Information for Prospective Students
UCL Access Agreement
UCL is pleased to announce that our 2012-13 Access Agreement has now received approval from the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).
The Agreement contains a wide range of measures which meet the strict criteria set out by OFFA and ensure that UCL’s tradition of welcoming the best from all sections of society is upheld.
Main features of the UCL Access Agreement 2012-13 include:
- tuition fees for UK/EU undergraduate students to be set at £9,000 from 2012/13
- an anticipated 30% of additional tuition fee income to be spent on access measures equating to approximately £8.2 million per year when fully implemented. Approximately £7 million of additional tuition fee income to be spent on financial measures and £1.2 million on outreach activities
- long-term engagement and outreach with the school sector through the UCL Academy in Camden
- continuation of current successful outreach activities and the introduction of a range of new activities, including targeted sustained activities aimed at increasing the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds studying at university level and, in particular, at UCL
- challenging targets and milestones covering applications, student intake, progression and outreach activities that will move UCL further in the direction of wider social inclusion and reflect our own distinct ethos of openness
- effective evaluation and monitoring to ensure that activities remain focused on outcomes
- clear and transparent information available for prospective students on programmes of study and the finances for studying at UCL.
You will find answers to come of the most frequently-asked questions about the new fee arrangements here. If you have any other questions, please look at the "Links" section of this website, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
No. The Government will provide you with a loan to pay fees costs. You only repay the loan after you have left university and are earning a certain amount (£21,000 for 2012 entrants).
No. The changes only affect students who start their degree in September 2012. Also, if you have already started your degree you will not be affected by the fee increase in your later years of study. The annual tuition fee will remain at the same level for current students and students starting in 2011, but will be increased by a small amount (linked to inflation) each year. This is set by the Government and details will be published on our website.
Yes. The new fee arrangements apply from 2012 entry for all students starting their course in that year.
No. Students who have started their course before 2012 will not be affected by these changes.
No. These changes only affect students from the UK and European Union. Fees and financial support arrangements for international students are decided by universities and we will be setting our fees for 2012 in summer 2011.
The fees and financial support
arrangements are changing for part-time students. The two most significant
changes are that:
- Students on most programmes will no longer
have to pay their tuition fees up front.
- Loans for tuition will be extended to eligible part-time first-degree students who complete a minimum of 25% of the full-time course load per year (30 credits or more).
Please note that part-time students are not eligible for maintenance loans or grants.
You will only start to repay your tuition and maintenance loan after you have left higher education and are earning at least £21,000. This £21,000 threshold will increase in line with earnings from 2016 onwards. If for any reason your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will be suspended, for example if you take maternity leave.
The amount repaid each month will depend on your earnings - repayments will be 9% of your income above £21,000.
- The amount you repay each month will be the same, regardless of how much you have borrowed.
If you are earning £21,500 – the current salary of a newly-qualified teacher – you would initially make repayments of £4 per month. The monthly repayment would increase to £23 for if you earn £24,000 per year; £30 for a salary of £25,000; £45 for £27,000; and £68 for £30,000.
Loan Repayment Calculator
Use the Loan Repayment Calculator developed by the Dept for Business Innovation and Skills to work out the likely cost of your repayments.
Repayments will be deducted automatically from your pay packet through the tax system.
- Interest on your loan will be charged at inflation plus 3% while you are studying, and up until the April after you leave university.
- From the April after you leave university if you are earning below £21,000, interest will be applied at the rate of inflation.
- If, after you leave university, you earn between £21,000 and £41,000 you will be charged interest on a sliding scale up to a maximum of inflation plus 3%.
- If, after you leave university, you earn above £41,000 you will be charged interest at the full rate of inflation plus 3%.
- All outstanding repayments will be written off after 30 years.
For further information go to www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance
UCL’s Access Agreement is currently being considered by the Office For Fair Access so we are unable to provide full details until it has been formally agreed. However, we have set out below an indication of what we expect to offer. As soon as it is agreed, we will make publish it on this website.
- UCL is focusing on providing financial measures targeted towards students from low income backgrounds for the transitional period between the current and new fees systems.
- Approximately £8.2 million is earmarked to be spent on access measures to ensure students from lower income backgrounds are not deterred from applying to UCL.
- Our financial support measures for students from lower income backgrounds will include cash awards and accommodation discounts, meaning that financial assistance is available in the form best-suited to the individual student's needs.
- The Government is planning a National Scholarship Programme to provide additional support students from families with low incomes. UCL will take part in this programme and more than match the government-funded contribution, providing an accommodation bursary and a cash sum to help with living costs.
- We will develop further measures to support outreach activities over the coming years as the new financial arrangements become established.
Full-time students from families with incomes below £25,000 may be entitled to a grant from the Government (which is not repayable) of up to £3,250 towards living costs such as food, accommodation and travel. Students from families with incomes up to £42,000 will be entitled to a partial grant.
Loans for living costs (which are repayable) are available from the Student Loans Company for all eligible full-time students.
REMEMBER: Tuition fees from 2012 will not have to be paid up front. The Government will provide students with a tuition fee loan. There will also be a range of financial support available for students including non-means-tested loans to help with living expenses, plus means-tested grants and scholarships.
- 30% (approximately £8.2 million) of the additional income raised will be spent on providing support for students from lower income backgrounds to ensure they are not deterred from applying to UCL. This includes approximately £7 million for financial measures and £1.2 million for outreach activities.
- The additional income will allow an appropriate level of investment to maintain and enhance the student experience at UCL – this includes our high academic standards, our libraries, teaching laboratories, IT and other essential facilities upon which students rely.
- Much of the additional income will help UCL recover from the loss of government grant.
UCL's tuition fees will be set at £9,000.
From academic year 2012/13, UCL will introduce a new bursary scheme for eligible undergraduate students entitled the ‘UCL Undergraduate Bursary’.
This scheme will incorporate the governments National Scholarships Programme (NSP) with UCL more than matching the government allocation to provide additional bursary support for students. In total, UCL will provide:
- over £2 million for first year students on a household incomes of under £25,000
- approximately £300,000 will be provided to first year students on family incomes between £25,000 and £42,600
- bursaries for the 2012 students in their subsequent years of study
This means that, when these arrangements are fully implemented, UCL will be investing over £7 million in bursaries for students.
UCL has chosen to provide maintenance bursaries in the form of accommodation and cash bursaries as opposed to fee waivers. As fee waivers provide no benefit to the learner during their time as a student, enhanced targeted maintenance bursaries provided to students while on course are a better use of available funding, and will improve retention and achievement.
For more information on the type and level of support offered through the UCL Undergraduate Bursary scheme (including NSP) please refer to www.ucl.ac.uk/finance2012
UCL currently engages in a wide range of outreach and widening participation activities. Each year, as part of its outreach agenda, UCL works with over 20,000 young people, 900 parents, 400 teachers and 140 state schools.
Activities currently undertaken include (full details are available on the UCL Outreach website):
- an annual UCL Open Day (for undergraduates)
- summer schools
- a tutoring and mentoring scheme
- a primary school outreach scheme using UCL's museums and collections.
These activities will continue in 2012/13.
UCL Academy in Camden
UCL is committed to long-term engagement and outreach with the school sector. This is reflected in our biggest commitment to raising aspiration and opportunity, the UCL Academy in Camden.
The UCL Academy in Camden, an all-ability, 11–18 non-selective school, is scheduled to open in September 2012. It is currently intended that the school will have Year 7 and Year 12 entry points. The academy is sponsored solely by UCL and is being delivered in collaboration with the London Borough of Camden.
Design plans for the academy include space to allow it to be used as a hub for classroom-based outreach activity across Camden. Development of the UCL Academy has brought UCL into contact with different layers of education decision-makers within Camden. These links have helped to enhance UCL‟s relationships within the borough and continue to inform the development of outreach projects and policy.
UCL Horizons Programme
This successful extended programme is currently supported through external funding but will be funded through new additional fee income from 2012.
The Horizons programme is a scheme that encourages sustained engagement with UCL through a regular Year 10 Saturday School which runs across four terms as well as a Summer School. The programme continues with a Year 11 Autumn Careers programme with occasional workshops across the summer school vacation. Of the 103 students offered a place on the programme in 2009/10, 89 had no parental HE background and 46 were listed as being in receipt of free school meals. This targeted approach is being used as a template for future activity.
UCL has comitted to a wide range of further activities in the following areas:
- Pre-16 aspiration and achievement-raising
- Post-16 preparation for higher education
- Parnerships and collaborations
These are detailed in full in our Access Agreement which is available to download by clcking the link below:
UCL has committed to a range of targets which are ambitious, but reflective of an institution with our own distinct ethos of openness.
UCL's application-oriented targets focus on lower socio-economic groups and low participation neighbourhoods.
UCL will seek to:
- Increase applications from prospective students from lower socio-economic groups (SEC 4-8) by 25% over the period 2012-2017 with an annual milestone of a 5% increase. Baseline for this target is 2784 applications.
- Increase applications from prospective students from low participation neighbourhoods (POLAR group 1) by 25% over the period 2012-2017 with an annual milestone of a 5% increase. Baseline for this target is 922 applications.
Student Intake Targets
Student intake targets focus on state school as well as the lower socio-economic group and low participation neighbourhood HESA performance indicator categories. Recognising that retention is as important as intake for widening participation, UCL is also setting a target for degree programme achievement.
UCL will seek to:
- Increase its percentage of intake from state schools by 10% over the period 2012-2017 with an annual milestone of a 2% increase. Baseline for this target is the 2011 HESA performance indicator figure of 65.3%.
- Increase its percentage of intake from lower social class by 5% over the period 2012-2017 with an annual milestone of a 1% increase. Baseline for this target is the 2011 HESA performance indicator figure of 17.5%.
- Increase its percentage of intake from low participation neighbourhoods by 5% over the period 2012-2017 with an annual milestone of a 1% increase. Baseline for this target is the 2011 HESA performance indicator figure of 3.8%.
- Each year, achieve and maintain a projected outcome (awards) percentage of 90% for undergraduate students. Baseline for this target is the 2011 HESA performance indicator figure of 89.8%.
- As UCL is introducing a number of new activities, some requiring sustained engagement, it is envisaged that movement towards targets will be incremental. However, it is anticipated that UCL will achieve the HESA benchmarks in these areas over the course of the period 2012-2017.
Outreach Activity Milestones
UCL will seek to:
- Recruit 100 students a year to the Horizons Year 11 Saturday School programme and achieve sustained engagement with attendees of the scheme during their Year 12 and 13 studies.
- Recruit 50 students a year to the attainment activity "Aspire" delivered for A level students at City & Islington College, leading to at least 20% of cohort making applications to UCL.
- Engage with 2500 primary school children per year through UCL's Museum and Collections activity.
- Deliver Year 9 "University Challenge" blocks of activity with at least 10 schools reaching 300 students.
- Deliver five "UCL Discovery Days" for parents and students with 150 attendees across all days.
- Recruit 50 student advocates (25 current students, 25 alumni) to deliver sessions in their previous schools.
- Recruit 100 Year 12 students to UCL's "Uni Link" scheme, providing support to enhance progression through to Year 13 and into university.
- Recruit a minimum of 50 students from a looked after background to attend bespoke events aimed at this group.