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Your application will be assessed on the basis of past and projected academic performance and your academic reference.

For applications submitted between 1 September 2018 and 30 June 2019 and due to the unique nature of Arts and Sciences (BASc) we will request eligible applicants to submit a questionnaire. Applicants have one week from the receipt of the questionnaire to return it to the Undergraduate Admissions Office at UCL. We understand that your personal statement on the UCAS form will address the subject(s) to which you are applying in other departments or institutions and we will therefore focus primarily on your questionnaire responses and not your UCAS personal statement.

On your UCAS application, you must indicate your choice of major pathway, which you should choose with reference to the qualifications you have and your personal interests.

Your application should provide evidence that the majority of the following qualities are applicable to you:

  • Prepared for critical enquiry and in-depth academic work across a broad intellectual spectrum
  • Interested in engaging in wider societal, cultural and global issues 
  • Interested in careers involving leadership, social entrepreneurship and intercultural exchange 
  • Prepared to think critically and creatively to seek new connections between types of knowledge 
  • Interested in combining non-standard areas of study in your degree. 

If you are offering a mix of arts/humanities/social science and science/maths subjects at A Level or equivalent and meet the minimum entry requirements, you will be sent a questionnaire which we consider in lieu of the UCAS personal statement. The questionnaire asks targeted questions and we will use your responses to those questions, your academic performance to date and your predicted grades to make a final decision on your application.

If you are not offering a mix of arts/humanities/social science and science/maths subjects at A Level or equivalent and meet the minimum entry requirements, you will also be sent the questionnaire but will also be required to take an additional test in the subject area you're missing, i.e. if you do not have a science/maths A Level, you will be able to choose a test in maths, chemistry or biology. These tests may cover any material in the first year of A Level. Further details on the sciences test can be found here. Alternatively, if you do not have an art/humanities/social sciences A Level, you will be set a timed essay and/or comprehension on a general subject in the humanities/social sciences. Further details on the arts test can be found here. Once you have taken the test, we will use your responses to those questions, your response to the questionnaire, your academic performance to date and your predicted grades to make a final decision on your application.

Provided you do sufficiently well in these tests and other aspects of your application are strong enough, you may be made an offer for the programme.

Please note, however, that such students' enrolment on the programme will not guarantee access to all modules. Particularly for maths and the sciences, there may be considerable restrictions. For example, students without Chemistry A Level would not generally be eligible to join a chemistry module at UCL. The same would generally apply in maths, and so on.

Applying for 2020 entry and beyond

For applications submitted after 1 September 2019 for entry in September 2020 or later, we will be assessing your UCAS personal statement in lieu of asking for an additional questionnaire. Specific details on what we will be looking for will be posted here in the early summer of 2019.

If you have any queries regarding your eligibility to the programme or queries about the programme, then please contact us via email at basc-admissions@ucl.ac.uk. Use the links below to click through to the next sections: