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 2017. You can also find lots of useful information about what to expect in your first few weeks at UCL on the New Students webpage.
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 appliant portal (Portico) by 5pm on Thursday 31 August 2017 at the latest, even if your offer is for September 2018 entry.
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, September 2015 or September 2016 entry.
If you have any questions on results day, then please email the Departmental Manager, Amanda Cater, at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Departmental Induction Week activities
We're looking forward to welcoming you all to the department on Monday 25 September. We have a lot of things planned for your first week at UCL and we'll upload a copy of the induction week timetable later in the summer.
As well as the departmental activities, we'll also have the followong social activities planned for your first couple of weeks at UCL:
- Thursday 28 September: 3 – 4.30pm ‘Mums and Dads’ Event, organised by the BASc Student Society BASc Common Room, 1-4 Malet Place
- Thursday 28 September: 7 – 11pm Welcome / Welcome Back Party for all BASc stude
- Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October: 10.30am – 4pm UCLU Freshers Fair
From 5-6pm on Thursdays during terms 1 and 2 (but excluding Reading Week), we also offer 'Doughnuts with the Department' which is open to all BASc students.
If you submitted an on-time application for UCL acoomoodation (i.e. on or before 31 May) and are holding a conditional offer, then accommodation will be allocated shortly after the release of the UK A Level results on 17 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 earlier. If you have not already heard from the Residences Office, then you will need to wait until late August for your offer to be made.
If you did 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: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/accommodation/residences/alternative
All accommodation is available from Saturday 23 September 2017 to Saturday 23 June 2018. 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.
- Paying your fees
UK / EU students
Tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are £9,250. If you applied for a tuition fee loan through Student Finance (England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland) by 31 May 2017, your fees will automatically be paid to UCL at the beginning of term in September.
Tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are £19,230. Payment can either be made in full now, at enrolment or in two instalments - the first at enrolment and the second by 1 February 2018.
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 £9,250. If not, you will have to pay the overseas fee rate of £19,230.
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.
- Induction and Enrolment
- Induction and enrolment activities will take place in the week commencing Monday 25 September, with teaching beginning on Monday 2 October.
- Once you are holding an unconditional offer, you will receive an email from UCL asking you to pre-enrol via Portico (the UCL student portal) before you officially enrol at UCL in the week commencing 25 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 30 September and Sunday 1 October.
- Information on the BASc induction week activities can be found in the next tab below.
- 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 (ISOP), which will take place from Monday 18 to Friday 22 September, i.e. just before term officially begins. You will be invited to register for ISOP as part of the pre-enrolment process.
If you choose to attend this, you can request to move into your halls of residence earlier than the official contract start date (from 16 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 would have already been emailed and asked to log into the UCL applicant portal to 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: UCL cannot provide you with a CAS number until you are firmly holding an unconditional offer, the Undergraduate Admissions Office has 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 2017/18 academic year, the term dates are:
Monday 25 September to Friday 15 December 2017
Monday 8 January to Friday 23 March 2018
Monday 23 April to Friday 8 June 2018 *
* 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 8 June.
College Reading weeks take place in the week commencing Monday 6 November 2017 and Monday 12 February 2018.
UCL is also closed on the following dates:
- Monday 28 August 2017
- Saturday 23 December 2017 to Monday 1 January 2018 inclusive
- Thursday 20 March to Wedesday 4 April 2018 inclusive
- Monday 7 May 2018
- Monday 28 May 2018