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Foundation courses: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPC)

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Foundation courses are pre-undergraduate programmes designed for students who do not have the qualifications necessary for direct entry to an undergraduate degree. 

The programme typically lasts one year and students who are successful in completing the course can progress to a suitable degree programme either at UCL or another institution.

The foundation course at UCL is called a Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate (UPC) and is broken down into the following two options:

UPCH (Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate for the Humanities) A foundation course for social sciences and the humanities which is suitable for students who would like to study a degree programme related to the humanities.
UPCSE (Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate for Science and Engineering) A foundation course in science and engineering that is suitable for students who would like to study a degree programme related to science and/or engineering.


In over 10 years of the courses’ history, UPC students have entered over 70 different
UCL undergraduate degree programmes.

UCL guarantees an offer of an undergraduate place for UPC students predicted to meet the entry requirements for undergraduate programmes in the UCL Faculties of Engineering Sciences, Life Sciences and Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

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