How To Apply

All applications for admission as a full-time student to our programmes should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Normally schools will be able to tell you how to do this, but if you have left school or are applying from abroad, you can obtain the relevant information directly from UCAS or from you nearest British Council office. Completed forms should normally be received by UCAS before 15 January for admission in the following September. Late applications will not normally be considered by the department. For students wishing to take a year's break between school and university, applications should be made in the normal way and, if appropriate, an offer will be made to defer entry for a year.

General Entrance Requirements

All students have to satisfy certain basic entrance requirements, given in the UCL Undergraduate Prospectus. Your attention is drawn to the AS level and GCSE requirements. Please contact the Admissions Tutor, admissions AT, if clarification is required. You should make sure you are able to satisfy these. In addition you will have to satisfy the department’s own entrance requirements. Demand for places on our degrees is very competitive with around 1,650 applicants for about 190 places in recent years. For this reason we ask for high entry grades. We also require these because our programmes are intellectually demanding and academic in nature. You are strongly advised to consult your teachers about your predicted examination grades before making an application to ensure you are likely to meet the requirements.

Interviews and Open Days

In the majority of cases the decision on whether to offer an applicant a place is made on the basis of the information given in the UCAS application, supplemented by information on achieved module percentages (see below). We encourage offer holders to attend one of the department's open days. Where attendance at an open day is impractical for students who are resident abroad or who live a long distance from UCL, we can arrange individual visits to the department. Applicants invited to an open day will not be interviewed but will have the opportunity to meet with staff and members and current students in an informal atmosphere, and have any questions answered.

In a small minority of cases, the department may wish to interview applicants. Those invited to interview will be those that have a very strong and promising overall application but who are weaker in one element of the selection criteria, or an element of their application appears anomalous. The content of the interview, undertaken by a member of staff, will reflect that particular element under consideration. For applicants outside England and Wales, the interview may be held by telephone.


Offers of places are normally made conditional on applicants obtaining three GCE A level subjects plus a pass in a further subject at AS level. Students must obtain grade A* at A level in either Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Mathematics with Statistics, and additionally obtain grade A* at A level in either Further Mathematics, Applied Mathematics or Statistics. Alternatively our standard offer may be met with grades of A*A in two Mathematics A levels and additionally a 1 in any STEP paper or a Distinction in the Mathematics Advanced Extension Award (AEA).

It is possible to enter the Mathematics degree (G100) without having done Applied Mathematics/Mechanics at GCE A level or AS level.

Upon application students are asked to supply details of grades and, more importantly, marks achieved in Mathematics and Further Mathematics modules that they have sat when filling out the Qualifications section of the UCAS application. They should do this regardless of whether the modules have been certified and whether they intend to resit the module examinations. Failure to provide this information is likely to cause severe delays in the process of making a decision on the outcome of the application.

UK A levels: G107, G100, G1LC, G1L1, G1NF, G1N2, G1TX, G1T9, GGC3, GG13: A*A*A to include Mathematics and Further Mathematics both at A*; G1FH, G1F3, GF1H, GF13: A*A*A to include Mathematics, Further Mathematics at A* and Physics at grade A. Alternatively our conditions may be met with one A* grade in Mathematics or Further Mathematics, as opposed to two, and a 1 in any STEP paper or a Distinction in the AEA in Mathematics. A pass in a further subject at AS level is required for all programmes.

IB Diploma: G107, G100, G1LC, G1L1, G1NF, G1N2, G1TX, G1T9, GGC3, GG13: 39-40 points with a score of 20 points in three higher level subjects to include grade 7 in Mathematics or 19 points in three higher level subjects including 7 in Mathematics and a 1 in any STEP paper or a distinction in Mathematics AEA; G1FH, G1F3, GF1H, GF13: As for the courses above, but Physics must be passed at higher level with a mark of at least 6 points.

We are also happy to consider making offers to applicants with alternative qualifications equivalent to GCE A level, Scottish Advanced Highers/CSYS, the various baccalaureates and other European qualifications, etc. subject to overarching UCL regulations. If you are not sure whether your qualifications would be suitable, you should contact the Departmental Admissions Tutor.

STEP and AEA Support

The Mathematics Department will be offering a programme of support for the STEP and AEA qualifications, starting in January of 2016 and running through to June.

Please click here for details of this support for STEP and AEA qualifications

Mathematics Bridging Course

Two weeks before the beginning of term the department offers a mathematics bridging course. Of course the study of areas of mathematics that are done at A-level, particularly calculus, continues in mathematics degree course. However, university mathematics differs considerably from A-level, both in the style of teaching and in the greater demands made on the student’s ability to:

(i) understand (and construct) quite complex logical arguments and formal definitions;
(ii) solve multi-stage problems;
(iii) deal with increasing levels of abstraction.

The bridging course aims to introduce students to these features of university mathematics via some interesting new topics in pure mathematics, while also having another look at some of the mathematics familiar from A-level in this new context.

It is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow students and familiarise yourself with the College and its surroundings. For further details please see the following Mathematics Bridging Course webpage:

A Gap Year

Many students want to defer entry to university and have a ‘gap year’. The department is happy to accept such students and, for example, supports the Year in Industry scheme (see below). After a year away from study, students will find that their knowledge of mathematics has become a little rusty. They will therefore need to make a thorough revision of A level Mathematics before taking up their place. The Departmental Admissions Tutor can advise prospective students about this. In particular, students may wish to attend the department’s Mathematics Bridging Course (see above).

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