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Progression to undergraduate degrees

The UPC (international foundation) course has excellent progression rates; the majority of students go on to study their undergraduate degrees at the best UK universities.

In 2020:

  • 90% of UPC students received UCL undergraduate degree offers.
  • 100% received UCL or Russell Group university degree offers.
  • 57% progressed to a UCL undergraduate degree programme.
  • 84% progressed to UCL or another Russell Group university.

Examples of the universities and undergraduate courses which UPC students have progressed to in 2020:

UCL undergraduate degrees

Anthropology

Management Science

Applied Medical Sciences

Mathematics

Architecture

Mathematics & Statistic Science

Arts & Sciences

Mathematics with Economics

Astrophysics

Medicinal Chemistry

Biochemistry

Neuroscience

Biological Sciences

Pharmacy

Biomedical Sciences

Pharmacy with Integrated Pre-registration Training

Cancer Biomedicine

Philosophy and Economics

Comparative Literature with a Year Abroad

Physics

Computer Science

Politics and International Relations

Economics

Politics, Sociology and East European Studies

Economics with Statistics

Psychology

Economics with a Placement Year

Psychology with Education

Education Studies

Security and Crime Science
Engineering (Biochemical)Social Sciences

Engineering (Civil)

Social Sciences with Quantitative Methods

Engineering (Electronic & Electrical)

Sociology

Engineering (Mechanical)

Statistics

Geography

Statistics and Management for Business

History, Politics and Economics

Statistics, Economics and Finance

Information Management for Business

Urban Planning, Design and Management

Law

 
Other Russell Group Universities

University of Bristol

Engineering Design with Study in Industry; Law

Durham University

Law

University of Edinburgh  

Sociology and Politics

Imperial College London

Biological Sciences; Biomedical Engineering; Chemistry; Computing (Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning); Earth and Planetary Science; Electrical & Electronic Engineering; Geology, Mathematics; Mathematics with Statistics; Physics

King's College London

Biomedical Sciences; Economics; Electronic Engineering; Philosophy

University of Liverpool

Psychology

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Financial Mathematics and Statistics; Geography with Economics; Sociology

University of Manchester

Biology; Civil Engineering; Law; Politics, Philosophy and Economics

University of Nottingham

Nutrition

Queen Mary, University of London

Accounting and Finance; Business Management; English and European Law (4 years); International Relations
University of SheffieldAccounting and Financial Management and Mathematics; Urban Studies and Planning

University of York

Biology; Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence

Other UK universities

City University London 

Accounting and Finance; Criminology; Finance; Psychology; Sociology

University of Kent

Law

Kingston

Architecture

Newcastle University

Medical Science

SOAS University of LondonLaw; World Philosophies

University of Westminster

Business Management (Digital Business)

Progression to UCL


Guaranteed UCL undergraduate offers

UPC students applying to one of the UCL degrees listed below will be guaranteed a conditional offer provided they are predicted to meet the entrance requirements of their chosen degree program. Students then achieving the terms of their conditional offer will progress automatically to their chosen UCL degree.

List of UCL degrees with guaranteed conditional offers
  • Archaeology BA
  • Archaeology of Egypt and Sudan BA
  • Archaeology with a Placement Year BA
  • Archaeology with a Year Abroad BA
  • Archaeology BSc
  • Archaeology and Anthropology BA
  • Applied Medical Science BSc
  • Astrophysics BSc / MSci
  • Biochemistry BSc / MSci
  • Biological Sciences BSc / MSci
  • Biomedical Sciences BSc
  • Bioprocessing of New Medicines (Business and Management) BSc
  • Bioprocessing of New Medicines (Science and Engineering) BSc
  • Bulgarian and East European Studies BA
  • Cancer Biomedicine BSc
  • Chemical Physics BSc / MSci
  • Chemistry (International Programme) MSci
  • Chemistry BSc / MSci
  • Chemistry with a European Language BSc / MSci
  • Chemistry with Management Studies BSc / MSci
  • Chemistry with Mathematics BSc / MSci
  • Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilisation BA
  • Czech (with Slovak) and East European Studies BA
  • Data Science BSc
  • Earth Sciences (International Programme) MSci
  • Earth Sciences BSc / MSci
  • Economics and Business with East European Studies BA   
  • Economics and Business with East European Studies with a Year Abroad BA   
  • Economics and Geography BSc (Econ)
  • Economics and Statistics BSc (Econ)
  • Education Studies BA
  • Engineering (Biochemical) BEng / MEng
  • Engineering (Biomedical) BEng / MEng
  • Engineering (Chemical) BEng / MEng
  • Engineering (Civil) BEng / MEng
  • Engineering (Electronic and Electrical) BEng / MEng
  • Engineering (Mechanical) BEng / MEng
  • Engineering (Mechanical with Business Finance) MEng
  • Environmental Geoscience BSc / MSci
  • Finnish and East European Studies BA
  • Geology BSc / MSci
  • Geography BA
  • Geography BSc
  • Geography (International Programme) BA
  • Geography (International Programme) BSc
  • Geography with Social Data Science BA
  • Geophysics BSc / MSci
  • Global Humanitarian Studies BSc
  • History and Philosophy of Science BSc
  • History, Politics and Economics BA
  • Human Sciences and Evolution MSci
  • Human Sciences BSc
  • Hungarian and East European Studies BA
  • Infection and Immunity BSc
  • Information Management for Business BSc
  • Management Science BSc / MSci
  • Mathematics and Physics BSc / MSci
  • Mathematics and Statistical Science BSc / MSci
  • Mathematics BSc / MSci
  • Mathematics with Economics BSc / MSci
  • Mathematics with Management Studies BSc / MSci
  • Mathematics with Mathematical Physics BSc / MSci
  • Mathematics with Modern Languages BSc / MSci
  • Media BA
  • Medical Physics MSci
  • Medical Innovation and Enterprise BSc / MSci
  • Natural Sciences BSc / MSci
  • Neuroscience BSc / MSci
  • Nutrition and Medical Sciences BSc
  • Pharmacology BSc / MSci
  • Physics BSc / MSci
  • Physics with Medical Physics BSc
  • Polish and East European Studies BA
  • Politics, Sociology and East European Studies BA
  • Politics, Sociology and East European Studies with a Year Abroad BA
  • Population Health BSc
  • Psychology with Education BA/BSc
  • Romanian and East European Studies BA
  • Russian Studies BA
  • Russian with an East European Language BA
  • Russian and History BA
  • Serbian/Croatian and East European Studies BA
  • Security and Crime Science BSc
  • Slovak (with Czech) and East European Studies BA
  • Social Sciences BSc
  • Social Sciences with Data Science BSc
  • Sociology BSc
  • Sociology and Politics of Science BSc
  • Statistical Science (International Programme) MSci
  • Statistics and Management for Business BSc
  • Statistics BSc
  • Statistics, Economics and a Language BSc
  • Statistics, Economics and Finance BSc
  • Theoretical Physics BSc / MSci
  • Ukrainian and East European Studies BA

 UCL degree offer rates by UCL Faculty for UPC students in 2020

UCL FacultyOffer rate
Arts & Humanities86%
The Barlett (Built Environment)67%
Brain Sciences100%
Engineering Sciences92%
Institute of Education100%
Laws29%
Life Sciences86%
Mathematics & Physics Sciences94%
Medical Sciences57%
Population Health Sciences100%
Social & Historical Sciences73%

Progression to other universities


The aim of the UPC is to help students enter one of the very best universities in the UK. All UK universities consider the UPC for entry onto undergraduate degrees and 100% of UPC students received a Russell Group offer in 2020.

All undergraduate university applications in the UK, including to UCL, are made online through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). You complete one application form choosing a maximum of five universities to apply to. The deadline for university applications is 15 January. If you plan to apply to Oxford or Cambridge, you need to complete your UCAS application by mid-October - just a few weeks after starting the UPC.

UCAS information and registration sessions take place at the beginning of the UPC course to help you with the UCAS process. You will be provided with excellent support and advice in selecting appropriate universities and courses. Your subject lecturers, language tutors and the Centre's Education Adviser will all assist you in the process.

Grading


You can see the grades that UCL requires for entry onto an undergraduate degree in the table below and compare these with the required A-level grades for your desired undergraduate degree programme in the undergraduate prospectus.

Equivalence with A-Level grades

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

A-LevelA*ABCDE
UPC percentages76%70-75%64-69%56-63%48-55%40-47%
UPC gradesA*ABCDE

UCL Undergraduate Admissions views 65% in the Academic English module as equivalent to 6.5 in IELTS, 60% to 6.0, and so on.

Types of offer

It is typical 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 modules (normally Academic English and the two compulsory science/humanities modules).
  • As a specified percentage in each of the four modules studied.

Note: the 25% of the mark awarded to the extended research project in Academic Research: Approaches & Methods and Science & 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*AAward of UPC with 70% overall and 76% in both subject modules.Award of UPC with 70% overall and 76% in both subject modules.
A*AAAward of UPC with 70% overall with 76% in one subject module and 70% in the second subject module.Award of UPC with 70% overall with 76% in one subject module and 70% in the second subject module.
AAAAward of UPC with 70% overall and 70% in both subject modules.Award of UPC with 70% overall and 70% in both subject modules.
AABAward of UPC with 64% overall and 70% in both subject modules.Award of UPC with 70% overall and 70% in one subject module and 64% in the second subject module.
ABBAward of UPC with 64% overall with 70% in one subject module and 64% in the second subject module.Award of UPC with 70% overall and 64% in both subject modules.