Pre-University Online Course for High School Students
- Online IT induction and introduction to the course: 21 July 2023. This will be a 3-hour induction and we will contact you to confirm the time.
- Classes: 24 July - 4 August 2023
This course is open to applications from high achieving 16–18-year-olds who want to:
- Experience studying at a global top 10 university (QS World University Rankings 2023).
- Develop key academic skills including critical thinking, presentation and report writing, independent study, as well as their ability to work in a team.
- Expand their use of academic English language and abilities in both academic writing and speaking.
- Learn how to conduct academic research, produce a short report and prepare and deliver an academic presentation.
- Study in a range of disciplines from the sciences, arts, humanities and social sciences.
- Participate in optional virtual visits to places of cultural and historical interest around London.
- Connect and make friends with a diverse range of students from all over the world.
Unlike other pre-university short courses, this course doesn’t just give you more knowledge about one subject, but includes a variety of subjects drawn from the sciences, arts, humanities and social sciences.
The course fee includes the costs of all course tuition, including course materials and materials for the virtual trips included as part of the course.
To be eligible to apply for the course, you’ll have to meet the following criteria:
- be a high school student.
- be 16 - 18 years old for the duration of the course.
- English isn't your first language.
You’ll be able to show excellent grades in your most recent annual high school transcript - a GPA of 70% or higher in your previous year of study.
English language requirements
|Language certification||Minimum grade||Maximum grade|
|IELTS||Overall score of 5.5||Speaking and writing sub-scores should not be higher than 7.0|
|IGCSE English as a Second Language||C||No maximum grade|
|Cambridge First||B||No maximum grade|
|TOEFL PBT||Overall score of 513||Overall score of 587|
|TOEFL iBT||Overall score of 65||Overall score of 95|
|TOEIC||Overall score of 605||Overall score of 780|
|EIKEN||Pre-1||No maximum grade|
If you do not have an English language qualification but meet all the other requirements (eligibility and academic requirements above), you are invited to apply and will be sent an English test.
What will I study?
You will study across three distinct areas:
1. Academic Skills and English for Academic Purposes
- Live lessons and tutorials focusing on the language and language skills needed to study at a UK university
- An introduction to research and study skills needed for study at a UK university
- Writing a short academic research report
- Preparing and delivering an academic presentation
2. Academic lectures
- Live lectures and seminars selected from sciences, arts, humanities and social sciences
- Recorded lectures delivered by UCL lecturers selected from sciences, arts, humanities and social sciences
- Training in the listening and note-taking skills needed to process lectures and respond to content
3. UCL and UK academic culture
- Introduction to UCL and UK academic culture and practices
- A guide to UCL and the work of its departments
How will I be taught?
We will teach the course using both live sessions in the morning (UK time) and optional self-study options accessible at any time during the course.
Live online sessions
You will participate in a variety of interactive online live sessions, including:
Academic lectures, seminars and workshops
You’ll participate in live lectures, seminars and workshops selected from sciences, arts, humanities and social sciences
Academic language seminars and workshops
These sessions will focus on developing your academic and language skills including:
- Reading and vocabulary
- Listening and note-taking
You’ll be taught in small classes, with a maximum of 12 students per class, using tutor-led input and workshops, recorded listening & video material and reading texts
You’ll work on tasks in small groups as well as with your tutor.
You’ll meet with your tutor either 1:1 or in a small group twice during the course.
Your personal tutorials will focus on aspects of academic skills, as well as academic language skills introduced through the guided self-study tasks.
Self-study with tutor guidance
Your course learning will also involve working on self-study tasks with the guidance of your tutor, who will monitor your work and provide structured feedback.
You will also have the opportunity to participate in optional self-study digital activities which you can complete at your own pace.
Recorded lectures delivered by UCL lecturers selected from sciences, arts, humanities and social sciences
Virtual visits to sites of cultural and historical interest around London
During the course, you will have the opportunity to participate in virtual visits to a variety of sites around London.
You’ll be provided with guides and materials.
Sites you will visit will include:
- The UCL campus in Bloomsbury, London
- The Museum of London
Take a look at our sample timetables for an idea of a typical week on the course.
What technical equipment will I need for the course?
You will need:
- access to a laptop or PC with internet connection;
- a headset (recommended) or speakers and a microphone;
- a webcam;
- a modern browser, upgraded to the latest version (Chrome recommended);
- a fast internet connection. As with all online platforms, the higher the bandwidth of your internet connection, the smoother your experience of our platforms will be. We would recommend speeds in excess of 1 Mbps.
Training will be provided in the use of UCL online platforms during the first day and ongoing technical support will be available during UK office hours.
How will I be assessed?
In the second week, you will use the skills and knowledge developed in the first week to undertake a small research report.
You’ll also deliver a short presentation based on your research at the end of the course.
Your tutor will assess both pieces of work, before writing a report on your achievements during the course.
Will I receive a certificate?
Yes, if you successfully complete the course you will receive a UCL CLIE certificate with a full report.
How to apply
Find out how you can apply for the Pre-University Online Course for High School Students, including the documents you will need to submit, the application process and how to pay.