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Confirming your place at UCL

What is the deadline for accepting my offer?
  • If you made an on-time application by 15 January 2021, the reply deadline is 10 June 2021. 
  • If you received your last decision on or before 20 May 2021, your reply date is 10 June 2021 (except if you are using Extra to find a place).
  • If you receive your last decision on or before 13 July 2021, your reply date is 14 July 2021 (including Extra choices). 
I've received my IB Diploma results. When will my place at UCL be confirmed?

Some students may not hear back until A level results day (10 August 2021) for students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. If your UCAS Track has not changed, then it is likely that the Admissions Selectors are awaiting all results to make a final decision on all applications.

I've received my Scottish Higher results. When will my place at UCL be confirmed?

Some students may not hear back until A level results day (10 August 2021) for students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. If your UCAS Track has not changed, then it is likely that the Admissions Selectors are awaiting all results to make a final decision on all applications.

What is the deadline for meeting the conditions of my offer?

All conditions specified in your offer of admission must be met by 7 September 2021. This applies to offers for entry in September 2021 and deferred entry in September 2022.

I didn't meet my offer conditions but I am getting a remark/appealing my calculated results with examination board(s), do I need to let UCL know?

If you meet your offer conditions as a result of a remark or appeal then please get in touch by email undergraduate-admissions@ucl.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0)20 8059 0939. Your revised grades should come through to us from UCAS. Please remember that we will need to have received official confirmation from the awarding body of your new grade(s) by 7 September 2021. We will not consider informal submissions from individuals or schools. If your revised grades are issued to you after 7 September, and you subsequently meet the conditions of your original offer, we will confirm your place for September 2022.

I want to drop one of my A level subjects, will that affect my offer?

If it is not a required subject, or mentioned in the conditions of your offer it should not affect your offer. Please contact us with:
Your UCAS ID number 
Your student number
The name of the programme you have applied to
Which subject you are no longer taking

Deferring entry

I would like to defer entry to September 2022. How can I do this?

UCL tries to facilitate deferral requests wherever possible. Please log an enquiry with Undergraduate Admissions with Deferral + UCAS ID in the subject line. Your enquiry should contain the following details: your full name, the programme you've applied for and a brief outline of the reasons for your deferral request. All offer conditions must be met by the 7 September 2021. The deadline for all deferral requests is 15 October 2021. Deferral requests, if received by this date, will be approved for the majority of programmes at UCL. The only exception is the Slade School of Fine Art where deferral is not possible, you would be expected to reapply through UCAS for September 2022 entry. UCAS Track will be updated once the referral request is processed.

Is there a deadline by which I must request a deferral?

Yes, if you're wishing to defer entry from September 2021 to September 2022, your request must be submitted by Friday, 15 October 2021. Please send an email to undergraduate-admissions@ucl.ac.uk with Deferral + UCAS ID in subject line. Your email should contain the following details: your full name, the programme you've applied for and a brief outline of the reasons for your deferral request. The Admissions team will then update your record, if your request is approved, and you will need to log into UCAS Track to check and accept this change. 

Do I still need to meet the conditions of my offer if I choose to defer entry to September 2022?

Yes, all conditions specified in your offer of admission must still be met by 7 September 2021.  

Can I defer my entry to September 2022 after I have accepted an unconditional offer?

Yes, if you would like to request a deferral, you will need to contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team. Please send an email to undergraduate-admissions@ucl.ac.uk with Deferral + UCAS ID in subject line. Your email should contain the following details: your full name, the programme you've applied for and a brief outline of the reasons for your deferral request.  The deadline for all deferral requests is Friday, 15 October 2021. The Admissions team will then update your record, if your request is approved, and you will need to log into UCAS Track to check and accept this change.

Can I cancel my deferral and attend this year?

This may be possible. To find out, please contact us with: 
Your UCAS ID number
Your Full Name
The name of the programme you have applied to
Your confirmation that you wish to cancel your deferral

English language requirement

Will UCL be offering Pre-seesional English courses this summer?

Yes, we are pleased to still be offering these courses, however they will now be delivered online. For up-to-date information on the courses offered, including if applications are still being accepted, please see: www.ucl.ac.uk/pre-sess.  

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) degree offer holders interested in doing a short pre-sessional course should apply for the separate UCL Institute of Education Preparation for Academic Studies in Higher Education courses.  

Will UCL accept my iGCSE English language results received in the summer 2020 for meeting the English language requirement?

We are happy to consider calculated IGCSE English Language grades awarded in the summer 2020 for meeting the English Language requirement However, please note that for certain qualifications we require a separate Speaking/Spoken language endorsement conferred on the certificate (see the list of acceptable qualifications in our Undergraduate Prospectus). As in previous years, if a separate endorsement is required but it is not listed on your certificate, we will not be able to accept your results and you will need to take an acceptable English language test. If you are unsure whether your exam board will be issuing separate endorsements this year, please contact your school to confirm. 

We are aware that Cambridge Assessment International Education will only issue grades for the main syllabus and will not confer endorsement results for IGCSE  English - First Language (0500 or 0990) and IGCSE English as Second Language (0510 or 0993) as published on the CAIE website. Unfortunately, UCL will not be able to accept these syllabuses when awarded without the speaking endorsement this summer.

What do I do if English Language is a condition of my UCL offer?

If your first language is not English you must be able to provide recent evidence that your English is adequate for the programme for which you have applied. Find out about accepted English language qualifications.

Immigration

I need a Student visa to study in the UK. When will I receive my CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies).

You will be invited to check the details which will be used to generate your CAS in June 2021. Your CAS will be issued to you once your offer status has been updated to Unconditional Firm and your qualifications have been verified.

We do like to remind all international offer holders that we are unable to expedite CAS numbers and as such we strongly encourage offer holders not to book visa appointments or flights until they are in receipt of their CAS number.

Please ensure your Student Visa information is up to date on your UCL online portal.

When should I apply for my visa if my teaching begins online?

You can submit your application for a Student visa up to 3 months before you begin your studies in person in the UK. So, if you begin your studies online, then you will not need a Student visa at that time.

Will the two-year post-study work visa be in effect next year? (Graduate Immigration Route)

Please refer to the information on our website.

I think my fee status is incorrect on my undergraduate offer letter, what can I do?

If you think your fee status is incorrect please contact us with:
Your UCAS ID number
Your Full Name
The name of the programme to which you have applied 
Your request for a fee status questionnaire

We will then send you a fee status questionnaire to fill out and return to us, asking for more information about your individual situation. 
Once received, we will contact you directly regarding the outcome of the questionnaire.

Access UCL and Access UCL (History) schemes

I've been given a dual offer under the Access UCL scheme. What does this mean?

You have received a dual offer from UCL containing:
- the standard UCL offer
- the Access UCL offer.

If you wish to come to UCL using the reduced Access UCL offer, you must select UCL as your firm or insurance choice and successfully complete an online Preparation for Academic Study (PAS) module (you will be sent login details for this shortly after receiving your offer). If you do not complete the PAS module you will still have access to your standard UCL offer.

I've been given a dual offer under the Access UCL (History) scheme. What does this mean?

You have received a dual offer from UCL containing:
- the standard UCL offer
- the Access UCL (History) offer.

If you wish to come to UCL using the reduced Access UCL (History) offer you must select UCL as your firm or insurance choice at UCAS and successfully complete the Access UCL scheme (including a short academic assessment and an online Preparation for Academic Study module). If you do not complete the scheme you will still have access to your standard UCL offer.

What is the Preparation for Academic Study module?

You will have been sent login details for the Preparation for Academic Study (PAS) module on UCL eXtend, UCL’s online virtual learning environment. The module should take you approximately four hours, and you can complete it in stages until the deadline which is the 31st July. It covers topics such as academic reading and writing, managing workloads, lectures and seminars and dealing with challenges. The PAS module is not UCL-specific and will be useful to you, regardless of whether you decide to come UCL.

Is the Preparation for Academic Study module assessed?

The Preparation for Academic Study module is not assessed, but you must complete the entire course in order to successfully complete this aspect of Access UCL.

I have questions about the scheme, who can I contact?

For queries about the scheme please contact the Widening Participation Team on wp.accessucl@ucl.ac.uk

Student accommodation

When and how will I hear about my accommodation allocation?

You will receive a response by email from 1 July 2021 onwards. The specific date of your response from UCL will depend on your offer holder status:

  • Applicants holding an unconditional firm offer for an undergraduate programme at UCL: from mid July 2021 onwards
  • Applicants holding a conditional firm offer for an undergraduate programme at UCL: mid August 2021 onwards (after the A level results are published in the UK)
  • Applicants on an exchange programme at UCL: July/August 2021
Can I switch accommodation?

Each applicant will receive one offer of accommodation from UCL and we recommend that you accept this. A limited number of rooms may become available during the academic year and a list of rooms able to those wishing to switch will be available in October 2021.

Do you offer accommodation for students with families?

We have some limited accommodation for students with families. Please contact UCL Accommodation for details:

Do you offer accommodation for students with additional needs?

We have a small number of rooms available for students with disabilities. Please contact UCL Accommodation for details:

Do you offer accommodation beyond the first year to care leavers?

We guarantee students who are care leavers accommodation for the duration of their programme.

Pre-arrival information

It's important that students are aware of the rules and regulations regarding international travel in 2021. Please go to our International Students webpages for full details.  

Can you put me in touch with other new students on my programme?

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet students from your programme as well as other programmes during the Enrolment and Freshers week. You may also wish to search for UCL Freshers 2021 groups on Facebook.

Does UCL provide an airport pickup service?

UCL does not offer airport pick up as London is well-served by transport links and UCL is located in the Bloomsbury district at the very centre of London. There are easy connections to UCL from London’s global hub airports at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted and you will find that London’s extensive public transport system is convenient and easy to use.

In relation to Covid-19, are there any health-related requirements and will I have to quarantine on arrival in the UK?

It's important that students are aware of the rules and regulations regarding international travel in 2021. Please go to our International Students webpages for full details. 

What day does term start in September 2021 - my offer letter doesn't specify the exact date?

If you have received a UCL offer letter that states a start date of September 2021, then the first day of term will be Monday, 27 September 2021. 

What support can you offer to students coming from UK ‘red list’ countries who will need to quarantine upon arrival in the UK?

Currently, everyone planning to travel to the UK, whether vaccinated or not, must still follow the traffic light system of rules. For students joining us in Term 1 of the 21/22 academic year, if you are travelling from a red list country and therefore required to self-isolate in a quarantine hotel upon arrival in the UK, we will offer you financial support. 

UCL will provide a £500 contribution to your quarantine costs. You will be entitled to apply for this grant once you have completed your quarantine stay and enrolled at UCL.

An online application form will shortly be made available on the Fees and Funding pages, which will also contain further information on application and payment.

UCL’s International Student Support webpages have more information on the advice and support available as you prepare to arrive to London, as well as orientation activities available to you as a new or returning international student. The traffic light system is likely to change before September and we will update you as soon as possible.

Will teaching be online or face to face for 2021/22?

For the most up-to-date information regarding what you can expect, please refer to our page Your UCL education in the 2021/22 academic year.

What safety measures have been put in place on campus to protect the health of the students and staff?

For the most up-to-date guidance on safety, please see Keeping safe on campus.

Pre-enrolment and Enrolment

What is pre-enrolment?

Pre-enrolment allows you to confirm that the information we hold about you and your programme is correct. This includes your personal details and information about your programme itself and your fees.  

If everything is correct, you’ll also have a chance to pay your fees online (or confirm sponsorship if applicable).  

You can easily complete pre-enrolment online on your phone or laptop – it only takes a few minutes to complete.  

As part of pre-enrolment, you’ll also be asked to accept a number of academic and financial regulations, data protection statements, and to confirm your membership with Students’ Union UCL.  

When do I complete pre-enrolment?

When pre-enrolment is available for your programme, you’ll receive an invitation email with a link for you to start the process.  

 This email can only be sent once you've accepted your offer and met any conditions. For further information about the pre-enrolment process, please see our Pre-enrolment website.