UCL is committed to widening access to higher education. We seek to recruit and retain the academically brightest students who will thrive in the rigorous teaching and learning environment at UCL.
Access UCL is UCL's alternative offer scheme for students from groups that are underrepresented at UCL. Eligible students who successfully complete the Access UCL scheme will receive a reduced offer of up to two grades below the standard UCL offer for the 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 two out of the following criteria (please note that this eligibility criteria is for students applying in 2019/20 for 2020 entry):
- Attend or have attended a low-performing school for either GCSE or A level*.
- 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***.
If you are eligible for Access UCL you do not need to do anything in addition to the standard UCAS application, your application will be automatically flagged when we receive it.
Check your eligibility
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for verification.
If you are in any of these groups and attended a UK private school, or are a mature student, please email email@example.com to check your eligibility, which will be assessed on an individual basis.
* 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 https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/data-and-analysis/polar-participation-of-local-areas/
Receiving an Access UCL Offer
If you are eligible for Access UCL and your application to UCL is successful, you will be made a dual offer containing both the standard UCL offer and the Access UCL offer.
The Access UCL offer will be conditional on you completing the Access UCL programme and achieving exam results up to two grades lower than the standard offer.
In order to take advantage of your reduced offer you must complete a Preparation for Academic Study online module which will be sent to you within a few weeks of you receiving an offer and must be completed by 31st July.
If you decide not to take the Preparation for Academic Study module you will still be eligible for the standard UCL offer.
For further information about the Access UCL scheme please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Any subject requirements for the programme will remain (for example, if a programme requires A levels in Physics and Chemistry, it will still require Physics and Chemistry within the contextual offer).