UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (international foundation courses)
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
- Business and Mathematics-related programmes
- 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:
- 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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