Undergraduate prospectus 2021


Applying through UCAS

Applications for UCL's undergraduate degrees are made through UCAS, who provide application services for UK higher education providers.

Full details of how to complete your application are provided on the UCAS website.

Students attending a school or college registered with UCAS

To register with UCAS you will need to obtain a 'buzzword' from your tutor or careers adviser.

All UK schools and colleges (and a small number of establishments overseas) are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications and your buzzword establishes the organisation from which you are applying and allows your referee to attach your reference.

Your completed application should be submitted to your referee who will send it to UCAS on your behalf.

Application fee for 2021 entry

UCAS will charge an application fee for 2021, which will be shown on the UCAS website as soon as it is available.

For guidance, for 2020 entry the fee was £20 for a single choice and £25 for those wishing to apply to two or more institutions (up to a maximum of five).

You pay your application fee either by credit or debit card online, or by paying your school/other registered centre who will then pay UCAS on your behalf.

Independent applicants in the UK

Other UK applicants, who are not at school or college, apply online independently and are responsible themselves for paying the correct application fee, for providing details of an academic referee and for submitting the completed application online to UCAS.

Your referee must be someone who knows you well enough to write about you and your suitability for higher education. UCAS will not accept references from family, other relatives or friends.

Application fee for 2021 entry

UCAS will charge an application fee for 2021, which will be shown on the UCAS website as soon as it is available.

For guidance, for 2020 entry the fee was £20 for a single choice and £25 for those wishing to apply to two or more institutions (up to a maximum of five).

You will need to make your payment online using a credit or debit card. The card need not be in your own name, but you will require the consent of the cardholder.

International students

International students should apply to UCL via UCAS, using the same process as UK/EU students.

It is likely that the British Council office(s) in your country will also have information about UCAS.

Application timetable

The following dates are for all applicants, regardless of where you are applying from:

  • 1st September 2020: Opening date for the receipt of applications for entry in September 2021;
  • 15 October 2020: Last date for receipt of applications to Medicine (A100);
  • 15 January 2021: Last date for receipt of applications to guarantee full and equal consideration;
  • 30 June 2021: Last date for receipt of applications. Any applications received after this are held by UCAS and are not forwarded to institutions.

It will not be possible to submit a UCAS application for some programmes following the 15 January deadline. Similarly, it is not possible to apply for Medicine after 15 October. 

Applicants for Law and Medicine should bear in mind the timing of the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) and The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) tests. See our special note for Law and Medicine applicants at the bottom of the page.

National admissions test for Law

The BioMedical Admissions Test

Deferred entry

We welcome applications from students who are proposing to spend a pre-university (gap) year engaged in constructive activity, whether in the UK or abroad.

Our rules allow you to apply for deferred entry and your application will be considered a year ahead of the normal application timetable. Please be sure to include your reasons for wishing to defer your entry in your personal statement, as this will aid our Admissions Selectors in their considerations.

Note: it is not possible to be considered for deferred entry if you are applying for a Fine Art programme.

Accuracy of information

Our decision on your application will be made in good faith on the basis that the information you provide is complete and accurate. If there is any change in your circumstances after you submit your application (e.g. if the subjects you are studying change), you must inform us as soon as possible.

We reserve the right to refuse admission or to terminate any student's attendance, should we discover that a false statement has been made or significant information has been omitted.

Revising UCAS applications following submission

1. UCL considers the information contained on an application as complete and accurate at the point of submission to UCAS. It is not anticipated that any amendments will be made to the personal statement, the reference or the grade predictions provided in the reference.

2. Should a school/college wish to submit additional information that has not been solicited by UCL then this must be done prior to a decision being taken on the application and no later than 15th January UCAS deadline, whichever is earlier.

3. Revisions to predicted grades will only be considered if there has been a genuine administrative error on the part of the school/college when the original reference was completed. Any requests for such a revision must be supported by a statement from the school/college indicating that such an error has occurred. Such revisions will only be considered prior to UCL making a decision on the application and no later than the 15th January UCAS deadline, whichever is earlier.

4. Applicants who wish to be considered as a consequence of revised predicted grades have the option of re-applying the following year, when they will be considered in competition with all other applicants.

How and when we let you know

As soon as a decision on your application has been reached, you will be notified by UCAS. If you are offered a place, we will also contact you to let you know.

As some of our programmes attract large numbers of applications, it may be some time before you receive a decision. See the Selection of students section to learn more about the selection process and application schedule.

Selection of students