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UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (international foundation courses)

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UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPC) are foundation courses for international students of high academic potential. They provide the necessary skills, knowledge and support for students who want to study an undergraduate degree at UCL or other top UK universities, but whose qualifications from their own country do not allow them direct admission.

There are two undergraduate foundation courses at UCL:

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate for the Humanities (UPCH)

The course helps students gain entry to the best undergraduate degree courses in:

  • Architecture
  • Arts
  • Business and Mathematics-related programmes
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences, including Economics and Law

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate for Science and Engineering (UPCSE)

The course helps international students gain entry to the best undergraduate degree courses in:

  • Engineering
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences 
  • Medical Sciences

Over one academic year, the courses provide an intensive preparation for the academic and linguistic challenges of a top UK degree programme. 


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Course Information

Further information about compulsory and elective modules, assessment, fees and dates.

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Undergraduate Progression

Discover which universities and undergraduate degrees previous students have progressed on to.

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How to Apply

Find out about the application process, including entry requirements, entrance tests and interview information.

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Why Study UPC at UCL?

Learn more about the benefits of the Undergraduate Preparation Certificate and UCL through our students' views.