Guidelines on UPC Grades and A level equivalence

Equivalence with A-Level Grades

The table below gives approximate equivalences to A-level grades:

A-Level A
B
C
D
E
UPC Percentages 72+% 64 - 71% 56 - 63% 48 - 55% 40 - 47%
& Grades A
B
C
D
E

Please note that an UPC percentage of 75% or higher can also be considered as an A* A-Level grade. 

Experience suggests that 65% in the Academic English unit is of approximate equivalence to 6.5 in IELTS, 60% to 6.0 and so on.

Types of Offer

It is suggested that conditional offers are expressed in one of the following ways:

  • As an overall average percentage.
  • As an overall average with a specified percentage in one or more units (normally Academic English and the two core science/humanities units).
  • As a specified percentage in each of the four units studied.

Note: the 25% of the mark awarded to the extended research project in Science/Culture and Society should be borne in mind when making offers on the basis of overall percentages.

Examples of Offers

Below are some suggestions for broadly typical offers and their UPC equivalents:

A-level offer: UPCSE offer: UPCH offer:
 A*A*A An overall mark of 72% with 75% in each core science unit. An overall mark of 72% with 75% in each core humanities unit.
A*AA
An overall mark of 72% with 75% in one science unit and 72% in a second science unit. An overall mark of 72% with 75% in one humanities unit and 72% in a second humanities unit.
AAA
An overall mark of 72% with 72% in each core science unit. An overall mark of 72% with 72% in each core humanities unit.
AAB An overall mark of 68% with 72% in each core science unit. An overall mark of 68% with 72% in each core humanities unit.
ABB
An overall mark of 68% with 72% in one science unit and 68% in a second science unit. An overall mark of 68% with 72% in one humanities unit and 68% in a second humanities unit.
BBB
An overall mark of 65% with 68% in each core science unit.
An overall mark of 65% with 68% in each core humanities unit.
CCC
58% overall average 58% overall average
DDD
45% overall average 45% overall average
EE
Successful completion Successful completion
 

UPCSE academic enquiries:

Dr. Peter Bowman
UPCSE Coordinator 

UCL Centre for Languages & International Education

peter.bowman@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: (020) 7679 5510
Internal Extension: 25510

UPCH academic   enquiries:

Raphaela Armbruster
UPCH Coordinator

UCL Centre for Languages & International Education

r.armbruster@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: (020) 7679 5471
Internal Extension: 25471

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