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Section 2: Entrance Requirements

Published for 2020-21


2.1 Undergraduate Entrance Requirements2.5 English Language Requirements
2.2 Taught Postgraduate Entrance Requirements 2.6 Additional requirements for entry to courses of Initial Teacher Education
2.3 Other Qualifications2.7 University Preparatory Certificate
2.4 Suspension of Regulations2.8 Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for Entry to UCL

2.1 Undergraduate Entrance Requirements

2.1.1 A Levels

1.UCL’s entry requirement range is A*A*A–ABB.
2.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.
3.The requirements for individual programmes are set out in the Prospectus.
4.UCL has a benchmark entry level of ABB at GCE A level and does not make offers of admission with any grades lower than B.
5.Applicants will not be admitted below the benchmark level without the advance approval of the Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs) and cases for consideration should be submitted by Faculty Tutors to the Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs), via Admissions in Student & Registry Services.
6.For further information about the acceptability of A Level subjects see Preferred A Level Subjects.

2.1.2 GCSE and Equivalent Qualifications

1.All UCL programmes require GCSE or equivalent passes in English Language and Mathematics at grade 5 / C or higher.
2.Some programmes require additional GCSE passes in specific subjects or higher grades than 5 / C in English Language and/or Mathematics, as outlined in the programme descriptions given in the Prospectus for the year of application.

2.1.3 Modern Foreign Language

1.UK-domiciled students applying to enter a UCL undergraduate programme from the UK are required to offer a GCSE in a foreign language at Grade C or above, or any other accredited Level 2 qualification in a foreign language. Alternatives such as a foreign language at AS, A-level or at standard or higher level in the IB will also be acceptable. Qualifications in Ancient Greek and / or Latin do not meet the requirement.
2.Students who are bilingual in a heritage or community language should offer a formal qualification in this language where such accreditation is available. Where accreditation is not available, the students’ case should be referred to the Vice Provost (Education and Student Affairs).
3.Students who are unable to offer a foreign language on entry will be required to undertake at least a 15-credit module in a foreign language as part of their degree programme (preferably in Year 1, but not necessarily). Graduation will not be conditional upon a student achieving a pass mark in this course.
4.Students whose chosen programme of study does not accommodate a 15-credit module in a language will be required to undertake a UCL certificate in a language alongside their degree. This certificate programme is run by the Centre for Language and International Education and is not be credit-bearing, but will be reported on students’ transcripts. Courses will be offered in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Arabic. Graduation will not be conditional upon a student achieving a pass mark in this course.

2.1.4 Admissions Tests

1.In addition to making an application via UCAS, all applicants for the UCL MBBS programme must take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT).
2.In addition to making an application via UCAS, all applicants for UCL undergraduate Law programmes must take the National Admission Test for Law (LNAT).

2.1.5 Access UCL and Contextual Data 

1.The Access UCL scheme is aimed at UK domiciled applicants who are from underrepresented groups, including students from areas of low progression to higher education and those from less advantaged backgrounds including those from low performing schools.
2.Eligible applicants will be automatically flagged when UCL receives the application from UCAS.
3.

Applicants must be UK domiciled and be attending/have attended a state school for post-16 study, and must meet two out of the three following criteria:

  • Attended a UK state school for either GCSE or A level which is performing below the national average in that level of qualification for one of the last two years (based on information available at the beginning of the admissions cycle each year)
  • Home postcode in the lowest POLAR quintile (a measure of higher education participation)
  • Home postcode in bottom 20% of Indices of Multiple Deprivation (Official governmental statistics on relative deprivation in small areas in England)
4.Care leavers, estranged students and young carers are automatically eligible, provided they are attending or attended a state school for post 16 study. A care leaver is a person aged 25 or under who has been looked after by a local authority for at least 13 weeks since age 14. The weeks do not have to be consecutive.
 Further Guidance
1.Access UCL is not a guaranteed offer scheme. All subject specific requirements, personal statements and additional entry tests will be still assessed when making offers.
2.Successful applicants will receive a dual offer: a standard UCL offer and a lower offer of up to two grades.
3.To access the lower offer, applicants must complete an online skills module. 
4.If an applicant does not access the lower offer through the above criteria, the higher UCL offer will still stand.
5. In addition to Access UCL, applicants who meet one of the eligibility criteria in 2.1.5 (3) will be flagged to assist Admissions Selectors in their consideration of an application, and an individual may be given additional consideration. Admissions Selectors should not systematically adjust grades in offers of admission, to favour these applicants.

2.2 Taught Postgraduate Entrance Requirements

2.2.1 Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Taught Masters and Graduate Diplomas/Certificates

1.UCL requires a UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject, awarded with first or second-class Honours, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a university or educational institution of university rank.
2.Applicants’ qualifications must satisfy the specific degree programme entry requirements which are outlined in the programme descriptions given in the Prospectus for the year of application.
3.For some taught programmes, an applicant whose qualifications, although otherwise acceptable, are of lower standard may be admitted if evidence of an adequate academic background and experience in an appropriate field can be shown. In certain instances, applicants may be required to pursue the programme over an extended period of time (including a qualifying year) and/or pass a qualifying examination before being registered for the degree programme.
4.Applicants must meet any entry conditions set by UCL by the start of the academic year in which they expect to begin their studies. 
5.Some programmes take into account individual professional and work experience for admissions purposes. Please refer to the Prospectus or relevant Department/ Division for details of specific entry requirements.

2.2.2 Research Masters (MRes)

1.A UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject, awarded with first or upper second-class Honours, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a university or educational institution of university rank is required.
2.Applicants’ qualifications must satisfy the specific degree programme entry requirements which are outlined in the programme descriptions given in the Prospectus for the year of application.

2.3 Other Qualifications

2.3.1 Undergraduate Programmes

1.UCL specifies and recognises a range of other UK and international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate programmes.  These requirements for these qualifications are listed at programme level on the Prospectus.
2.It should be noted that some programmes require specific subject knowledge, and each application is considered on a case-by-case basis.

2.3.2 Taught Postgraduate Programmes

1.UCL will consider a wide variety of international qualifications for entry to its taught postgraduate programmes, and these are provided at programme level on the Prospectus.
2.Applicants should be aware that, in addition to the required grades, the acceptability of qualifications can be dependent on the type, content and length of the degree programme studied as well as the institution attended. 

2.4 Suspension of Regulations

2.4.1 General

1.Admissions tutors wishing to accept a candidate who does not satisfy either UCL's minimum benchmark entrance requirements or any programme specific entrance requirements may seek a suspension of UCL's regulations from the Vice Provost (Education and Student Affairs). In certain instances, the Vice Provost delegates his authority to suspend regulations to the Director of Access and Admissions.

2.4.2 Admission to Undergraduate Programmes via Special Entrance

1.

The term “special entrance” is applied to applicants seeking admission who hold qualifications which do not satisfy UCL’s benchmark entry requirement or programme-specific entry requirements. All students offering non-standard qualifications are expected to demonstrate the same level of academic potential as those offering standard qualifications. To be considered for special entrance, the applicant must possess one of the following types of qualification:

  • an appropriate academic qualification other than a degree from a recognised university or other institution 
  • an intermediate or equivalent examination towards the award of a degree by a recognised university, or institution of similar status, plus passes in an appropriate number of subjects at GCSE level or the equivalent 
  • a qualification gained by examination which satisfies the entrance requirements for admission to a recognised university outside the UK 
  • a qualification gained by examination and which is necessary for admission to membership (Associateship, Corporate Membership or the equivalent) of a recognised professional body or leading to appointment in another field of public service 
  • recognised qualifications that fall short of the benchmark requirements but are supplemented by additional recent study over a sustained period of time. Applicants in this category must demonstrate that they have achieved sufficient competence in their chosen field of study to justify admission.
2.Admissions tutors wishing to recommend an applicant for special entrance should provide full details to the Faculty Tutor. The Faculty Tutor then decides whether or not the applicant’s case should be forwarded to the Vice Provost (Education and Student Affairs) via Admissions for consideration. The decision of the Vice Provost (Education and Student Affairs) in such matters is final.

2.4.3 Admission to Taught Postgraduate Programmes via Special Entrance, a Qualifying Examination or Qualifying Year

1.1.    Application for a suspension of regulations should be submitted via Admissions. Requests to suspend regulations to admit students with a third-class honours degree will not normally be approved nor will requests to suspend the English language requirements.
2.In the case of graduate candidates, and subject to the approval of the Vice Provost (Education and Student Affairs), candidates who do not satisfy UCL's minimum entrance requirements or programme specific entrance requirements may be admitted subject to the satisfactory completion of either a qualifying examination or a qualifying year. Approval of the admission of a graduate candidate on the basis of a qualifying examination/year should be sought via Admissions. All qualifying examinations are set by the admitting Department. Wherever possible the assessment of a qualifying examination should include external moderation. In accordance with UCL regulations, a qualifying examination need not necessarily be restricted to a formal written examination. The structure of a qualifying year is determined by the admitting Department having regard to the candidate's academic background and subject to the approval of the Vice Provost (Education and Student Affairs). All qualifying examinations/years must be completed and assessed prior to a candidate embarking upon the relevant Master's or research programme. Candidates will not normally be permitted to retake a qualifying examination or qualifying year.
3.Any student admitted through suspension of regulations who has not met the English proficiency requirement will be required to undertake an in-sessional language course at the Centre for Languages and International Education. It will be the responsibility of the admitting department to pay the cost of the in-sessional course.

2.5 English Language Requirements

2.5.1 General

1.All students seeking admission to UCL (including EU and Overseas), who are not a national of a United Kingdom Home Office “majority English speaking” country, are required to provide recent evidence that their command of spoken and written English is adequate for the programme of study for which they have applied
2.UCL specifies the need for its undergraduate and graduate students to have adequate English in order to ensure that their academic progress is not hindered by language difficulties and that students are able to integrate socially whilst studying at UCL and living in this country.
3.UCL's English language proficiency policy has been approved by the relevant committees of UCL's Academic Committee. This policy places responsibility on faculty and departmental admissions tutors in deciding, to at least UCL’s minimum standard level requirement, the level of English language proficiency that their students must meet.
4.UCL considers all applicants who meet its English language requirements to meet or exceed the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) B2 level in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

2.5.2 Programme Specific English Language Requirements

1.All applicants are advised to check any programme specific English Language requirements by consulting the Prospectus.
2.Applicants should be aware that UCL reserves the right to ask for higher English Language requirements in individual cases.

2.5.3 Evidence of meeting UCL English language requirements

1.

A national of one of the following countries, which the UK Home Office lists as ‘majority English speaking’: 

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom or United States of America.

2.

Completed a minimum of twelve months academic education leading to an awarded qualification, no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment (or the summer two years prior to enrolment if starting in September), in one of the following countries: 

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon (only if the qualification is taught in English), Canada, Caribbean / West Indies (English-speaking Caribbean Commonwealth territories), Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada , Guyana, Ireland, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Malawi, Malta (only if the qualification is taught in English), Mauritius, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, The Netherlands (where the degree is taught entirely in English), Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia, or Zimbabwe.

English language courses and study preparation courses such as pre-Masters are not acceptable.  All qualifications must have been studied in the country of the awarding institution.

3.

Completed a minimum of eighteen months of work experience no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment, evidenced by a letter from the employer including start and end dates and language of business, in one of the following countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Canada, Caribbean / West Indies (English-speaking Caribbean Commonwealth territories), Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada , Guyana, Ireland, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia, or Zimbabwe.

4.Taken English language as part of one of the following school leaving qualifications, no more than the summer two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment:
English Language Requirements

Country

Requirement

Austria

Matura/Reifeprufung, 2 (gut) in English when both written and oral examinations have been taken.

Belgium

Diploma van Secundair or the Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Superieur, the equivalent of 8/80%/grote onderscheiding/avec grande distinction in English.

Brunei

Brunei-Cambridge GCE O Level English at grade C in English.

Denmark

Studentereksamen, 10 in English.

European Baccalaureate

A8 in English as either an Obligatory Subject (Language I or II) or as a Full Option (Language III or IV).

Finland

Ylioppilastutkinto/Studentexamen matriculation examination, 5 (magna cum laude approbatur) in English.

France

Baccalaureat General or OIB, 13 (assez bien) in English, where the co-efficient applied to the subject is greater than 1.

Germany

Abitur, 12 (gut) in English when taken as an achievement/main/intensive course.

Iceland

Studentsprof matriculation examination, 8 in English when taken as a compulsory modern language.

Luxembourg

Examen de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires, 45 (bien) in English.

Netherlands

Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) diploma, 7 (ruim voldoende) in English.

Norway

Vitnemal - videregaende opplaering, 5 in English.

Sweden

Avgangsbetyg, VG (val godkant) in English.

Switzerland

Maturitatzeugnis/Certificat de Maturite/Attestato de Maturita federal maturity certificate or the federally-recognised cantonal maturity certificate, 5 (gut/bien/bene) in English.

5.Taken one of the following tests no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment:
English language requirements

Test

Scores Required

AQA Level 2 Certificate in English Language (8705)

Speaking and listening must be separately endorsed on the certificate

Standard level: Pass at grade C.

Good level: Pass at grade C.

Advanced level: Pass at grade B.

Cambridge English: C1 Advanced (Certificate of Advanced English)

Standard level: Overall score of 176 with 169 in all subtests.
Good level: Overall score of 185 with 176 in all subtests.
Advanced level: Overall score of 191 with 176 in all subtests

Cambridge English: C2 Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English)

Standard level: Overall score of 176 with 169 in all subtests.
Good level: Overall score of 185 with 176 in all subtests.
Advanced level: Overall score of 191 with 176 in all subtests.

Cambridge English Language 1119

Standard level: Pass at grade C or 6.
Good level: Pass at grade C or 6.
Advanced level: Pass at grade B or 4.

Cambridge Assessment International Education (formerly Cambridge International Examinations CIE) GCE Ordinary Level in English Language

Standard level: Pass at grade C.
Good level: Pass at grade C.
Advanced level: Pass at grade B.

Duolingo English test

Standard level: Overall score of 115
Good level: Overall score of 125
Advanced level: Overall score of 13

GCSE English Language

Standard level: Pass at grade C or 5.

Good level: Pass at grade C or 5.

Advanced level: Pass at grade B or 6.

Hong Kong Certificate of Education English Language (Standards-Referenced Reporting Scheme)

Standard level: Pass at grade 3.
Good level: Pass at grade 3.
Advanced level: Pass at grade 4.

IGCSE

* Indicates that speaking and Listening must be separately endorsed on the certificate

Cambridge Assessment International Education (formerly Cambridge International Examinations)

  • Cambridge IGCSE English - First Language (0500)* or (0990)*
  • Cambridge IGCSE English - First Language (UK) (0522)
  • Cambridge IGCSE English - First Language (UK) (0627)*
  • Cambridge IGCSE English - First Language (US) (0524)*
  • Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language (Speaking endorsement) (0510)* or (0993)*
  • Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language (Count-in speaking) (0511) or (0991)
  • Cambridge English as a Second Language (US) (0526)*

Pearson Edexcel

  • Edexcel IGCSE English as a Second Language (ESL) (4ESO/01)*
  • Edexcel IGCSE English as a Second Language (4ES1)*
  • Edexcel IGCSE English Language A (4EA0) or (4EA1)*

Oxford International AQA Examinations

  • Oxford AQA IGCSE English Language (9270)*
  • Oxford AQA IGCSE English as a Second Language (9280)

Standard level: Pass at grade C or grade 5.

Good level: Pass at grade C or grade 5.

Advanced level: Pass at grade B or grade 4.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

For native or near-native speakers

 

Standard level: IB English Language A: Literature or Language and Literature or Literature and Performance at either higher or standard level - grade 4.

Good level: IB English Language A: Literature or Language and Literature or Literature and Performance at either higher or standard level - grade 4.

Advanced level: IB English Language A: Literature or Language and Literature or Literature and Performance at either higher or standard level - grade 5.

 

For non-native speakers 

 

Standard level: IB Language B at higher level - grade 4; IB Language B at standard level - grade 6.

Good level: IB Language B at higher level - grade 4; IB Language B at standard level - grade 6.

Advanced level: IB Language B at higher level - grade 5; IB Language B at standard level - grade 7.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic

Standard level: Overall grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests. Good level: Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests. Advanced level: Overall grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests

Malaysian Certificate of Education English Language Communicational (122)

Standard level: Pass at grade 6 or C.
Good level: Pass at grade 6 or C.
Advanced level: Pass at grade 4 or B.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

UCL Standard level: 62 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each communicative skills component
UCL Good level: 69 overall, with a minimum of 62 in each communicative skills component
UCL Advanced level: 75 overall, with a minimum of 62 in each communicative skills component

Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT

Standard level: Overall score of 92 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening.
Good level: Overall score of 100 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening.
Advanced level: Overall score of 109 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening

Trinity Integrated Skills in English level III (Trinity ISE III)

Standard level: Successful completion of ISE III with a ‘pass’ in all components

Good level: Successful completion of ISE III with a ‘merit’ in all components

Advanced level: Successful completion of ISE III with a ‘distinction’ in all components

UCL Centre for Languages and International Education - Diploma in English for Academic Purposes with Academic Research Skills

Standard level: Overall mark of 65% with at least 60% in each of the four subtests.

Good level: Overall mark of 70% with at least 65% in each of the four subtests.

Advanced level: Overall mark of 75% with at least 70% in each of the four subtests.

UCL Centre for Languages and International Education - Pre-Sessional English Language Courses

Standard level: Mark of 65%, with at least 60% in each of the subtests.
Good level: Mark of 70%, with at least 65% in each of the subtests.
Advanced level: Mark of 75%, with at least 70% in each of the subtests.

UCL Centre for Languages and International Education – Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (Academic English)

Standard level: Overall mark of 65% with at least 60% in each of the sub-tests.

Good level: Overall mark of 70% with at least 65% in each of the sub-tests.

Advanced level: Overall mark of 75% with at least 65% in each of the sub-tests.


2.6 Additional requirements for entry to courses of Initial Teacher Education

2.6.1 General

1.Applicants undertaking any course of initial teacher education must meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. This will be assessed by an (or UCL’s) Occupational Health Provider through completion of a health questionnaire and, if necessary, a face-to-face assessment. Applicants are responsible for bearing the cost of this assessment.
2.Applicants undertaking the Primary or Secondary PGCE, including those on the School Direct route, must pass the required Skills Tests prior to the start of the programme. Applicants who do not pass the Skills Tests before the start of the programme will not be permitted to enrol.
3.Applicants who accept an offer of a place on an initial teacher education course must be in possession of satisfactory clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service prior to the start of the programme, and must also comply with any additional safeguarding requirements in operation at the time of the programme. The applicant is responsible for applying for and bearing the cost of obtaining this disclosure and the process will be undertaken via Admissions.


2.7 University Preparatory Certificate

2.7.1 University Preparatory Certificate for Science & Engineering and University Preparatory Certificate for Humanities

1.International applicants whose secondary education qualifications are not suitable for direct admission to leading UK universities may apply for a one-year programme for Science and Engineering or Humanities offered by UCL.
2.Successful completion of the one-year programme may be used to apply for an undergraduate programme of study at UCL or other university.
3.Entrance requirements by country can be obtained from the Centre for Languages and International Education (CLIE).
4.All applicants are required to take an entrance test and further information can be obtained from the (CLIE).

2.8 Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for Entry to UCL

2.8.1 Definitions

1.The following regulations define the types and quantities of prior learning that may be considered for entry to a UCL Programme.
2.Applicants wishing to apply for RPL should contact Admissions in Student & Registry Services.
3.The Recognition of Prior Learning encompasses the following terms:
Recognition of Prior Learning

Term

Definition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the overarching term for a process which allows students to apply for exemption from particular entry requirements, or from some parts of a Programme of Study, by recognition of their learning from previous experiences and achievements.

Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

A sub-set of RPL. APL is prior learning that has been formally assessed and certificated by a recognised institution.

Experiential Prior Learning (EPL)

A sub-set of RPL. EPL is the non-certified acquisition of relevant skills and knowledge, gained through relevant experience, which is capable of being evaluated.

4.There are three main ways in which RPL can be applied:
Recognition of Prior Learning

Term

Definition

Initial Entry

For initial entry to a UCL Programme, where a student does not hold the precise entry requirements specified by UCL.

Advanced Entry

For advanced entry to a UCL Programme, where a student has already completed certified learning of a standard judged to be equitable with the UCL Programme to which the student is applying.

Internal Transfers

It may also be necessary to use RPL for transfers within UCL, where a student wishes to transfer to another Programme that has a significantly different structure.


2.8.2 Core Principles

1.The acceptance of RPL is entirely at the discretion of UCL. 
2.Applicants are responsible for demonstrating to UCL that the prior learning evidences the required skills and knowledge, and that the learning is still current. UCL must be satisfied that, by successfully completing the remaining part of the Programme, the applicant will have had the opportunity to fulfil the Programme objectives and attain the standards required for the Qualification.
3.If agreed, RPL becomes part of the agreement between UCL and the student.
4.Modules for which RPL is granted and any variation in the student’s Programme of Study should be clearly defined when the offer of admission is made.
5.RPL should neither advantage nor disadvantage a student over other students on a Programme. 
6.RPL cannot be used as an Extenuating Circumstance for underachievement in subsequent assessments.

2.8.3 Core Principles

1.RPL may be considered for initial entry to a UCL taught or research Programme where a student does not meet the standard entry requirements as defined in Section 2: Entrance Requirements and Chapter 5: Research Degrees Framework e.g. a student holds an international Qualification that could be judged equivalent to the standard entry requirements, or a student has significant, evidenced industry experience that could be judged equivalent to the standard entry requirements.
2.RPL for initial entry may be ‘certified’ (APL) or ‘experiential’ (EPL).
3.Applications for RPL for initial entry may be considered, at the discretion of UCL, where:
 a)UCL is satisfied that the student is at least as well qualified as candidates who are able to satisfy the standard entrance requirements, and 
 b)UCL is satisfied that the candidate's general education, scholarship, training and experience are suitable for the Programme which they wish to follow, and
 c)The applicant is able to provide (accredited or experiential) evidence of their background and experience that satisfies UCL as to their fitness to follow the Programme, and
 d)The applicant satisfies UCL's English Language proficiency requirements.
4.Where UCL deems it necessary, an applicant may also be required to pass a qualifying examination or to meet other appropriate qualifying conditions prescribed by the UCL department. 

2.8.4 Accredited Prior Learning for Advanced Entry to Taught Programmes

1.Accredited Prior Learning (APL) may be considered for advanced entry to a UCL taught Programme or Research Masters where a student has already completed accredited learning of a standard judged equitable with the UCL Programme concerned e.g. a student who has completed the first year of a cognate Honours degree at another HEI and wishes to transfer to a UCL Honours degree, or a student who has completed a PG Cert and wishes to enrol on a UCL Masters.
2.Applications for APL for advanced entry may be considered, at the discretion of UCL, where:
 a)There is space for additional students on the UCL Programme concerned, and
 b)UCL is satisfied that the student is at least as well qualified as students who were able to satisfy the standard entrance requirements at initial entry, and 
 c)UCL is satisfied that the learning can adequately replace the UCL Modules concerned, and
 d)The applicant is able to provide certified evidence of their background and experience that satisfies UCL as to their fitness to follow the Programme, and
 e)The applicant satisfies UCL's English Language proficiency requirements, and
 f)The credit has been earned at and certified by a recognised degree-awarding body whose academic standards are judged by UCL to be at least consistent with those set out in the Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies (FHEQ), and
 g)The credit has been earned at the appropriate academic Level and in an appropriate Field of Study, and
 h)The learning has been completed within the last five years, and
 i)The student has achieved the full pass mark for all Modules concerned and credit has not been achieved via a condoned (compensated) pass.
3.The following table specifies the maximum number of APL credits for which a student may apply for each group of UCL Qualifications:
Maximum number of APL credits

UCL Qualification

Maximum APL

Certificate of Higher Education

Up to 30 credits

Diploma of Higher Education

Up to 60 credits

Foundation Degree

Up to 60 credits

Bachelors with Honours Degree

Up to 120 credits

Integrated Masters with Honours Degree

Up to 120 credits

Graduate Certificate

Up to 20 credits

Graduate Diploma

Up to 40 credits

Postgraduate Certificate

Up to 30 credits

Postgraduate Diploma

Up to 60 credits

Taught Masters

Up to 90 credits

Research Masters

Up to 90 credits

4.Applicants who have already completed a Qualification may only use those credits to apply for advanced entry to a UCL Programme where the original Qualification is surrendered, unless the previous Qualification is a constituent part of a student’s professional accreditation (e.g. Qualified Teacher Status). 
5.Where the surrender of the previous Qualification would result in forfeiture of professional accreditation students may be permitted to retain their previous Qualification in addition to their UCL Qualification, at the discretion of UCL. The UCL transcript must clearly demonstrate which credits have been awarded directly by UCL.
6.Credits for Modules awarded through APL are included in the total number of credits for the Qualification.
7.Credits awarded via APL from any institution other than UCL will be excluded from the calculation of the classification. Credits accrued at UCL and awarded via APL will be included in the calculation of the classification.

2.8.5 Experiential Prior Learning for Advanced Entry to Taught Programmes

1.Experiential Prior Learning (EPL) may be considered for advanced entry to a UCL taught Programme or Research Masters, at the discretion of UCL, where:
 a)There is space for additional students on the UCL Programme concerned, and
 b)UCL is satisfied that the student is at least as well qualified as students who were able to satisfy the standard entrance requirements at initial entry, and 
 c)UCL is satisfied that the learning can adequately replace the UCL Modules concerned, and
 d)The applicant is able to provide evidence of their background and experience that satisfies UCL as to their fitness to follow the Programme, and
 e)The applicant satisfies UCL's English Language proficiency requirements, and 
 f)The learning is at an appropriate Level and in an appropriate discipline, and
 g)The learning has been completed within the last five years.
2.The following table specifies the maximum number of EPL credits for which a student can apply for each group of UCL Qualifications:
Maximum number of EPL credits

UCL Qualification

Maximum EPL

Certificate of Higher Education

Up to 30 credits

Diploma of Higher Education

Up to 30 credits

Foundation Degree

Up to 30 credits

Bachelors with Honours Degree

Up to 30 credits

Integrated Masters with Honours Degree

Up to 30 credits

Graduate Certificate

Up to 20 credits

Graduate Diploma

Up to 30 credits

Postgraduate Certificate

Up to 20 credits

Postgraduate Diploma

Up to 30 credits

Taught Masters

Up to 30 credits

Research Masters

Up to 30 credits

3.Where UCL deems it necessary, an applicant for EPL may be required to pass a qualifying examination or to meet other appropriate qualifying conditions prescribed by the UCL department.
4.Credits for Modules awarded through EPL are included in the total number of credits for the Qualification (and, where applicable, are treated as ‘complete’) but are not graded nor included in the classification calculation.

2.8.6 Advanced Entry to Research Programmes

1.Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) may be considered for advanced entry to a UCL research Programme where a student has already completed learning of a standard judged equitable with the UCL Programme concerned e.g. a student has commenced a PhD at another Higher Education Institution and wishes to transfer to a UCL PhD.
2.RPL is not permitted for advanced entry to Completing Research Status (CRS). 
3.Applications for RPL for advanced entry to research Programmes may be considered, at the discretion of UCL, where:
 a)A UCL supervisor is available in the appropriate Field of Study, and
 b)The learning is formally recognised by a Higher Education Institution whose academic standards are judged by UCL to be at least consistent with those set out in the Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies (FHEQ), and
 c)The learning is at the appropriate academic Level and in an appropriate field, and
 d)The learning can adequately replace the learning from the UCL Programme concerned, and
 e)The learning has been completed within the last five years, and
 f)The student has received research supervision for a minimum of one year.
4.UCL will determine the appropriate point of entry to the Programme, taking the following into consideration:
 a)The number of months of study completed on the previous Programme, and
 b)Whether or not the student has successfully upgraded to PhD, and
 c)Any other evidence of progress such as a research log.
5.Once RPL is agreed, the supervisor and student must agree an upgrade and examination timetable.