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Your future undergraduate degree

Learn more about progressing to your undergraduate degree at UCL or another top university, including UCL degrees with guaranteed offers, the grades you need, the UCAS admissions process and support.

UCL and other UK universities consider our Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPC) for entry to undergraduate degrees. This includes Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London, and the London School of Economics (LSE).

Previous students

You can see the UPC’s excellent progression rates and the experiences of UPC alumni on our previous students page. This details their time on the UPC as well as their undergraduate degrees.

Applying to UCL

There are over 400 undergraduate degree programmes on offer at UCL across 18 different subject areas. Nine of these are in the global top 10 in the 2023 QS World University Subject Rankings.

UCL accepts the UPC for entry onto all undergraduate degrees, except:

  • Fine Art
  • Medical Sciences Engineering
  • Medicine

You can browse all the degrees available to you in our undergraduate prospectus.

Choosing the right subjects for your future degree

If you're unsure which UPC subjects you should take to enter your future undergraduate degree, check out our helpful optional subject guide.

Guaranteed UCL undergraduate offers

UPC students will receive a conditional offer for their chosen degree if they are predicted to meet its entry requirements (and have a clearly relevant personal statement).

Students who fulfil these conditional terms will automatically progress to their UCL degree.

This applies to any of the 161 UCL degrees listed below in alphabetical order.

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H I | M | N | P | R | S | T | U |

 UCL degrees with guaranteed conditional offers
  • Applied Medical Sciences BSc 
  • Archaeology BA/BSc 
  • Archaeology and Anthropology BA 
  • Archaeology of Egypt and Sudan BA 
  • Archaeology with a Placement Year BA 
  • Archaeology with a Year Abroad BA 
  • Astrophysics BSc/MSci 
  • Biochemical Engineering BEng/MEng 
  • Biochemistry BSc/MSci 
  • Biological Sciences BSc/MSci 
  • Biomedical Engineering BEng/MEng 
  • Biomedical Sciences BSc 
  • Bioprocessing of New Medicines (Business and Management) BSc 
  • Bioprocessing of New Medicines (Science and Engineering) BSc 
  • Bulgarian (+ another language) BA 
  • Bulgarian and East European Studies BA 
  • Cancer Biomedicine BSc 
  • Chemical Engineering BEng/MEng 
  • Chemistry BSc/MSci 
  • Chemistry (International Programme) MSci 
  • Chemistry with Management Studies BSc/MSci 
  • Chemistry with Mathematics BSc/MSci 
  • Civil Engineering BEng/MEng 
  • Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilisation BA 
  • Crime and Security Science BSc 
  • Czech (+ another language) BA 
  • Czech (with Slovak) and East European Studies BA 
  • Data Science BSc
  • Earth Sciences BSc/MSci 
  • Earth Sciences (International Programme) 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 
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering BEng/MEng 
  • Environmental Geoscience BSc/MSci 


  • Finnish (+ another language) BA 
  • Finnish and East European Studies BA 
  • Geography BA/BSc 
  • Geography (International Programme) BA/BSc 
  • Geology BSc/MSci 
  • Geophysics BSc/MSci 
  • Global Humanitarian Studies BSc 
  • History and Philosophy of Science BSc
  • History and Philosophy of Science with Study Abroad BSc
  • History, Politics and Economics BA
  • Human Sciences BSc
  • Human Sciences and Evolution MSci
  • Hungarian (+ another language) BA
  • Hungarian and East European Studies BA
  • Infection and Immunity BSc
  • Information Management for Business BSc
  • Management Science BSc/MSci - An additional personal statement will be required. See Management Science for more information. 
  • Mathematics BSc/MSci
  • Mathematics and Physics BSc/MSci
  • Mathematics and Statistical Science 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
  • Mechanical Engineering BEng/MEng
  • Mechanical Engineering with Business Finance MEng
  • Media BA
  • Medical Innovation and Enterprise BSc/MSci
  • Medical Physics 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 (+ another language) BA
  • 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 Sciences BSc
  • Professional Policing BSc
  • Psychology with Education BSc
  • Romanian (+ another language) BA
  • Romanian and East European Studies BA
  • Russian (+ another language) BA
  • Russian and History BA
  • Russian Studies BA
  • Serbian/Croatian and East European Studies BA
  • Serbian/Croatian and Ukrainian BA
  • Social Sciences BSc
  • Social Sciences with Data Science BSc
  • Sociology BSc
  • Sociology and Politics of Science BSc
  • Sociology and Politics of Science with Study Abroad BSc
  • Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences BSc
  • Statistical Science (International Programme) MSci
  • Statistics BSc
  • Statistics and Management for Business BSc
  • Statistics, Economics and a Language BSc
  • Statistics, Economics and Finance BSc
  • Theoretical Physics BSc / MSci
  • Ukrainian and East European Studies BA

What UPC grades will you need?

The table below shows the required grades you need to enter a UCL undergraduate degree and their A level equivalents. You can read more about specific grade requirements in the undergraduate prospectus.

Equivalence with A Level grades

The table below gives approximate equivalences to A Level grades:

UPC percentages76%70-75%64-69%56-63%48-55%40-47%

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

Types of undergraduate degree offer

Conditional offers are usually expressed in one of these ways:

  • an overall average percentage
  • an overall average with a specified percentage in one or more subjects (normally Academic English and both compulsory science/humanities subjects)
  • a specified percentage in each of the four subjects studied.

Examples of offers

Below are some examples of broadly typical offers and their UPC equivalents:

A Level offerUPCSE offerUPCH offer
A*A*AAward of UPC with 70% overall and 76% in both optional subjects.Award of UPC with 70% overall and 76% in both optional subjects.
A*AAAward of UPC with 70% overall with 76% in one optional subject and 70% in the second optional subject.Award of UPC with 70% overall with 76% in one optional subject and 70% in the second optional subject.
AAAAward of UPC with 70% overall and 70% in both optional subjects.Award of UPC with 70% overall and 70% in both optional subjects.
AABAward of UPC with 64% overall and 70% in both optional subjects.Award of UPC with 70% overall and 70% in one optional subject and 64% in the second optional subject.
ABBAward of UPC with 64% overall with 70% in one optional subject and 64% in the second optional subject.Award of UPC with 70% overall and 64% in both optional subjects.

Applying to other universities

We fully support you when applying for a degree during your international foundation year at other UK universities as well.

Some top universities have additional entrance exams as part of their admissions process.

LSE Undergraduate Exam preparation

If you're aiming to study at LSE, you’ll need to take their Undergraduate Admissions Assessment (UGAA)

Oxbridge preparation

When applying to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, you need to be a high-achieving student and very well prepared. We can offer support, but you'll have to meet a strict selection criteria to be eligible. See our guidance page for further information.

The undergraduate application process (UCAS)

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) processes all undergraduate degree applications. As a UPC student, you’ll register for a UCAS application linked to UCL CLIE. This allows you to apply to up to five different universities.

Throughout your UCAS process, your personal tutor and a dedicated education advisor will support you.

Read more about the UCAS process and how we support you.

Admissions to subject-specific degrees

Some undergraduate degree subjects in the UK have their own admissions tests. As UPC students, you'll have access to support to help you prepare for these degrees during your international foundation year.

Law degrees (LNAT)

If you want to complete an undergraduate Law degree after the UPC, you'll need to take the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT). Learn more about the support we offer to UPC applicants who want to pursue a Law degree.

Architecture degrees

If you wish to apply to the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, or an architecture related degree at another UK university, you’ll need a competitive portfolio of artwork. 

You'll need to submit a portfolio of work with your UPC application so we can assess your drawing and art & design skills and support you in your application for your undergraduate degree. See the entry requirements page for further details of the portfolio requirements.

Economics BSc

Entry to the UCL Department of Economics is extremely competitive and puts a great emphasis on Mathematics. You’ll only be considered for admission if you are predicted to achieve grades A* in Maths and at least A in all other UPC subjects. 

It is important to keep practising your Maths through the summer if you want to apply to this degree. 

If you are interested in studying an economics component as part of a multi-disciplinary degree, there are a number of alternative degree programmes available at UCL.

Mathematics degrees (STEP)

Mathematics degrees at competitive universities like UCL require an entry exam. This is the Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP), which will require you to do some independent study.

For UCL Mathematics degrees, which require STEP exams, UCL's Department of Mathematics can help you prepare with staged online materials and lectures.


We don’t consider UPCSE applicants interested in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) during the UPCSE year. This is because the UPCSE qualification is not accepted to enter the Medicine MBBS at UCL.

If you want to study Medicine, we recommend that you take A levels. Please see our further guidance on this.