Admissions Process Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to visit the Economics Department?

Is it possible to transfer directly into the second or third year of the BSc (Econ) degree programmes?

Am I eligible to apply?

Am I eligible to apply with a grade A in A Level Mathematics in view of the fact that the A* grade was not available when I sat the examination?

Is it worth applying for admission to the L100/L101 course with a predicted grade in A Level Mathematics lower than A*?

Will resitting A Level modules affect my chances of success?

How much competition is there for places on the BSc (Econ) degree programmes?

How do I apply?

Is it possible to apply for deferred entry?

What is taken into consideration during the selection process?

How important are my GCSE grades in the selection process?

Which A Level subjects are suitable for applying for admission to the L100/L101 course?

Are A Level Mathematics and A Level Further Mathematics considered as two separate A Level subjects?

Are Critical Thinking and General Studies accepted as A Level subjects?

Am I likely to be offered an interview?

How will I be informed of the outcome of my application?

If I am unsuccessful, will it be possible to receive more detailed feedback or have my application reviewed?

If I receive a conditional offer, do I need to send my examination results to UCL?

What will happen if I do not achieve the offer conditions?

Is it possible to apply for the BSc (Econ) degree programmes through the UCAS Adjustment process or Clearing?


Q: Is it possible to visit the Economics Department?

A: Due to the large number of admissions enquiries we receive, we do not have the resources to offer appointments outside of our Open Days.

The UCL Open Day normally takes place at the end of June, when the Economics Department is open to visitors and there are staff available to discuss the Economics degree programmes.  Economics Open Days are held from November to March for UK-based applicants who are being considered for an offer of admission.  About 100 applicants are invited on each occasion and the offer is usually dependent on attendance.

A self-guided tour of the UCL campus can be undertaken by following the self-guided tour map, which is available form the UCL website at: www.ucl.ac.uk/admission-ucl/self-guided-tour/.  Alternatively, UCL runs campus tours on selected afternoons where prospective students can look around UCL with the guide of a current student.  In order to book a place on a tour, you should contact Campus Tours at: campustours@ucl.ac.uk

Q: Is it possible to transfer directly into the second or third year of the BSc (Econ) degree programmes?

A: The Economics Department does not permit students to transfer directly into the second or third year of the BSc (Econ) degree programmes and credits from other universities are not accepted.  This policy applies to all students, including students from within UCL as well as those from other universities.

Q: Am I eligible to apply?

A: UCL’s undergraduate entrance requirements are available on the UCL website at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate-study.  With regard to the programme entrance requirements, please refer to the Standard Entrance Requirements for the L100 and L101 courses.  If your qualifications are not included in the list of standard entrance requirements, please contact the Department’s Undergraduate Admissions Office at: econ-ug-admissions@ucl.ac.uk.  Applicants who are unlikely to meet the entrance requirements, including those who are not taking A Level Mathematics or the equivalent, are advised not to apply.

Q: Am I eligible to apply with a grade A in A Level Mathematics in view of the fact that the A* grade was not available when I sat the examination?

A: The application would be considered in relation to the grade criteria that were available at the time the qualification was taken.  The admissions selector would also look closely at the individual module results for evidence of ability to obtain an A* grade.

Q: Is it worth applying for admission to the L100/L101 course with a predicted grade in A Level Mathematics lower than A*?

A: Applicants who are not likely to achieve a grade A* in A Level Mathematics are advised not to apply as it is an entrance requirement and mathematics plays an important part in the course.

Q: Will resitting A Level modules affect my chances of success?

A: Since the Economics Department stipulates that the specified A Level grades should be obtained in the first sitting, applicants who achieve these grades without taking a resit are more likely to be successful.

Q: How much competition is there for places on the BSc (Econ) degree programmes?

A: Competition for places on the L100 and L101 courses is intense.  We receive approximately 3000 applications for 237 places (217 for L100 and 20 for L101), with the majority of these being from suitably qualified applicants.  Therefore, meeting our entrance requirements does not guarantee that an application will be successful.

Q: How do I apply?

A: Information on how to apply can be obtained from the UCL website at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate-study.

Q: Is it possible to apply for deferred entry?

A: The Economics Department accepts applications from students who are proposing to spend a pre-university (gap) year.  It is not possible, however, to hold an offer beyond the following year of entry.  If you are not able to attend the course at either the next year of entry or the following year of entry, you should delay submitting your application until the appropriate admissions cycle.

Q: What is taken into consideration during the selection process?

A: The admissions selector considers all the information contained in the UCAS application form.  When making a decision, the personal statement, referee’s report, academic record and predicted examination results are all taken into account.

Q: How important are my GCSE grades in the selection process?

A: The admissions selector looks at each application on its own merits, but those applicants with a high number of GCSEs passed at grade A* are more likely to be successful.

Q: Which A Level subjects are suitable for applying for admission to the L100/L101 course?

A: In accordance with UCL’s general entrance requirements, a minimum of two A Level subjects should be offered from the preferred list, which can be viewed on the UCL website at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate-study/application-and-entry/alevel-qualifications.  With regard to the programme requirements, provided mathematics is taken at A Level (A2), the Economics Department has no preference as to the other subjects taken.

Q: Are A Level Mathematics and A Level Further Mathematics considered as two separate A Level subjects?

A: Yes, we regard these A Levels as two separate A Level subjects.

Q: Are Critical Thinking and General Studies accepted as A Level subjects?

A: Critical Thinking and General Studies can only be accepted at A2 level as a pass in a fourth AS level subject.

Q: Am I likely to be offered an interview?

A: Only a very small number of UK-based applicants are invited to attend an interview, but most applicants who are being considered for an offer of admission and live within a reasonable travelling distance of London are required to attend an Open Day in the Department before an offer can be made.  In consideration of the difficulties involved in travelling to London, overseas applicants are not required to attend an interview or an Open Day.

Open Days are intended to provide applicants with an opportunity to discuss the degree programme with members of staff, see our teaching and other facilities and meet some of our students, who will show them around UCL.  This enables applicants to ask us questions and receive information that will help them decide whether UCL is the right university for them.

Q: How will I be informed of the outcome of my application?

A: As soon as a decision on your application has been reached, it will be sent to you through UCAS.  If you are offered a place, you will also receive a letter from the Faculty Tutor specifying the details of the offer.

Q: If I am unsuccessful, will it be possible to receive more detailed feedback or have my application reviewed?

A: Due to the large volume of applications we receive, it is not possible to provide further information in addition to the feedback that is communicated to unsuccessful applicants via UCAS.  It is not possible to review applications and the decision is final.

Please note that revised predicted grades will not be accepted after a decision has been made.

Q: If I receive a conditional offer, do I need to send my examination results to UCL?

A: Results for A and AS Levels, Scottish Advanced Highers or Highers, Irish Highers and some International Baccalaureate are sent to UCL directly by the awarding bodies via UCAS.  If you receive an offer conditional upon the results of any other examination, you should ensure that the results are forwarded to the Central Admissions Office as soon as they are known and by 31 August at the latest.  You should be prepared to produce original evidence of your entry qualifications – either the original results certificate or a certified photocopy (stamped by your school and signed by your tutor as a ‘true copy’).  If you have a query relating to the submission of results certificates, you should contact the central Admissions Office.

Q: What will happen if I do not achieve the offer conditions?

A:  Since the BSc (Econ) degree programmes are heavily oversubscribed, there is very little scope for lowering offer conditions and therefore the offer of a place is unlikely to be confirmed.

Q: Is it possible to apply for the BSc (Econ) degree programmes through the UCAS Adjustment process or Clearing?

A: The number of offers made exceeds the number of places available to allow for those who choose to go elsewhere or do not meet their offer conditions.  This means that we never have any available places in August/September and do not participate in either the Adjustment process or Clearing, nor do we operate a waiting list.