FAQs

APPLYING FOR AN EXECUTIVE EDUCATION PROGRAMME

How soon will I know if I have a place on the programme?

Once you have completed the application process and accepted your unconditional offer you have a place on the course.  

If you have been granted a conditional offer, you will only have a place on the course once you have provided evidence that you fulfill the condition under which the offer was made (such as the result of an English language test).

How do I register as a student? 

Once you have completed the application process and accepted your offer you will be required to formally register as a student of the University via the online student registration facility. Registering as a student will involve confirming your details online and uploading a digital passport style photograph of yourself.

Your Programme Administrator will distribute your students card to you at the programme induction.  You will need to bring a passport or driving license with you on the first day.

Is there any help to fund course fees?

The following funding is available for our open programmes:

  •  10% discount on all Executive Education programmes to all previous Loughborough graduates (alumni) and Loughborough University Staff.
  • Various bursaries may be available for management programmes offered by the School of Business & Economics.
  • Students studying towards a Masters can borrow up to £10,000 from the Student Loan Company which can be used at their discretion to contribute to tuition fees and other costs associated with studying. For further information please follow this link: Student Loan
  • • ELCAS support may be available for students for members of the Armed Forces. The Loughborough University reference number for ELCAS is 1135.

Can my fees be paid in installments? 

Yes. On our open programmes we usually allow fees to be paid in installments. You can liaise with our central Finance Office via  student-finance@lboro.ac.uk to agree a payment.   

What do my course fees cover?

Course fees cover tuition, course manuals, the use of University facilities, University registration, assessment fees, and refreshments provided during residential courses, but excludes travel, accommodation and general subsistence costs.

The course fees do not cover the cost of reassessments should you fail a module.  

What are the entry requirements?

This depends on the programme you are applying for, but many programme will offer places on a ‘post-experience’ basis rather than formal qualifications.  Our enquiries team will be able to confirm details.  Please e-mail exec@lboro.ac.uk . Our admissions guide for Executive Education programmes also provides further details.

Can I receive credit for prior learning?

We recognise that students come from diverse backgrounds and have a range of existing professional or academic qualifications. Accredited Prior Learning may be possible under certain circumstances.  When credit is awarded to candidates under this provision, it will normally replace that awarded for modules that most closely correspond with the prior study as defined by the Programme Director within the framework of the Programme Regulations.

Can I apply for a visa?

You can apply for a Short-term Study visa for Executive Education programmes.  The University will not sponsor a Tier 4 visa for Executive Education programmes, as residence in the UK is not required.  The University will issue you with a visa letter should you require it.

What is the level of the qualification I am applying for?

Our postgraduate programmes are Level 7, National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Our undergraduate programmes are split into three parts. Part A is equivalent to NFQ Level 4, Part B is equivalent to NFQ Level 5 and Part C is equivalent to NFQ Level 6.

Will I gain a recognised qualification?

Successful completion of your programme will provide a nationally/internationally recognised qualification accredited by one of the UK’s Top-10 universities.

Are there any exams?

You will be assessed via a range of methods. All modules will require the completion of an individual piece of coursework/assignment. For some modules, a proportion of the assessment may be done via in-class work, such as tests and group presentations. Some modules may involve exams.  The assessment requirements of a module are outlined in the module specification and will be explained to you in more detail when the module is delivered.

How often do I have to attend the University?

The majority of our programmes are categorised as ‘part-time taught’ and require you to attend the lecture sessions provided. The amount of time varies from programme to programme. Provisional attendance dates can be requested via exec@lboro.ac.uk

What is the difference between a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters (e.g. MSc)?

  • •The Masters programmes require students to obtain 180 credits (for most Executive Education programmes this requires students to obtain 120 from the taught (Diploma) modules and 60 from a dissertation module).
  • •A Postgraduate Diploma requires 120 credits from the taught modules.
  • •A Postgraduate Certificate requires 60 credits from the taught modules.

Is there a time limit on my studies? 

Yes. The University’s regulations specify a maximum timeframe for students to complete the various awards, namely 3 years for the Postgraduate Certificate ,5 years for the Postgraduate Diploma and 8 years for the Masters of Science. These timeframes apply from the date a student first registers with the University.

Students on bespoke company sponsored programmes should be aware that the modules on the programme will only be offered for the duration of the contractual arrangement with their company. This may affect the timeframes available to students to complete their studies.

What range of professions do students come from?

Most part-time postgraduate students have managerial responsibilities, or have been chosen for future development to managerial roles, within their organisations. Our open programmes can accommodate students from varied employment backgrounds.

I have been accepted onto the programme and would like to begin preparation.  What can I do?

  • •Familiarize yourself with the location of the School (The Sir Richard Morris Building) and campus facilities via our interactive campus map.
  • •Ensure you have completed all the necessary admissions paperwork. See our guidance information.
  • •Six weeks before your programme start date ensure that you have retrieved your IT university credentials and completed the online registration. See our guidance information.
  • •Ensure you have the dates you need to attend University in your diary. Optional – background reading of indicative reading list.
  • •Your Programme Administrator will e-mail you information about pre-course work if applicable.

Who do I contact if I have special mobility or dietary requirements?

Special mobility or dietrary requirements should be made clear at the application stage and to the Programme Administrator prior to your attendance at the programme induction.

ABOUT YOUR EXECUTIVE EDUCATION STUDIES

What happens if I miss a taught session?

When you register for a programme you will be expected to attend as agreed. If you miss a session, e.g. through illness, you will need to contact your Programme Administrator for information about the options available to you.

(Coursework Only) What if I can’t submit my work on time?

Generally, once registered on the programme you are expected to manage your time effectively and submit coursework on time. If unforeseen circumstances prevent you from meeting the deadline, you may apply for an extension of 1 week.

What if I cannot meet the extended coursework deadline?

If you cannot submit your work to the agreed extended deadline, you may consider submitting a mitigating circumstances claim.  This is a formal University process and involves comprehensive completion of the necessary form and provision of evidence in support of your claim.

Can I submit coursework late?

If you miss the deadline (or extended deadline) you will fail the assessment.  You may submit late work but are advised to contact your Programme Administrator urgently for advice on how to submit work and the cut-off date for the receipt of work.  You will also need to explain your reasons for the delay by means of a mitigating circumstances claim.  The marks for your late work will only be inserted into your record if the Examination Board upholds your claim.

What happens if I fail a module?

If you do not reach the required standard in a module, you will be offered reassessment rights following the Examination Board for that module. You will be required to pay a reassessment fee when you register for reassessment.  The date when the Examination Board meets may be several months after you have received provisional marks for the module.

When are graduation ceremonies held?

In July and December each year. 

Find out more about Graduation.

How is my learning supported?

Each programme has a dedicated Programme Administrator and Programme Director.  

  • •The Programme Administrator is your first point of contact for administration issues.  
  • •The Programme Director deals with academic issues.
  • There are electronic resources at your disposal:
  • •As a registered student, you will have access to the Executive Education Student Portal which will provide information and resources relevant to your study.
  • •You will also have access to the University’s Virtual Learning Environment ‘LEARN’ where you will view arrangements for your taught sessions, access course materials, submit your coursework.

The University also offers a range of services to support your throughout your study.  For more information you can follow this link to Student Support Services.

How are the programmes taught?

A combination of lectures, in-class work and self-study. Some programmes have modules which are wholly or partly delivered in a distance-learning format.


ABOUT STUDENT ADMINISTRATION

How do I obtain a letter confirming I am a student?

If you need a letter confirming that you are a student, please e-mail Academic Registry.  Their e-mail address is studentenquiries@lboro.ac.uk.

How do I update the University about changes to my personal details?

The University has a student self-service facility which allows you to view and update some of the information in your student record. You can access the facility at:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/registry/self-service

It is also advisable that you notify your Programme Administrator about changes to your personal details so the School records can also be updated.

How do I obtain a replacement student ID card?

If you damage or lose your card and wish to obtain a replacement you will be required to pay a small fee. Further information about student identity cards is available at www.lboro.ac.uk/services/fm/services/id-cards/.

What do I need to do to change my qualification aim?

If you wish to change your qualification aim you should contact your Programme Administrator for advice.

Detailed information is available on the Student Portal:

What do I need to do to take a temporary break in my studies?

If you are considering this option you should contact your Programme Administrator to discuss the options available to you.

Further information is available on the Student Portal:

How do I withdraw permanently from my studies?

Details on withdrawal from your studies can be found on the Executive Education Student Portal. If you wish to withdraw you should contact your Programme Administrator to discuss the options available to you.


MISCELLANEOUS

Will I be able to park on campus?

Yes. You will be given a visitor’s pass each day by Security. However, the ever-increasing demand for parking may mean you will not be able to park in the immediate vicinity of the place where lectures take place, usually the Sir Richard Morris Building. If you have a disability/mobility problem, individual provision can be made for you to park closer to our facilities.  There is a Shuttle Bus on campus and there are good transport links to the town centre and Loughborough station.

Will I be able to use the facilities on campus when I visit? e.g. sports facilities.

As a registered student of the University you will be able to access many of the facilities offered by Loughborough, such as sport facilities and the Students’ Union .

Do you offer short courses?

Some of our programmes offer the option to attend individual modules as short courses, with or without assessment. Please check details with the relevant Programme Administrator.

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