Arts and Sciences (BASc)

New First Year Students

Welcome to UCL!

The information in this section is aimed at students who are due to enrol on one of the Arts and Sciences courses in September 2015. You can also find lots of useful information about what to expect in your first few weeks at UCL on the New Students webpages at:

It's also worth looking at the Current Students section of the BASc webpages as you'll find more information about degree structure, as well as photos of the best student common room in UCL!

Conditional offers

If your offer is conditional on a qualification other than A Levels, then please ensure you upload your qualifications to the UCL portal (Portico: by 5pm on Friday 29 August at the latest.  

If you are due to complete your A Levels or the International Baccalaureate this summer, then we should receive your results directly from UCAS. If any of your results are missing, then we'll contact you via email on results day to request them.

If you fully meet your offer conditions, then your place at UCL will be confirmed and amended to unconditional at the earliest opportunity.

If you marginally fail to meet your offer conditions, then you will be considered a 'Near Miss' applicant. We will only be able to consider near miss applicants if there are still places left on the courses once we have confirmed the offers of applicants who have fully met their offer conditions. If there aren't any places left, then your application will be unsuccessful.

If there are places left, then all near miss applicants will be considered alongside each other by the Programme Director. Applications will then be submitted to the Faculty Tutor for a final decision to be made. We will make decisions on near miss applications as quickly as possible so that suitable preparations can be made if we are unable to confirm your place. 

You should note that we did not accept any near miss applicants for September 2014 entry,

If you have any questions on results day, then please email the Departmental Administrator, Cristy Meadows, at


An online application for accommodation in either a UCL hall, an intercollegiate hall (open to any University of London student) or a student house need to be submitted to the Residences Office by 31 May 2015. Information on how to apply can be found online at:

If you submitted an on-time application and are holding a conditional offer, then accommodation will be allocated shortly after the release of the UK A Level results on 13 August. You will be offered a place via email and have three working days to respond to the offer and pay a £150 deposit. If you do not respond within three working days, your accommodation offer will be withdrawn and you will have to seek alternative accommodation. 

If your offer is unconditional before the release of A Level results, then some accommodation will be offered in July. If you have not heard by the end of July, then you will need to wait until late August for your offer to be made.

If you do not submit an application by 31 May, then you should seek alternative accommodation as it is highly unlikely you will be allocated a place by the Residences Office. Information on alternative accommodation can be found on their webpages at:

All accommodation is available from Saturday 19 September 2015 to Saturday 18 June 2016. Once you have accepted your offer and paid the deposit, then the option to request an earlier move-in date will appear on the accommodation portal within three working days. The earliest date you can move into your place of residence is Wednesday 16 September, but permission would need to be sought from the Residences Office.

Paying your fees

UK / EU students

Tuition fees for the 2015/16 academic year are £9,000. If you applied for a tuition fee loan through Student Finance (England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland) by 31 May 2015, then your fees will automatically be paid to UCL at the beginning of term in September.

Overseas students

Tuition fees for the 2015/16 academic year are £18,130. Payment can either be made in full now, at enrolment or in two instalments - the first at enrolment and the second by 1 February 2016. 

Islands students

If you are a resident of the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, then your tuition fee amount will depend on whether you are granted an Islands Award. If you are, then your fees will be £9,000. If not, you will have to pay the overseas fee rate of £18,130.

Full information on how to pay your fees and / or how a sponsor can pay your fees on your behalf, can be found on the Fees Office webpages at:

Induction and Enrolment

  • Induction and enrolment activities will take place in the week commencing Monday 28 September, with teaching beginning on Monday 5 October.
  • All students who hold unconditional offers by the end of August will be emailed in early September and asked to pre-enrol via Portico (the UCL student portal) before you officially enrol at 5pm on Monday 28 September. 
  • Information on what you need to bring with you to enrolment will be included in the pre-enrolment email.
  • The UCL Union Welcome Fair (aka Freshers Fair) will take place on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October. You can view information on the fair at:
  • Information on the BASc induction week activities will be uploaded closer to the start of the academic year.

Students from outside of the UK

If you are coming to study in the UK for the first time, then you may want to consider the (non-compulsory) International Students Orientation Programme, which will take place on Saturday 26 September, i.e. just before term officially begins.

You can view information on the programme at: and registration will open in early September.

If you choose to attend this, you can request to move into your halls of residence earlier than the official contract start date (19 September). The option to apply for an early move in date will appear on the accommodation portal within three working days of the offer being accepted and the deposit being paid.

Overseas students requiring a Tier 4 visa

If you will require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, then you will be emailed over the summer and asked to log into the UCL portal ( and check that the name and passport details we have on record for you are correct and exactly match the passport you'll be using to apply for your visa.

Once you have confirmed your details and are firmly holding an unconditional offer, you will be able to view your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number on the portal within five working days. 

Please note: we cannot provide you with a CAS number until you are firmly holding an unconditional offer, we have seen verification of any requested qualifications and you have confirmed that your passport details are correct.

Term dates

All students are expected to be at UCL for the full duration of every term. For the 2015/16 academic year, the term dates are:

Term 1
Monday 28 September to Friday 18 December 2015
Term 2
Monday 11 January to Thursday 24 March 2016
Term 3
Monday 25 April to Friday 10 June 2016 *

* All first year students must attend the BASC1004 End-of-Year Lab Conference which is held over the first two weeks of June, so it will not be possible to return home before the end of term on 10 June.

College Reading weeks take place in the week commencing Monday 9 November 2015 and Monday 15 February 2015.

UCL is also closed on the following dates:

  • Monday 31 August 2015
  • Thursday 24 December 2015 to Sunday 3 January 2016 inclusive
  • Friday 25 March to Thursday 31 March 2016 inclusive
  • Monday 2 May 2016
  • Monday 30 May 2016