staff and other individuals and organisations with an interest in Lancaster University Leipzig’s admissions activities.  It is supplemented and supported by more detailed procedural information in the Lancaster University’s Manual of Academic Regulations and Procedures and by internal guidance documentation for admissions teams, provided by Lancaster University’s Admissions Office.

This policy is the responsibility of the Head of Admissions and Outreach at Lancaster University and is overseen by Lancaster University Senate and by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor. The policy is monitored and reviewed annually in October.

Lancaster University Leipzig aims to:

  • offer attractive and relevant programmes underpinned by Lancaster University’s high academic reputation and institutional quality standards;
  • attract and retain students who have the potential to succeed in their chosen programme and who will benefit from the experience;
  • ensure that there is equality of opportunity for all applicants, whatever their background;
  • treat all applications fairly and consistently, evaluating each application on its own merits.

Whilst Lancaster University Leipzig is responsible for the admission of students, there are certain responsibilities on applicants throughout the admissions process.  Applicants must read and accept the terms and conditions at initial application and acceptance stages of the process. 

2.0 Admissions criteria

Criteria for admission including entry levels and grades are approved on an annual basis by the Lancaster University’s Management Advisory Group (UMAG).  These criteria will support the Lancaster University Leipzig's aims and be in accordance with the principles in this document.

Academic qualifications and capacity to undertake the course are the prime considerations for our admissions selectors.

2.1         Foundation criteria

Selectors will typically use the following criteria to assess an application:

  • academic qualifications (including qualifications already certificated and qualifications yet to be taken). Typically, applicants will be expected to have successfully completed secondary or high school education. Lancaster University Leipzig recognises a wide range of qualifications for admissions purposes and full details are published on the website;
  • English language qualification (for students whose first language is not English);
  • personal statement;
  • academic reference.

2.2         Undergraduate criteria

Selectors will typically use the following criteria to assess an application:

  • academic qualifications (including qualifications already certificated and qualifications yet to be taken). Typically, applicants will be expected to have three GCE A-levels or comparable   Lancaster University Leipzig recognises a wide range of qualifications for admissions purposes and full details are published on the website;
  • English language qualification (for students whose first language is not English);
  • personal statement;
  • academic reference.

2.3         Programme specific criteria

In addition to the basic criteria described in 2.1 and 2.2 above, there will be specific subject entry requirements.  Programme specific criteria can be found in the appropriate prospectus and on the Lancaster University Leipzig website.

2.4         Special Cases

2.4.1     Transfer to Lancaster University Leipzig for part of an undergraduate degree course

Transfers into foundation programmes are not normally permitted.

2.4.2     Transfer to Lancaster University Leipzig for part of an undergraduate degree course

Lancaster University Leipzig selectors will consider applications from students who wish to transfer from another University into year 2 of a full-time undergraduate degree; transfer to year 3 or 4 of a degree is not normally permitted other than through defined Partnership agreements.

2.4.3     Deferrals

Lancaster University Leipzig will consider applications from students who wish to defer the start of their degree programme until the following academic year.

3.0 Assessment and selection

3.1         Assessment of applications for study at Lancaster University Leipzig is undertaken by trained teams of admissions selectors.

4.0 Feedback and complaints

4.1         Feedback to unsuccessful applicants

Applicants who are unsuccessful with their application to study at Lancaster University Leipzig may formally request feedback on their application from the Admissions Office.  Feedback will not be provided to a parent, teacher or other adviser unless the applicant has consented to share their data.

4.2         Complaints

Applicants have the right to complain if they believe that the admissions process has not met the appropriate standard or if they believe that a procedural irregularity has affected the outcome of their application.  Complaints should be sent in the first instance to the Head of Admissions and Outreach at Lancaster University.  Should the issue not be resolved by the Head of Admissions and Outreach, a formal written complaint should be sent to Lancaster University’s Complaints Co-ordinator.