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Your questions answered

Below you'll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about applying for undergraduate study.


Do you accept a mix of qualifications?

Our qualification requirements are set to ensure that individuals are suitably prepared for the rigour of study at UCL, so we would usually be looking for an applicant to offer all their qualifications from one suite, such as three A levels, or an IB Diploma. However, some departments may be willing to consider a mix of the qualifications that UCL usually looks for. Each case would be considered on an individual basis, in conjunction with an explanation from the referee, and we would be looking to see that an applicant had obtained the breadth and depth of knowledge in their chosen subjects to succeed at UCL. For further information, please contact your country representative.

Do students need to have a modern language at GCSE to meet the entry requirements?

If students don’t have the MFL at GCSE at grade C/6 they will be required to take classes in the first term to meet the requirements. They will still be considered if they don’t have the GCSE.

Does taking four A-levels make an application more competitive?

We would always look at the best three A-levels, so taking four A-levels would not necessarily give an applicant an advantage over someone taking three A-levels.

What English Language qualifications do you accept?

Accepted English language qualifications are listed on; http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/application/requirements/accepted-english-qualifications.


Do you limit the number of students that you take from a particular school?

No, we do not impose any limits like this. We simply seek to recruit the strongest set of students for a limited number of places. To do that, we will look at applications as a whole - including grades, evidence of an interest in, commitment to, and aptitude for the subject(s).

Do any of your undergraduate degree programmes require interviews?

The degree programmes which currently require interviews are Architecture, English, European Social Political Studies Dual Degree, Fine Art, Medicine and Pharmacy.

For students applying  to Law, is there a minimum score for the LNAT

UCL Laws does not have a benchmark or minimum score required for the LNAT. The majority of successful candidates usually score in the region of 22 or above. Offers can be made to applicants who score lower when all other elements of their application, including the LNAT essay, are particularly strong. Similarly, a high score in the LNAT is not a guarantee of an offer as applications are considered on the basis of all the information provided (including the academic profile, personal statement, reference, LNAT score and essay).

How many places do you have for international students?

For MBBS programmes it is a UK government requirement that only 7% of each cohort are non-EU students. Therefore all medicine programmes in the UK can only accept a maximum of 7% overseas fee status students. No other programmes have a quota system in this way

Do offer conditions vary for students with similar credentials?

Offer conditions will vary depending on the course they have applied for. Departments will be looking at each application individually – including previous academic record, personal statement and the majority of our programmes to interview. As such, it is possible for students with similar credentials to have different offers.

How often are students with predicted grades below the entry requirements made an offer

Due to the high number of applications and level of competition, it is very unlikely that we will make an offer to a student with predicted grades below our entry requirements.

Can students transfer to UCL from another institution?

All applicants studying at another higher education institution, including those who wish to transfer to a full-time degree programme at UCL, whether to commence a new programme of study, or to enter direct into the second year of a degree programme, must apply through UCAS and not directly to UCL.

Regardless of where applicants are applying from, they must submit their UCAS application by the dates published by UCAS. Second year transfers are relatively uncommon and most students are asked to enter Year 1 of our programme.  Students should contact the relevant country representative for further information.

What type of work experience can be recommended for students interested in Medicine?

We are often asked about the type of work experience that we expect students to undertake in preparation of making an application.  We would recommend that prospective students read the Medical Schools Council work experience guide.

The ability to demonstrate and reflect on what you learn, about yourself and about medicine, through work experience is the main factor we are looking for when assessing your work experience.  This ability to reflect on what you learnt from your work experience will be assessed via your personal statement, and may be assessed at interview.

Applicants will be required to show an understanding of what a career in medicine involves.

It is important to remember that work experience can take many forms. It can be a voluntary opportunity or a paid job. While shadowing a doctor can be useful, medical schools recognise that this is not attainable for everyone. They see volunteering in a residential care home as just as good a source of experience. If you have a weekend job in a shop, then this can be a good source too.

The important thing to remember is that work experience is only as valuable as the way you talk about it in your interview. While you will be expected to show some understanding of what it is like to be a doctor, part of this will be showing that you know what it is like to work, particularly with the public. Just like in a normal job interview you may be asked things like, ‘Can you provide an example of how you have worked as part of a team?’ If you have had a job in a restaurant, for instance, then you will be able to use this experience to answer the question.

To get work experience, prepare a short CV and hand this in to places in your area which relate to healthcare, saying that you are willing to volunteer. These places could be care homes, hospices, general practice surgeries, and of course hospitals. If you have no luck with this then do not worry. Other useful activities might include reading medical journals or following news about the National Health Service. These things will emphasise a candidate’s interest in a medical career and willingness to research. If you know any doctors then arranging time to speak with one will provide you with material to use in the interview, as well as demonstrate motivation and initiative. All healthcare professionals can be a valuable source of information and experience, not just doctors. After all, doctors work as part of large teams involving many healthcare professions, so demonstrating that you have a sense of those professions and how they work together will help you in both your personal statement and interview.


Are students guaranteed accommodation at UCL?

All first year Undergraduate students, including international students, are guaranteed accommodation as long as they meet our eligibility criteria in full.  Further information about eligibility criteria on the accommodation page

How is accommodation allocated?

We consider the preferences applicants indicate on their application including room type, budget and factors that are important to you. Accommodation applications are processed in a random order using our automated allocation system based on your preferences. This allows UCL to successfully allocate 89% of students to the room type they have selected and ensures the process is fair to all applicants.

What scholarships can students apply for?

Details of scholarships and bursaries for undergraduate students can be found on the UCL Scholarships and Funding page.

Can students visit the campus?

If students are interested in visiting UCL, we recommend signing up to attend one of UCL's Open Days - this allows you to visit the campus, meet current students and staff and attend a variety of activities. Our Guided tours will give visitors an opportunity to ask general questions relating to the application process, how to apply or look for accommodation and what it is like to be a student in London and at UCL. You can find further information on our guided tours here.  

If you have specific questions about a specific area of study or wish to arrange a separate visit to a department, we would recommend contacting them directly for further information or coming along to an Open Day.

What support is provided for disabled students?

Our aim is to promote and implement an inclusive learning and teaching environment, allowing students to study as independently as possible during their time at UCL. This page provides information on the support available for students with learning difficulties, disabilities and long-term health conditions. Information on who and how we can support can be found here; https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/support-and-wellbeing/disability-support/who-we-support

Are international students at a disadvantage if they cannot attend interview or visit days? Application

For most subjects, departments will endeavour to make other arrangements if students cannot attend in person due to living abroad. However, applicants for Medicine and our ESPS dual degree must attend an interview on campus.