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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 2020, the reply deadline is 18th June 2020. 
  • If you received your last decision on or before 4 June 2020, your reply date is 18 June 2020 (except if you are using Extra to find a place).
  • If you receive your last decision on or before 13 July 2020, your reply date is 20 July 2020 (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 (13 August 2020) 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 (13 August 2020) 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 18 September 2020. This applies to offers for entry in September 2020 and deferred entry in September 2021.

My grades may be affected by either missing courses or being taught by distance learning. What account will you take of this?

If you will be unable to provide evidence of meeting the condition(s) set out in your offer letter because your institution is unable to provide your final classification please contact by emailing undergraduate-admissions@ucl.ac.uk.

I am a private candidate. How will I meet my offer conditions this year?

We understand that this unusual time is particularly difficult for students entering the Summer 2020 examination period as private candidates. In order to meet offer conditions, UCL requires that students obtain grades awarded in the relevant qualifications as outlined in their offer, by the 18 September 2020 deadline.   

We are aware that it might not be possible for our offer holders to receive an awarded grade given the special circumstances in their exam preparation and the guidelines recently published by Ofqual. UCL will honour the offers issued for private candidates who will not be able to obtain awarded grades by re-issuing the offers for the next academic year. Applicants will need to have chosen UCL as their firm choice by 18 June 2020. If they wish to take up this opportunity they will need to reapply for 2021 by the deadline and contact UCL Admissions to inform us about their intention to do so. 

My conditional offer included the option of taking a STEP 1 exam, but STEP 1 is no longer being offered in 2020, how does this impact my offer?

If your offer was subject to the following conditions: GCE A level grades A*A*A including A* in Mathematics, A* in Further Mathematics, or A*AA including grades A*A in any order in Mathematics and Further Mathematics plus grade 2 in any STEP paper or a Distinction in Mathematics AEA, unfortunately, the alternative offer is no longer available for those who intended to take the STEP 1 examination. In order to be meet your condition you will be required to achieve GCE A level grades A*A*A including A* in Mathematics, A* in Further Mathematics.  

If your offer specifically required a result in STEP 1, UCL Admissions will be contacting you shortly regarding an amendment to your offer.  

If I am unhappy with my calculated A level or IB Diploma grades and decide to resit my exams, how will this reflect my admission to UCL?

We are happy to consider applicants for 2021 entry should they wish to defer their assessment or are unhappy with the grades they are given in the summer examination result release. Applicants will be required to re-apply and will be considered in competition with other applicants for 2021. However, we will not consider sitting the examinations in the Autumn as re-takes and therefore applicants taking this route will not be disadvantaged in the application process.

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 18 September 2020. We will not consider informal submissions from individuals or schools. If your revised grades are issued to you after 18 September, and you subsequently meet the conditions of your original offer, we will confirm your place for September 2021.

I have not met my offer conditions, and am unhappy with my calculated results. I plan to sit my exams in the autumn, do I need to let UCL know?

If you are a Firm or Insurance applicant who wishes to take their assessments in the autumn and still wish to come to UCL, you should apply through UCAS for 2021 entry. Please send an email to undergraduate-admissions@ucl.ac.uk with your full name, UCAS ID and programme to make the Undergraduate Admissions team aware of your intention. We will then reissue your offer with the same conditions for entry in 2021.

Deferring entry

I would like to defer entry to September 2021. How can I do this?

UCL tries to facilitate deferral requests wherever possible. Please send an email to undergraduate-admissions@ucl.ac.uk with Deferral + UCAS ID in the 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, 18 September 2020. 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 2021 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 2020 to September 2021, your request must be submitted by Friday, 18 September 2020. 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 2021?

Yes, all conditions specified in your offer of admission must still be met by 18 September 2020.  

Can I defer my entry to September 2021 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, 18 September 2020. 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.

English language requirement

I am unable to take my English language test because the IELTS test centres are closed, how will this affect me?

We accept several English language tests as proof of eligibility, including Duolingo, IELTS Indicator and TOEFL iBT Special Home Test. For further information please see the English Language requirements for undergraduate students.  If you are planning to apply for a scholarship or other funding external to UCL, please check which English language tests will be accepted by the funding body. 

Acceptable English language qualifications for UCL Pre-sessional English courses and UCL Institute of Education Preparation for Academic Studies in Higher Education courses can be found on each webpage. 

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 this summer for meeting the English language requirement?

We are happy to consider calculated IGCSE English language grades awarded this summer 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.

Immigration

I am an international student and need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK. When will I receive my CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies)?

It is taking us longer than usual to process applications, due to high numbers of applications and the impact of the UK Government's recent action on A-level exam results. Thank you very much for your patience.

International students holding an unconditional offers: we aim to issue all outstanding undergraduate CAS numbers within the next week. Please ensure your Tier 4 information is up to date on your UCL online portal.

International students holding a conditional offer: You will be asked to confirm that the details we hold about you on record are correct. If anything is incorrect or missing you will be asked to supply this information. Upon receipt of your responses and once your offer is unconditional firm, UCL will aim to issue your CAS. 

Please note that enrolment for new students is open until 16 October.

 

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

You can submit your application for a Tier 4 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 Tier 4 visa at that time. 

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

On 11 September 2019 the UK Government announced the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies.  

The Graduate Route will be available to international students who have successfully completed a degree at undergraduate level or above at a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance and who have a valid Tier 4 visa at the time of application.  

The new route will be launched in the summer of 2021, meaning that any eligible student who graduates in the summer of 2021 or after will be able to apply for the route. This includes students who have already started their programme and therefore includes students starting in the 2020/21 academic year.  

The Graduate Route will replace the Doctorate Extension Scheme visa once it comes into effect.   

Further information about the new visa route can be found on the Home Office website. 

I will need to apply for a visa to study at UCL. In light of Covid 19 have there been changes to the application process that students need to be aware of?

You can also get in touch with the Student Immigration Advice team directly via this form here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/immigration-and-visas/student-immigration-advice   

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 with the reduced Access UCL offer you must 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 with the reduced Access UCL (History) offer you must 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 2020 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 2020 onwards
  • Applicants holding a conditional firm offer for an undergraduate programme at UCL: mid August 2020 onwards (after the A level results are published in the UK)
  • Applicants on an exchange programme at UCL: July/August 2020
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 2020.

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

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 2020 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.

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.