Undergraduate prospectus 2021


Access UCL (History) scheme

Contextual offers for A level and IB applicants

Eligible applicants who successfully complete the Access UCL (History) scheme will receive a reduced offer of up to two grades below the standard UCL offer for the History programme they have applied for.

In order to be eligible for the scheme you must be attending/have attended a UK state school for A levels/IB Diploma and meet one of the following four criteria:

  • Attend or have attended a low-performing school for A level or GCSE.*
  • Live in an area which has a high level of financial, social or economic deprivation.**
  • Live in a neighbourhood which has a low progression rate to higher education.***
  • Have attended a History-specific UCL Summer School or Summer Challenge within the two academic years prior to submitting your application via UCAS.****

Check your eligibility

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If you are eligible for Access UCL (History) you do not need to do anything in addition to the standard UCAS application, your application will be automatically flagged when we receive it. 

If you are a care experienced applicant (who will be aged under 25 or under on your first day at UCL) and attend(ed) a UK state school you are automatically eligible for Access UCL, please tick the ‘time in care’ box on your UCAS form so that we can contact you for verification. If you are a young carer (who will be aged 20 or under on your first day at UCL), or are estranged from your family (and will be aged 25 or under on your first day at UCL) and attend(ed) a UK state school you are automatically eligible for Access UCL, please email wp.accessucl@ucl.ac.uk for verification.

If you are in any of these groups and attended a UK private school, or are a mature student, please email wp.accessucl@ucl.ac.uk to check your eligibility, which will be assessed on an individual basis.

Receiving an Access UCL (History) Offer

If you're eligible for Access UCL (History) and your application to UCL is successful, you will be made a dual offer containing:

  • the standard UCL offer;
  • the Access UCL (History) offer.

The Access UCL (History) offer will be conditional on you completing the Access UCL (History) programme and achieving examination results up to two grades lower than the standard offer. 

Please note: any subject requirements for the programme will remain (for example, if a programme requires History A level, it will still require History within the contextual offer).

In order to take advantage of your reduced offer you must complete a Preparation for Academic Study online module, details of which will be sent to you within a few weeks of you receiving an offer and must be completed by 31st July. In addition you must complete an academic assessment, details of which will be provided immediately after an offer has been made and must be completed no later than 8 weeks from of the date of offer.

If you decide not to take the Preparation for Academic Study module and/or academic assessment, then you will still be eligible for the standard UCL offer.

Please be advised that certain modules within our degree programmes may have grade pre-requisites for specific subjects e.g. grade A in Mathematics required for a particular module. If you do not have the specified grade in the required subject you will not be eligible to study this module within the degree.

For further information about the Access UCL (History) scheme please contact wp.accessucl@ucl.ac.uk 


* This means your school falls into the lower 50% of schools in England and Wales for average GCSE achievement and/or average A level point score

** We use Index of Multiple of Deprivation (IMD) data to identify levels of financial, social or economic deprivation, as defined by home postcode https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/english-indices-of-deprivation-2015

*** We use POLAR classification to look at how likely young people are to participate in HE across the UK, as defined by home postcode 

**** Attendees to the UCL Summer School or Summer Challenge will not be required to complete the Preparation for Academic Study module and/or academic assessment to take advantage of the reduced offer. You will still be given access to the information if you wish to utilise the materials.