- University Preparatory Certificate for the Humanities (UPCH)
- University Preparatory Certificate for Science and Engineering (UPCSE)
Applying for University - Frequently Asked Questions
All undergraduate university applications in the UK are made online
through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). You
complete one application form choosing a maximum of five universities
to apply to. The deadline for university applications is 15th January. If you plan to apply to Oxford or Cambridge, you need to
complete your UCAS application by mid-October - just a few weeks after
starting the UPC.
UCAS information and registration sessions take place at the beginning of the course to help you with the UCAS process and students are provided with excellent support and advice in selecting appropriate universities and courses.
You can visit the UCAS website to find out more information: www.ucas.ac.uk.
About 50% of our students progress to UCL every year (in addition to
about 30% who progress to other leading universities including Imperial College London, Oxford and Cambridge). Therefore, if your grades are good and
you present yourself well at interview, you are very likely to be made
an offer by UCL.
In 2012 85% of UPC students received a UCL and / or Russell Group university offer. 45% enrolled onto a UCL undergraduate degree and 30% an undergraduate
degree at other Russell Group universities.
You can see the sorts of grades that UCL requires by visiting the UPC For Admissions Tutors web page and comparing these with the required A level grades for your course in the UCL syllabus.
A number of people will help you with your university application. Your
subject lecturers, your language tutor and the Centre's
Education Adviser will all assist you in the process.
The aim of the UPC is to help you enter one of the very best
universities in the UK . All universities in the UK are very happy to
consider applications from UPC students.
After a few weeks you will receive an acknowledgement card from
UCAS confirming that they have received your application. This is
followed soon afterwards by a letter that lists the universities and
courses you have applied to.
The universities you have applied to will contact you from January onwards. Often you are asked to attend an interview or an Open Day.
All universities you apply to will have details of the UPC course,
and how the academic English marks you achieve at the end of the
course compare with an IELTS score. However, some universities still
prefer you to take an IELTS test. Arrangements will be made for you to
do this during the course.
Some of the very best universities in the UK, such as UCL, place a lot
of emphasis on the performance of students in interview. Students
will be helped to prepare for their interviews.