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Undergraduate Entrance Requirements

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1.1 Undergraduate Entrance Requirements

1.1.1

A and AS Levels

1. UCL’s entry requirement range is A*A*A–ABB, plus a pass in a further Advanced Subsidiary (AS) level subject.
2. Some degree programmes will have higher entry requirements. 
3. The requirements for individual programmes are set out in the Prospectus.
  Further guidance
1.  UCL has a benchmark entry level of ABB at GCE A level and does not make offers of admission with any grades or scores lower than B. 
2.  Applicants will not be admitted below the benchmark level without the advance approval of the Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs) and cases for consideration should be submitted by Admissions Tutors to the Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs), via Admissions in Student and Registry Services.
3.  The maximum permitted offer is A*AA plus a pass in a fourth AS level, with the exception of the Department of Mathematics that can offer at a level of A*A*A plus a pass in a fourth AS Level.
4.  For further information about the acceptability of A Level subjects see Preferred A Level Subjects.

1.1.2

International Baccalaureate

1. The normal requirement for admission to UCL is the award of the Diploma achieved with good grades across individual subjects. UCL’s standard minimum requirement is 34 points overall, with a combined score of 16 achieved in three higher level subjects with no grade lower than 5.
2. Many programmes may have higher entry requirements. Programme specific entry requirements are set out in the Prospectus.
  Further guidance
1. Programmes may specify up to two individual higher level grade requirements. Where this is the case, a higher level grade of 6 is specified as the equivalent of an A grade requirement at A level, and a higher level grade of 7 is specified as the equivalent of an A* grade requirement at A level. For example, a programme that requires grades AAB at A level including grade A in Chemistry has an International Baccalaureate Diploma requirement of 36 points with a score of 17 in three higher level subjects, including grade 6 in Chemistry, with no score lower than 5.
2. Applicants will not be admitted below the benchmark level without the advance approval of the Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs) and cases for consideration should be submitted by Admissions Tutors to the Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs), via Admissions in Student and Registry Services.

1.1.3

Vocational A and AS Levels

1. One of the three GCE A levels may be substituted by a Vocational A level. The additional Advanced Subsidiary subject may be substituted by a Vocational AS level or the equivalent.
  Further guidance
1. Applicants should note that admission to UCL will not be granted solely on the basis of Vocational A/AS levels.

1.1.4

General Studies and Critical Thinking A and AS Level

1. AS level General Studies or AS Critical Thinking are not recognised for admissions purposes. A level General Studies and A Level Critical Thinking are only acceptable as an alternative to the additional Advanced Subsidiary level subject that is required.

1.1.5

GCSE and Equivalent Qualifications

1. All UCL programmes require GCSE or equivalent passes in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or higher.
2. Law, Medicine and Psychology programmes require additional GCSE passes in specific subjects or higher grades than C in English Language and/or Mathematics, as outlined in the programme descriptions given in the Prospectus for the year of application.
  Further guidance
1.  For further information see the List of Qualifications Accepted by UCL as GCSE Equivalents.
2.  UCL values applicants who have developed key skills such as numeracy, communication, problem solving and the ability to work with others. Applicants may wish to include how they have developed these skills either through certificated awards, extra-curricular activities or work in their personal statement in their UCAS application.

1.1.6

Programme Specific Entry Requirements

1. Applicants’ qualifications must satisfy the specific degree programme requirements which are outlined in the programme descriptions given in the Prospectus for the year of application.
  Further guidance
1. Applicants are advised to check for specific entry requirements in their chosen area of study before making an application to UCL. In particular, applicants should note the entry criteria for Medicine, Integrated BSc degrees, Fine Art and Law set out in the Prospectus.

1.1.7

Applications for the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) Programme

1. In addition to making an application via UCAS, all applicants for the UCL MBBS programme must take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT).
  Further guidance
1. Applicants for the MBBS should note that there are strict deadlines for their UCAS application and their BMAT registration.

1.1.8

Applications for Law Undergraduate Programmes

1. In addition to making an application via UCAS, all applicants for UCL undergraduate Law programmes must take the National Admission Test for Law (LNAT).
  Further guidance
1. Applicants for Law degrees should note that there are strict deadlines for LNAT registration and subsequently taking the test.