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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have studied Statistics as a separate subject or as part of my Mathematics qualifications?

Most of our students have studied some probability or statistics as part of their Mathematics A level, but this is not a requirement. Our first year undergraduate statistics courses do not assume any prior knowledge of probability or statistics.

As long as you show an informed interest in all components of the degree program for which you apply (including the statistical component) e.g. via the personal statement or extracurricular activities, the exact combination of modules you take for your Mathematics A level(s) is generally less important.

Do I need to have studied A level Further Mathematics?

No, our standard entry requirements can be fulfilled with just Mathematics A level, provided you manage to achieve an A* in that subject.

Further Mathematics is a subject that is very relevant to our degree programmes, so candidates who offer this or similarly relevant subjects are at an advantage provided the grades obtained or predicted are high enough. So, offering e.g. Mathematics, Economics at A*A* would be preferable to offering Mathematics, Further Mathematics at A*A.

Are Mathematics and Further Mathematics considered to be two different A level subjects?

Yes, we recognise Mathematics and Further Mathematics as two separate A level courses, so combined with an acceptable third A level subject these would constitute a sufficient number of A levels to meet that part of our standard entry requirements (provided the grades are sufficient).

Do I need to have taken A level Economics in order to study LG13, GLN0 or GLR0?

No prior knowledge of Economics is required for any of these degree programmes. Of course, previous study in Economics will be helpful in your first year of study.

Do you accept Foreign Language A levels?

Only if the A level is in a language that is genuinely foreign to you and was not learnt in a manner characteristic of a first language (you should indicate this in your personal statement).

An AS level in a foreign language (even if it is your first language) can be used to satisfy our requirement of a pass in a further subject at AS level.

Do you accept A level Critical Thinking or A level General Studies?

No, A level Critical Thinking and A level General Studies do not meet UCL's A level entry requirements. An A level in either of these subjects can only count as meeting UCL's requirement for a fourth AS level subject. AS level Critical Thinking and General Studies do not meet any UCL entry requirement and are not acceptable for admission.

Are alternatives to a fourth AS level acceptable?

Yes, in asking for a fourth AS level, UCL was signalling its support for a broadening of the post-16 curriculum. UCL will be flexible in considering other qualifications. Alternatives that have been indicated to date as acceptable include:

  • a GCSE in a foreign language such as Japanese (studied from scratch concurrent with A-levels);
  • an IB subject at Standard Level;
  • a Scottish Higher.

A GCSE in a subject that is an established part of the curriculum (e.g. Economics) will not normally be acceptable, even if this is taken at the same time as A levels. If no fourth AS level or alternative is offered, applicants should explain why this is the case; we may in such circumstances make an offer requiring higher A level grades.

I would like to apply for GLR0. Does my chosen language have to be one that I have previously studied, or one that I have not previously studied?

It does not matter whether your chosen language is one you have studied before or not. The starting level of the language is flexible and will be tailored to your prior knowledge. 

If you have already have an A level in one of the languages available, we offer advanced language courses covering Business, Current Affairs and Culture at a high, in-depth linguistic level. These courses require a high A level grade in the language concerned, or equivalent. At an even more advanced level, we offer courses focusing on the use of the language for Professional or Academic Purposes, or on Translation Skills.

You may also be able to take optional courses organised by the linguistic department concerned (subject to timetabling constraints and departmental approval). It may also be possible to study two languages.

How do you view applicants who have retaken some of their A level exams?

Re-sits are acceptable in principle, however, we would typically require higher grades if the overall time taken to do A levels exceeds the usual two years. Especially for Mathematics and Further Mathematics A levels, taking more than two years for these subjects will put your application at a disadvantage. We normally view applicants who take more than the usual two years to complete their Mathematics A levels to an acceptable standard as being unsuitable for our two most competitive degrees: GLN0 & LG13.

Do you accept Access Certificates or Diplomas?

Most access courses do not include enough mathematics. We require a mathematics syllabus equal to or exceeding A level Mathematics.

Can I apply for direct entry into years 2 or 3?

Applications for direct entry to year 3 will not be considered. Applications for direct entry to year 2 can only be considered if there is space available in the second year, and if the applicant clearly demonstrates that the university courses which he/she has completed cover all our 1st year course material in full and to at least the same standard; very high marks would be required.

Please note that the vast majority of applications for direct entry to the second year of a programme in the Department of Statistical Science are unsuccessful.

What is the applicant per place ratio for your courses?

We typically receive around 800 applications per year and these compete for a sum total of around 100 places on all courses in the Department of Statistical Science. There is no set quota among these 100 places for any specific degree programme.

When will I hear back from UCL regarding my application?

Our degree programmes attract a large number of well qualified applicants so it may be some time before we can give you a decision. We shall, however, endeavour to consider your application as quickly as we can.

The UCAS advisory deadline by which universities should try to reach decisions on all "on-time" applications (i.e. submitted to UCAS by 15 January 2013) is 31 March 2013. All such applicants can expect to receive a decision from us by that date. We may be able to reach a decision earlier on some applications, but this cannot be guaranteed.

If you applied after 15 January 2013, the corresponding advisory deadline for reaching a decision is 18 July 2013.

Where can I obtain additional information?

Please see the UCL prospectus pages. For further enquiries concerning your application to the Department of Statistical Science, please email: undergraduate-admissions@ucl.ac.uk.

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