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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

UCL's minimum entry requirements for graduate taught programmes are given below.

All applicants are advised to check the specific entry requirements for the programme they are applying for. See all graduate taught programmes.

Master's programmes, MRes programmes, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates

A first or second class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a recognised higher education institution.

For some taught programmes, applicants whose qualifications are of a lower standard may be admitted if they can demonstrate an appropriate academic background and experience in the relevant field. Applicants may be required to pass a qualifying examination, or pass a qualifying year enrolled for a Graduate Diploma, before being registered on a Master’s programme.

Teacher Training programmes (e.g. PGCE, EYTS)

These entry requirements apply to all our Teacher Training programmes. Additional programme-specific requirements are listed on individual programme pages.     

Post-Compulsory PGCE (and Diploma) programmes offer:

  • routes for both graduates and non-graduates. 

Overseas applicants

All overseas degrees must be NARIC checked for comparability. 

  • School Direct Tuition Fee route - only students with home/EU fee status may apply
  • School Direct Salaried route - overseas students must have a work visa to apply

School Direct (Salaried) programmes

Applicants must have a minimum of three years' work experience, except for priority subjects (Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Modern Foreign Languages and Computer Science) where the minimum expectation is a year and a half. Please see teacher training programme pages for specific entry requirements.

Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) Clearance

If you are offered a place on a teacher training programme, you will be asked to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS). For School Direct applicants, this will be done by the school you apply to. A satisfactory certificate is a condition of entry to the programme, as we need to assess your suitability for access to children and vulnerable adults. This document will contain details of any cautions, convictions, reprimands, warnings or bindovers recorded against your name (even where they would ordinarily be considered spent) or confirm that you have none. 

If you have spent six months or more in a country outside Europe during the five years before the start of your programme, you will also need to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct from the relevant country/countries. 

Possession of a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from entry to your chosen programme of study. If your disclosure certificate reveals details about an offence or other matter, we will ask you to provide a brief written account of the circumstances of the incident(s) and any mitigating factors that you feel are relevant, in order to make an informed decision on your suitability for admission. Please refer to our policy statement on the recruitment of ex-offenders (pdf, 0.8mb).

For advice please contact teaching-admissions@ucl.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)20 3108 7373.

Qualified Teacher Status - Skills Tests

The Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) standards require trainees recommended for the awards to pass Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy. The tests are booked through learndirect at getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/passing-the-skills-tests

Graduate Diplomas

For details of the entry requirements of the free-standing Graduate Diplomas in Archaeology or Civil Engineering please contact the relevant department.


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