The Bartlett School of Planning


Undergraduate offer holders

This page provides information to those who have received an offer to study an undergraduate programme commencing September 2020.

Information for UG Offer Holders 18/08/2020

While we welcome the government’s decision to revise the A-level grading framework, we recognise that many of our UK offer-holders are experiencing a period of distress and uncertainty as they review their awarded A-level grades, and some will choose to pursue the appeals process.

UCL has prepared an information page for offer-holders wishing to review their A-level grades.

Please be assured that our UG programmes are uncapped, so we will continue to accept any offer-holder who meets the conditions of their offer. Any offer-holders who successfully meet their offer conditions by 18th September 2020 will be able to join us this September. For any offer-holders who successfully meet their current offer conditions later than 18th September 2020, we will be pleased to uphold the offer but it will have to be deferred for a Sept 2021 start.

If you wish to pursue the process of appeal, you will need to contact your school in the first instance; the Bartlett School of Planning and UCL Admissions Team are unable to assist you with this.

If you have successfully appealed and now meet the conditions of your offer, you will need to contact your school who can liaise with UCAS on your behalf. We will then retrieve the details directly from UCAS. You will also need to let UCL know via a form in the above-linked webpage.

We are looking forward to welcoming our new cohort at the end of September, and we will do what we can to support our offer-holders navigating this stressful time.

Induction week

Induction events for all new students will take place in the week commencing 28th September. The week is designed to help you settle into UCL life with opportunities to meet your programme's team, as well as your new colleagues. We will update this page and email you your programme's induction week timetable in good time before you arrive.

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Preliminary Reading

Below is a list of readings and useful websites compiled by staff, which we believe will serve as an inspiring introduction to the subject.  These are not generally the core textbooks that you will use on your course (which tend to be expensive to buy and we feel that can wait until you enrol and can borrow books from our library!).  Please do not feel that you need to work your way through this list before joining. Simply follow what interests you.

Undergraduate Preliminary Reading List Word Document

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Information for non-UK students 

It is recommended that students from overseas attend the orientation course the previous week. For more information visit UCL's International Student Orientation Programme page.

The September 2020 programme will take place during the week commencing Monday 21st September 2020. This is is the week before the start of the UCL academic year.

During International Student Orientation Programme (ISOP) you will have the opportunity to complete your in-person enrolment and attend the 'We Are All Global' talks designed specifically for new international students (both EU and overseas). There will also be a range of social activities, tours and academic events running throughout the week.

You will be able to register your interest to attend ISOP as part of the pre-enrolment process.

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Pre-enrolment and enrolment

How do I pre-enrol?

The Student Centre will send you an email inviting you to pre-enrol in mid/late August. The email will contain a user ID and a token, which you can use to set up your password by visiting the Online User Registration (OUR) service. Once you have pre-enrolled you will be able to:

  • check and update key personal information on your student record
  • enure that all details regarding your programme or course fees are correct
  • accept UCL's academic and financial regulations, plus the Data Protection statement
  • pay fees prior to your arrival or confirm any sponsorship arrangements

For more details visit the UCL Enrolment for New Students web page.

How do I enrol in person?

Once you have pre-enrolled you will recieve an email with details of your face-to-face enrolment appointment. 

What do I need to bring with me to enrol?

  • your offer letter
  • your student ID number (this is stated on your offer letter)
  • some means of paying your fees if you haven't already done so. If your fees are being paid by a third party please bring a letter from your sponsor with the contact name and address to be invoiced. Please bring confirmation from your funding body if you have been awarded a scholarship. You can find information about payment methods here.
  • evidence of having met the condition(s) stated in your offer letter (if not already supplied)
  • your passport (or your driving licence if you don’t have a passport, or birth certificate)
  • your student visa (if applicable)

You will then receive your student ID card and will be an official BSP student!

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Online timetable

When does teaching start?

Lectures and seminars begin the week of Monday 5th October 2020. You will be able to view the online timetable at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/timetable before the start of term. Please note that the current view shows the academic year 2019/20.

How do I navigate the online timetable?

Simply click on “Personal” and select "Click to log in" to view your personal timetable.

timetable guide

If you then click on the “Change Display” tab you can view the timetable by term, or specific week. 

Timetable 2

How often should I check the timetable?

Check the timetable regularly as there may be changes to rooms, days or times.

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Urban Skills Portal

What is the Urban Skills Portal?


We want to ensure that you have the best possible start and are able to keep up to speed with your fellow students and the pace of learning when you get here. To help you with this, we have developed a series of online workshops called the Urban Skills Portal. These courses provide a practical guide to producing graphics for urban design and planning projects. 

How do I get free access to the Urban Skills Portal?

Access the portal via this link.

Before you fully enrol in person as a Bartlett student, you can get access to the Adobe software by signing up for free (this is explained in the first workshop). Other (very similar) open-source equivalents are available and are explained in the Urban Skills Portal. 

Once you are fully enrolled you can download the software directly to your computer. You can then use it all year. To take advantage of this, please follow these instructions: 

A UCL Enterprise Adobe ID/Account will be created for you using your UCL user ID. To log into this account, click log in on the Adobe sign in page at https://www.adobe.com/uk/. After you have done this type in your email address (e.g. ucxxxxx@ucl.ac.uk) and press ENTER. A UCL Single Sign-on dialogue box will pop-up and here you enter just your email address and password. You will then be authenticated to use the Adobe website and software.

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Course Representatives

What do Course Reps do?

As a Course Rep you would help gather thoughts and opinions from students on all things relating to your course. If there are changes to be made, you’ll be empowered to work with staff to make it happen. As a rep you will work with staff to:

  • represent student views

  • let staff know what students most enjoy

  • resolve any problems students are experiencing

  • improve the quality of education

How do I volunteer to be a Course Rep?

Your Programme Director will give you an opportunity to express interest and put your name forward during the Programme Induction Meeting in Induction Week. Alternatively, you can email your Programme Director and Administrator. 

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Field trips

First year BSc students will usually participate in European field trip during term 2 as part of the module BPLN0073 Introducing Urban Design: Design Skills. However, for students commencing their studies in September 2020, we cannot guarantee that this opportunity will be permitted, or can be made safe and viable. We are working on the basis that non-UK group travel will be highly unlikely, but we will continue to explore possibilities for UK-based trips later in the year. We are also exploring options to provide alternative enhancements to your programme if travel is restricted. Once we have more information, we will contact all involved, but you should not anticipate non-UK travel being a part of your programme in 2020-21.

What will I need to pay for?

UCL covers the cost of your travel and accommodation. You will need to pay for any meals and travel within the city. You may be liable for some or all of the cost of the trip if you cancel on short notice, unless on medical grounds.

What do I need to provide?

During induction week your Programme Administrator will request that you complete a form and upload a scanned copy of your passport via Moodle. Clear instructions will be sent closer to the time.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes, you must make sure that you apply for UCL travel insurance in order to be fully covered while on field trips. This is paid for by UCL. The application process should take no longer than 5 minutes. Thorough instructions of how to do this will be provided on the Undergraduate Moodle page.

UK/EU students should also apply for a Free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). An EHIC will enable you to access state-provided healthcare in European Economic Area (EEA) countries, including Switzerland, at a reduced cost, or sometimes for free. It will cover your treatment until you return to the UK and also covers treatment of pre-existing medical conditions.

The card is not an alternative to travel insurance, so It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs, such as being flown back to the UK, or lost or stolen property. Therefore, it is important to have both an EHIC and a valid private travel insurance policy. You will all be registered for UCL's travel insurance policy for the duration of the field trip, so combined with an EHIC this will have you fully covered!

How do I apply for a visa?

If you require a visa, you will need to make an appointment with the relevant embassy. Let your Programme Administrator know once your appointment is confirmed so that they can then provide you with a supporting letter. 

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Useful resources

During induction week, you may find it a challenge to organise your busy schedule and to navigate the campus. UCL has created the apps below to give you a helping hand at arrival.

Countdown to UCL

Find out more about different aspects of UCL life, including support, health, well-being and diversity on the Countdown to UCL webpage. The page includes articles written by staff and students, with new content every week.

Student Support and Wellbeing

UCL's team of expert wellbeing, disability and mental health staff provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space, in which you can discuss any issues that may be affecting your ability to study. All their services are detailed on their webpage.

Welcome to UCL

Student Support and Wellbeing have launched a 'Welcome to UCL' app to help new arrivals settle in and organise their first few weeks. 'Welcome to UCL' provides checklists of key induction tasks, essential information about support services and student opportunities, maps and social features. Read more and download the app.


UCL Go! Is an app for students to access useful info like the campus map, timetables, live PC availability and more. Read more and download the app.

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