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UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (international foundation courses)


UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (foundation courses) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL (University College London) or other top UK universities, but whose education systems in their own countries do not offer qualifications suitable for 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 the Arts (including Architecture), the Humanities, Social Sciences (including Economics and Law), Business and Mathematics-related programmes. UPCH students with a near native competence in English (IELTS 7.5) may study a modern European language instead of Academic English.
  • 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 and Medicine.

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

UPC key facts

  • UCL is the only leading UK university featured in the world’s top ten (2016/17 QS World University Rankings) to offer its own undergraduate foundation courses
  • All UK universities consider the UPC for entry onto undergraduate degrees
  • Taught at UCL by UCL academic staff
  • UPC students are UCL students with access to all university academic, welfare, social and cultural resources
  • Weekly one-to-one tutorials
  • Currently 26 nationalities represented on the courses
  • A dedicated Education Advisor to offer one-to-one support with undergraduate applications which are made through UCAS.