Arts and Sciences BASc 3 years

The three-year programme of core courses, major and minor pathway and internship.


Arts and Sciences with Study Abroad BASc 4 years

The three-year programme plus an additional year abroad.




The information below tells you everything you need to know about exams at UCL.

Exam Period

The exam period for the 2015/16 academic year will run from 25 April to 27 May, excluding the Bank Holiday on Monday 2 May. However, your language oral exams will take place in late March.

The exam timetable is set centrally by UCL and so your exams will fall any time during the official exam period.

UCL Registry will email you in late March giving you the link to the exam section of your Portico record. You will find there your own exam timetable plus details of the locations of the exam centres. If you are dyslexic (or unwell at the time of the exams), you sit your exams in the UCL Special Centre at UCL (this can be e.g. the Garden Room next to Jeremy Bentham in the main UCL Wilkins building).

If you want to view past exam papers, then you can view them at: http://digitool-b.lib.ucl.ac.uk:8881/R&?local_base=EXAMPAPERS. To search for a particular module, type the module code into the search engine as some modules across UCL have similar names.

You should also visit the central Exams Office webpages at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/exams_and_awards as this will give you more information about UCL exam practice and the previous years guide to exams and venues.

Once the exam period has finished, first years will still need to be at UCL to take part in the compulsory Core module BASC1004 End-of-Year Lab Conference. This takes place from Tuesday 31 May to Thursday 9 June (inclusive) 2016.

Remember to practice finding your exam locations in advance of the day of your exam, particularly as UCL does use buildings away from the main campus so you need to ensure you give yourself enough time to get there. If you are more than 30 minutes late, you will not be allowed into the exam hall.

Exams Candidate Guide

The rules in the exam halls are very strict (and, be warned, so are some of the invigilators!) so please make sure you know what is expected of you by reading the examinations candidate guide before your exams start. This is obtainable from the Regulations and Guidelines section at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/exams_and_awards

What to do if you are absent from an assessed exam

If you are unwell or distressed as a result of a family or personal difficulty, you must ask your health practitioner (e.g. GP, hospital doctor/counsellor) to provide a medical letter which covers you for the date of the exam and gives a satisfactory explanation for your absence. This also applies to requests for extensions for essay deadlines. Without the medical evidence, you cannot be excused and will therefore be marked as incomplete for a course.

If you have not completed 12 units at the end of your degree (16 units for Year Abroad), your degree cannot be awarded, so it is important to explain to your health practitioner the importance of providing this for you.

Unauthorised absence from an exam

If you are absent from an examination or other form of assessment without permission and provide no evidence of extenuating circumstances, the normal procedure is that you are awarded a mark of zero for the missed / non-attempted examination. The same procedure applies if you are present at an examination but, either do not attempt the paper, or attempt so little that it cannot be assessed.

In such cases, you will be deemed incomplete in the course.

Extenuating circumstances during your exams

If any circumstances (medical or personal) have affected your performance in assessed examinations or coursework, and you wish the BASc Board of Examiners (which meets mid-June) to take those circumstances into consideration, you must complete an Extenuating Circumstances claim form (Word document).

You must submit the form to Cristy (c.meadows@ucl.ac.uk) as soon as possible after the circumstances arise and, in the Summer Term, within seven days of your last examination. The latest date for submission of the Extenuating Circumstances form will be 5pm on Monday 6 June 2016. Submissions, which will be treated in strict confidence, must be accompanied by supporting evidence (see above).

If you have been ill or experienced any personal or family problems over the revision period or if there are any circumstances which take place during the exams which you believe to have affected your performance on an exam paper and you wish the Board of Examiners to take these into account, you must submit your case on this form.

Exam Candidate Card

In addition to your UCL student ID card, you must take your candidate card and display it on your desk in the exam hall. You will not be allowed to take the exam without both of these items. 

The Exams Office will send your candidate card to the contact address shown on Portico. If the address shown is outside of the UK, then it will be sent to the BASc Office instead. 

If you lose or never receive you candidate card, please go to the Exams Office in the UCL Registry (South Wing) corridor. There may be a small charge of £1 if the original card has been lost or if you haven't kept your contact address up to date and it has been posted to the wrong place.

Departmental Prizes

Each year, the following prizes are available to each year BASc students:

Best academic performance per pathway
4 x £100 prizes for each year
Interdisciplinarity - best performance in the Core modules
1 x £100 prize for each year
Prizes for excellent work at the end-of-year interdisciplinary lab conference (BASC1004)
£20 to each member of the best team(s)
Best final year dissertation
1 x £100 prize
Best finalist
1 x £100 prize 

If more than one student can be awarded the prize, then the money will be split accordingly.